European Voluntary Service (Erasmus+ Program) helps young people to develop their sense of solidarity by participating, either individually or in group, in non-profit, unpaid voluntary activities abroad.Open to all young people aged 18 to 30, EVS is a true ‘learning service’.
Beyond benefiting the local communities, by participating in voluntary activities, young volunteers can develop new skills and, therefore, improve their personal, educational and professional development. Volunteers can benefit from specific training throughout the activity and agree on their expected learning outcomes, processes and methods in advance. Their learning experience is formally recognized through a Youthpass. Participation is free for the volunteers who also get board and lodging, insurance cover and an allowance for the duration of the project.
The EVS projects suppose cooperation between three actors involved in the process: Sending Organization (SO), Hosting Organization (HO) and a volunteer. Sometimes there can also be involved a Coordinating Organization.