International Voluntary Programmes

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"Sometimes it's possible to be enrolled in international programs that are partly or completely financed by public or private institutions. It's an interesting experience where you can meet a lot of nice people and learn something new. Age limit and country origin may apply."

Youth in action

Youth in Action, is financed by European Union and it's often restricted to people below 25 years of age, even if some of the projects have no age restriction, so it's still worth to try. The organization is paying for food and accommodation, plus 70% of the travel expenses to reach the place. Sometimes there is aparticipation fee, others it is completely free. It's during one of this workshop that me and Oti met for the first time. - www.eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/

Gruntvig

Grundtvig programs are similar to Youth in Action, but without age restriction. Plus you have free food, free accommodation, free transportation and even the program fee is completely financed by the institution! Too good to be true, that's why you can apply only once every three years. - www.ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/grundtvig_en.htm

EVS

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young Europeans with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU. In this way, it seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and to promoting young people's active citizenship. It's free for volunteers, and you receive free accommodation and food, insurance and pocket money. The only thing you might have to pay is a small part (maximum 10%) of your travel costs. Usually volunteers must be 18 - 30 years old on the application deadline. - http://ec.europa.eu/youth/youth-in-action-programme/european-voluntary-service_en.htm