Youth in Action Programme 

     1. Introduction

The Commission recognises that participation in the Youth in Action Programme is a non-formal learning experience which gives the people involved new experiences and skills. This is particularly true for the European Voluntary Service (EVS), which enhances the participants' professional skills and competences and thus makes them more attractive to potential employers. At the same time, it increases their sense of solidarity, develops their social skills and promotes active participation in society.

One of the key features of EVS is the training and evaluation it provides, guiding young volunteers through a non-formal learning process before, during and after their period of service abroad. 

The training and evaluation dimension within EVS aims at providing young volunteers with continuous guidance and support throughout their voluntary service period. Such training and evaluation contributes to the education and development of each young person. It also helps resolve conflicts and prevent risks, and it provides a means of assessing the volunteer's EVS experience.

The purpose of this document is to introduce minimum quality standards within the various EVS training and evaluation formats supported. 

Quality is the main objective of preparation, training and evaluation. Given the diversity of countries, National Agencies, and volunteers, there is a large degree of flexibility in the training format, whereas the quality indicators should be common to all training sessions. At the same time, the National Agency (and the promoter) should as far as possible try to ensure that the training/evaluation opportunities offered to each volunteer are in line with his/her specific needs. 

This document outlines the minimum that should be covered by a training/evaluation session. Trainers and organisers are, of course, free to add any country-specific or project-specific features they deem necessary or interesting for the people attending their training/evaluation event. The minimum quality standards clarify what can be expected to be achieved at a training/evaluation session, whether by the organisers of the next event, the project supervisors, the mentors or the volunteers themselves. Training providers can link the different training/evaluation stages while avoiding any overlaps in the content, and can thus help create a continuous learning process for the volunteers before, during and following their service period.

      2. Training and Evaluation Cycle

To harmonise EVS volunteer training and evaluation, and to make it more professional, the Commission has designed a 'Training and Evaluation Cycle' for which the national agencies or regional SALTOs are responsible in programme countries and in neighbouring partner countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and South-East Europe. 

This Training and Evaluation Cycle (TEC) also facilitates contact between volunteers, promoters and National Agencies/SALTOs. It complements other ongoing support offered by the Sending, Host and Coordinating organisations before and during the service period.

The Training and Evaluation Cycle consists of two sessions:

  • • on-arrival training;
  • • mid-term evaluation.

Volunteers have a right and an obligation to attend both sessions and the promoters must ensure that their volunteers take part in the TEC, which is considered an integral part of the voluntary service.

National Agencies/SALTOs have to provide training and evaluation sessions for all volunteers in service in their country/region (including those from projects selected at centralised level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency). Given the large numbers of volunteers, and in view of particular situations that may arise, National Agencies/SALTOs can opt to delegate all or some of the training/evaluation sessions to subcontractors. However, the Agencies/SALTOs should remain involved in the sessions as much as possible and keep regular contact with the trainers. It is also good practice to involve former volunteers in training and evaluating new volunteers.

Training and evaluation events are expected to complement each other, taking place at different stages of the service and of the volunteer's non-formal learning process.

The Training and Evaluation Cycle and the minimum quality standards also apply to partner countries which do not have a National Agency or a SALTO organising the TEC. In these countries, the training and evaluation sessions are organised by EVS Host or Coordinating Organisations. Additional financial support is available for this if requested in the application form.  

3. Additional training and support to be provided

In addition to the EVS Training and Evaluation Cycle, volunteers receive continuous counselling and guidance before, during and after the service period, while training for project managers, mentors and trainers adds up to a complex set of measures, accompanying volunteers and promoters throughout the European Voluntary Service experience.

The Sending, Host and Coordinating Organisations are responsible for preparing the volunteers prior to departure and for providing language training and personal and task-related support during the service period1.

In addition to the pre-departure preparation by the Sending Organisation, certain National Agencies may offer a one-day information session to volunteers prior to their departure.

National Agencies are also responsible for organising Annual EVS events for volunteers who have completed their service. These events may serve as evaluation meetings, alumni meetings and promotional evens.


Approached The EVS(七)_Arrival Training in Predeal
Approached The EVS(八)_Working in Village Museum






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