What is the Youth Voluntary Service?

The Youth Voluntary Service is a programme which aims to assist young people in becoming active volunteers through facilitating volunteering opportunities to help the community.

The Youth volunteers in the YVS Local programme have the opportunity to volunteer with a voluntary organisation of their choice from 2 months up to a maximum of 6 months whilst benefitting from a monthly stipend. The renumeration rate is at €3.50 per hour for a maximum of 15 hours every week.

The YVS Overseas programme allows youth volunteers to participate in volunteering projects coordinated by local Voluntary Organisations. The overseas missions can take part in Europe, Asia, Africa, Gulf Countries and South America and can range between 2 weeks and 3 months. This programme covers up to €2,500 in costs relating to mobility, flights and insurance for Youth volunteers participating in this programme.

At the end of the voluntary service, youth volunteers receive a certificate of participation which is valid for academic accreditation, Youthpass and Europass.

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Journey of Youth Self-Development - J.O.Y.S

Volunteers who are participating in the Youth Voluntary Service programme or in a EU mobility programme are also eligible to participate in the J.O.Y.S. programme (Journey of Youth Self-Development). 

The self-development programme consists of different resources including:

  • My Journey – a 31-day self-development Journal
  • Mentoring (one-to-one/small groups)
  • Monthly self-development workshops