The European Youth in Action Programme
This educational programme
is destined for young people between the ages of 13 and 30.
No formal qualifications are
The Youth in Action programme involves 31 european
countries, 22 neighbouring partner countries and other partner countries
throughout the world.
The programme consists of group
meetings and the sending
and hosting of young volunteers in different countries
and it helps young people carry out their individual and group projects
thanks to certain projects such as:
Voluntary Service (EVS)
What is European Voluntary
● Having an experience
of life in another country
● Carrying out an individual or group project in a non-profit organisation
● Taking part in voluntary activities to help out in the hosting
Who can take part in the EVS
Anyone who is between 18 and 30 years old (or 16-17 years
old for those who are in a group with allocated pastoral care or
for young people with fewer opportunities).
There are two types of
● An individual EVS placement
● A group EVS placement (this can involve from 2 to 100 people)
You are able to do one EVS project,
lasting from 2 to 12 months, once only. There are placements that
last between 2 weeks and a month for young people with fewer opportunities.
Where can I go ?
● To one of the 31 programme
countries: the member states of the European Union. ( Austria, Belgium,
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland,
France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy,
Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal,
Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden); the countries of the
European Economic Area (EEA) (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway) and
the country of Turkey, a candidate for membership of the European
● To one of the neighbouring partner countries from three different
-South East Europe: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro.
-Eastern Europe and the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,
Georgia, Moldavia, Russia, Ukraine.
- Our Mediterranean partner countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan,
Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the
Gaza strip, Syria, Tunisia.
● To one of the other partner countries from 4 different zones:
the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean, the countries of Latin America,
What should I do now ?
In the 'Projects' section
of this site, choose a project that interests you, make a note of
the reference and contat your local sending organisation. There,
they will assist you in finding the right project and help you apply
What is a youth
● A project between one or more countries
● The involvement of young people at all levels of the project from
the planning stage to the evaluative stage.
● A common aim, the cooperation of all parteners in the writing of
● The youth exchange must have a European dimension.
Who can take part in a youth
A group of between 16
to 60 people (not including the accompanying leaders) aged between
13 and 25. There must be an equal number of people from each country.
● For an exchange between 2 countries there must be a minimum of 8
participants per country.
● For an exchange between more than 3 countries there must be a minimum
of 4 participants per country.
These projects must involve a stay
of between 6 to 21 days (including days taken up by travel)
Where can I do a youth exchange
In one of the 31 programme countries: the member states of the European
Union. ( Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary,
Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden); the
countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) (Iceland, Lichtenstein,
Norway) and the country of Turkey, a candidate for membership of the
How do I organise a youth exchange?
● Find a non-profit organisation
based in one of the participating countries, such as a local, regional
or national association involved in youth work.
● Find a group of motivated young people to participate in the project.