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Action 2, European Voluntary Service

Kinds of EVS


  •   For individuals.
  •   Aged between 18 and 25 when they start the program (or over 25 for young people with less opportunities, if justified, and judged on a case-by-case basis).
  •  Legally residents in a Program Country or in an eligible Third country (more about participation of Third Countries in EVS here).
  •  Organizations cannot specify that volunteers should be of a specific ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation or political opinion.


  •   For a period between 6 and 12 months.

  •  For a period between 3 weeks and 6 months for short-term projects (for people with less opportunities).


  •  A country other than where the volunteer lives.

  •  At least one EU Member State.

Voluntary Service

  •  Non-profit-making and unpaid (apart from the money received with the program).

  •  Must not involve job substitution, be a substitute for military service or alternative service formulas.

  •  It must show clear learning opportunities for the volunteer.

  •  The voluntary activity (training included) should take up between 30 and 35 hours per week.


  •   Young people with less opportunities (More information about EVS with special needs here).

  •  Create new partnerships. Involve organizations which have not yet participated in EVS.

  •  Involve a new area of activity, or have innovative features.

  •  Support the development of local communities.

Sending Organization

  •  Any type of non-governmental organization, an association, a local authority or any other non-profit-making local initiative can be a sending organization.

Hosting organization

  •   All host organizations must be approved by the European Commission. The first step is to submit the Host Expression of Interest to the National Agency (valid for a maximum of three years, not just for a project).

Contractual obligations

  •  The tasks of the volunteer, the hosting and sending organization plus money are specified in the User’s Guide.

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