What is EVS
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young 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 two volunteers.
Our EVS volunteers
I’m from Izmir, coastal
city of Turkey. I always have been interested especially projects for the young
people and I've been volunteer since during on my university years. I have been
involved in various projects in order to add value for people who lives with
less opportunity in the society. Therefore I'm aware about the social
entrepreneurship. I had a chance to improve my ability and do research about
the young's unemployment, brain drain, opportunities for young people because
of I had been working as a Jr. HR Specialist in Turkey. I'm interested in the
NGO sector and would like to continue my career in this sector for the very
reason to be volunteer in YAK it is a very good opportunity for me. Here I gain
the skills related to the sector as a volunteer and for sure I improve my
English skills.Besides, I love traveling. I have traveled to 7 countries in
Europe and now I feel really excited for explore to North Macedonia and the
other Western Balkans Countries.Skopje is vivid city and the Yak team really
helpful to us about get used to live in the city. They are also give me chance
to discover and find my abilities and they are support me on this way.I have
almost one year but I can say that I already now that I'm sure it will be
unforgettable experience for me!
I am a recent graduate journalist and sociologist with a keen interest in deeply rooted problems we face in everyday life, especially the ones that are aroused by and inseparable of how we build our societies. My strong motivation to take a part in tackling social problems and striving for a better future that works for us all, and in particular improving my professional skills in terms of content creation specifically for social projects, led me to think of starting a career in NGO area. I see volunteering for YAK as a good step for my future plans due to the close collaborations and wide range of connections the organization has across the Europe, which would allow me to make new contacts with people from different countries and backgrounds. What more, being a part of a creative, respective, understanding and tolerant team for a month here made me realize that there is much more than carrying out the tasks professionally behind the true success of social projects!
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