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European Voluntary Service

How to choose a good volunteering opportunity

The key to success is to choose a volunteering opportunity that matches your skills, interests and availability. Once this is settled, you can start your search for a quality opportunity.Volunteering can be an unforgettable and rewarding experience, but with so many opportunities available it’s important to be careful with your choice. The quality of your experience can determine how you perceive volunteering as a whole.

So once you decide to volunteer, the first thing is to ask yourself:

  • What are my goals and expectations?
  • How much time do I have available?
  • What kind of tasks would I like to undertake?
  • Which skills can I offer? 

Do background checks

You will find a lot of different opportunities on the Internet, as there are many organisations that would welcome your help. However, you should make sure that these organisations are reliable. There are hundreds of websites out there for organisations that no longer exist, never really existed or just do not do the work they claim to do. Even if you see an advert on a dedicated volunteering website, you should remember that these websites are not accountable for the credibility of the organisations that advertise on them.
In short, you should always investigate an organisation not only by visiting its website but also by speaking with staff, to find out what the organisation is trying to accomplish and how their volunteering programme works. Reliable organisations won’t have any problem answering all of your questions and putting you in contact with previous volunteers.
Bear in mind that even if you have chosen an opportunity that seemed perfect in a trustworthy organisation, things still need time to run smoothly and you should be patient. Not every volunteer job is right for every volunteer, and while one assignment may not be ideal for you, there will be dozens of others that meet your needs and expectations.

European Voluntary Service: What is it really?
Are you between 17 and 30 and willing to spend from 2 weeks to 12 months abroad as an EVS volunteer?

 
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How does it work?

An EVS  project is a partnership between two or more promoting organisations. These organisations are responsible for recruiting volunteers for their project.

Volunteers participate in EVS through a Sending Organisation in the country where they live and a Receiving Organisation that receives and hosts them during their period of service.

Projects last from 2 weeks to 12 months, and as a volunteer you can work in a wide range of fields, such as culture, youth, sports, children, cultural heritage, arts, animal welfare, environment and development cooperation. At the end of your EVS period, you will receive a certificate confirming your participation and describing your project – the  Youthpass. 

You will receive free accommodation, food, insurance and pocket money. The only thing you might have to pay is a small part of your travel costs.
 If you are between 17 and 30 , contact an organisation to discuss starting a project


Related Links and Documents:


Why Evs?
europa.eu/youth/eu/article/why-evs_en


Database
europa.eu/youth/evs_database


Programme Guide
ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/documents/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf


Europass CV
europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae/templates-instructions

Volunteering in Europe
http://europa.eu/youth/node/234_en

European Voluntary Service: what is it really?

europa.eu/youth/node/73_en


 

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