E.V.S.

What are the possible project structures?
Third-country E. V. S projects must involve at least one E. U Member State and may consist of:

1) one sending country and one host country (one-to-one)
2) several sending countries and one host country
3) several sending countries and several host countries in the same region

Project type 2 is strongly recommended, especially for projects taking place in third countries, where training sessions organized by National Agencies are not available. The presence of a group of volunteers of mixed nationalities in the same country will make it possible to organize common training sessions (on-arrival training, mid-term and possibly final evaluation meetings). Volunteers will also be able to benefit from peer support throughout their stay in the host country.

Who can participate?
Young people from the Program countries can participate in an E. V. S project in a third country.
Young people from third countries can participate in an E. V. S project in a Program country but cannot do E. V. S in another third country.
Young people from E. E. A/EFTA and pre-accession countries cannot participate in one-to-one E. V. S activities in third countries (and vice versa).

What are the specific criteria?
In addition to the general aims and criteria outlined in chapter D, third-country E. V. S projects should comply with the following specific criteria:

bulletNumber of volunteers
1-20 volunteers per application.
bulletNumber of volunteers per host organization
The number of volunteers per host organization should be limited to 4, of whom no more than 2 are from the same country.
bulletMix of sending countries
If an application involves more than 2 volunteers, they should come from different countries of residence, in balanced numbers.
bulletLength of voluntary service period
Normally, 6-12 months. In view of visa difficulties, shorter third-country projects might be eligible, with a minimum of 3 months.
Short-term activities (3 weeks to six months) are eligible only if aimed at facilitating access to European Voluntary Service for young people with less opportunities.
bulletTraining
Common pre-departure and on-arrival training and mid-term and possibly also final evaluation meetings have to be organized for all volunteers (as set out in section D.5).

How to initiate an E. V. S project with third countries?
Unlike for E. V. S projects in Program countries as described in section D.9, there is no database of host organizations for E. V. S in third countries.

If you are a volunteer

If you do not yet know any host organization, you should start by identifying a potential sending organization in your country which has contacts with organizations in the country where you would like to do your voluntary service.

If you already know a host organization which is interested in having you as a volunteer, you should bring this organization into contact with a potential sending organization in your country.

Once the partnership between sending and host organizations is established, you can jointly develop your project and prepare a grant application, which has to be submitted by an organization based in a Program country or in a Mediterranean partner country. You could also contact European Youth NGOs which, in some cases, may be looking for volunteers for already approved E. V. S projects. National Agencies (or National Coordinators) might be able to help you in your search for suitable organizations.

If you are a sending or host organization

The starting point for a third-country E. V. S project is often an existing partnership between sending and hosting organizations. This partnership can be based, for example, on cultural exchange initiatives, town twinning, partnerships between international youth organizations, solidarity initiatives or development cooperation.

Host organizations are not obliged to obtain specific approval from the European Commission before applying for a project. Assessment of the host organization is undertaken together with the complete project application.
In some cases, National Agencies or National Coordinators might be able to help you identify partner organizations, especially as far as organizations in the E. U and in the Mediterranean partner countries are concerned. Sending and host organizations (in some cases together with a coordinator) jointly plan the project and prepare the application. The volunteer, if already identified, should be involved in the preparation of the application, but it is also possible to identify the volunteer after the project has been approved.

How to organize training sessions?
Training sessions form an integral part of each E. V. S project, as described in section D.5.
It is the responsibility of the organization coordinating the project (i.e. the applicant organization) to ensure that all volunteers involved in a project receive pre-departure and on-arrival training, as well as attend mid-term meetings, either on an individual basis or in group sessions.
Training sessions organized by the National Agencies should be made use of wherever possible, both for volunteers from the Program countries (pre-departure training) and for volunteers from third countries (on-arrival training and mid-term meeting).

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