VOLUNTEER RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

RIGHTS

Prior to departure

The volunteer has the right to receive information about the projects available from his/her sending organization in order to determine with the sending organization, his/her suitability for the project.

The volunteer is entitled to clear information about the host organization, it’s activities, living conditions and the tasks that s/he will be expected to carry out in that organization.

The volunteer must not in any way pay wholly or partially, directly or indirectly, for his/her participation in the EVS program, for any part of his/her project.

The volunteer’s reasonable travel expenses for one return trip to (before the beginning of the project) and from (once the project has ended) the host organization will be organized and covered by the sending organization.

Each volunteer must be covered by obligatory insurance (arranged by the sending organization) foreseen for the EVS by an insurer appointed by the European Commission for the duration of his/her EVS service.

During the EVS

The volunteer has the right to an explanation concerning the grant received by the organization and the use of this grant for the benefit of the volunteer’s project.

The volunteer has the right to language training The volunteer has the right to adequate training to enable him/her to carry out the agreed tasks and a right to attend the on-arrival and midterm seminars offered by the National Agency.

The volunteer should have adequate supervision related to his/her tasks, by the local host organization in the project The volunteer must be assigned a tutor by the local host organization, and should have frequent contact with him/her.

The volunteer is entitled to support from his/her tutor and the National Agency in the event of unforeseen difficulties.

The volunteer should expect his/her sending organization to stay in contact with him/her for the duration of the project.

The volunteer should not be coerced into participating in activities against his/her convictions which were not previously agreed.

The volunteer has the right to receive pocket money from his/her host organization on a weekly or monthly basis corresponding to the monthly rate set by the European Commission for each participating country in the EVS. All local travel costs related to the EVS project are covered by the host organization.

The volunteer has the right to free board and lodging.

The volunteer is entitled to two consecutive whole days off per week and two days holiday per month of service (to be taken within the EVS period, with prior agreement of the host organization); during this time off, the volunteer is entitled to received his/her pocket money and all other allowances offered by the program. His/her accommodationshould remain available to him/her throughout this period.

It is possible for the volunteer to end his/her project for a good reason, after having consulted his/her host organization, sending organization and the National Agency.

After the EVS

The volunteer is entitled to receive support from his/her sending organization after the completion of his/her project.

Following the completion of his/her EVS, the volunteer is entitled to a certificate attesting the skills and experience that the volunteer has acquired during this period.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The volunteers have the responsibility to:

Accept a position that is realistic based on interests, skills and availability, as well as the needs of the organization.

Learn about the position and develop skills through orientation and training.

Stay informed of organization news through publications and other communication methods.

Ask questions and stay in touch with their volunteer leader or staff liaison.

Be a team member-be reliable and dependable in doing their job.

Follow all policies and guidelines, state limitations and concerns.

Respect confidential information regarding programmes, products and services of the organization.

Use resources for organization use only.

Maintain confidentiality about the organization, staff and other volunteers.

Represent the organization using professional behavior and appearance.

Provide sufficient notification to volunteer leaders or staff liaisons when ending their volunteer service.