What is EVS

What is EVS

What is the EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE?
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is part of the Key Action 1 of Erasmus+ Programme (for youth), implemented by the European Union. This opportunity gives you the chance to volunteer until 12 months in a foreign country. The EVS fosters a real learning process.

What is the objective of EVS?
The EVS has the objective to develop the solidarity and to promote tolerance between yourself and other young people, by streghteneing the social cohesion in the European Union. In this context, solidarity between citizens of the European Union can be achieved through support for the participation with different forms of with out profits and not paid activities, giving benefits to citizens from another country.
These activities are a whole set of non-formal tasks, in order to improve and gain personal, educational, professional competences and social integration.

What is EVS project?
The European Voluntary Service gives to young people the opportunity to travel and volunteering in a foreign country, to know other cultures, people, and learn a new language. EVS promotes European solidarity and it is learning process because young people can acquire new personal and professional competences and at the same time give a contribution with their work on local communities. .
An EVS project is made up by three phases:
- planning and preparation;
- implementation of the activities;
- evaluation (with reflection about a possible follow-up).

What are the projects about?
The projects are developed in different areas: Culture, Youth, Communication and Graphics, Sport, Social Service, Cultural Heritage, Arts, Civil Protection, Environment, Cooperation for Development and many more.

How long does a project last?
The duration of projects is between 2 and 12 months:
- Short term: from 2 weeks until 2 months
- Long term: from 2 months until 12 months

Who can participate?
Young people between 18 and 30 years old in possess of legal residence in the sending organization's country can participate. The volunteers will be selected regardless their origin or context. Volunteers with fewer opportunities can participate from 16 years old. A volunteer can take part in only one EVS project. Exception: the volunteers that will participate in one EVS project which lasts less than 2 months can participate in more than one EVS project, as long the total period of the projects does not exceed 12 months.

Who organizes EVS?
EVS volunteers have the right and obligation to participate in training and evaluation sessions. The responsability about organization of EVS Training and Evaluation Cycle depends on the place where the events take place.
The EVS project consists of three essential components:
- The Service, where you are received by an organization which is not from you residence country, and where you can develop your voluntary service for the local community;
- The Training, where all the parts involved in the project must ensure that you will participate in a pre-departure training, on arrival training, mid-term training, and final evaluation of the project;
- Permanent assistance, where all the parts have to give personal support, related with the tasks, and also linguistic and administrative support during your participation in the project.

Which are the benefits?
Discovering another country and culture, learning a new language, know other volunteers, make new friendships, improve your skills, helping other people to feel more useful, and of course to have fun!
EVS is also recognised by the Euroepan Commission which will release a certificate of participation at the end of the project.

The European Voluntary Service is NOT...
- occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering;
- an internship in a company;
- a paid job; it can't replace paid jobs;
- a recreational or turistic activity;
- a language course;
- exploitation of cheap labour;
- a study period or professional training abroad.

Volunteer's rights are:
Travel
About travel expenses, as Sending Organisation, Check-IN will assure you the expenses between your place of residence and site of the project and trip back (return ticket) and also means of transport day-to-day (Flight ticket/train ticket) in economy class. This is your right and our duty.

Local transports
We will make ourselves sure about the availability of local means of transport.

Food and accomodation
The accomodation will be provided to you, and also your daily meals, through an allowance that you have to manage during your volunteering period (this food allowance also includes the holiday time).

Insurance
By doing EVS, you will be covered by an insurance from the Commission Group, provided for under the Erasmus+ Programme, which completes the social insurance coverage of national health care (if applicable). The Coordination Organization, in this case Check-IN that cooperates with the Sending and Hosting Organization, is responsible for your registration, that has to be done before departure. As a volunteer of the EVS project, you will be covered with this insurance, totally free, which could be useful in case of any problems, such as medical and dentistic problems, disability, or civil liability.

Personal support and mentor
With the personal support, you will have the opportunity of integrate yourself in the local community, meet other young people, socializing and participating in leisure activities. The mentor instead, will guide you into the process of local integration, with the responsability of providing all the assistance, and helping you during your project. You can also rely to him in case you will have doubts about the activities and if any problems will arise..

Linguistic support
The sending or coordinating organization has to to support you in this, giving you language classes of the project's country.

Pocket money
You will also have the right to have pocket money for your needs in your project's location. It will be given to you on a weekly or monthly basis, according to your project. The amount of pocket money depends on the country.

Volunteers' duties
Pre-departure training
The pre-departure training will give you the opportunity to talk about your expectations, develop your motivation, and at the same time, get more information about your host country and also about Erasmus+ Programme.

Training and Evaluation of EVS Cycle
The parts involved in the EVS project will ensure your participation in:
- Pre-departure training
- Mid-term meeting
- On-arrival training
The on-arrival training will happen after the arrival in the host country.
- Mid-term evaluation
(only mandatory for projects that last longer than 6 months)
The mid-term training, which usually last two and a half days, will gives the opportunity to the volunteers to evaluate their experiences until that moment, as well as meeting other volunteers involved in other projects all over the hosting country.
- On-arrival training
The on-arrival training will take place just after your arrival in the host country. This training will introduce to the volunteers their host country and environment, and it will help them to know each other. This training usually lasts seven days.

How can you apply to an EVS project?
The application must be submitted to Associação Check-IN and to the international partner, within the time limit of application, according to the beginning of the project.
After your application, you have to prepare or update your CV Europass, including a motivation letter, and send everything to Enable JavaScript to view protected content.. Check-IN, as sending organization, will support your drawing up of the application, giving you information about required elements for every project, and if is the case, helping you in the preparation of your CV Europass and motivation letter.
You volunteer! It's up to you choosing your project, or your destiny, but it is very important to be properly informed about European Voluntary Service and what really is, and to know if it's a project that you wanto to do.
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