European Vonluntary Service
European Voluntary Service (EVS) is the European Commission's project that allows a young person (18–30 years) to become a volunteer in another country for a specified period, normally between 2–12 months. The service activities may include projects focusing on the environment, arts and culture, activities with children, young people or the elderly, heritage or sports and leisure activities.
Each project has three partners, a volunteer, a sending organization and a host organization. The project must take place in a not-for-profit organization in a country other than where the volunteers lives. Service terms are unpaid and last for a limited time period (maximum 12 months).
An EVS project involves a triangular partnership including the volunteer, a sending organization and a host organization. One of the countries involved in a project must be an EU Member State or an accession country.
The volunteer's international travel stipend covers reasonable travel costs from the volunteer's home to the host organization. Costs are paid to the sending organization in full when the volunteer uses the cheapest available train or plane ticket (e.g. discount air ticket, or equivalent). A copy of the ticket(s) must be attached to the final report for reimbursement.
Volunteers receive a lump-sum payment determined by the length of the project and the cost of living in each host country. This payment covers activities including volunteer recruitment, preparation for arrival, contact with the volunteer, assessment and follow-up. Other costs relating to any special needs of the volunteer (medical attendance, additional preparation, etc.) are paid in full, provided that they are reasonable and justifiable. The volunteer also receives a fixed allowance which is paid in full to the host organization and is issued to the volunteer weekly or monthly.
All volunteers are insured against sickness, accidents, permanent invalidity, and repatriation in case of serious illness, accident or death. The insurance also covers civil liability, which includes protection provided by national social security (if applicable) which is proven by the E111 (or similar) form of the volunteer. All insurance costs are paid directly by the European Commission and they are not included in project budgets.
A prospective volunteer's first step is to find and contact a sending organization and together consult the database of approved host placements. The sending organization will help the volunteer navigate all subsequent applications processes for the EVS program.
All volunteers who have completed their EVS project are entitled to a certificate signed by the Head of the Youth Agency. This certificate validates their period of voluntary service and provides details of the activities in which they were involved. Volunteers from program countries may also benefit from the Youth initiative action as well as involvement in other community programs.
What can we do for you?
The Miras Moldova public association hosts people aged 18-30 from European countries for long-term voluntary service. We also help interested Moldovan youth to find volunteer work abroad.
Please follow the link to find out more about EVS.