Last month the team of NGO-Jobs.eu met the president of SCI – Service Civil International, Ms. Valentine Costa, to talk about the European Voluntary Service (EVS).
SCI is currently one of Austria’s sending organisations to EVS-projects in European countries and also a coordinating organisation of the EVS-programme. Read more about the 70-year-old peace organisation with five years of experience to share about the EVS in our NGO-Magazin article this week.
What is the EVS-programme?
The EVS is an international volunteering programme and a learning experience financed by the European Commission and organised by Erasmus+. Young people can participate in a project for a period up to 12 months in European countries and neighbouring countries as well (e.g. Turkey, Russia), though most of the projects are located within the EU.
Who can participate?
There are few requirements for EVS-candidates:
How to apply?
At first the applicant needs to find an appropriate sending organisation, usually near their place of residence (Bundesland).
The sending organisation is in charge to support the applicant in his/her project research, explaining the different aspects of the EVS and how to look for projects and organisations of his/her interest on the EVS databases.
Look and apply for a specific project: https://europa.eu/youth/volunteering_en
Or look for an organisation and send an open application: https://europa.eu/youth/volunteering/evs-organisation_en
The application process:
Candidates can choose their project according to:
The motivation letter is an essential part of the application process. It is therefore recommended to draft an individual motivation letter for each application. The motivation letter should express the expectation and interest of the applicant.
Some candidates make very unique and creative applications, such as video messages to the hosting organisation, but it is not mandatory.
We advise applicants to use the EUROPASS format to design their CV.
It is essential to start looking for a project 6-8 months before your planned departure. Pay attention as well to the application deadlines of each project, when provided on the database!
Valentine (SCI) suggests that applicants apply for at least 10 different projects.
After being selected by a hosting organisation, every candidate will be invited to a skype interview in English.
If that goes well, the candidate receives a positive answer of a hosting organisation and gets accepted for the project. Now the applicant informs his/her sending organisation, which will go through all further necessary administrative steps with the hosting organisation. The funding application has to be sent to the National Agency and after the deadline it will take at least 2 months to get the answer if the project will be financed. Patience is definitely a key to the EVS!
The EVS-programme covers the following costs:
Tips & Advices!
If you want further information about the EVS-programme, feel free to contact SCI-Austria at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the EVS and SCI’s other volunteering projects, go to http://www.sci.or.at/langzeitprojekte/europaeischer-freiwilligendienst-efd/