European Voluntary Service

What is EVS?

European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a long-running European programme that lets young people from the UK volunteer in another country overseas.

For a period of two weeks to twelve months volunteers can experience the culture of a new country, learn new skills, make new friends, and learn to stand on their own two feet. You can go anywhere and do practically anything, from football coaching in France to elderly care in Crimea. Have a look at some examples here:

EVS is completely free to the volunteer (although we might ask for a small amount of fundraising to help towards the travel) – you are covered for food, accommodation, training, insurance, vaccinations, most of your travel – and you even get a bit of pocket money on top.

What has the Swift Centre done before?

The Swift has so far taken part in two EVS projects: Zimbabwe 2011 and Nepal 2013. These were short-term EVS placements with around 12 volunteers travelling each time.

We are now looking to open up existing partnerships with other EU organisations to offer longer-term placements around Europe too.

Interested in taking part?

The Swift Centre is a sending and hosting organisation. We welcome inquiries from organisations and individuals who wish to get involved in the programme with us. However, please note that we are a small organisation and can only run a limited number of projects per year. We aim to keep this page updated, but for up-to -the-minute opportunities, please send an email to Paul Clewett (paulclewett@gmail.com) so he can put you on the mailing list.

Please also see our other Erasmus+ project pages for other international opportunities with the Swift Centre.

LATEST (last updated May 2014): We are unable to support any more volunteers in 2014. If you are resident in the UK, below 30 and interested in volunteering in 2015, please contact EVS coordinator Paul Clewett (paulclewett@gmail.com) directly.

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