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How do I volunteer in Europe?

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How do I volunteer in Europe?


In this edition of U-talk Kate from London posed the following question:

“I have heard about an EU programme enabling young people to do voluntary work. I am 22 years old and wish to work on an organic farm in Italy or France. How can I apply for this programme?”

Isabelle Dochy, information officer at Europe Direct, replied:

“The EU launched an action called European Voluntary Service in the framework of the “Youth in Action” programme.

“If you want to be an EVS volunteer you have two options. You can contact an organisation that is recruiting volunteers for a granted project; or contact an organisation to discuss starting a project.

EVS is open to all young people aged 18-30 and it lasts between two months and one year, or a minimum of two weeks for young people with fewer opportunities and groups of 10 or more volunteers. Total duration of the project, including preparation and follow-up is max. 24 months.

EVS activities are unpaid, but all costs are covered. It is free for volunteers, and you will receive free accommodation and food, insurance and pocket money. The only thing you might have to pay is a small part (maximum 10 percent) of your travel costs. The EVS project is a partnership between two or more organisations.

“These organisations are responsible for recruiting volunteers for their projects in various fields, e.g. culture, youth, sport, children, cultural heritage, arts, animal welfare, environment and development cooperation.”

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