European Voluntary Service
Eradicating Ecocide takes on European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers funded by the European Union.
EVS is a European Commission scheme which encourages 18-30 year olds to undertake long term volunteering in Europe. The scheme is funded by the EU in order to make volunteering as accessible as possible. The projects are unpaid and, importantly, volunteers do not replace paid workers. Click here for more information on EVS.
How does EVS work?
EVS is a fantastic opportunity for you to carry out a period of full time voluntary service from 2 to 12 months. The programme is open to all young people aged 18-30 legally resident in the EU. EVS is based on a partnership between us (the host project), the volunteer and a sending organisation. Volunteers carry out their volunteering placement with us (the host project) in London, UK. We select volunteers from the applications we recieve. Applications for funding are made on the volunteer’s behalf by either the host or sending organisation.
Benefits of EVS volunteering
- gain confidence and independence
- experience a different culture
- learn new skills and develop competencies
- contribute to the local host community
- enhance employability (Youthpass certificate on completion).
How much will it cost?
It’s free! There is no cost to the volunteer at any stage. Travel, accommodation, food and insurance are all covered by a European grant. You will even receive a small personal allowance each month.
Do I need any qualifications?
No. There are no qualification requirements. Basic language knowledge will help, but is not necessary. A passion for the work we do is important.
Young people with fewer opportunities
EVS is inclusive for all young people. Those volunteers with fewer opportunities who do not feel able to complete a longer term placement can take part in EVS for a short term project from 2 weeks to 2 months. Extra support is available if you feel that this would be needed for you to carry out your project.
For definitions of fewer opportunities download the European Commission’s descriptors from their inclusion strategy here.
Volunteers who complete a short term EVS project are eligible to apply again for a longer placement. The total duration of both projects cannot exceed 12 months.
How to become an EVS Volunteer with us
STEP 1: Register with a Sending Organisation
Volunteers must first register with a sending organisation. The sending organsiation will help prepare you for your EVS experience and will support you while you are abroad.Find out more here.
STEP 2: Send in your application to us
Details of voluntary placements with us are listed on the EVS database here. Please send your CV and cover letter detailing your experience and why you are a good candidate for volunteering to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please state how long you would like to volunteer for and the name of the sending organisation you are registered with, or will register with. Please note, we may take up to 1 month to respond to applications.