European Voluntary Service

Raizvanguarda holds a valid accreditation as both a hosting and sending organization for the European Voluntary Service (EVS), a project authorized by the European Commission and part of the EU Erasmus+ and Youth in Action programs. EVS allows young people, aged 17-30, from all over the world to become a volunteer abroad. The young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organizations, discovering new skills and highlighting unused ones. There are multiple fields of work that engaged youth can choose from and they range from arts and culture to leisure and agriculture. The participation in an EVS program is free of charge and fully funded.

Click here for more information about the Erasmus+ program.
Click here to see the database of volunteering opportunities.

EVS placements at RV:
Would you like to join the RV EVS programme? Please read the following information carefully.
Each year we host 2-4 volunteers across the year. We only select volunteers who are available for 6 months – to a full year and you need to have a sincere interest in working within the arts and cultural sector.
If you’re accepted into our program, you will live in the volunteer house, located 5 minutes away from our workspace. You will have your own private bedroom and share common facilities (living room/kitchen/bathroom) with the other EVS volunteers.
During your EVS you will be involved in organizing workshops, exhibitions and supporting our Artists in Residency Programme, marketing, as well as other cultural activities. In addition, you’ll also have the opportunity to develop your own personal project. You will participate in  Portuguese language lessons 2 times a week, and when the year is over you’ll be awarded a Youthpass.
Although EVS programs are unpaid, it is not without benefits entirely. Apart from the great experience, RV will provide accommodation and pay you a monthly allowance covering food and pocket money. You’ll also have your own bike for travelling locally.
EVS opportunities for 2017 will be shared in the news section of our website and the EVS database. Please email for more information.

Young Portuguese People:
If you are Portuguese, aged 17 – 30 and interested in EVS or other training opportunities abroad, please get in touch. We are happy to represent you as your sending organization.
Email for more information