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General information about European Voluntary Service

European Voluntary Service (EVS) used to be until 2014 a fully funded 'Youth in Action' Scheme, and fully-funded-10% travel contribution. But from 2014 EVS became a program of ERASMUS+ under the name Mobility project for young people-European Voluntary Service with ERASMUS+. Organizations active in the fields of education, training and youth receive support from the Erasmus+ Programme to carry out projects promoting different types of mobility. The mobility project for young people supports the European Voluntary Service.

Are you between 17 and 30 and willing to spend from 2 to 12 months abroad as an EVS volunteer?

Centrum dobrovoľníctva / Volunteer Center (PIC number 939726204) is acredited sending, hosting and coordinating organization for European voluntary service funded by Erasmus+.

We do not currently have any opened call for applications.

Contact person:

Ida Adolfova, EVS coordinator

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+421 918 326 416

Skype ID: upon request


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How does it work?

An EVS project is a partnership between two or more promoting organizations. These organizations are responsible for recruiting volunteers for their project. Volunteers participate in EVS through a Sending Organization in the country where they live and a Receiving Organization that receives and hosts them during their period of service.

Projects last from 2 to 12 months, and as a volunteer you can work in a wide range of fields, such as culture, youth, sports, children, cultural heritage, arts, animal welfare, environment and development cooperation. At the end of your EVS period, you will receive a certificate confirming your participation and describing your project – the Youthpass. You will receive free accommodation, food, insurance and pocket money. The only thing you might have to pay is a small part of your travel costs.

How can you apply?

If you are between 17 and 30 you have two options:
1. Contact an organization that is recruiting volunteers for a granted project OR
2. Contact an organization to discuss starting a project

What does our Centre in Banská Bystrica do as a Sending Organization?

  • inform youth about volunteering opportunities across the broad and we guide them in their choice of volunteering activities
  • introduce them to the volunteering projects and topics
  • put them in contact with the coordinator of the chosen project
  • give them clear information about the EVS project, in particular about the tasks to be performed, accommodation, training and support
  • make with them "face to face" interview and guidance thru the phases of the departure
  • help them with booking the ticket and travelling advices
  • help them with signing the health insurance contract
  • keep in touch with the volunteers during the travelling as well as the whole period of the project, providing guidance and mentoring/ keeping in touch with the volunteer and with the hosting organization for a good collaboration
  • help in evaluating the participation in EVS so as to gain all the maximum benefits from her/his experience
  • if asked, help them in re-adjusting to life in his/her home country and for guidance in personal projects

What do we do as a Hosting Organization?

  • do online interview with youth interested to volunteer in our organisation
  • help them with travelling support and guidance
  • take care of the practical arrangements in order to support and guide the volunteer from the moment of his/her arriving in our country
  • provide safe and clean accommodation
  • provide food and pocket money for the whole month
  • manage on-arriving training session as well as mid-term training
  • give tasks support and guidance thru all the period of the project
  • provide a mentor with whom she/he will have regular meetings and personal support
  • integrate the volunteer into the society and community
  • offer the possibility to contact and involve in others NGO's activities
  • provide language classes with all charge free for the volunter
  • motivate the volunteer and keep the interest up with activities project related
  • encourage and provide support for the volunteers own projects
  • follow the volunteer's improvement and encourage for personal development
  • prepare departure evaluation

Read our volunteer Adina´s personal opinion (English language) HERE

Read about the experience of our volunteer Simona (Slovak language) HERE

Read more about the memories of our volunteer Ladislav (Slovak language) HERE

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  • Nikto nerobí väčšiu chybu ako ten, kto nerobí nič v presvedčení, že to málo, čo urobiť môže, je bezvýznamné.

    Edmund Burke
  • Medzi dobrovoľníkmi nenájdete žiadnych obyčajných ľudí, pridajte sa.

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