European Voluntary Service (EVS)
What is EVS?
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) gives 18-25 year olds the opportunity to spend from 3 weeks to 12 months in another European country, as a volunteer on a project which benefits the local community. It is funded by the EC, so the young person has all costs paid for (travel, insurance, accommodation, language tuition etc). Funding for EVS has been granted from 2007 to 2013.
Where can I learn more about EVS?
Learn all about EVS on the Leargas website. Leargas are the national agency which promote and support EVS volunteering: http://www.leargas.ie
NUI Galway and EVS
ALIVE is the accredited sending agency for NUI Galway students. Come along to the information sessions about EVS listed below to learn more.
"I have been redecorating a community centre, organising World Aids Day in Saint Etienne (picture) and have an ongoing project for the year working with an associations that deals with the prevention of the risks of drug taking. I am starting a new project with the elderly soon. Unis Cite and the Mission Local have been incredibly professional and good at making sure I'm ok. My appartment, financing and everything has gone off without a hitch. As always, have been spreading the good word about Galway so some people are booked to come back with me for a visit in July: should be entertaining!"
"EVS is difficult at times with the language barrier but good craic and not like anything you'll ever find yourself doing otherwise. Highly recommended." - Deirdre Coy, Psychology Student.
Step by Step: How to Apply for EVS
1. Decide WHEN you want to go. It's all about timing!
| Apply to Host
|| Funding Deadline
|| Start your EVS
|1st January 2013||1st February 2013
||1st May - 31st October 2013|
| 1st April 2013
||1st May 2013
||1st August - 31st January 2014|
1st September 2013
|1st October 2013
|| 1st January - 30th June 2014
2. Visit the Database to choose your ideal volunteer opportunity. You are seeking a host organisation.
3. Once you find your top 5 host organisations apply to them by sending them your CV and Expression of Interest Letter (their email address is listed in the opportunity). Your letter should outline why you are the best EVS candidate for the position. Aim to apply by the date listed in the first column above.
4. Once the host organisation gets in touch with you and agrees to host your EVS experience contact ALIVE at NUI Galway and we can sign off on your application form. This must be done before the funding deadline.
5. Off you go on a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Visit ALIVE in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn for advice and support and tips on great Expression of Interest Letters.
European Voluntary Service (EVS): free international volunteering opportunities in Europe!
EVS is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Don't miss out on this unique chance to work with youth in Italy, an environmental project in Germany, people with disabilities in Poland, new communities in France..the list goes on!
Come and check out our information sessions on European Voluntary Service (EVS):
Tues 18th October 2011Meeting Room 2, Áras na Mac Léinn
Followed by pizza in the Hub!
Wed 1st February 2012
Meeting Room 2, Áras na Mac Léinn
Followed by pizza in the Hub!