The European Voluntary Service

European Voluntary Service for All

Who We Are

The two-year project European Voluntary Service for All (EVS4ALL) is an initiative by the Allianz Cultural Foundation, implemented in cooperation with Volonteurope and Itine?raire International, and coordinated by IKAB-Bildungswerk. Fourteen partners from France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom are represented in the consortium, including foundations and organisations from civil society as well as experienced organisations from the fields of European youth and voluntary work.

Our Vision

With EVS4ALL we aim to take a first step towards the implementation of a ‘European Year of Volunteering for Everyone’, as described in the manifesto “We are Europe! Manifesto for rebuilding Europe from the bottom up”.

It was signed by thousands of Europeans and supported by one hundred well-known intellectuals, politicians, and public figures. The pan- European campaign demands an expansion of current and future European voluntary programmes with the intent to strengthen an inclusive European civil society.

Our Objectives

All EVS4ALL partners aim to place the topics of volunteering, participation in democratic life, as well as social inclusion on the public agenda.

There are three ways in which we propose to achieve this goal:

  1. First, by including young people with fewer opportunities and limited access to the European Voluntary Service (EVS) who have so far been underrepresented in the existing programme;
  2. Second, enlisting the involvement of and offering outreach to further stakeholders like foundations, municipalities, regional and national governments, companies etc. to engage in EVS in order to enlarge its capacities in Europe;
  3. Finally, the promotion of EVS – specifically, the idea of a more inclusive EVS – by means of a widespread communication and dissemination strategy.

We also plan to involve public persons as well as prominent promoters of the manifesto as mentors of single volunteers or the pilot project as a whole to raise awareness and visibility of EVS4ALL and its vision.

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Project partners: IKAB-Bildungswerk (Germany), Itinéraire International (France), Volunteurope (Great Britain), European Alternatives (Great Britain), Chance for Life Foundation (Rumania), Roma Education Fund (Rumania), EDUQ Association (Poland), Foundation for Social Diversity (Poland), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), Fundación Tomillo (Spain), YES EWIV (Germany) Fondation Hippocrène (France), Europa neuer Ideen e.V. (Germany)

Since 1996 the European Voluntary Service (EVS) has provided young Europeans – aged 16 to 30 – a working residence abroad in context of a non-profit project between two weeks and 12 months. EVS is free of charge for participants and is funded by the European Union. Funding includes travel and accommodation expenses and an allowance for the duration of the project. The programme is supplemented by seminars and courses for the volunteers. Not only EU member states are eligible for the EVS. The following overview lists all countries in which a working residence is possible: overview. A large number of non-profit institutions from the social and cultural sphere, from sports and the environment, support the EVS programme. Together, through collaboration and their projects, these institutions enable committed participation. In each of the countries involved, national agencies provide information about EVS. The EVS in its current form runs until the end of 2013. The form of an intended follow-up programme is currently being discussed at the European level. For more detailed information about the European Voluntary Service please click here.


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First Signatories

Yuri Andrukhovych, author; Attila Ara-Kovács, journalist; Jerzy Baszynski, journalist; Zygmunt Bauman, philosopher; Senta Berger, actress; Daniel Birnbaum, curator and Director of Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Mircea Cartarescu, writer; Patrice Chéreau, theatre and film director; Rudolf Chmel, literary specialist and former Minister for Culture of Slovakia; Jacques Delors, former EU-President; Gábor Demszky, former Mayor of Budapest; Chris Dercon, director of the London Tate Modern; Michael Diekmann, Chairman of the Board of Management, Allianz SE; Lothar Dittmer, member of the Board, Körber-Stiftung; Doris Dörrie, film-maker and writer; Tanja Dückers, author; Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International; Olafur Eliasson, artist; Péter Esterházy, author; Ádám Fischer, conductor; Iván Fischer, music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Konzerthaus Berlin; Joschka Fischer, former Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany; Jürgen Flimm, director of German Opera Berlin; Sigrid Gareis, Secretary General of the Akademie der Künste der Welt Cologne; Anthony Giddens, political scientist and sociologist; Ronald Grätz, Secretary General of IfA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) Stuttgart; Alfred Grosser, publicist and political scientist; Ulla Gudmundson, ambassador of Sweden; Jürgen Habermas, philosopher; Miklós Haraszti, writer, former Media Freedom Representative of OSCE; Dunja Hayali, journalist; Uwe-Karsten Heye, publicist and former government spoekesman; Thomas Hirschhorn, artist; Róza Hodosán, sociologist; Michal Hvorecký, writer; Eva Illouz, sociologist; Daniel Innerarity, social scientist and publicist; Wolfgang Ischinger, Chair of The Munich Security Conference; Gábor Iványi, pastor, rector of the John Wesley Theological College; Janez Janša, choreographer; Mary Kaldor, political scientist; Veronica Kaup-Hasler, member of the Universitiy Council of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna; Navid Kermani, islam scientist and writer; Imre Kertész, Nobel Prize winner for literature; Kasper König; Curator und Director of Museum Ludwig, Cologne; György Konrád, writer and former President of the Academy of Art Berlin; Rem Koolhaas, architect; Michael Krüger, writer and publisher; Adam Krzeminski, writer and journalist; Wolf Lepenies, former director of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin; Jutta Limbach, former President of the Federal Constitutional Court of the Federal Republic of Germany and former President of the Goethe-Institute; Constanza Macras, choreographer; Claudio Magris, writer; Bálint Magyar, sociologist, former Hungarian Minister of Education; Sarat Maharaj; art historian and curator; Olga Mannheimer, author; Petros Markaris, writer; Jean-Charles Massera, artist and writer; Imre Mécs, political activist; Robert Menasse, writer; Adam Michnik, journalist and editor in chief Gazeta Wyborcza; Herta Müller, Nobel Prize winner for literature; Anna Nedjalkova, Rector of Free University Varna; Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator and director Serpentine Gallery London; Arend Oetker, entrepreneur; Thomas Ostermeier, director of Schaubühne Berlin; Doris Pack, member of the European Parliament; Ioana Pârvulescu, writer; Petr Pithart, journalist and former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic; Andrei Gabriel Plesu, publicist, former Romanian Minister of Culture; Martin Pollack, publicist and author; Alek Popov, writer; László Rajek, architect; Ilma Rakusa, writer and translator; Ferdinand Richard, president of the Roberto Cimetta Fund;Peter Ruzicka, composer and director of festivals; Joachim Sartorius, author and former director of Berliner Festspiele; Saskia Sassen, social scientist; Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber; director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; András Schiff, pianist; Volker Schlöndorff, filmmaker; Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; Henning Schulte-Noelle, chairman of the Supervisory Board Allianz SE; Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament; Gesine Schwan, political scientist; Hellmut Th. Seemann, President of Klassik Stiftung Weimar Richard Sennett, sociologist and writer; Martin M. Šimecka, writer and journalist; Konstantinos Simitis, professor and former Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic; Johan Simons, theatre director of Münchner Kammerspiele; Dirk Snauwaert, Director Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels; Javier Solana, former Secretary General of NATO and European Union's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy; Dieter Spöri, President of Netzwerk Europäische Bewegung Deutschland; Sándor Szilágyi, writer on photography; Michael Thoss, Managing director of Allianz Kulturstiftung; Klaus Töpfer, founding member of the IASS and former UNEP-Executive director; Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia; Haris Vlavianos, poet and philosopher; Klaus Wagenbach, publisher and author; Christina Weiss, former German Minister of Culture; Richard von Weizsäcker, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany; Wim Wenders, filmmaker and photographer; Michel Wieviorka, social scientist; Robert Wilson, artist and theatre director... read more ...