Volunteering – EVS guidelines

Volunteering and EVS guidelines – a must read for every EVS volunteer and everyone who is considering becoming one. With the support of Smokinya Informal Youth Group.


Before you leave for volunteering or before you decide to apply to an EVS project, please, consider this information as something that might allow you to feel more secure and see yourself as a partner in a volunteering project.

Check also the video at the bottom of this page!

To our opinion those guidelines are very much useful and applicable to most volunteering projects as ground principles of what to expect, what to provide and what to focus on, roles etc. They are provided by the European Commission.

Yet, EVS is only one form or opportunity to provide volunteering services in the world.
If you don’t comply with those principles and guidelines, it is better to consider other options, too.

We are sure you can find the best project that fits your goals for growth and need to contribute.
If you need assistance, please, use the contact form on this website and we will do our best to support you by giving information, connecting to partner NGOs which have EVS places etc.
And remember – volunteering is learning.

Read below and check-out the files.

(from page 73 from the Programme Guide)
European Voluntary Service:

This activity allows young people aged 17-30 to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service for up to 12 months in another country within or outside the European Union. Young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations dealing with youth information and policies, young people’s personal and socio-educational development, civic engagement, social care, inclusion of disadvantaged, environment, non-formal education programmes, ICTs and media literacy, culture and creativity, development cooperation, etc.
A project can include between 1 and 30 volunteers who can do their voluntary service either individually or in group.

Participating organisations are responsible for:
arranging subsistence, lodging and local transports of volunteers;
envisaging tasks and activities for volunteers that respect the qualitative principles of the European Voluntary Service, as described in the EVS Charter;
providing to volunteers an on-going task-related, linguistic, personal and administrative support throughout the duration of the activity.

The participation in an EVS activity must be free of charge for volunteers, with the exception of a possible contribution for travel costs (if the Erasmus+ grant does not fully cover these costs) and additional expenses not linked to the implementation of the activity. The essential costs for volunteers’ participation in the EVS activity are covered by the Erasmus+ grant or through other means afforded by the participating organisations.
Besides the support provided to the volunteers by the participating organisations, the National Agencies or regional SALTOs organise a Training and Evaluation Cycle to be attended by each volunteer and consisting of: a) an on-arrival training; b) a mid-term evaluation, for voluntary services lasting more than 6 months.
The following activities are not considered as a European Voluntary Service within the framework of Erasmus+: occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering; a work placement in an enterprise; a paid job; a recreation or tourist activity; a language course; exploitation of a cheap workforce; a period of study or vocational training abroad.

Useful documents and links:

What to expect from EVS

EVS Charter



EVS Mentor guides:





Thanks to Olde Vechte Foundation for this video!


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