ERASMUS+ Volunteering Activities (EVS)


 

Overview

Erasmus+ Volunteering Activities help young people travel abroad to participate in volunteering projects.

Erasmus+ is one of the of the EU funding programmes supporting volunteering activities within the European Solidarity Corps Initiative. 

By also being part of the European Solidarity Corps, you join the community of likeminded young people who are contributing to create a more inclusive and united society.

As a volunteer, you commit yourself to the work of an organisation abroad. Volunteering projects can involve many different kinds of activities in areas such as youth work, cultural activities, social care or environmental protection. You volunteer on an unpaid and full-time basis.

What you have achieved and learned through volunteering is certified Europe-wide via the Youthpass recognition tool. You will also get a European Solidarity Corps certificate of participation at the end of your service. 

Volunteers already involved in an Erasmus+ Volunteering Activity should read the Info Kit explaining what to expect and with information on the Youthpass and the insurance cover provided.

Access to Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support will help you learn the language that you volunteer in.

Duration

Volunteering activities last a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 12 months.

Erasmus+ Volunteering opportunities are available in both Erasmus+ Programme countries and Neighbouring Partner countries - meaning that you can volunteer outside of Europe too.

Conditions

You must be between the ages of 17 and 30 to register and participate. 

Financial support

All essential costs related to your volunteering project are covered. You will be provided with accommodation, board and any local transport that you may need. You may also receive a small amount of 'pocket money'.

All volunteers are covered by insurance during their time abroad.

How to apply

Erasmus+ supports the European Solidarity Corps. If you are from an Erasmus+ programme country you can get involved in volunteering activities by registering in the European Solidarity Corps Portal. After registration you can:

  • search for a suitable project in the list of published vacancies available for registered participants, or
  • wait to be contacted by organisations that could offer you a placement.

If you are from an Erasmus+ partner country, you can apply for Erasmus+ Volunteering directly through the organisation responsible for sending you abroad or receiving you in the host country and for arranging all practicalities. The European Youth Portal, the EU's website for young people, hosts a list of Erasmus+ Volunteering organisations. Browse the list and get in touch with organisations that may interest you to check if they are offering placements. Please bear in mind that some of those listed may not currently be looking for new volunteers.

ERASMUS+ YOUTH EXCHANGES

 

Overview

Youth exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet, live together and work on shared projects for short periods.

Youth exchanges take place outside the school environment. On a youth exchange, you can expect to participate in activities such as workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more.

Participants' learning experiences are recognised through a Youthpass.

Duration

Youth exchanges last between 5 and 21 days. This excludes travelling time.

Conditions

Youth exchanges are open to people between the ages of 13 and 30. To be a group leader in a youth exchange, you must be at least 18 years-old.

Youth exchanges are managed by youth organisations, informal groups of young people or other organisations.

Financial support

The EU grant supports travel as well as practical and activity-related costs necessary for the exchange.

How to apply

To participate in a youth exchange, you cannot apply directly for a grant as an individual. Applications must be made by an organisation or a group of young people who in turn select who will participate in the exchange.

Find out more

If you need help in finding a suitable participating organisation or have any questions, the Erasmus+ National Agency in your country will assist you.

The European Youth Portal also provides information and opportunities for young people.