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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation

Last update: 20 November 2020
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  1. Intercontinental youth work cooperation
  2. Development cooperation activities

Intercontinental youth work cooperation

  • Foundation International Volunteer Projects (SIW).
    This foundation connects young people and adults to voluntary work projects abroad. The foundation has projects on different continents and volunteers can choose between group projects with volunteers from all over the world or tailor-made projects. SIW executes more than 2000 projects in 70 countries worldwide. The foundation does not receive any structural funding and works mostly with volunteers and donations. SIW was founded in 1953. We have no information about a timeframe or outcomes.


Development cooperation activities


  • European Voluntary Service (EVS).
    The European Voluntary Service is part of the European Erasmus+ programme from the European Union and provides voluntary work in Europe for young people between 17 and 30 years old. Throughout Europe there are hundreds or organizations and projects that work with volunteers from EVS. The options and themes are very diverse: from nature conservation to sports programmes and music schools, with target groups like, for example, (deaf) children and young people, elderly, minorities and animals. In general, participants work abroad for a period of 6 – 12 months. EVS is part of the Foundation International Volunteer Projects. We have no information on timeframe, outcomes and funding.