European Voluntary Service
The Youth in Action programme offers young Europeans the chance to make a real difference to the world and to their own lives through the European Voluntary Service.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young Europeans with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU. In this way, it seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and to promoting young people's active citizenship.
Learning for life!
Open to all young people aged 18 to 30, EVS is a true ‘learning service’. Beyond benefiting the local communities, by participating in voluntary activities, young volunteers can develop new skills and, therefore, improve their personal, educational and professional development. Volunteers can benefit from specific training throughout the activity and agree on their expected learning outcomes, processes and methods in advance. Their learning experience is formally recognized through a Youthpass. Participation is free for the volunteers (except for a possible contribution of a maximum of 10% of the travel costs) who also get board and lodging, insurance cover and an allowance for the duration of the project. Special conditions apply to encourage the participation of young people with fewer opportunities. For instance, they can participate as of the age of 16. Further information can be found in the Erasmus + Programme Guide
Co-operation and friendships
A successful EVS project requires close co-operation among at least three key players: a sending organization, a host organization and the volunteer. One of the organizations involved in this partnership also plays the role of coordinating organization and applies for an EU grant on behalf of the partnership. Organizations perform a number of roles: they identify volunteering opportunities and develop projects that benefit the local community. They also recruit and prepare the volunteers, host them, and ensure follow-up.
The European Voluntary Service spans a wide range of areas, such as culture, youth, sports, social care, cultural heritage, the arts, civil protection, the environment, development co-operation, etc. One thing all the activities have in common is a clear European and intercultural learning dimension. EVS is a mutually beneficial process, where everybody gains from getting to know the other's culture.
Are you between 18 and 30 and willing to spend from two up to 12 months abroad as an EVS volunteer in our organization in Greece; if you are Greek, and you want to do European voluntary Service in another country in the world, Check the following informations or contact us.
How to apply for EVS in Solidarity Tracks:
Is very easy:
You should send us your CV (Europass CV) and your motivation letter
You fill this form:
Please download the attached document "Form EVS Hosting"
If you are youngster from Greece, if you want to go for EVS to in other country and you want to help you to find you right project you should fill this form:
Please download the attached document "Form EVS Sending" Youthpass certificate
About the experiences in EVS you will not just have great memories, but as well a European level certificate - Youth pass! Youthpass is.. Unique! The first document in Europe that shows the benefits what the young people get from non-formal education! Friendly! Available to ALL youth!
Believable! Every certificate has a special number, which verifies the originality of the document.
All Youthpass certificates contain the following information:
Personal details about the participant
General description of the relevant Action of the Programme
Key information concerning the project and the activities realized by the participant
Description and assessment of the participant's learning outcome during the project.
Through the Youthpass, the European Commission ensures that participation in the Programme is recognized as an educational experience and a period of non-formal learning and informal learning. This document can be of great benefit for the future educational or professional pathway of the participant.
For more information look here: youthpass
Download the Youth pass guide from this link: Youthpass Guide
The volunteers who come to Solidarity Tracks, we offer them a Tool that helps them to follow their learning process EVS Log Book diary / mydiary.e-evs.eu
When you come to do your EVS in Solidarity Tracks, you will live in one of these volunteer houses.
EVS house 1
The house has 3 double-bed rooms, one bathroom, big kitchen, living room and garden.
Provided in the house:
Full equipped kitchen
The bed-linen (sheets, blankets, pillows) not towels
EVS house 2
The house has 3 double-bed rooms, one bathroom and a big kitchen.
Provided in the house:
Full equipped kitchen
The bed-linen (sheets, blankets, pillows) not towels
Practical information Venue:
Our youth EVS project will take place in Lefkas.
The island of Lefkas, also called Lefkada, is the fourth largest island of the Ionian Islands, after Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Corfu. It has an area of 303 square kilometers, a coastline of 117 km and a population of about 22.000 inhabitants. Lefkas is an island with a wide spiritual tradition and it’s situated 378 km from Athens.
Discover the emerald island at: www.lefkada.gr
If your project will be at the Elderly care Centre of Lefkas, you will take your lunch at the Elderly care center of Lefkas. You will take a lump sum of 100 Euros for meals that are outside the center.
If your project will be at Solidarity Tracks offices, you will take a lump sum of 150 Euros per month for food.
You will receive 100€ per month.
Your working place is in Solidarity Tracks Offices or in Elderly care centre of Lefkas. Both are 5 minutes walking from your home.
Transportation from your country:
When your project will be agree, you will inform us as soon as possible about your departure date. The airplane tickets should be bought by the volunteer. The transport costs will be reimbursed on a lump sum basis (official travel distance calculator supported by the European Commission.)
How to arrive to Lefkas:
When you arrive to Athens El. Venizelos Airport you have to take the city bus X93 to the bus station Kifissos, it will take about 60 min and the ticket costs about 5 €. There you have to take the bus to Lefkas which takes 5,5 hours and costs 34€. We will wait you at the bus station in Lefkas. Pay attention that there are only 4 buses from Athens to Lefkas (At 7:00, 13:00, 16:30 and 20:30) so we will organize your flight so as to arrive early to Athens and catch a bus to Lefkas.
Very important is that you KEEP ALL THE BILLS, TICKETS AND BOARDING PASSES from your travel. We will reimburse to you the bus tickets in Lefkas.
Your sending organization will register in Cigna Insurance before your coming in Greece. Your sending organizations will help you for the preparation.
On Arrival training:
It will be organized by the Greek National Agency
Mild term evaluation:
It will be organized by the Greek National Agency.(We will inform you later about the dates.
Your participation in these seminars is obligatory!
When you come here you will learn Greek lessons tow times per week (at least 50 hours Greek lessons during your EVS).
You will have pedagogical training from our staff to help you to realize your tasks.
Every volunteer before starting EVS gets a free CIGNA Assistance insurance. Sending, hosting or coordinating organization is responsible for the completing the formalities.
CIGNA insurance works all the EVS period 24h a day in all the world, starting from the day when the volunteer is going to his project place and 2 more month after the end of the project.
How CIGNA works?
Pay for the medical service
Don't forget to take the confirmation about the payment receipt or bill. In the receipts or bills should be specified your name and surname, date of birth, date of treatment, detailed description of the treatment, amount of expenses, name of the doctor, hospital, lab or name of the pharmacy, address and phone number.
Carefully fill in the health care form what you can find here: www.europeanbenefits.com
Send the bills, doctors prescription originals and the health care form to the CIGNA office. In the pharmacy you can explain, that the insurance needs the originals.
If everything will be filled and done correctly, the money for the expenses CIGNA will pay back to the given account number in couple of weeks.
If you need emergency medicine or treatment in the hospital, then CIGNA will pay immediately by transferring the money to the medicine institution. Show your CIGNA card in the reception and ask the staff or contact theCIGNA Assistance yourself not later the 3 days after the hospitalization! If you have a planned hospitalization, contact CIGNA 10 days before the check-in the hospital.
Routine ambulatory medicine
CIGNA doesn't cover:
Treatment that is not necessary from a medical point of view, such as aesthetic treatment, orthodontic treatment, aesthetic surgery, pharmaceutical products that are not prescribed, personal expenses in a hospital (telephone, television, newspapers, etc.);
The treatment of psychiatric, mental or nervous problems or those related to alcohol or drug abuse outside the hosting country and the country of origin;
Hydrotherapy and cures at thermal spas;
Hospital or doctors' fees which are clearly excessive or not customary may be rejected or only partly reimbursed.
EVS activities in Solidarity Tracks EVS activities infopackPrevious EVS projects Environment education EVS in the Elderly Care Centre Info-point Orange RadioNet Orange R@dionet for Kids Sustainable development Theater workshop on human rights
Time bank in Lefkas
Video experiences of previous volunteers: Maria Grazia
Elderly Care Center
EVS Call for volunteering Activities
Apply for EVS in Solidarity Tracks:
Send us your CV and your motivation letter and fill this form: "Form EVS Hosting" Apply for EVS in Europe:
Send us your CV and your motivation letter and fill this form: "Form EVS Sending"
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there in.