Youth Exchanges help young people acquire important skills such as project management and teamwork. Such opportunities outside the school environment enable groups of young people to undertake a structured programme of activities (e.g. a mix of workshops, exercises, debates and role plays) in another country within or outside the EU for up to 21 days.
The European Voluntary Service offers an ideal opportunity for young people to develop skills by contributing to the daily work of organisations in areas such as social care, environment, non-formal education programmes, ICT, culture and many others. It's also a chance for them to grow in self-confidence, feel more actively engaged as citizens and experience another way of life. A volunteering activity can last up to one year and participants can volunteer to support all kinds of causes, either within or outside the European Union.
Youth Exchanges are open to young people aged between 13 and 30. The European Voluntary Service is open to young people aged between 17 and 30.
In just one year with the European Voluntary Service, I've learned more than I've ever learned before. I would definitely recommend the Voluntary Service to anybody who is open-minded and wants to gain experience
Clara (Germany) on participating in a project to assist recentlyarrived immigrants in Brussels, Belgium at the Jozef Swinnencommunity centre
How to find out more?
How to apply?
If you are interested in applying, you should get in touchwith the national agency in your country: