European Voluntary Service
Since 2007, ECAS has been coordinating and hosting volunteers from across Europe to enjoy a life experience in the European capital under the European Voluntary Service (EVS).
In June 2015, we renewed our accreditation as a hosting and coordinating organisation with the Belgian National Agency for Erasmus+ Bureau International de la Jeunesse (BIJ). Our PIC number is 959974469.
We have been accredited for the following topics, which correspond to our areas of work:
- EU Citizenship, Awareness and Democracy
- Social Dialogue
- Reaching the Political Level / Dialogue with Decision-Makers
In addition, we also offer projects enhancing digital competences and supporting youth participation.
We have been accredited as an EVS coordinating and hosting organisation under Erasmus+ until 2020.
Our current project runs from February 2016 – January 2017
ECAS has been accredited as a coordinating and hosting organisation for EVS until 2020.
As a coordinating organisation we submit the project application, coordinate the project in cooperation with the sending organisations and distribute the Erasmus+ grant among the participants and partner organisations. We ensure that the volunteers receive the EVS info kit and participate in the required pre- and post-training and evaluation sessions. We also coordinate with the sending organisations to ensure that the volunteers fulfill all the administrative requirements when they arrive to Belgium and provide them support in their learning process.
As a receiving organisation, we provide personal support to the volunteers to integrate in the hosting community and look for proper accommodation and offer them guidance and training to fulfill their tasks. We also support them in their self-learning process and in making progress towards the agreed learning outcomes. Finally, we encourage and support the volunteers to take part in learning and training opportunities.
“YEAP Europe! – Youth Engagement & Active Participation in Europe
Duration: From 1st February 2016 until 31st of January 2017
With this project ECAS aims to involve volunteers in various activities supporting the awareness and active participation of young people in the European public sphere, in particular in policies which directly affect them.
The project is structured in three axes, which address ECAS’ main areas of work (digital democracy and EU rights), in addition to an axis devoted to ECAS’ outreach strategy and alliance-building and the development of membership services. Volunteers may be involved in more than one depending on their individual profiles and motivations.
This project expects to raise awareness about youth policies and initiatives at EU level among young people and organisations both in Europe and in the neighbourhood countries, focusing on the “unengaged” groups in the partners’ countries. This should result in higher engagement of these youth groups with the EU, which will contribute to enhancing the EU’s legitimacy.
In addition, the volunteers will develop a number of key competences that will help them in their future careers. They will also have the chance to relate directly to their local communities, which will support the project’s sustainability, as they will be able to share the knowledge acquired once the EVS service is completed and they return to their home countries.