Erasmus + is the European Commission’s new programme for boosting skills and employability through education, training, youth and sport. It promotes the mobility of young people through international activities with a non-formal education dimension such as youth exchanges, voluntary services, youth initiatives and training of youth workers.
Erasmus + is an inclusive programme that aims to involve all young people regardless of their educational, economic and cultural background.
The programme promotes mobility within and beyond the EU borders by encouraging intercultural dialogue. It is underpinned by a non-formal educational approach, which is dependent on the active involvement of young people, while inspiring a sense of active citizenship, solidarity and tolerance.
" Not all those who wander are lost." – J.R.R. Tolkein
The European Voluntary Service forms part of ERASMUS+, EVS offers young people the opportunity to volunteer in another country. A wide variety of placements can be found in the social, cultural, environmental, and sports sector.
Projects last from 2 weeks to 12 months, and as a volunteer you can work in a wide range of fields, such as culture, youth, sports, education, cultural heritage, arts, animal welfare, environment and development cooperation.
At the end of the EVS period, each volunteer receives the Youthpass, a certificate that confirms the participation of the volunteer in the project and the description of the project.
EVS aims to involve all young people between 17 years old to 30 fostering applications from the most disadvantaged ones.
EVS provides the funding to cover the volunteer's costs (free accommodation, food, insurance, and pocket money). This project is a partnership between two or more promoting organisations. These organisations are responsible for recruiting volunteers for their project. Volunteers participate in EVS through a Sending Organisation in the country where they live and a Receiving Organisation that receives and hosts them during their period of service.
Youth Exchange is one of the projects coordinated by the European Commission and takes part of an Erasmus + program. This exchange allows groups of young people from different countries to meet, coexist and participate on shared projects during a short period of time.
YE is meant for young people between 13 and 30 years old, the projects last a short period of time, from 5 to 21 days.
The EU grant supports travel as well as practical and activity-related costs necessary for the exchange.