Volunteering project in EU guidelines – a must read for every to-be a volunteer and anyone who is considering becoming one.

Important – EVS does not exist anymore. It is inherited by a new program and below are some links to it. Now the program is called European Solidarity Corps.

Before you leave for volunteering or before you decide to apply to an volunteering project, please, consider this information as something that might allow you to feel more secure and see yourself as a partner in a volunteering project.

Check also the video at the bottom of this page!

To our opinion those guidelines are very much useful and applicable to most volunteering projects as ground principles of what to expect, what to provide and what to focus on, roles etc. They are provided by the European Commission.

Yet, Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps are only two forms or opportunities to provide volunteering services in the world, and more specifically in the European Union.
If you don’t comply with those principles and guidelines, it is better to consider other options, too.

We are sure you can find the best project that fits your goals for growth and need to contribute.
If you need assistance, please, use the contact form on this website and we will do our best to support you by giving information, connecting to partner NGOs which have placements etc.
And remember – volunteering is learning. Join only if you are ready to serve and learn.

Informal volunteering – is giving unpaid help as an individual to other people who are not relatives, such as getting an elderly neighbor’s shopping, clearing snow from the streets, and so on. There are many theories out there in the world wide web related to this type of volunteering, however the bottom line is that this is a productive and vigorous way to be mentally and physically healthy. Helping others and working on a community projects is proven to bring more joy and meaning into peoples’ lives.

Find out volunteering opportunities and information:

Learn more about our local initiatives here:

Preparation platform for new volunteers:

Our own guide for successful application (in Bulgarian language):

Read below and check-out the files.

(from page 80 from the Programme Guide)


Volunteering activities allow young people aged 17-30 to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service in another country within or outside the European Union. Young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations dealing with youth information and policies, young people’s personal and socio-educational development, civic engagement, social care, inclusion of disadvantaged, environment, non-formal education programmes, ICTs and media literacy, culture and creativity, development cooperation, etc. Volunteers can do their voluntary service either individually or in group.

The participation in a volunteering 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 additional expenses not linked to the implementation of the activity. The essential costs for volunteers’ participation in the activity are covered by the Erasmus+ grant or through other means afforded by the participating organisations. Young people with fewer opportunities can receive additional support to enable their participation.

The following activities are not considered as volunteering activities 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.

Useful documents and links:

Info Kit What to expect from ERASMUS+ VOLUNTEERING


Info Kit Welcome letter to ERASMUS+ VOLUNTEERING


Youthpass in volunteering

European Youth Portal

European Solidarity Corps

Find Volunteering projects

Erasmus+ Programme Guide

Erasmus+ Opportunities and How to apply

Database of accredited volunteering organisations

EVS Galaxy Guide for Volunteering

Hopscotch Plus in EVS

Other important volunteering links:

Mentor’s Guide European Voluntary Service

Guide for (EVS) Mentors

Erasmus+ Programme Guide

Erasmus+ Programme Document Library

Bulgarian National Agency Human Resource Development Center


Thanks to Olde Vechte Foundation for this video!


Alberto Nalda – EVSer in Norway, has made videos about his experience.