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European Voluntary Services (EVS)

European Voluntary Service (EVS)


The Hostelling International philosophy is to inspire travellers to promote sustainable values, create a peaceful environment and open minds. This is also one of the reasons why Hostelling International in many countries has active social volunteering programs.

Here in Norway we have developed a European Voluntary Service (EVS) program, where volunteers from all over Europe come to the Main office and Haraldsheim Hostel in Oslo for a period up to 12 months. There are also placements in other hostels across Norway. The EVS program is designed for European youth between 18 and 30, and the programme gives a chance to volunteer and live in Norway and work with sustainability issues and guest experiences. The programme is administrated by the Aktiv Ungdom (Youth in Action) office in Oslo. 

The volunteers‘ function will be to create activities for guests and the local community – in short, to bring people together. They will also get involved in Hostel activities, pitch in ideas for further development, boost sustainability, manage the social media activities of the Hostel.  It’s an opportunity to dive into the Norwegian culture, meet people from around the world and experience totally different realities. Read about our EVS volunteer Maria's experiences in the volunteer-run blog, Say HI to Norway