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Volunteering Promote Goodness – A strategic EVS project focused on emphazising non-formal learning and raising the awareness about EVS and its values.

The wish to carry out this project was due to the fact, that there is a favourable environment in Europe that makes this not only possible but also desirable as shown by the fact that a growing number of stakeholders from various sectors intends to take advantage of the potential of NFL (non-formal learning). But there are still many people, who don´t know that EVS is good method for using formal and non-formal education and they are not aware of value of EVS and opportunity to participate in it.

This is not only emphasised by the growing attention of youth-targeting programmes (such as YiA and now E+) but also by our own experience. During a needs assessment exercise with returnee volunteers we identified a whole set of skills that their experience brought about. In particular: Global awareness; Adaptability; Interpersonal skills; Delegation capacity; Stress management; Self-confidence; Problem solving; Self-learning capacity; Strategic thinking etc.

In spite of this, links between youth organisations and other actors (i.e. government structures and labour market forces) are still scarce. This is possibly due to the lack of mechanisms to acknowledge and take advantage of inter-sectorial synergies and has emerged as a priority of our partners in the course of our growing collaborations.

Therefore, there was this wish to create an inspiring international environment for Estonia people in order to promote purposeful participation in lifelong learning and contribution to a community on the way of personal development in the global world.

EstYES was targeting the following strategic aims and objectives during the project:

  • To raise an awareness of value of EVS and opportunity to participate in it in Estonia county through increasing number of organisations working with EVS;
  • to raise an awareness of value of EVS and opportunity to participate in it amongst the organisations and youth;
  • to raise an awareness of European Solidarity Corps;
  • to increase the number of EVS accredited organisations and sending Estonia youth to EVS
  • To increase a capacity of EstYES NGO to coordinate, receive and send EVS volunteers
  • to create a systematic and structured new approach to service delivery in order to optimize work with all parties – volunteers, ROs, SOs, supervisors, mentors – involved into EVS;
  • to improve our competence of preparation and supporting EVS volunteers with fewer opportunities during the service with the help of supervision;
  • To create prerequisites for social inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities into EVS
  • to strengthen partnership with international organisations working with young people with fewer opportunities.

Our volunteers within this project did a great job with the promotion and raising awareness of the programmes. They shared their culture and information in the youth centres, education fairs and events, schools and kindergartens, among the parents and teachers. EstYES was also meeting with their partners to develop their collaboration and made agreements with new interested organisations. Collaboration was made with a few organisations who are supporting the youngsters with fewer opportunities.

The project is funded by the Archimedes Foundation Youth Agency from the Erasmus + program.

About Us


International Youth Association EstYES is a non-profit apolitical NGO founded in 1991 with the purpose of promoting youth and cultural exchanges for better international understanding and a fairer world. The organization proudly bears the pioneer title in the field of international voluntary service in Estonia.

Our objectives
  • to improve international understanding and tolerance between countries and people;
  • to promote continuous dialogue between young people all over the world;
  • to give young people an opportunity to learn from each other, discover different cultures, broaden their horizons—thus build bridges over differences;
  • to promote international voluntary service in Estonia as a means of development of local communities;
  • to use international voluntary service as a powerful method of education;
  • to promote global education as one of the resources for young people in the globalised world.
Our activities
  • organize voluntary camps in Estonia and send Estonian volunteers abroad;
  • send Estonian volunteers abroad for mid- and long-term voluntary service;
  • host foreign volunteers during mid- and long-term projects in Estonia;
  • participate in EVS program as sending, hosting and coordinating organization;
  • arrange and run youth cultural exchanges of different kinds, study visits/ group stays with various themes for foreign groups in Estonia and for Estonians abroad;
  • take part in conferences, seminars, training abroad and organize similar events in Estonia.

Every summer EstYES organises over 50 voluntary camps all over Estonia, welcoming around 600 international volunteers. Each year over 40 volunteers from different European countries come here to join a long-term EVS project (up to 12 months) in the field of social services, youth work and education. EstYES gives young Estonians a chance to take part in various projects abroad (voluntary camps, youth exchange, EVS, training activities, seminars, youth meetings, etc.)

Target Groups 

EstYES mainly works with young people aged from 14 to 30; however, voluntary projects are available to people of all ages. Physically challenged young people are a group of special consideration.

Our Partners

Since 1994-1995 we have exchanges with branches of SCI (Service Civil International) and with members of Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations, and their partner organizations.

Starting from 1999, we cooperate with ICYE (International Cultural Youth Exchange). In 1997 EstYES became a member of Alliance and in 2007 a member of the Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) by UNESCO. Most of our partner organisations belong to these networks. Over the past years, EstYES has been actively cooperating with youth and voluntary service organisations in China and South East Asia as well as with Mexico through EU Capacity Building projects.

Sources of Income

EstYES’s income consists of contributions and subscription fees from the participants of our programs. EstYES receives grants from foundations like ASEF, Erasmus+ Programme, European Youth Foundation, EuropeAid, Europe for Citizens, European Solidarity Corps, etc. EstYES does not receive any support from the state.

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