Today I would like to speak a bit more in detail about the European Voluntary Service (EVS), which is basically the reason why we are volunteering in Slovakia 🙂 On the basis of the questions people generally ask us, here’s some important information about EVS.
What is EVS?
The European Voluntary Service is a wonderful opportunity offered by the European Commission to young people to spend sometime volunteering abroad.
Who can apply?
Young people between 18 and 30 years old who are resident in the accredited sending organisation’s country, that’s to say in all the countries of the European Union, plus some more.
How long does EVS last?
Generally from 2 to 12 months.
What can be the projects about?
There’s a wide variety of topis ranging from environmental and animal protection to cultural heritage and arts, youth, sports, children, disabled, development cooperation and many more.
In which countries can volunteers go to for EVS?
All the European Union member states plus Iceland, Turkey, Lichtenstein, Norway, Neighbouring Partner Country, Mediterranean countries, Eastern-Europe countries, Caucasus countries. To sum it up, in all the countries where there are hosting organisations.
First of all, you need to find a sending organisation in your home country, which will provide you with all the information you will need and help you looking for a project suitable for you. My advice is to think carefully about the kind of project you would like to do and about the country you would like to go. At the bottom of the page you can find the database with all the projects and the accredited EVS sending and hosting organisations. Once you have selected an interesting project, you need to prepare and send to the hosting organisation a well written cv (europass format) and motivation letter in English. Sometimes your sending organisation can help you in this step.
Do you need to have previous experience in the field of the project?
Normally you don’t. In case you do, it’s written in the description.
You don’t, but you should be able to communicate in English.
Do you need money to apply?
No, you don’t need to pay anything. During EVS you will receive accommodation, food and pocket money. As for the travel costs, you can be asked to pay just 10% of them.
How long before departure do you need to start researching?
To have more opportunities to be recruited for a project you are really interested in, my advice is to start researching about 8 or at least 6 months before departure.
During EVS you learn so many things that it’s really hard to make a complete list, but I’ll try to mention at least some of them: you increase the opportunities to find a job afterwards, you improve your English and learn another language, you get to know another culture, you become more open minded, you improve your interaction with people, you feel how good it is to help others, you get to know a lot of people from all around the world, you have a lot of fun, you have some time to stop and think about what you really want to achieve in your life, you have some time to do things you have never had time to do. I’ll stop here not to be boring, but I could go on for hours 🙂
To have more info, feel free to contact CVČ-JUNIOR, one of the accredited sending and hosting organisations in Slovakia. In addition, as volunteers we’ll be happy to answer to all your questions and curiosities.
Here’s some more material
- General info on EVS (in English and Slovak)
- Accredited organisations database (in English and Slovak)
- Youth Networks website, where you can find current vacancies
- CVČ-JUNIOR handout (in Slovak) Základné informacie o EDS