pic_evsEuropean Voluntary Service (EVS) is a part of Youth in Action, a European Commission funded programme for lifelong learning and volunteering in Europe. The EVS programme allows young people (18-30 years old) to volunteer in a non-profit organisation in a country other than their home country.

The Youth in Action programme offers young Europeans the chance to make a real difference to the world and to their own lives through the European Voluntary Service.

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.

Learning for Life
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 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.

Cooperations and Friendships
A successful EVS project requires close co-operation among at least three key players: a sending organisation, a host organisation and the volunteer. One of the organisations involved in this partnership also plays the role of coordinating organisation and applies for an EU grant on behalf of the partnership. Organisations perform a number of roles: they identify volunteering opportunities and develop projects that benefit the local community. They also recruit and prepare the volunteers, host them, and ensure follow-up.

EVS activities can be carried out both individually or in group. Up to 100 volunteers can now participate in the same EVS activity!

European Voluntary Service spans a wide range of areas, such as culture, youth, sports, social care, cultural heritage, the arts, civil protection, the environment, development co-operation, etc. One thing all the activities have in common is a clear European and intercultural learning dimension. EVS is a mutually beneficial process, where everybody gains from getting to know the other\'s culture.

European Voluntary Service (EVS) Downloadslogo_evs_com
Hands on Guide to European Voluntary Service (Léargas)
Hands on Guide to Youthpass (Léargas)
European Voluntary Service Management Guide (Léargas)
Youthpass User Guide (EU Commission)
European Voluntary Service guide for volunteers (E-Book)

Further information
If you are interested in being an EVS volunteer or you would like to host EVS volunteers please contact the Louth Volunteer Centre at (041) 980 6900.

EVS Project videos

The following video is from Hi-Rez Youth Club in Bray of their experience of hosting an EVS Volunteer from France.

The following video explains the process of organising EVS

The following video outlines the story of a group of EVS volunteers who travelled to Italy for their project

The following video was produced by the Greek National Agency for the Youth Programme to promote EVS

The following video promotes the complete Youth in Action Programme

The following video celebrates 20 years of European Youth Programmes

Accreditation
EVS has certain core values and quality standards which are laid down in the EVS Charter. In order to protect and uphold these, organisations interested in sending or hosting EVS volunteers or coordinating an EVS project need first to be accredited.

To receive accreditation, organisations submit an ‘expression of interest’ and, once their application is approved, they sign up to the EVS Charter. Accreditation lasts for three years, but can be withdrawn immediately in cases of non-compliance with the Charter.

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Available and accrediated organisations
You can search the European database of EVS accredited organisations for accredited hosting, sending and coordinating organisations.  To search available projects and apply online, check out YouthNetworks.eu

Latest News

  • The All-Ireland Poc Fada Hurling & Camogie Championships is an annual tournament testing the skills of Ireland's best hurlers and camogie players. Poc Fada is Irish for "long puck".

    poc fadaThe All Ireland Poc Fada Finals take place on the Saturday of the Irish August Bank Holiday each year (since 2005). For 2014 the date is 2 August. The starting time is 11:30 (On the 2.5 km course the Boys Under 16 final begins first, followed by the Camogie Final with the Senior Final following thereafter on the 5 km course).

     

     

    If you are free to volunteer from 10.30am on 2nd August, please contact us or click here to apply.

     

  • Invitation

     

    Louth Volunteer Centre, in partnership with Louth Minority Ethnic Consortium, hosted a multicultural fun afternoon at St Mary's GAA club in Ardee, Co Louth on Saturday 14th June.

     

    The event showcased some of the different cultures in Ardee, with food and entertainment from around the globe provided by people living locally and it was an unmissable event, with loads of fun and plenty to do for children of all ages!

     

    IMG 1985  Jasmine IMG 1991  JWP 5839

     

  • This National Volunteering Week, Louth Volunteer Centre hosted two volunteer Fairs, to give you the opportunity to meet as many local organisations and charities as you like.  By doing this, we hope to help you find the opportunity that suits you best.

    PJ Gallagher NVW1Comedian, biker and volunteer PJ Gallagher has encouraged people to find their passion and use it to volunteer, as National Volunteering week takes place this week.

    Describing volunteering as his new passion, he said his love of motorbikes led him to become a volunteer courier of emergency blood.

    “I got in to motorbikes after my dad died. I remember getting on the bike soon after he died and for the first time in weeks, my head was completely clear. Volunteer bikers use their time, skills and enthusiasm to help hospitals by transporting blood and urgent medical supplies.

    “Before the organisation started, every time an item needed to go from one hospital to another, outside of normal operating hours, the hospital had to pay for a taxi, courier or ask an ambulance service to take it. Blood Bikes East now provides this service free of charge. I get so much out of volunteering. I’d recommend it to anyone. If a motorbike-loving stand-up comedian can find his ideal volunteering role, anyone can!”

    Search for your ideal opportunity on I-VOL here.

  • community forumThe Theme of this year's Louth Community Forum conference was 'Our Community, Our Voice' with John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison as Guest Speaker.

    The Conference was a great opportunity for people involved in community to hear about and provide feedback on the rollout of new structures called 'Public Participation Networks (PPN)' from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. These structures are being developed in each local authority area (engaging within Municipal districts and at the County/City level) to enable the public to take an active formal role in relevant policy making and oversight committees of the Local Authority. You can find more info on PPN here 

    For the Conference this year,  a number of community groups that are registered with us were filmed to show others in our county the work that community groups do.

    Please Click on the links below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDsubPJkjwU    S.N.A.P

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHVnWgU06wY Cloughran Bridge Residents

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHVcHPIwNgI Dundalk Youth Centre

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4QFNE_iZLg Hollys Horse Haven

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qQfEz85-6k Drogheda &District Support 4 Older People

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D2VV4Rxcjg Tallanstown Tidy Towns

     

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