EVS stands for European Voluntary Service. This is a scheme funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission to give young people in Europe the chance to volunteer abroad. It enables young people aged 17 to 30 years to live up to 12 months in another country while working in a non-profit organisation.
EVS aims to improve young people’s skills whilst encountering different cultures, meeting people from across the world and learning a new language.
Find out more about EVS in our
Our Featured Projects
11.2018 – 12.2019
Deadline: October 2018
EVS Briefly: Who is it for?
Anyone aged 17 – 30, living in the UK, can apply for an EVS project.
If you are looking for a change in your life, want to get new experiences and gain new skills, want to live abroad and meet people from all over the world then start the journey that will change your life today and sign up for an EVS project!
What kind of projects can you do? – Placements may be with NGOs, charities, public bodies or community organisations. You can work with children or young people in a youth centre in Spain, you can do environmental work in Sweden or volunteering in an animal rescue centre in the Netherlands, there are many different types of projects it all depends on your interest and what you want to do – You decide!
“EVS is great – everything is funded: flights, accommodation, food, health insurance, even a monthly allowance – so I didn’t have to be massively rich to take part.”
Davide, Fair Trade Project, Spain
Where can I go?
Because it’s funded by the EU most projects are in European Countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Estonia, Greece etc (in green below) but there are also some opportunities to go further afield to European Neighbourhood countries such as Jordan, Morocco, Armenia, Belarus or Russia (in gold) and occasionally even further.
EVS doesn’t cost you anything! During your project your travel, accommodation and food will be provided and you will even receive monthly pocket money so that you can visit different places and have fun with all your new friends from across the world and really engage with your new community.How much does it cost?
“I think EVS showed me that everyone has to work in life, but you can choose for that work to be something you enjoy doing. I saw that the skills I already had are appreciated and valuable. This has given me the confidence to pursue a career doing something I am good at and I enjoy.”
How can I start the journey that will change my life?
UNA Exchange has been an EVS sending, hosting and coordinating organisation for over 15 years and will support you in your journey. We will help you through the application process, prepare you for your experience with pre departure training and keep in contact with you throughout.
Get in touch with our EVS Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more about the European Voluntary Service.
To find your dream EVS project have a look on the European database of accredited projects.
You can also keep your eye on our featured project links below, follow us on facebook or sign up to our newsletter for all the latest news on upcoming projects.
Found your perfect EVS project? Apply by submitting your CV, motivation letter and specific application form.
Got accepted? Congratulations, have an amazing experience!!
Meet Joe, Tom and other young people who took part in an EVS overseas!