European Voluntary Service /EVS/

erasmus enEuropean Voluntary Service / EVS /
Association Focus - European Centre for Development is accredited by the Commission by sending and host organization within the European Voluntary Service. In our youth work team completed their EVS. This gives us in our work uvenerost EVS as a host and sending organizatsiya.Nashata organization:
• To organize the selection of Bulgarian young people wishing to be volunteers of the European Commission;
• Helps volunteers find accredited by the European Commission foreign organization in the structure to be a volunteer.
• Organize training of volunteers;
• Liaise with volunteers during the entire period of his work.Before his departure, the volunteer receives from our organization prepare for his meeting with other foreign country and culture. He received insurance and time of your stay to cover all the risks of sickness and accident.

Team Focus - European Centre for Development "is in constant readiness to respond to difficulties that might arise during the stay of the Bulgarian volunteer abroad. To ensure that security of the volunteers, our organization is in constant contact with the host organization, the National Agencies of the countries - partnyoki project, the insurance company providing insurance cover of the volunteers and sass SOS Unit of the European Commission, which is required to respond in the event of difficulties of any kind associated with our volunteers.What won the organization - from the host taking a volunteer from another country and culture?
A host organization can greatly benefit from volunteer work. Young volunteers primarily contribute to the organization with enthusiasm and creativity. Young people with different cultural backgrounds and with strong motivation and interest in the area in which work organization can be a source of many new ideas. Minimum that the presence of a volunteer ensure there is a different perspective, which gives a European dimension to everything being done there. Working with volunteers is a long known practice in the Member - States.IMPORTANT FOR EVS
European Voluntary Service is not existing or potential paid work. Its main purpose is to provide educational opportunities for volunteers to enhance their competencies and skills, gain experience and knowledge. Volunteers can not be used for cheap labor or mark consisting of replacing the existing staff. They are not expected to lead and to assist in osashtesvtyavaneto a project that aims to satisfy all social needs. Thus bida not be afraid that the departure of EVS project will be forced to work hard physical work or to replace paid labor.Where do volunteers live?
The host organization is responsible for providing housing for the volunteer. In some cases, local families are receiving volunteer at home, others - rented accommodation or other appropriate site which meets the basic criteria set by the terms of the EVS. It is possible to volunteer to live in a house with volunteers from other countries.Are there volunteer hours?
During the volunteer work is within 4 to 6 hours a day - five days a week. Volunteer is not a substitute for paid labor. The host organization provides volunteer time and space in which it can be adapted to your personal abilities and interests to the rhythm of normal activities taking place in the organization.What gets volunteer?
Volunteers have provided - transportation, food, lodging, pocket money for personal needs, insurance, language courses and mentrorstvo / consulting psychologist /
European Voluntary Service (EVS) supports transnational voluntary service for young people.
It aims to develop solidarity and tolerance among young people, especially to promote social cohesion in the European Union. It promotes active citizenship, fosters mutual understanding between young people.
These general objectives are achieved through:
• support young people's participation in various forms of voluntary activities in and outside the EU;
• providing young people the opportunity to make a personal contribution through voluntary activities at European and international level;
• inclusion of young people in activities that promote solidarity among people;
• involvement of young volunteers in nonprofit activities for the benefit of society in a country other than that in which they live.European Voluntary Service is a process of "training" for young people to enable them to acquire skills and competencies for personal, educational and professional development through informal learning. Project itself consists of the educational process related to the acquisition of mutual benefits for volunteers and organizations. Expected outcomes, processes and methods, certification of acquired skills and qualifications, volunteer participation in training during the EVS and the continued provision of technical, linguistic and personal support, including prevention and crisis management mechanisms are an integral part of carrying out the project .Activity of the EVS
EVS is implemented by partner organizations of a certain legal status, which are accredited to accept and / or send volunteers. EVS volunteer place in a country other than the country of residence. For activities not make payment, they are not the purpose of obtaining material benefits and are not full-time for a specified period (maximum 12 months). They are carried in favor of the local community.
EVS can be performed in different areas: culture, youth, sports, social care, heritage, arts, civil protection, environment, development cooperation and others. Excludes participation in high-risk, postkrizisni situations (eg humanitarian aid, etc.)..
The activity must provide a clear European or international added value and includes cooperation with the local community.
Volunteers do not replace paid employees or workers.
The activity of the EVS includes sending at least one organization, an organization and a volunteer host. The project under this activity may participate more partner organizations, and more volunteers. The maximum number of volunteers who can participate is 100.
The activity is done through individual or group EVS.
If you participate in the activities of more than one volunteer activities can be conducted in an organization in a host country organizations in various hosts in the same country or in different organizations in different host countries.
Individual EVS projects - involving only one volunteer sending organization, an organization and a host. Individual projects are important because of the possibility of intense experience, personal assistance, personal development and greater opportunities for integration into the local community.
Group EVS projects - the ability to participate in collective volunteering at local, regional, national, European or international level, sharing of individual and group experience. The same organization can host up to 100 volunteers are working and can also be divided into smaller groups - in different organizations - the host. Group EVS activity must ensure collective nature as the process of training and activities for the benefit of the local community. It should also ensure a common thematic approach and regular contacts among the volunteers. EVS Group is organized to further increase the importance of access, effectiveness and visibility of EVS.EVS Project
EVS project is the framework for one or several EVS activities included in one application for a grant. The combination of individual and group EVS activities in a project is possible. The maximum number of volunteers who can participate in a project is 100.
Legally constituted organization may apply as a partner in the project for Community funding (more details - below). There is no need to send that organization or project welcomes volunteers. The candidate is "coordinating organization and receives grant, if accepted his nomination. Coordinating organization responsible for overall management of the project. The volunteer does not apply directly for funding from the Community.
Through the above described approach and the ability to combine several activities in one project, the Commission wants to simplify the management of contracts and to give more flexibility and security of long term planning for the project partners. In addition, the Commission believes this approach best suited to better structure and interaction between the EVS to ensure greater coherence between them and to increase the overall value and visibility of EVS.What is NOT EVS:
• EVS is not random, unstructured, part volunteer.
• EVS is not a union in an enterprise, NGOs and others.
• EVS is not a paid job and can not replace paid jobs.
• EVS is not a recreational or tourist activities.
• EVS is not a language course.
• EVS not exploitation of cheap labor.
• EVS is not training or vocational education abroad.
• EVS is not a financing scheme, a qualitative model of transnational voluntary service.Who can apply?
Coordinating organization applying on behalf of partner organizations. In projects that involve only one home and one host organization, each of them assumes the role of coordinating organization (applicant) who applies on behalf of the partnership.How to apply?
Regardless of the number of the sending / host organizations participating volunteers and duration of activities was requested a project to take a decision to fund and govern a financing agreement.
Depending on the status of the organization, the nature of the activities and geographical coverage, applications are sent or the National Agencies or the Executive Agency.
Applications to be sent to National Agencies:
Applications must be submitted by the coordinating organization to the National Agency of the program country in which the coordinating organization is legally established.
Sending and receiving organizations located in other partner countries in the world "can not participate in projects submitted at national level.
Applications involving disadvantaged youth activities and provide lasting between two weeks and two months, may be adopted by national agencies within one week before the regular selection committee. Earliest possible date for the launch of these projects is the date of signing the financing agreement between the two countries.
Applications must be submitted to the relevant National Agency.
About Bulgaria: National Centre "European youth programs and initiatives
Sofia blvd "Vasil Levski" 75, Ground Floor, st.15.Terms:
February 1;
April 1;
June 1;
September 1;
November 1.Forms must be submitted to those dates, not including (ie placed on the first day will not be accepted) to 16:30 pm
Dovnasyat documents 10 days after the deadline!
Applications to be forwarded to the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture:
1. Applications must be forwarded to the Executive Agency, if:
2. coordinating organization is an accredited European non-governmental youth organization which is legally established in one of the Programme countries and has members / branches in at least eight Programme Countries (with a certified legal document);
3. coordinating organization is an accredited organization, legally established in SEE countries;
4. coordinating organization is an intergovernmental organization
5. project involves organizations or volunteers from other partner countries in the world;
6. project is associated with large-scale European and international events (eg: European Capital of Culture, European Cup, World Cup, Olympic Games, significant natural or man-made disaster).Good project
EVS Charter

Basic principles, definitions of roles of partners in EVS projects and basic quality standards of EVS are enshrined in the Charter of EVS, which is the basis for accreditation. Charter can be found at the end of this chapter.
Preparation, training, and control
Youth volunteers actively involved in planning, implementation and evaluation of the EVS activities.
In all phases of the project the volunteer must provide the necessary assistance.
The project must provide mechanisms for the prevention and management of crisis situations.
In the project must pledge to ensure adequate preparation (linguistic, intercultural, etc.). For volunteers, taking into account the profile of each, the nature of the project and the specific situation in the host country.
In EVS projects involving young people in disadvantaged groups may have been held a preparatory meeting for planning the organization hosts before the start of the voluntary activity. It can contribute a maximum of two. One is always representative of the sending organization and the second must be the applicant for a volunteer.
To provide language assistance and / or training. The format, duration and frequency may be adapted to the needs and skills of volunteers, the tasks and capacities of the organization. Language training is free for volunteers and held regular working hours.
The project foresees the participation of volunteers in various training sessions throughout the EVS project. This consists of training before departure, arrival training, mid-term meeting and final evaluation. EVS volunteers have the right and obligation to participate in these training sessions, which are provided on behalf of national agencies or by sending host or coordinating organizations in the line of "Training of volunteers: Leadership and minimum quality standards of the European Commission (visit page of the Committee).
Volunteers should have the opportunity to share and evaluate their experience with EVS sending organizations. To provide adequate assessment and control activities in conjunction with EVS volunteers. Should also receive assistance in reintegration after the project and be assisted in further education, development, training or work.Informal learning and working methods
The project must comply with the Charter of EVS, ie to be "educational services" and provide opportunities for informal and formal education of young people to acquire new skills and experience for their personal, educational and professional development. In this context, expected outcomes and learning process should be generally described in the application for the grant and detailed in the agreement work.
Need to be a clear correlation between the tasks and needs and interests of volunteers.
The project partners have shown interest in common, stable partnership and a desire to achieve balance and division of responsibilities.
Mentor at the host organization is responsible for personal support and facilitate the integration of volunteers in the local community. If a problem occurs mentor may participate in resolving them, as a mediator in the preparation of Youthpass, and it is advisable not to be project manager.
In every EVS activity geographical origin of volunteers must be balanced.
Group EVS activities must ensure that training is conducted not only individually but also in the group. Must be provided for joint meetings of volunteers.
In order to improve personal assistance to disadvantaged volunteers, sending and / or host country should provide a more serious study and if necessary second mentor.
InfluenceProvided that the project includes several volunteers to provide structural elements, eg coherent or complementary thematic approach, reciprocity in the sending and addressing the volunteers, supplementing the spheres of activities and tasks, regular meetings and opportunities for networking for volunteers and others.
In addition, the impact of an EVS project should not be limited to participants in the activity, but to make the idea of 'Europe' in local communities directly involved in the project - by assessing, monitoring and valorisation - provide benefits for future projects and interested organizations.
The possibility of combining different EVS activities in one project and the introduction of the concept of group EVS offers various opportunities for those structural elements which together must maximize the effectiveness and impact of EVS.Evaluation
Coordinating organization, in cooperation with the host and the sending organization, volunteers and national agencies should provide adequate assessment of the EVS activities. In this regard, the National Agency or the coordinating organization organized a meeting for a final evaluation in the country where the project was conducted.
Follow-up projectAchievements and results of operations should be disseminated and used to maximize their value, strengthening their relevance and ensure that as many young people and organizations will benefit from them. This includes the aggregation and dissemination of results. Valorisation costs may also be funded.
Subsequent work by the volunteer!
The volunteer can carry out "further action" within six months after the EVS activities abroad. This follow-up activity is still one month and always takes place or country of permanent residence ("home country") or in the host country. It aims to build and to highlight the EVS disseminate and promote project results and to increase its influence. This "further action" is performed by volunteers, but it is possible with the help of the sending or host organization and / or public entity or a group of former EVS volunteers. It is an integral part of the EVS project.Publicity
Each EVS project should highlight the support of the European Community and to provide information about the EVS project and Youth in Action "to the outside world (including the use of EU logo, the logo of the Youth in Action Programme and the specific character of EVS). Moreover, organizations and volunteers participating in the project must be aware of their participation in EVS.Criteria
Specific eligibility criteria that apply to this activity are:
• Partners in EVS projects
• Each EVS project and activity based on collaboration, which includes the following partners:
• one or more volunteers
• Sending one or more organizations;
• one or more host organization;
• a coordinating organization (candidate), which may be one of the sending host or one of the organizations.Project partners, such as sending or host organization may be:
• non-profit organization legally incorporated in the program or the partner country (including other partner countries in the world ");
• local, regional or national authority of the Programme or from a partner country (including other partner countries in the world ");
• international governmental organization established in the program or the partner country (including other partner countries in the world).
Coordinating • Organisation (candidate) may be:
• non-profit organization legally incorporated in the program or country in southeastern Europe, or
• local, regional or national authority of the Programme or by the SEE or
• Authority to an event organizer in the field of youth, sport or cultural status of non-profit purposes or
• international governmental organization established in the program or in an SEE.Therefore, organizations that are in partner countries (including other partner countries in the world) may be sending or host organization, but may be "coordinating bodies".
Each EVS project and every EVS activity must include at least one EU Member State.
The number of partner organizations in SEE countries, neighboring countries, the Russian Federation and other partners in the world "may not exceed the number of partner organizations in the program for a project.
For projects submitted at national level, volunteers sent by the sending organization which was established in the country where he / she lives. For projects submitted at European level coordinating organization may assume all functions of the sending organization (except volunteers disadvantaged by the sending organization in the country in which it occurs, is always optional.)
In the application for funding must be given all the organizations that will participate in the project. It should be noted and a plan for the distribution of activities dates.
Accreditation of organizations working EVS - REQUIRED!
Every organization in the program or in SEE countries wishing to send or meet EVS volunteers or coordinate an EVS project must be accredited. Organizations outside the party program and Southeastern Europe may participate as partners in EVS projects without accreditation.
Accreditation serves to gain access to EVS and to ensure common standards of quality in EVS. All accredited organizations are posted on the internet database to more easily detect partners.
To be accredited, the organization must send the "Application Form" ("Expression of interest"), which presents the overall motivation and ideas for EVS activities. The form must be submitted in English and Bulgarian stamped and signed, together with 1 / one / electronic form, a copy of the court decision and current status.National agencies are responsible for the accreditation of organizations in the program; Resource Centre SALTO South East Europe is in charge of accreditation in Southeastern Europe. EMRP and international governmental organizations are accredited by the Executive Agency.
Application form can be sent continually, and akreditatorite taken a decision within approximately six weeks. Accreditation is valid for most three years, during which it can be carried EVS projects. Accreditation requires organizations to comply with the conditions laid down in the EVS Charter. Accreditation may be withdrawn in case of violation of the Charter.Players
EVS is open to all young people between 18 and 30, irrespective of their origin residing legally in the country or program partner.
Priority work for the inclusion of young people with disabilities, including disabled young people to actively participate in the EVS. In this respect, special effort and take initiatives. EVS for such young people aged 16 to 30 years is open, if only to ensure competent and accurate preparation, interim monitoring and follow-up.
Each EVS project and every EVS activity in a project could include between 1 and 100 volunteers.
If participating in a project partner countries, the number of volunteers in the project coming from partner countries may not exceed the number of volunteers coming from the program.
The process of recruitment of volunteers should be open and transparent.
In recruiting volunteers, organizations must provide complete and equal access for all young people. Overall, the selection of participants is related to the overall criteria for openness, the Youth in Action. Organisations are not entitled to attach conditions that volunteers must be from a ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation or with certain political views. Not require previous qualifications, certain levels of education, special experience or more than basic language skills. Make exceptions where the tasks and the situation in which volunteers or specific types of operations may impose a requirement for candidates possess special skills.

Host organization must provide a mentor.

The duration of an EVS project must not exceed 24 months, including the preparation and evaluation.
EVS activities abroad of at least two months and a maximum duration of 12 months (excluding stages of preparation and assessment).
The volunteer may participate in only one EVS activities. In some cases (especially pedagogical reasons approach provides step-by-step, where there are problems with the original work, or if the volunteer is involved in short-term group activity) allow participation in the two or more consecutive EVS operations. However, the total duration of the activity may not exceed 12 months for a volunteer. In activities include involving young volunteers with fewer opportunities and group EVS activities, the minimum period is two weeks.
Actual duration of the visit for planning projects that involve young disadvantaged people, has not been determined, but the program is financed only two days of visit (excluding travel days).Place
Each volunteer has always conducted its business EVS in a country other than the country of residence (excluding the preparation and monitoring).
EVS activity can be performed outside the country or program outside the partner country.
If neighboring countries participating partners, volunteers can be sent between these parties met if the activity involved at least one EU Member State and the number of volunteers throughout the project by partner countries does not exceed the number of volunteers coming from countries in the program.
If you are involved "other partners worldwide, especially to promote cooperation with African, Caribbean and Pacific and in Latin America and Asia. In addition, a volunteer who lives in the program may be sent in a partner and vice versa. This means that it is not possible to send volunteers and meet between organizations located in other partner countries in the world.Theme and tasks
Each EVS activity must have a thematic concept related to the priorities of the Youth in Action Programme and the specific objectives and priorities of the European Voluntary Service.
For group EVS activities requires a common thematic approach. Group EVS activities related to the particular event require a solid partnership with the organizer of the event. Voluntary tasks should include contacts with the local community.
The tasks should provide international or European added value and should not include routine activities. They include contacts with the local community.The criteria for the granting of financing:
Quality of the proposed projects are assessed taking into account the following elements:
• quality of project activities to the coordination, planning, training, support training and provision of a mentor,
• compliance with the proposed objectives,
• European dimension of the project
• expected impact of the project
• quality of the project in terms of risk prevention and crisis situations
• the measures provided for publicity of the project
• the measures envisaged for the valorisation and follow-up project.In addition:
EVS grants available for projects which best reflect the overall priorities of the program, ie participation of young people, cultural diversity, European citizenship and social inclusion.
In addition to these priorities, for the Youth in Action "may indicate other specific priorities which will be published on the website of the Commission and national agencies and / or update of this guide program.EVS specific priorities are:
• Involving young people in disadvantaged;
• Include partners organizations participating in the first EVS activities;
• Promote further development of existing partnerships to improve the quality of projects;
• In cooperation with other partner countries in the world "projects with African, Caribbean, Pacific, and Latin America and Asia.
Financing activities
The Community financing of an EVS project is based on the principle of co-financing with financial support from other social and / or private sources. This means that contributions in kind or in cash, if necessary by sending and host organizations must cover all project costs.
Volunteers receive accommodation and full board, full insurance, pocket money and if it is inherent financial incentive to carry out follow-up. In addition, the volunteer training is free. Travel expenses are reimbursed at 100%.
Volunteer allowance designed to help him cover some additional personal expenses during his stay abroad. Allowance are not intended to cover all his personal expenses. They are not intended to pay for board and lodging for the volunteer.
Funding from the European Community is a combination of:
• participation in the actual cost of certain expenses;
• fixed amounts for certain other expenses, and
• amounts for certain expenses for certain costs.
according to the table at the end of this chapter D.
The amounts indicated in the table below represent the basic level of funding, this basic level may vary and depend on themselves Programme.
Fixed amounts contribute to the project, they are not directly related to certain expenses, costs, covering not recorded and justified.
This facility should help the candidates to calculate the estimated amount of funding and to facilitate effective planning of the EVS project.What are the contractual obligations?
Financing Agreement
After EVS project is approved, the beneficiary (coordinating organization) awarded a financial agreement, which governs the use of Community funds. If the coordinating body responsible for overall project management to the National Agency or Executive Agency, the project is implemented in a spirit of partnership based on shared responsibility of project partners. The exact responsibilities between the project partners are provided in the Agreement activities.
National Agency, Executive Agency, the Commission or the Court may conduct visits or audits to verify that all contractual obligations are met.
If in the process of implementing the project, unforeseen circumstances that prevent its implementation, the beneficiary shall contact the National Agency or Executive Agency, to add the necessary arrangements. In case of failure to conduct the project could lead to recovery of the entire grant.
Activity Agreement
The project partnership consists of:
1. Signature of legal representative of the coordinating organization and signed by the legal representatives of each participating sending and receiving organizations on the application;
2. Agreement on EVS activities: Following the approval of the project, but before the beginning of each EVS project activity, a detailed agreement was signed on the activities of organizations and volunteers involved in the project. The project agreement defines the tasks, working hours and practical aspects, and expected educational process and educational objectives of the volunteers. It contains information necessary for the prevention (management) crisis. It provides clear responsibilities of sending and the host organization and coordinating appropriate division of financing. In the event of significant changes in the Activity Agreement, all partners involved in the activity must negotiate and sign a revised agreement activities. In case of doubt to cover the criteria and rules of EVS, under leadership of the program, it has a greater effect on the terms of the agreement work. Before beginning the work copy of the agreement for activities (and later a copy of all its major amendments) should be sent to the National Agency or Executive Agency, which has allocated grants to facilitate monitoring of activities and planning of training / meetings of volunteers.Insurance
Each volunteer must be enrolled in group insurance to the Commission for EVS volunteers, which complements the coverage of national social security systems - if any - under the European Health Insurance Card (or similar) issued to volunteer.
Insurance is done by sending organization electronically at the following address: in AHA.What help is available?
Non-financial assistance and services, EVS
Within the European Voluntary Service National Agencies and called. EVS organizations consultation and support at national level and the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Commission and the European level and provide good technical support.
Basic service consists of assistance in finding volunteers and EVS Sending, meeting and coordinating organizations and assist in finding partners - organizations and / or volunteers with similar goals and interests.
The main objective is to assist those involved in EVS, but do not yet have the necessary European and international contacts. In this sense, Internet database of accredited EVS organizations could be of great help (see the Commission website).
In addition to offering other services. To learn more about the scope of services offered, please contact the National Agency or Executive Agency.
Organizations that support the development of EVS
In order to facilitate the provision of information and assistance for voluntary service, if necessary, establish national agencies EVS organizations provide advice and assistance from civil society and public sector. In this context conclude agreements for financing the national level. EVS organizations provide advice and assistance should have the status of non-profit organizations. They provide information and assistance in finding volunteers and EVS Sending and receiving organizations if necessary. On the other hand, they can assist in establishing partnerships with similar interests, profiles and expectations of volunteers and organizations. On the other hand, the actual recruitment and selection of volunteers remains the responsibility of the sending / host / co-ordinating body and can not be done by organizations for EVS or advice and assistance from national agencies.
Besides these main tasks organizations EVS advice and assistance can assist in the development of thematic or geographic scope of EVS or reach specific target groups. The exact range of services is determined by national agencies within the meaning of the priorities of the Youth in Action, the relevant capacity and situation of the EVS in the country.
EVS organizations provide advice and assistance can not assume contractual responsibilities of national agencies and government financing. EVS organizations provide advice and assistance can also send, meet and coordinate volunteers themselves and receive funding of a project only if they are accredited EVS sending, or meeting the coordinating organizations.Youthpass
Each volunteer is entitled Youthpass, which provides an informal and certifies gained experience. This document may be important for future educational or professional volunteer time. By Youthpass European Commission ensures that volunteer service is recognized as an educational experience and informal learning traversed. Performance report shall be completed jointly by the volunteer and representative of the host organization, which is signed by both and provide the volunteer at the end of voluntary service abroad.Structures of former EVS volunteers
Each volunteer can be incorporated into the activities of national bodies of former EVS volunteers during or after the EVS. For more details, contact your National Agency.