European Youth Portal
As an EU citizen there are a range of opportunities for young people. The European Youth Portal developed with and for young people is a great resource specifically designed to provide details of opportunities for young people and relevant EU information in the following areas:
Creativity and culture
Health and wellbeing
Youth and world
Employment and entrepreneurship
Education and training
are detailed at The European Youth Portal.
The European Commission’s website has a whole section dedicated to youth issues. Here you will find details of European Youth policy, an overview of the Youth in Action Programme as well as information on youth related events, awards and schemes.
European Youth Forum
The European Youth forum strives for youth rights in international institutions such as the EU, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.
To overcome the challenges faced by young people, the European Youth Forum has three main goals:
- Greater youth participation
- Stronger youth organisations
- Increased youth autonomy and inclusion
Volunteering provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience, use and improve skills and meet new people while giving something back to the community. The opportunity to volunteer overseas adds the additional advantage of learning new skills and languages within a new cultural experience.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) falls under the Youth in Action programme and provides young Europeans aged 18 to 24 unpaid, full-time voluntary activities for up to 12 months in another country.
The European Commission’s Youth in Action programme is detailed further at (link) http://ec.europa.eu/youth/youth-in-action-programme/european-voluntary-service_en.htm including a database of accredited organisations and a full programme guide for potential participants.
The European Youth portal has a range of information on volunteering in your home country and overseas. The volunteering section includes features on work camps, United Nations volunteers and volunteering online. An overview of the European Voluntary Service including details of other volunteering opportunities are also available here http://europa.eu/youth/country/76/theme/45_en
Working in Europe
As an EU citizen you have the right to work in any other member state. You do not need a work permit. You have the same rights as nationals of the host country regarding access to work, assistance from employment services and financial support to help you find work.
EURES – The European Job Mobility Portal provides a wealth of information on finding jobs abroad and living/working conditions in other European countries.
You can register your CV on the site and search for jobs in 31 European countries.
The Living and Working conditions database contains information on finding accommodation, finding a school, taxes, cost of living, health, social legislation, comparability of qualifications, etc
EURES has a team of advisers providing support on a local level, search via location on the EURES site.
The European Youth Portal
Here you will find general information on working in another EU country, with links to other relevant sites. It has features on specific areas of relevance to young people including au pairing abroad, holiday work and the World Bank Youth Professionals program
Expertise in labour mobility
A handy site providing practical tips, tools and tests to check your expatriate skills. Provides a whole range of information on working overseas including career guides describing the main routes to jobs and employment in over 40 countries.
Europe is a great place for young people to travel. Many borders within the EU can be crossed without passport or custom checks. The euro means you don’t have to change money, avoiding commission charges and fluctuating exchange rates within the euro zone.
The following organisations provide everything you need to know to help your travel experiences run smoothly.
“Eurodesk UK can provide you with local information on events, accommodation, travel, food and entertainment from any European country. So you might want to know where your nearest youth information centre in Oslo is or which festivals to visit when on your way to Estonia. We liaise with our national partners and find out local tips such as the best way of getting around, cheap accommodation, funky places to hang out, the best bars and restaurants and information usually only known to the locals.”
Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO)
Offers travel advice, top tips and up to date country information to support travels overseas.
Bug backpackers guide
Section on European destinations, local transport and hostel reviews
A crucial site for anyone considering travelling by rail. Here you will find details of InterRail discounts, train timetables, maps and individual country overviews.