Large Scale European Voluntary Service Events

What is a large scale EVS event?

This action aims at supporting large scale volunteering projects (involving at least 30 EVS volunteers) in the framework of high-level European or world-wide 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/intercultural/taskrelated 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)
Which activities are supported under this action?
  • European Voluntary Service.

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. Young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the runup 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.

For more information regarding this mobility project, refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide which can be accessed from here.