Youth in action


The Youth in Action Programme aims to achieve the following general objectives:

  • promote young people's active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular;
  • develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular in order to foster social cohesion in the European Union;
  • foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries;


There are 5 different "Actions" in which one can participate.


  • Action 2 - European Voluntary Service

helps young people to develop their sense of solidarity by participating, either individually or in group, in non-profit, unpaid voluntary activities abroad.

  • Action 3 - Youth in the World

promotes partnerships and exchanges among young people and youth organisations across the world.

  • Action 4 - Youth Support Systems

includes various measures to support youth workers and youth organisations and improve the quality of their activities.

  • Action 5 - Support for European Co-operation in the Youth field

supports youth policy co-operation at European level, in particular by facilitating dialogue between young people and policy makers


The European Voluntary Service [1]

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is essentially a gift from the European Union. It's an offer that - if you are given the chance - cannot afford to turn down.

The facts:

  • Available for all young people (in the EU++) aged 18-30.
  • You can go to any of the 27 EU countries + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey


  • You find an organisation who are willing to send you.
    • EG. a non-governmental organisation/association, local/regional authorities or other bodies active in social, cultural, environmental, community or youth work
  • You choose a country and/or a theme[2]
    • You then have to search through the database looking for programs that appeal to you.
    • You choose some programs which appeal to you and email them, asking if they are still looking for volunteers. If they are, you continue to your...
    • The sending organisation has to write a letter of recommendation for you
    • You.....