EVS (European Voluntary Service) is an international volunteer programme funded by the European Commission, that enables young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to complete an international volunteer service in an organisation in Europe. Due to its intercultural dimension and non-formal approach, European Voluntary Service is a unique chance to explore other cultures and to gain new competences valuable to your personal and professional growth.
Read the following testimony from EVS Volunteer, at GHRD, 2014:
“As a human rights organisation active in multiple fields including education and youth, GHRD has been engaged in several European projects since 2009. The European Voluntary Service (EVS), part of the European Commission’s new Erasmus+ programme for education, training, youth and sport provides the opportunity for young people to participate in various voluntary activities, both within and outside of Europe.
As a young European with an interest in international experience, I always find the idea of volunteering very attractive and something which is definitely worth a try. I find the idea of volunteering appealing and in practice rewarding. In addition, I studied law and my interest in international relations and human rights field has been dominant all the time. Furthermore during my law degree, I developed a strong interest in International Relations and Human Rights. Consequently I am particularly glad for the opportunity to join the GHRD team as an EVS volunteer: for the chance to trying make legal terms and honourable words become action, raising awareness about human rights violations all around the world and encourage the most vulnerable groups of society. To implement legal instruments and put laudable ideas into practice, whilst raising awareness about human rights around the world and standing up for the most vulnerable groups in society.
I am halfway through my service period at the moment with plenty of new impressions, observations and skills, for which I just cannot be thankful enough. Besides having developed professionally, I have learned a great deal about myself by learning to adapt to an international team and environment, as well as through improving my language skills and dealing with day-to-day tasks, not only while improving my language skills or dealing with daily tasks, but also while adapting into an international team and new environment. It took me some time to get used to the Dutch lifestyle as well, but after three months of biking in the Hague, irrespective of rain, cold or even thunderstorms. I have truly come to feel like a local.
In the middle of June, I participated in a training in Belgium, organized specially for all EVS volunteers from the Netherlands and Belgium. We had a great week full of entertainment, with various activities such as, role-plays, workshops and exercises, all based on the idea of non-formal education. I enjoyed the tasks that focused on teamwork, interculturalism, understanding and cooperation the most, as I consider these key competences essential for personal development.”