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European Voluntary Service

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Fishbowl Youth is an approved sending organisation for EVS. If you are interested in working abroad, please contact us here

We have hosted one Group EVS Project in Autumn 2007…… Click here for more info.

Volunteers for fishbowl, autumn 2007Volunteers for Fishbowl, Autumn 2007

European Voluntary Service gives young people the chance to live and work in another country and experience the benefits to be derived from that knowledge.

What is it?

European Voluntary Service (EVS) is just one of the opportunities available to young people under the European Youth in Action Programme. An EVS project builds on a transnational partnership between youth organisations and the Volunteer, and it supports local community projects, through the work of the Volunteers.

People Volunteer for different reasons. It may be to make a difference in society, or perhaps to learn something new. It might provide a way to escape, to be challenged, or to explore a new career. It may also allow the Volunteer to feel needed, to test themselves, to belong, or possibly another reason entirely.

International volunteering may be motivated by some of the above, but more than likely it will also encompass an interest in working and living abroad, a desire to experience a new culture, a willingness to learn a new language or conceivably to improve upon the life skills already acquired. The European Commission supports international voluntary service for young people by funding the European Voluntary Service, more commonly known as EVS. It does this because of a belief that the benefits to the young people who participate as Volunteers in an International setting are enormous. These benefits are both concrete – such as improving a young person’s language skills – and less tangible, for example developing a young person’s sense of self worth and self confidence.

sculptures created by volunteers in fishbowl, autumn 2007

Who is eligible to Volunteer under EVS?

If you are between 18 and 30 years old, willing to dedicate six to twelve months contributing to a local project and gaining personal development, and if you are enthusiastic and full of dynamism, you are the right candidate. But perhaps you are interested in EVS but due to your situation or background, six months seems too much of a challenge? You might want to try an EVS shortterm project, these projects may last from three weeks to six months.

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