EVS in AEGEE-Dresden: “We are open for applications from all over Europe”

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A few days ago AEGEE-Dres­den has been accred­it­ed as Euro­pean Vol­un­tary Ser­vice (EVS) host and send­ing orga­ni­za­tion. EVS has had a major impact on the lives of many thou­sands of young peo­ple over the past 20 years. More than 100.000 young peo­ple between 17 and 30 took part in this EU pro­gramme, devel­op­ing skills and com­pe­tences by con­tribut­ing to the work of an organ­i­sa­tion. Next to AEGEE-Dres­den also AEGEE-León pos­sess­es this pres­ti­gious sta­tus. The GT spoke with AEGEE-Dres­den mem­ber Jan Philipp Rauprich (21) about the great news.

GT: What moti­vat­ed AEGEE-Dres­den to apply for EVS host and send­ing organ­i­sa­tion?
Jan Philipp Rauprich: A great man told me you do not have to look where you are. You have to think where you could be. In my opin­ion an EVS is a win-win sit­u­a­tion for our anten­na and mem­bers. Our anten­na can get a great push and can get a lot of work done for mat­ters for which we don’t have enough resources in the moment. On the oth­er hand the vol­un­teer can focus 100% on AEGEE and has one year time to cre­ate some­thing remain­ing in Dres­den. With an EVS we can man­age a lot of projects and can empow­er the role of our small and young anten­na in the net­work.

GT: When start the pro­ce­dure and when did you get the good news?
Philipp: We start­ed the process nine months ago with the great idea and writ­ing of the appli­ca­tion. After­wards we had to hand in some legal stuff. The longest time was to wait for the appoint­ment with the per­son from the nation­al agency. In gen­er­al, you just have to be aware of the dead­line for the project.

GT: You will be EVS organ­i­sa­tion for how long? When and how does it renewed?
Philipp: The accred­i­ta­tion lasts till the end of the Eras­mus+ Youth in Action pro­gramme in 2020. You get renewed by writ­ing a new appli­ca­tion.

GT: How many peo­ple can you host?
Philipp: We can host max­i­mum one in the moment because of the size of our office. How­ev­er, it is also on our buck­et list to get a big­ger office with more space for more EVS vol­un­teers!

GT: Are they already inter­est­ed peo­ple?
Philipp: We are open for all kind of appli­ca­tions from all over Europe. So if you want a year full of AEGEE you should apply.

GT: What can your EVS guests work on in AEGEE-Dres­den?
Philipp: There are so many pos­si­bil­i­ties. You can take an active part in the organ­i­sa­tion of our great projects such as Devel­op Your­self. We are also respon­si­ble for the Bud­dy Pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Dres­den, so you can work direct­ly with inter­na­tion­al stu­dents. There are also a lots of grants we applied for, which give you mon­ey for your own project. For us it is real­ly impor­tant that you can ful­fil your dreams in our anten­na by cre­at­ing your own project and deal with mat­ters you are inter­est­ed in. Besides, we encour­age you to take an active role on the Euro­pean lev­el of AEGEE.

GT: How many EVS locals in AEGEE do you know of?
Philipp: I know of AEGEE-León, which does a great work and has a lots of expe­ri­ence con­cern­ing EVS. Also AEGEE-Val­let­ta is an accred­it­ed organ­i­sa­tion.

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