European Voluntary Service
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an international volunteer program funded by the European Commission. It enables all young people legally resident in Europe, aged between 18 and 30 years, to carry out an international volunteer service in an organisation or in a public body in Europe, Africa, Asia or South America for a period ranging from 2 to 12 months.
Here at Community Action Dacorum, we have been lucky enough to have several EVS Volunteers join us to do voluntary work in the local community. Our most recent EVS Volunteers were Pierfrancesco and Alice from Italy.
Pierfrancesco had this to say about his experience with Community Action Dacorum:
“I came here ten months ago knowing more or less nothing about the English language. This experience has been very important for my life because I learnt English. I also learnt a lot about English culture and how England works as a country as well as how important volunteering is.
“Volunteering is very important to improve your CV. You learn a lot of things about life and your future career while building skills that will be helpful in your life. It is also a good way to help someone who really needs it.
“My experience is at the end now but I will bring with me all the adventure and all the things I have learnt here during my lifetime.
“I would like to say that volunteering is not a work unpaid but it is a way to help people feel like they are in the centre of the society even if they are old people or people with learning disabilities.”
While at Community Action Dacorum, the EVS Volunteers have helped us here at the Volunteer Centre as well as at Community Action Dacorum’s Community Transport and Creative Learning. They have also done voluntary work for other charities in the area such as the Waterways Experience and Dacorum Mencap.