^  Re: Work in UK
Tue, Oct 03 2017 03:44:28 PM
From:  UK001-Leanne  
To:  ES003-Vila-real 
Cc:  General 

Thank you for contacting us here at Eurodesk UK via the European Youth Portal. One place for you to could start looking for volunteering opportunities is through the European Voluntary Service (EVS): http://europa.eu/youth/volunteering_en

I think for you EVS would be a good opportunity as it is open to those aged 17-30 and it's free to take part in, 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. EVS allows you to volunteer in any EU member country and some neighbouring countries.

How you can apply:

1.Find a sending organisation (https://europa.eu/youth/volunteering/evs-organisation_en): Contact an EVS accredited 'sending organisation' in the country you are resident in~and ask them to advise you on how to go about volunteering with the specific project. They will need to have a partnership with a UK organisation so do check with them. ~

2. Find a project you would like to get involved in (http://europa.eu/youth/volunteering/project_en): 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.

Types of projects: Projects can range from 2 – 12months. However, it’s also worth noting that under special circumstances an EVS duration can be less than 2 months (when supporting young people with fewer opportunities).
3. Contact the host organisation: send your CV and a motivational letter (about half a page) describing why you want to do EVS with this organisation. Remember, EVS is not about the qualifications you have or how much work experience you have. Projects are looking for volunteers who are motivated, willing and enthusiastic, who will make a good fit with their organisation.
4. Plan and prepare: It can take from 2 - 6 months in total to plan an EVS project. Your sending organisation is there to explain everything to you and support you throughout the process. Your sending organisation will also carry out some pre-departure training with you.
The Portal gets updated regularly so if you cannot find a good opportunity right now do have a look a bit later on. Or you can try to contact the organisations your found to see if they wouldn't consider taking you on as a volunteer.

For inspiring EVS stories and other volunteering opportunities take a look at: https://www.eurodesk.org.uk/content/volunteering

Also consider your student registering with European Solidarity Corps. It is available to people aged 17-30, resident to an EU or EU neighbouring countries.~ When you~register, your details are held in the European Solidarity Corps system, which will allow organisations to search the database for young people for their projects. Check out the link for more information and to register; https://www.eurodesk.org.uk/content/european-solidarity-corps.

Charities based in the UK

Have a look at the range of opportunities including working with children around the UK provided by these recommended charities:
If your student decides on a different type of opportunity than working with children WWOOF UK holds a list of organic farms, gardens and smallholdings, all offering food and accommodation in exchange for practical help on their land http://www.wwoof.org.uk

I hope this has been helpful. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us.

Kind Regards

EurodeskUK Team