What's it all about?
There’s something about the word ‘volunteer’ that seems to scare off so many people. Even though it’s for a worthwhile cause, can help local communities across the world, and give you invaluable experience you can add to your CV, it doesn’t seem fair that it should come at a cost to you.
Well, the good news is that it doesn’t have to. Erasmus+ helps cover the costs of your travel, accommodation, meals and insurance and even a bit extra to cover daily expenses. So now we’ve cleared that up, it’s time to find out more.
Can I apply?
You can’t apply for funding yourself, so you’ll need to join an accredited sending or host organisation, and one of them will apply to Erasmus+ for funding on your behalf.
Organisations working with young people are generally looking for anyone with the right attitude who’s willing, enthusiastic, able, living in the UK and aged between 18 and 30. So get your sleeves rolled up and get ready to get involved.
How can youth organisations apply?
For an organisation to be eligible for funding from Erasmus+ they need to be UK-based and fall into one of these categories:
- public bodies
- non-governmental Organisation
- unincorporated youth groups
- private limited companies
Am I limited to volunteering in EU countries?
Not at all. Though Erasmus+ is mainly an EU thing, other countries around the world are involved. But whichever organisation is applying will need to be UK-based or accredited through Erasmus+ to receive funding.
Also be aware that if you’re volunteering outside the EU then you’ll need to apply for your own working visa.
How long can I volunteer for?
From just two weeks up to twelve months.
How much funding will I receive?
That really just depends on where you’re going and for how long, so not an easy one to answer. Erasmus+ will generally cover everything from travel and accommodation to food and insurance. You may even get a monthly allowance to help you with some of the day-to-day expenses.
In certain circumstances there will be a small administrative fee.
When’s the deadline?
Organisations working with young people have three application rounds in 2016 for each key action. You can find a full list of upcoming dates here or sign up to the Erasmus+ e-newsletter to stay up to date with all the latest news
Why should I go?
There’s no right or wrong reason for volunteering – different people do it for completely different reasons, and it’s completely up to you to decide on that. But whether your motivation for volunteering is to give something back to the world or just see more of it, it always looks great on a CV, and the memories you’ll take from it will last a lifetime. So open your eyes to the possibilities and do something different in life – you’re only young once.
Why should my organization register under EVS?
Watch the video below and see how organizations benefit from registering under the European Voluntary Service!