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European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an informal learning opportunity for young people aged 17-30 to spend between 2 weeks and 1 year abroad in a European country. It was specially designed for youth in order to gain precious experience working in non-profit organizations. EVS is part of the Erasmus+ programme funded by the European Commission. Young people who want to develop their personal and professional skills abroad can choose a field of service according to their interests: art, culture, environment, sports, cultural heritage, awareness and democracy, activities with children, youth or people with disabilities, etc. At the end of the program, the learning process is recognized with a Youthpass Certificate. EVS is a unique opportunity for young people to learn more about other cultures, customs and traditions, to learn or improve a new language, to find new friends, and to share experience with others. For many people, EVS is the first step to shape their personalities and follow their dreams.

Since September 2015, "Stella" has been an accredited EVS sending organization which means that we can officially send Ukrainian young people to participate in volunteering projects in the European Union. So far, we have sent more than 30 volunteers and we have established cooperation with other NGOs in France, Denmark, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic etc. You can find our organization in the main database of all EVS accredited organizations following this link. Our staff members have a lot of experience in participating and coordinating volunteering projects. We are always open for new cooperation and willing to send motivated young people from all over Ukraine to do their EVS. In case you are interested in exploring the presence of our volunteers in Europe, you can have a look at the map at the bottom of this page.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT EVS

 

1. What is EVS (European Voluntary Service)?

EVS is a full-time voluntary service in Europe and it is a part of the European Union program – Erasmus+. The idea is to encourage young people to participate in social life through volunteering, to contribute to local communities, to develop skills for life, and to promote tolerance, mutual understanding and active citizenship.

 

2. Who can participate?

Young people:

  • between 17 and 30 years old;
  • with strong motivation and interest in the topic of the project;
  • available to participate in the whole duration of the EVS service;
  • ready to spend 30-35 hours per week for volunteering.

 

3. In which countries can I do my EVS?

Residents of Ukraine can be EVS volunteers only in European Union countries, as well as in Iceland, Norway and Turkey.

 

4. What can a volunteer do?

There are many possible topics to choose from: working with children and youth, sports, social care, environmental protection, art and culture, gender equality, anti-discrimination, animal welfare, media and communication, and many more. Everyone can find something according to his/her interests.

 

5. How long does an EVS project last?

EVS projects can be short-term (between 2 weeks and 2 months) or long-term (between 2 months and 12 months). In fact, the majority of projects last no less than 6 months. EVS can be done only once in a lifetime for a period no longer than 12 months. You can participate in one short term EVS for 2 months and then, in a second long-term project for 10 months (the total duration of these projects cannot exceed 12 months). However, if you decide to choose a long-term EVS project first, you can do it only once and you cannot do any short-term projects afterwards.

 

6. Do I need any qualifications?

There are no qualification requirements in EVS. However, you should have an intermediate level of English in order to communicate successfully with your colleagues. Basic knowledge of the language of your hosting country will help, but is not required.

 

7. What is the working language?

Usually the working language is English. However, a hosting organization has to provide a course for the language which is spoken in the country of your EVS. In Portugal for instance, you would be learning Portuguese, in Spain – Spanish, in Slovakia - Slovakian etc.

 

8. How much will it cost?

It is free of charge! EVS is funded by the grant of the European Commission. Volunteers participating in EVS projects will have their round-trip, accommodation, food, visa, health insurance and language training fully covered. In addition, they will receive pocket money for their personal needs. The amount of pocket money and money for food is fixed for each country participating in the program.

 

9. What are the benefits of being a volunteer?

Volunteering can offer fantastic opportunities to spend time abroad, learn new skills and develop professional competencies, gain confidence and independence, improve language skills, participate in outdoor/indoor activities, contribute to the local host community, develop personal skills, and broaden one's worldview.

 

10. How can I become an EVS volunteer?

There are three parties involved in every EVS project: a sending organization, a hosting/coordinating organization, and a volunteer. Sometimes there can be four parties if hosting and coordinating organizations are different institutions.

First, you need to find a sending organization that will arrange the sending and help you with information and documents. Your sending organization has to be accredited and should be in the database of all accredited EVS organizations. “Stella” has this accreditation and is officially allowed to send Ukrainian EVS volunteers abroad. You can find our organization in the main database following this link. Then, you have to find a hosting organization that agrees to accept you as a volunteer. In order to find a hosting organization you need to look through the official EVS database.

You will need to send your CV together with a motivation letter to organizations that you are interested in, but be warned that many of them will not reply back. Therefore, the more requests you send, the higher your chances of being accepted. However, we strongly encourage you to send your documents only for the projects that you are interested in, as you will spend a lot of time volunteering and it will be your main occupation during your EVS. Hence, you should be really excited about your project!

 

11. What do I need to write in my motivation letter and CV?

Your motivation letter and CV should be written in English. However, if you can write in the language of the host country, you may do so. For example, if you are applying for an EVS project in Germany, and you speak German, you can write them in German, but it is not obligatory.

Your CV summarizes your personal information, education, work experience, volunteering/social activities, competencies, language skills, computer knowledge, personal qualities, interests and hobbies. It should be well-structured and briefly outline the main points. Generally, a CV of 1-2 pages in length is more than enough.

Your motivation letter should not exceed 1 page. It is very important to tell about yourself, your social experience, and why you want to become an EVS volunteer. You should clearly justify your desire and willingness to participate in a particular project. Nowadays it is very useful to prepare your motivation letter in a creative way like an article from a magazine, a video, a power point presentation, etc. Usually, a lot of hosting organizations appreciate creativity, and because of the great number of candidates, they choose the most impressive ones. However, it is not required and it is up to every candidate how to present his/her documents.

 

12. Can I work and be an EVS volunteer at the same time?

While doing your EVS service you are not allowed to perform any professional activity. You will get a specific visa that does not give you permission to work.

 

ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION

 

If you want to read more about European Voluntary Service, you can download our document

Everything you wanted to know about EVS

If you want to know how and where you can find the right EVS project and hosting organization, you can download our document

How to find an EVS project

If you want to find out how to improve your motivation letter, you can download our documents

Tips for writing a good motivation letter

"Motivation letter with examples"

If you do not have a CV yet and need a pattern, you can download it here.

 

 

Our EVS Volunteers

Oleksandra Fenenko

Oct 2016 - Oct 2017

Magdeburg, Germany

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Internationaler Bund – KJFE „Rolle 23“

Anna Budonna

Jul 2016 - Jan 2017

Cagliari, Italy

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Nataliia Motruk

Sep 2016 - Aug 2017

Aschaffenburg, Germany

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Svitlana Stupina

Nov 2016 - Mar 2017

Craiova, Romania

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Vladyslava Yeruslanova

Sep 2016 - Jul 2017

Łódź, Poland

yeruslanovav@gmail.com

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Międzynarodowe Stowarzyszenie Pomocy “Słyszę Serce”

Anna Naumchuk

Nov 2016 - Nov 2017

Rēzekne, Latvia

meri-ann@inbox.ru

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Rezekne City House of National Societies

Kostiantyn Selikhov

Sep 2016 - Aug 2017

Arnhem, the Netherlands

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Rock solid Foundation for international Youth work

Khrystyna Shon

Aug 2016 - Aug 2017

Leipzig, Germany

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Anastasiia Rybnikova

Nov 2016 - Oct 2017

Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic

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Daria Babchenko

Sep 2016 - Aug 2017

Wismar, Germany

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Sep 2016 - Sep 2017

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Pelhřimov, Czech Republic

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Nov 2016 - Mar 2017

Craiova, Romania

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Lesia Vakoliuk

Oct 2016 - Jul 2017

Bedzin, Poland

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Polska Fundacja im. Roberta Schumana

Oleksii Chukhrai

Feb 2016 - Dec 2016

Denmark

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Jan 2016 - Jan 2017

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Zhanna Volokhova

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Sep 2016 - May 2017

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Association “Radi Vidi Pats”

Mykhailo Yunak

Sep 2016 - Aug 2017

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Anastasiia Haridzhuk

Sep 2016 - Jul 2017

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Sep 2016 - Aug 2017

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Dmytro Khak

Feb 2017 - Jan 2018

Letterkenny, Ireland

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Donegal Youth Centre (DYS)

Viktoriia Kalyniuk

Jan 2017 - Aug 2017

Tortosa, Spain

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Iana Volkova

Feb 2017 - Feb 2018

Kalamata, Greece

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Koinoniki Anaptyxi Neon-Social Youth Development

Daria Zelenska

Mar 2017 - Jan 2018

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May 2017 - Sep 2017

Craiova, Romania

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Olha Koretska

May 2017 - Sep 2017

Craiova, Romania

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Uliana Koval

Mar 2017 - Sep 2017

Glasgow, Scotland

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STAND International

Olha Kosar

Mar 2017 - Sep 2017

Glasgow, Scotland

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STAND International

Anna Rudenko

May 2017 - Apr 2018

Oudenaarde, Belgium

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Jun 2017 - Jun 2018

Berlin, Germany

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Tina Muradian

Jul 2017 - Jun 2018

Gdansk

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Jul 2017 - Jun 2018

Leipzig, Germany

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Fairbund e. V.

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Sep 2017 - Aug 2018

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Sep 2017 - Aug 2018

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Sep 2017 - Aug 2018

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Sep 2017 - Aug 2018

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Fundacja Adapa

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Aug 2017 - Jun 2018

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Sep 2017 - Jul 2018

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