20 years of the European Voluntary Service Programme
Maison de l’Europe hosts each year a European Volunteer, who for the period of 10 months supports the work of the association. This year it is me, Ada Modzelewska from Poland (as my name already indicates), who has the opportunity to work together with the team of Maison de l’Europe on various projects throughout the year. You might wonder how exactly I got to Nantes and how the funding, which allows young people to gain such international experience, works.
European Voluntary Service (EVS) is part of Erasmus+, the EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sports. Since the creation of the EVS initiative in 1996, over 100,000 young people have taken part in international volunteering. Through EVS people between 17 and 30 years old get the opportunity to engage in the work of a non-governmental, non-profit organization in the field of their interest.
The topics vary a lot, from the environment and animal welfare, through culture, European integration, social inclusion to rural development or sports. The volunteer in return for its engagements receives support to cover its travel and living costs, as well as pocket money and insurance. EVS is a unique opportunity to work for a good cause, experience a new country and learn a new language. The programme puts also a great value on the personal development of the volunteer and offers time and means to allow a young person to grow on a professional but also personal level.
If you are interested in finding out more about the specific volunteering opportunities and the application procedure you can visit the Centre Régional Information Jeunesse in Nantes. http://www.infos-jeunes.fr/le-crij-nantes For further general information about the programme visit: http://www.erasmusplus-jeunesse.fr/site/ http://europa.eu/youth/ http://pays-de-la-loire.drdjscs.gouv.fr/ Ada Modzelewska