Eurodesk UK is an information and support service to help young people and youth organisations find out about opportunities in Europe.
The Eurodesk UK website gives tailored information for young people aged 13-30 on the different opportunities available in Europe and an insight into what it’s like to take part in European youth projects. They also support young people directly through the European Youth Portal. For adults working with young people, they provide a range of support and advice on the European youth field.
The UK team is part of a wider European network with national representatives in 34 countries. Their coordination office based in Brussels makes sure all national Eurodesk offices have the latest updates from the European Commission, and develop tools and resources to help young people find and engage with the opportunities available to them. Their network of national contacts is unique to the European youth field, and it makes them a reliable and personable resource for news, events, information, and promoting the best of European youth work. Best of all, the service is completely free of charge. The Eurodesk network is a recognised support structure under Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Eurodesk works closely with the National Agencies across Europe to provide up-to-date information and guidance on Erasmus+ and many other funding programmes.
Are you between 17 and 30 and looking to spend from 2 weeks to 12 months volunteering abroad?
If you are interested in volunteering in Europe we recommend the European Voluntary Service (EVS). Open to those aged 17-30, it allows you to volunteer in any EU member country and some neighbouring countries. It’s free to take part in EVS, but you may need to contribute towards your travel costs and have some funds for spending money during your placement. The majority of costs however are covered by the Erasmus+ funding programme.
How you can apply:
- Find a sending organisation: Contact an EVS accredited ‘sending organisation’ in the UK and ask them to advise you on how to go about volunteering with the specific project.
- Find a project you would like to get involved in: Keep an eye on the Volunteering Opportunities database, where you can search the different opportunities available for EVS volunteers. The opportunities here are being updated on an ongoing basis. If you don’t find the right project for you right now make sure to have another look later on. You can also ask your sending organisation for some help with this. Another place to look for opportunities is the Last Minute Offers Database where you can find opportunities coming up relatively soon.
for more information head on over to Eurodesk’s webiste, where you can find out more and even ask them a question.