Volunteering

Why EVS could be the best decision of your live

For those of you who have no Idea what EVS means let me explain you one of the best possibilities for young people to go abroad.

I decided to do a European Volunteer Service (EVS) – wait now it is ESC (European Solidarity Corp but for now I will call it EVS) before it is too late and I´m turning 30. When I came to my “On arrival Training”, just at the beginning of my EVS I meet other Volunteers from all over Slovakia and from different projects. I expected to be the oldest but there was one guy from Spain who was 30 years old. How? He explained: “You have to send the application, get your EVS contract and finish the project before you turn 31. As long as you are 30 everything is fine.” I understood. So 30 years is the official limit. Which means 30 is still in but you have to finish your project before you turn 31.

How old was the youngest? She was 18 and also from Germany, like me. You see we had a wide range of people between 18 and 30 and all came from different countries. Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Czech Republic, Serbia and Ukraine. Wait Ukraine? Turkey? Serbia? They are not part of the EU. Doesn´t matter you can take part in more than just the EU countries. Means you can go abroad and also the people can come here if they get a Visa and all this bureaucracy will be managed.

Here are the countries which take part:

EU-member counties (Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, United Kingdom, Cyprus)

Non-EU Member States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Turkey)

Neighbouring partner countries, namely the Western Balkans region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia)

Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus), South-Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia) and Russian Federation.

This are all the countries where you can take part. Isn´t that great! I couldn´t hardly choose just by the countries where to go! For me it was the project which caught me and the time of the project. I am part of a shorter project. I am here since 14th of August and I will stay till 14th of December. Four months. Either if you think it is to short or too long. You can decide by yourself. Everything between 2 and 12 months is possible.

If you want to learn more about what I´m doing here in Bratislava and why did I write my first Blog article after 2 months, stay tuned! More articles will follow in short time. I promise.

Foto: Mathilde Alcouffe (picture of the on arrival group)

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