What is EVS
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young people 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.
EVS is open to all young people aged 18 to 30. 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 recognised through a Youthpass.
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? click here for further information.
Our EVS Project
YAK, with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, offers opportunities to young people (18-30) to volunteer in North Macedonia for 12 months.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is one of the actions of the Youth In Action programme, a programme that promotes the mobility of young people through international activities with a non-formal education dimension such as youth exchanges, voluntary services, youth initiatives and training of youth workers.
Main motivation of the project is to address the issue of youth
unemployment by developing the competencies of volunteers and involved
organization especially in the fields of social entrepreneurship and
We are accredited as Erasmus+ Coordinating and Hosting organization for volunteers.
Our EVS volunteer
I’m from Izmir, coastal city of Turkey. I have always been interested in participating in many projects, especially projects for the young people and I've been a volunteer ever since my university years. I have been part of various projects, in order to add value to people who have less opportunities in the society that they are part of, which introduced me to the term ‘social entrepreneurship’. Working as a Jr. HR Specialist in Turkey gave me the opportunity to improve my abilities and do a research on the young people’s unemployment, their opportunities in their respected countries, brain drains, etc. . . . I'm interested in the NGO sector and would like to pursue my career in this sector , therefore I believe that my volunteerism in YAK is a very propitious opportunity for me. As a volunteer in YAK I gain the skills needed for the NGO sector, while simultaneously improving my English language skills. I am also an adventurous person that loves travelling. I have traveled to 7 countries in Europe and I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to explore North Macedonia, as well as the other Western Balkans Countries. Skopje is a vivid city and the Yak team has been really helpful in adjusting us to the life in the city. They have also given me the chance to improve my abilities and they have given me an incredible amount of support along my journey. I still have one year ahead of me, but I can already tell that it will be an unforgettable experience for me!
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