EVS – European Voluntary Service
1. STEP: INFORMATION ON EVS
Let’s know about EVS;
EVS European Voluntary Service?
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young Europeans with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU. In this way, it seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and to promoting young people’s active citizenship.
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 recognised through a Youthpass. Participation is free for the volunteers (except for a possible contribution of a maximum of 10% of the travel costs) who also get board and lodging, insurance cover and an allowance for the duration of the project. Special conditions apply to encourage the participation of young people with fewer opportunities. For instance, they can participate as of the age of 16. Further information can be found in the Youth in Action Programme Guide as well as in the Inclusion Strategy of the Programme.
Are you between 18 and 30 and willing to spend from two up to 12 months abroad as an EVS volunteer?
2. STEP: HOW IS THE PROCESS?
First, ask yourself a few questions:
- What is your personal motivation?
It will account for your inner drive while completing your project.
- What is the aerea in which you want to commit yourself?
We all have personal interests in one… Be realistic and truthful to yourself, it is the best way to get to a successful experience.
- For how long are you ready to commit yourself in an EVS project, including the search for a project, the preparation, the administration, the training, the service, the follow-up?
- How much time do you have?
Meeting new and different people is hopefully part of your motivation – so start with finding people who will help you make your EVS project come true.
Find a Sending Organisation that will assist you individually along the procedure, before, during and after your EVS.
In case you do not know EVS Sending Organisations in your country of residence, consult the organistions’database, or contact your National Agency if you live in a Programme country, or the regional SALTO Resource Centres for Eastern Europe and Caucasus, the Euro-Mediterranean region, and South East Europe.
Co-operate closely with your Sending Organisation in order to develop details of your individual project. Start contacting potential Host Organisations through your Sending Organisation. Bear in mind that EVS is huge – with thousands of potential Host Organisations in different areas.
Keep your fingers crossed and persevere in your search as the difficulty is not to find a placement, but to find the placement that corresponds to your interests and is ready to host you within the time limit you have. Keep in mind that preparing an EVS project takes time, both at administrative, organisational and personal level. Therefore, plan ahead, try to think of everything, stay motivated and it will work out for you!
3. STEP: CV and MOTIVATION LETTER
You should prepare a CV and a Motivation Letter for sending to hosting organisations.
CVYou can use the EUROPASS which is a European CV Format.
Click Here to Reach EUROPASS CV.
When applying to an EVS project, you need to submit both CV and a motivation letter. Your motivation letter is needed to discover your personality and interest in the project. Here are some tips to keep in mind when writing a motivation letter. First of all, every good letter has a basic structure built on a few sections. For example:
Address the letter to the responsible voluntary coordinator.
Introduce yourself by telling who you are and what you do. Define the characteristics of your personality such as your strengths and weaknesses, your view of life and your interests and hobby’s. Motivate why you have decided to do EVS and tell what you already have done for society as a volunteer.
3. Motivation part
Tell why you want to participate in this project and what your previous experiences in this field are. Which of the tasks you think are interesting and which of them could you do good? Tell what your possible contributions will be, mention your skills and tell how you could use them for the project. Show them why you think you are the most suitable volunteer for this project. Write something about your expectations and about your bond with the chosen country.
Say goodbye and mention that you will wait for their answer. Sign and add your contacts.
– The letter must be written in English or in the official language of the country where the project is hosted.
– Are you allowed to add some pictures? If so, choose sunny, friendly and active photos!
– The human factor is very important in your letter. However, try to write a letter based on facts, not emotions.
– Try to show you are open to new impressions.
– Tell something special about yourself so it will become clear why they should chose you!
– Try not to be far too much enthusiastic if it’s not true. Just be honest; organizations will appreciate this.
– Mention some facts about the organizations and their activities and your positive thoughts about them to show you have explored their activities and you are interested in working exactly for that organization.
5. STEP: SERACH FOR HOSTING ORGANISATIONS
There are several ways to reach Hosting Organisations and their projects.
THE EUROPEAN DATABASE ON EVS ACCREDITED ORGANISATIONS
www.youthnetworks.eu is a web page where the volunteers and the organisations are meeting online. If you make your registeration to DeM’s EVS Support System in the previous step, DeM will send you an invitation for this web page.
- How are the CV and the Motivation Letter? Carelessly done? Or attentive?
- Is the volunteer sending you a group e-mail or just writing to especially you with your name?
- Just sending the CV and Letter? Or explaining whay he/she is interested in your project?