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What are the steps I need to go through?

What are the steps I need to go through?
Before you jump into filling in an application form, you need to be aware of the steps you need to go through before you can get enrolled into the volunteering programme you wish for. In case you are still not clear on what you need to do, do contact one of our country managers (fa-l sa duca pe STAFF) and in the very real time you are to be contacted back. In case you do not have a country/regional directir you need to contact one of our staff part of the technical assistance unit in charge with your geographical area.
Step 1: decide what kind of volunteering project would you like to do, what would be the theme would you like to work on? Here you have some examples of themes that could orient your choices:

Culture

Media

Community development

Social assistance

Youth leisure

Agriculture

Civil protection

Cultural Heritage

Sports

Animation

Environment

Art

Health

Communication & IT

Organizational development

 

Otherwise you may want to join an EVS project that fits into a broader context- please check the volunteer work section (fa-o clikcable) to get an idea of the possibilities.
Step 2: Choose the country taking into account your preferences. Here you have a list with the countries that you can choose:

  • EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Great Britain, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic , Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
  • Countries participating in the programme, members of the European Association of the Free Exchange; The European Economic Space: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway.
  • Countries participating in the programme, candidate for EU membership: Turkey
  • Neighboring partner countries:
  1. South East Europe: Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia
  2. Eastern Europe and Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russian Federation, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
  3. Partner countries from Mediterranean area: Algeria, Egypt, Jordanian, Israel, Libyan, Marocco, Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia
  • Other partner countries of the world: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Fiji, Niue, Angola, Philippines, Palau, Antigua and Barbuda, Gabon, Panama, Argentina, Gambia, Papua, New Guinea, Australia, Ghana, Paraguay, Bahamas, Grenada, Peru, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Ruanda, Barbados, Equatorial Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belize, Guinea, Republic Sainte-Lucia, Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Saint-Vincent and Grenadines, Bolivia, Guyana, Samoa, Botswana, Haiti, Sao Tome and Principe, Brazil, Honduras, Senegal, Brunei, India, Seychelles, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Jamaica, Solomon Islands, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, USA, Cameroun, Kenya, Sudan, Canada, Kiribati, Surinam, Cape Verde, Kirghizia Republic, Swaziland, Central African Republic, Laos, Tanzania, Chad, Lesotho, Thailand, Chile, Liberia, East Timor , China, Madagascar, Togo, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Tonga, Columbia, Malaysia, Trinidad-Tobago, Comoros, Mali, Tuvalu, Congo R.D., Marshall Islands, Uganda, Congo, Mauritania Republic, Uruguay, Cook Islands , Mauritius, Uzbekistan, Republic of Coreea, Mexico, Vanuatu, Costa Rica, Micronesia, Venezuela, Djibouti, Mozambique, Vietnam, Dominica, Namibia, Yemen, Dominican Republic, Nauru, Zambia, Ecuador, Nepal, Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Eritrea, Niger.

 

Step 3: define the period of volunteering; although the period is flexible, most voluntary projects have on average between 6-12 months length.
Step 4: fill in your CV using the European format and your motivation letter and send them to one of the country/regional managers (fa-l sa duca la staff). If you experience difficulties in filling in the CV and the motivation letter, do not hesitate to contact the country/regional director. In case there is no the country/regional director in your area, then feel free to contact one of our Worldwide volunteering managers in charge with your geographical area.
Step 5: the country/regional managers will look for you several EVS hosting projects in order to find the one that matches your expectations. All your contact data, CV, motivation letter to the coordinators of the hosting organizations
Step 6: once identified one or more EVS hosting projects, one of the country/regional manager will contact you to set a preliminary interview. If you country has country/regional director then they are the ones to fix this for you, otherwise you need to contact one of our Worldwide volunteering managers in charge with your geographical area.

Step 7: interview for an EVS stage which implies the. During the interview will be cleared technical aspects and content of the potential EVS stage that you wish to follow. Here you have the opportunity to discuss with other international volunteers from other countries engaged in an EVS project. At this stage you have to decide on the EVS project (theme, period, location). The interview may take the shape of a face to face or an online interview, depending on the area you are based.
Step 8: signing the EVS Activity Agreement: this agreement establishes duties, working hours, practical arrangements, and the learning objectives of the volunteer. An EVS Activity Agreement must contain the original signature of the legal representatives of the coordinating organizations, host and sending, and the volunteers involved in an EVS activity. All signatories must receive a copy of the Agreement. In case of doubt or disagreement, criteria and rules of EVS, as is stipulated in the Program Guide will prevail over the Agreement.
At this stage the volunteer must have a sending organization. If you country has country/regional director then they are the ones to fix this for you, otherwise you need to contact one of our Worldwide volunteering managers in charge with your geographical area.

Step 9: pre-departure training for the EVS service: the pre-departure training gives to the volunteers the opportunity to talk about their expectations, to develop their motivation, and to obtain information about the hosting country and Youth in Action Programme. It may be also an opportunity for volunteers to meet and discuss with former EVS volunteers. Its duration is, on average three days. This training will be provided by the National Agency. In case in your country there is no National Agency, please contact your country/regional director and they are the ones to fix this for you, otherwise you need to contact one of our Worldwide volunteering managers in charge with your geographical area.

Step 10: leaving for the EVS stage: medical insurance, all formalities related to booking / buying plane/bus/train tickets, the health insurance, throughout the entire EVS stage are the responsibility of the sending organization. Please contact your country/regional director and they are the ones to fix this for you, otherwise you need to contact one of our Worldwide volunteering managers in charge with your geographical area.



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Hello, I am Elizabeth, from Valencia, Spain. I am 26 years old. I am biologist and I studied Master of Secondary school teacher. I work as volunteer in association of people with mental and physical disabilities. Also I work as volunteer with homeless people. I like photography, music, nature and swimming. I love to work with kids and with people, who need help. Now I live in Novaci and I think that Gorj is very nice rural place. The people are very friendly, and the landscapes are so nice. I this project I really want to learn a lot of new things, to know better new cultures, languages (I want to improve my English language).
 
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