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Call: Large scale European Voluntary service events

Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme

Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.

Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.

It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the EducationTraining, Youth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.

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Description of programme
"Key action 1 - Learning mobility of individuals"

This Key Action supports:

  • Mobility projects in the field of education, training and youth;
  • Large scale European Voluntary Service events;
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees;
  • Erasmus+ Master Loans.

The Actions supported under this Key Action are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participants and participating organisations involved, as well as on the policy systems in which such activities are framed. 

Large scale European Voluntary service events
Description of call
"Large scale European Voluntary service events"

This activity allows young people aged 17-30 to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service for up to 12 months 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. 

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Thematic Focus Youth, Climate, Media, Mobility
Funding area EU Member States
Danube Region
Eastern Partnership
Neighbouring Countries
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Eligible applicants Other
Applicant details
  • ​non-profit organizations or institutions , non -governmental organizations
  • European Youth NGOs
  • Social enterprises (for example, Community Service)
  • Public bodies at the local level
  • Informal groups of young people
  • Public bodies at regional or national level
  • Associations of Regions
  • European groupings of territorial cooperation
  • Companies in social responsibility

Attention! for the last 4, special subsidy rates apply: Only 50 % of organizational costs

Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Participants : young people between the ages of 17 and 30.

For the minimum age the beginning of the service is decisive, for the maximum age the respective application deadline .

Recurring Call Yes
Project starts 01.01.2016
Project duration min 2 months
Project duration max 12 months
Further info

As general Rule 2 to 12 months. 
Group volunteer services and young people with fewer opportunities can also participate in EVS projects between 2 weeks and 2 months

Financial details
  • Contribution to the travel costs of participants, including accompanying persons, from their place of origin to the venue of the activity and return:

100 – 499 km 180 € / Person

500 – 1.999 km 275 € / Person

2.000 – 2.999 km 360 € / Person

3.000 – 3.999 km 530 € / Person

4.000 – 7.999 km 820 € / Person

from 8.000 km 1.100 € / Person

  • Organisational support: costs linked diretly to the implementation of mobility activities - depending on the country,
  • Individual supports: "Pocket money" to the volunteer for additional personal expenses - depending on the country,
  • Linguistic support: costs linked to the support offered to participants - prior to departure or during the activity - in order to improve the knowledge of the language they will use to carry out their volunteering tasks.
  • Special needs support (100%): Costs for subsistence of accompanying persons and costs related to travel if justified and as long as grant for these participants is not requested through budget category "travel". Additional costs directly related to participants with disabilities (including costs related to travel and subsistence, if justified and as long as a grant for these participants is not requested through budget categories "travel" and "orgaisational support").
  • Exceptional costs: costs in support of reinforced mentorship and specific preparation in the case of participation of young people with fewer opportunities. Visa and visa-related costs, residence permits, vaccinations. 

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