27 January 2014, On Large Scale Volunteering in Erasmus+

It is the first time the European Youth Capital title is acknowledged in a European programme. As it was established in 2009, this title had the first opportunity to become part of priorities within European programmes, and so it happened. We prepare to submit several calls for large scale volunteering. This topic will be one on which we will cooperate with youth organizations. We also propose cooperation with the City Hall on having volunteers for the city’s major large events.

This strategic line of activity also means setting a large scale cooperation with sending organizations from all over Europe.


This Action aims to support large-scale volunteering projects (involving at least 30 EVS volunteers) in the framework of European or worldwide events in the field of youth, culture and sport (e.g. World Youth Summits, European Capitals of Culture; European Youth Capitals, European sport championships, etc.).


Supported projects will consist of the following stages:

  • Preparation (including practical arrangements, selection of participants, linguistic/inter-cultural/task-related preparation of participants before departure);
  • Implementation of the European Voluntary Service activities and complementary activities;
  • Follow-up (including the evaluation of the EVS activities, the formal recognition – where applicable – of the learning outcomes of participants during the activities, as well as the dissemination and use of the project’s outcomes).

Allowing young people aged 17-30 to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service for up to 2 months in another country. Volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the run-up of the activities and initiatives organised in the framework of a European/international event.

A large-scale EVS event must involve at least 30 volunteers.

Participating organisations are responsible for:

  • arranging subsistence, lodging and local transports of volunteers;
  • envisaging tasks and activities for volunteers that respect the qualitative principles of the European Voluntary Service, as described in the EVS Charter;
  • providing volunteers with on-going task-related, linguistic, personal and administrative support throughout the duration of the EVS activity.

The participation in an EVS activity must be free of charge for volunteers, with the exception of a possible contribution for travel costs (if the Erasmus+ grant does not fully cover these costs) and superfluous expenses not linked to the implementation of the activity. The essential costs for volunteers’ participation in the EVS activity are covered by the Erasmus+ grant or through other means afforded by the participating organisations.

The following activities are not considered as a European Voluntary Service within the framework of Erasmus+: occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering; a work placement in an enterprise; a paid job; a recreation or tourist activity; a language course; exploitation of a cheap workforce; a period of study or vocational training abroad.

Complementary activities

The project may include the organisation of side-activities – such as conferences, seminars, meetings and workshops – aimed at promoting the value of volunteering (and notably of the European Voluntary Service) during the event.