Requirements - Action 2, European Voluntary Service
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.
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.
Any type of non-governmental organization, an association, a local authority or any other non-profit-making local initiative can be a sending 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).
The tasks of the volunteer, the hosting and sending organization plus money are specified in the User’s Guide.