Have you ever dreamed of living in community? Wanted to learn about sustainable ways of growing, building, and being? Have you imagined exploring a different kind of life, but not known where to start?
If you’re aged between 17-30, a European Voluntary Service opportunity with GEN-Europe is the chance for you to do just that!
At GEN we’re committed to opening the world of ecovillages and sustainable culture to as many people as possible – and we want to put young people at the heart of it. That’s why we’re accredited as a European Voluntary Service (EVS) receiving organisation.
EVS provides an opportunity for young people aged 17-30 from across Europe to contribute to a better world through meaningful volunteer work, experiential learning and intercultural exchange. GEN-Europe welcomes European youth interested in ecovillages and sustainable living to experience and contribute to community life in ecovillages across our network. You could find yourself managing an organic garden, learning the latest eco-building techniques, organising international events, and much more – all you need is enthusiasm, a hands-on attitude, and a genuine curiosity to live and learn about a more sustainable way of being.
As an EVS participant, all your costs are covered by Erasmus+ funding, including travel, food, and accomodation – so there’s no better way to get immersed in the culture of sustainability and community!
Current EVS Opportunities with GEN Europe
There are currently no EVS opportunities available at the GEN Europe head office.
You can also browse opportunities on the European Youth Portal for more EVS options.
Current EVS Opportunities in Ecovillages
Regenerative Ecovillage Activities for Youth, Spain: This eight-month long-term ESC project was designed for six enthusiastic young people age 17-30 who are interested in ecovillages and sustainable living, and who want to gain experience and participate in regenerative farming activities, renewable energies and building maintenance, as well as in community-building, self-development and work in intercultural teams. During the eight months you will get to know the life of a Spanish ecovillage and the European network of ecovillages. Find out more and apply now!
Would your community like to welcome young European volunteers?
The benefits of welcoming EVS volunteers to your community can be immense: fresh energy, new skills, cultural exchange, and a financial contribution to your community's costs. If your ecovillage or community would like to receive EVS volunteers, the following links may be helpful.
Get accredited: In order to receive EVS volunteers, your organisation must first become accredited as a receiving organisation. For information about becoming accredited in your country, you can read the accreditation guidelines and contact your National Agency: find their details here.
Submit a proposal: once you are accredited, you may submit a project proposal, which sets out what you can offer volunteers, the volunteer profile you are seeking, your project budget, and more. Your national agency can help you, and further details can be found in the programme guide.
GEN-Europe runs courses to build the capacity of communities to participate in EVS activities, from accreditation to evaluation. Details of new courses will be posted on this page, so stay tuned!