The program is open to all young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who reside in Italy, but there are cases where you can take part from the age of 16. The citizenship of one of the member states is not compulsory but in the case of a residence permit given a regular employment contract, care should be taken that the residence permit does not expire before the volunteer returns to Italy.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR PRINCIPLES AND TO THOSE OF THE PROGRAM, WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER WHO:
- Is convinced to undertake the path leading to the candidacy for a project, so do not waste time that might be useful to follow someone more motivated.
- Does not follow from multiple sending organizations at the same time.
- Is serious, sincere and open to the different perspectives that might emerge.
- Is available for a constant interaction and exchange with the sender, along with the search for the right project together.
- Owns an e-mail address and consults it often.
- Starts looking for the project at least 3 months before the deadline to submit your application knowing that at least three more will pass before you leave.
- Seeks primarily on a thematic basis, based on their own interests rather than simply based on their geographical destination.
IF I DECIDE TO PARTICIPATE, WHICH COUNTRIES CAN I GO TO?
In the 27 countries of the European Union but also in Turkey, the candidate country for accession and in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein that are part of the European Economic Area. In the 23 partner countries of the EU: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Serbia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Algeria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia. There are also a number of projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
DO I NEED TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE OF THE COUNTRY IM GOING TO?
To participate, in general, it is not required to know the language or to have any special skills. However they can be specifically requested by the host entity. As a rule, a language course is provided in the country where you choose to go to allow the volunteer an acceptable level of integration.
THE LANGUAGE COURSE IS OBLIGATORY?
To offer the volunteer the way to learn the language is an integral part of the EVS program. A language course should make the volunteer able to perform his / her duties effectively, but it can also be guaranteed through informal learning methods.
HOW LONG IS EVS?
Projects are developed over a period ranging from 2 to 12 months. There are projects of lower duration for people with disabilities or those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?
Nothing. The European Commission plans to cover travel expenses, food and board costs, local transport, insurance, and language training. Volunteers are also provided with a (small) monthly allowance whose size varies from country to country.
WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I WANT TO GO AS A VOLUNTARY OF EUROPEAN SERVICE?
You can contact us directly at Jump In, see the “Contact” section of our site!
IVE ALREADY DONE ITALIAN CIVIL SERVICE, CAN I STILL APPLY FOR EVS?
Sure! The national civil service and the European voluntary service are two completely different projects.
I KNOW ENGLISH VERY GOOD. CAN I MAKE THE APPLICATION DIRECTLY TO THE ORGANIZATION?
No. EVS always involves the participation of three partners: a volunteer, a sending organization and a hosting organization abroad. Organizations prepare all administrative practices and only they can apply for funding.
What you can do alone is instead choosing the project you would like to develop.
HOW MANY DAYS OF THE WEEK DO VOLUNTEERS WORK?
This depends on the project. In general, the volunteer should work at least 35 hours per week. The time is different for each project and must be indicated in the project database. Usually two free days are scheduled. It is important to know that the weekend is not always free: if the volunteer needs to work on Saturdays and Sundays (in case you need to organize a party for example) your rest will be guaranteed in other days.
Also, during the year, the volunteer has a few days off (2 days for each month of service).
CAN I GO VISIT MY FAMILY?
In your free time you can do what you want. Also make visits to family and friends. But you have to know that in this case the costs of the trip are yours.
WHERE TO I SLEEP? WHERE DO I EAT?
All these details depend on the project. Each host organization establishes its rules and explains it in the project database. It may be that you will have a room for you or you will share it with another volunteer. You can, for example, receive cash to buy food or eat in the canteen if the organization has one.
The official application to be sent to EVS must be sent to the National Youth Agency within one of the 5 annual deadlines (center column). However, all the project and hosting organization’s research process needs to start at least 3 months before the expiration date for the desired time period.