INFORMATION ABOUT EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE

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What is the European Voluntary Service (EVS)?

EVS is a learning experience in which young volunteers improve or acquire skills for their personal, educational and professional development, as well as for their social integration.

What is not an EVS?

An EVS is not:

• Occasional volunteering, unstructured and part-time.

• A period of internship in a company.

• A paid job, should not replace a job

• A leisure or tourist activity.

• A language course.

• Exploitation of cheap labor.

• A period of study or professional training abroad.

What is meant by sending organization, host and coordinator?

The sending organization is the organization that is responsible for sending the volunteer from the country of origin to the EVS project in the country of destination. In addition to being the organization responsible for providing the training on the way out.

The host organization is the organization that is responsible for receiving the volunteer where they will perform their EVS.

The coordinating organization is the organization responsible for the management of the volunteer project, putting the volunteer in contact with the host organization. Sometimes the coordinating organization is the same as the host organization.

What is the National Agency?

The National Agency is the entity responsible for managing the "Erasmus +" program. Each country has its own National Agency. In Spain, the "Erasmus + Youth" program is responsible for the Spanish National Agency, which is located in INJUVE (http://www.erasmusplus.injuve.es/).

What formations and evaluations does an EVS project comprise?

• Training when living the country, so that volunteers have an opportunity to present their expectations, develop their motivation and learning objectives, as well as obtain information about the host country and the "Erasmus +" program.

• Training on arrival (At the beginning of the activity), it serves to introduce the volunteers of the country and the host environment.

• Intermediate evaluation (in the middle of the activity), offers volunteers the possibility to evaluate and reflect on their experience so far, as well as to meet other volunteers who are in Spain.

• EVS annual event (Third quarter of the year), serves as an evaluation meeting, promotion event.

Each country has its own training calendar, in the case of the EVS training and evaluation calendar in Spain, it can be consulted at the following link:

How to request an EVS?

Get in touch with a sending organization. Asociación Europa 2020 is accredited as a sending organization, which will guide you in the search of projects and organizations where to carry out the European Voluntary Service.

To what end do I have to perform an EVS?

An EVS project allows you to get involved in the daily work of an organization, which awaits your collaboration and where you will acquire new learning and competencies. So it is recommended that you choose the project that best suits you and with which you feel most motivated.

What should I prepare to be a candidate in an EVS project?

Regardless of the chosen route to carry out a European Voluntary Service (applying a project or contacting the host organization), the candidate must present their curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation in English or in the language of the host country's organization. voluntary.

What does the EVS cover?

On the one hand, it covers the amount of the trip established by Km:

100-499 kms: € 180
500 -1999 kms: € 275
2000-2999 kms: € 360

3000-3999 kms: € 530
4000-7999 kms: € 820
More than 8000 kms: € 1100

See the Commission's distance calculator: Europea.http:

On the other hand, it covers the volunteer:

- Accommodation and meals

- Pocket money set by countries

- Online language training and training on arrival

- Local Transportation in case it is necessary to attend the volunteer position

- CIGNA medical insurance

-Intermediate evaluation for projects over six months

Is the EVS certified?

Once the SVE is completed, the volunteer acquires the "Youthpass Certificate". This certificate is endorsed by the European Commission and validates the competences acquired in the EVS carried out.

What conditions does an EVS project present?

The volunteer day has a maximum of 38 hours per week. The volunteer has two consecutive days off per week and two days of vacation for each month of volunteering.

How can I know the different SVE projects?

There are different ways to access the different EVS projects.

On the one hand, you can find volunteer projects on our Facebook page "Asociación Europa 2020" and through our website  subscribing to receive news .

https://www.facebook.com/aeuropa2020/

aeuropa2020.com

On the other hand, on the official website "European Youth Portal", in the volunteer section you can find a lot of project.

https://europa.eu/youth/Eu_en

Finally, in different internet portals and Facebook groups EVS offers are also launched. To find these portals our recommendation you just need to use the internet search engine by entering keywords related to the EVS, and the same for facebook.

Who subsidizes EVS?

The EVS is part of the European Commission's "Erasmus +" program, which subsidizes the EVS to the volunteer by offering lodging, food, insurance, monthly pocket money, language course, trips for the beginning and end of the project and the support of a tutor.

When can I do SVE projects?

EVS can only be carried out once, but there is the possibility of carrying out two SVE projects if the first one is carried out for a short period (2 months maximum).

In case an EVS project of 2 months has been carried out, the following project can not exceed 10 months.

What does the "Erasmus +" program mean to young people with fewer opportunities?

Young people with fewer opportunities is an important priority of the European Union in order to allow access to all young people to benefit from the program.

Young people with fewer opportunities are at a disadvantage compared to their peers, as they face situations and obstacles, which are described below:

- Social obstacles: young people who suffer discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability or handicap, etc., young people with a lack of social skills or risky sexual behavior or anti-social behavior; young ex-prisoners, ex-drug addicts or ex-alcoholics, single young mothers / fathers, orphans and young people from dysfunctional families.

- Economic obstacles: young people with a low standard of living, low income, dependence on the social security system, in a situation of long-term unemployment or poverty; the young homeless, with debt or financial problems.

- Disability: young people with mental disabilities (intellectual, cognitive, learning), physical, sensory or other disabilities.

- Educational difficulties: young people with learning difficulties, young people who leave school, low-qualified people, young people with low school performance.

- Cultural differences: young immigrants or refugees or descendants of immigrant or refugee families, young people belonging to a national or ethnic minority.

- Health problems: young people with chronic health problems, serious illnesses or psychiatric disorders, young people with mental health problems.

- Geographical obstacles: young people from remote or rural areas, young people living in small islands or peripheral regions; young people with urban problems, younger areas with limited level of services (limited public transport, poor conditions, abandoned villages).

Can I work or do another volunteer while I am doing my EVS?

An EVS project encompasses both the time that is in the place of volunteering and the leisure of the volunteer so it would be incompatible with the completion of another volunteering or working during the EVS.

Do I have to register and register as a resident in the country where I do my EVS?

In the countries of the European Union, non-EU citizens or EU citizens whose destination is a non-EU country, must register and formalize their residence at the beginning of their EVS project, in the case of EU citizens or those destined for a Community country. If they remain in the community country where they carry out their EVS for more than three months, they must register and formalize their residence.

Can I receive an unemployment benefit from my country of origin during the implementation of EVS?

Focusing on the Spanish Employment System this contemplates the following rules:

If he did not find a volunteer residing in the country that issued the aid, this possibility would be incompatible.

In the event that an unemployment benefit is being charged, you must contact the employment office to process the suspension of payment of the benefit.

To be able to resume this benefit after completing the EVS, you must contact the employment office again, provided that: you have not stayed abroad for more than 12 months, you register as a job seeker and you request the resumption of service 15 business days after the return and the cause of the transfer abroad is justified. In any case, this information is only guidance since the employment office will be the one who assesses the individual situation of each case.

In the case of a host volunteering, the conditions of the volunteer's country should be consulted.

What age ranges does the possibility of performing an EVS include?

The EVS is open to young people between 17 and 30 years old. This means that volunteers must be between 17 and 30 years of age at the beginning of their volunteer activity.

On the part of Asociación Europa 2020, our age range for working with SVE, both for sending and receiving, is from 18 to 30 years of age.

Is it essential to know the language of the host country?

It is not essential to know the language of the host country. It depends on the host organization to require a basic knowledge of the language to be able to carry out the volunteer task.

If I am going to do my volunteering in a non-EU country, what would it take to do in this my SVE?

In addition to everything required in the EU countries, it would be essential to obtain a visa (a procedure that the hosting and coordinating organization helps to obtain).

In addition to the visa, depending on the country of destination you can request different documentation, all of which must be a worker with the host organization and coordinator.

Can I finish the EVS project early?

Yes, as long as this decision is agreed with the parts involved in the EVS (volunteer, national agency, sending organization, host and coordinator) This early termination must occur for a justified cause, and always bearing in mind that must exhaust other possible routes previously, leaving the cancellation of the project as the last option

Can my volunteer project be canceled in case it does not fulfill the tasks or in case of creating conflict?

The host association in the first place should deal with the situation with the volunteer and in case the negative situation continues it would contact the different parts involved in the volunteer project (sending organization and coordinator and National Agency) and if this is how the volunteer project could be canceled.

How many days before and after the SVE project starts and ends do I have to buy travel tickets and be reimbursed?

The volunteer has a maximum of 15 days before and after the project begins to carry out his transfer and to be able to acquire his refund of travel tickets. This margin is subject to the fact that during the period in which the volunteer is in the volunteer country but not in the project, he must assume the maintenance and accommodation costs that are generated during these days that are not in the project, and You must also justify why the trip is made outside the dates of the project.

In any case, this is a guideline that should be dealt with by the coordinating organization and this may vary depending on the country.

Could Asociación Europa 2020 send me regardless of where I live?

As long as the volunteer candidate is a Spanish citizen he can be sent by the "Europe 2020" Association regardless of where he lives.

Having nationality of the country of the sending organization can I come and go from a country other than my own?

Yes, provided that the reason why the mobility is not carried out from the country of which I have the nationality is justified.

If I do not want to venture into EVS from the start, what other possibilities can I find?

Asociación Europa 2020 in addition to the EVS, works with the "Erasmus +" program in training courses, seminars, youth exchanges. Our recommendation is that you get in touch with us so that we can add you to our database and be up to date with all the totally free activities offered by our association. 

Do you still have doubts about EVS?

Check the FAQs provided by INJUVE in the Erasmus + Youth area:

http://erasmusplus.injuve.es/faq/faq.html?categoryfolder=/modules/faq/4KA1/&__locale=en

Or get in touch with us to solve them.