On 26-27 November, the European Voluntary Service (EVS) celebrated its 10th anniversary. The EVS, the flagship measure of the Youth programme, is a Community initiative which encourages youth people aged between 18 and 25 to immerse themselves in a different culture abroad, carrying out a voluntary, charity or non-profit making activity.
Since 1996, nearly 35,000 young people have carried out full-time unpaid voluntary service in another country. The EVS will continue as part of the new Youth in action, programme for the period 2007-2013. It will be for those aged between 18 and 30 and will offer a far greater geographical range.