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Have you considered hosting an IVY volunteer?

By Joint secretariat
Interreg Youth Volunteer Pauline sitting at her desk with a computer

Since March 2017, the Interreg Volunteer Youth Initiative (IVY) has been offering the chance for young Europeans aged 18-30 to volunteer in cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects.

You can host a volunteer for a period of two to six months. And you can do it more than once!

There is no deadline to apply. Just talk to your Policy Officer or visit the IVY website for more information.

Why take an IVY volunteer?

Hosting an IVY volunteer is a great way to get help with your project’s communication and implementation activities. They can inform local citizens about the actions you are doing in your region or bring their competences and interests to your topic area.

Who’s already taking part?

These Interreg Europe projects are already taking part:

  • Down to Earth
  • Green Health
  • SME Origin

Even we’ve hosted a few in the past!

How do you apply?

Joining the initiative is easy; everything is available on the Interreg Youth website.

Projects can apply to host volunteers with the approval of their programme by submitting a note outlining their requirements.

The Association of European Border Regions will help you pre-select suitable candidates. They will also prepare the volunteers for their placement with information and a pre-departure training.

What is the Interreg Volunteer Youth programme?

IVY is a way for young people to volunteer in Interreg programmes and projects that support European cooperation in a variety of fields.

The volunteers can choose between two paths:

  • As Interreg Reporters, they help highlight the results of Interreg programmes
  • As Interreg Project Partners, they contribute to the implementation of projects

While helping their host organisations, volunteers will acquire new skills in the field of European cooperation projects and will experience first-hand what it means to collaborate with organisations in other EU or neighbouring regions.