Volunteering in our Garden is based on the ERASMUS+ programme for youth that gives volunteers the opportunity to improve and try new activities and reach new goals.
Year after year VMU Kaunas Botanical Garden welcomes foreign volunteers coming here for new experiences, wishing to get to know Lithuanian culture and nature and to spend their time in a useful and meaningful way. During 2013-2015, when our Botanical Garden enrolled in European Voluntary Service, we’ve had seven volunteers from different countries. On average, volunteers work at our Botanical Garden for the duration of 9 months.
In 2013 Manuel Marqués López from Spain volunteered here.
In 2014 Ieuan William Dimond from Wales, Aleksandra Piekarska from Poland and Geoffrey Chanal-Raffier from France volunteered here.
In 2015 Nicola Borio form Italy, Edgar Nahapetyan from Armenia, Darija Antropova from Russia and Selanie Chauvet from France volunteered here.
Due to this project, each year we get more Lithuanian volunteers as well.
European Voluntary Service
European Voluntary Service (EVS) offers international volunteering projects for young people, aiming to develop their public spirit and sense of solidarity, promote intercultural understanding, strengthening mutual understanding and tolerance. EVS is the second act in the program “Youth in action” of the European Union: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/index_en.htm
EVS volunteer activities can take place in various areas: culture, youth, sports, social care, cultural heritage, arts, civil protection, environment, development cooperation and so on. In post-crisis situations it is not permitted to take action in high risk activities (for example, to provide humanitarian aid, to provide immediate disaster relief etc.).
Who can become an EVS volunteer?
Every young person aged 18 to 30 years, legally resident in a program country or a program partner country, can become a volunteer. A volunteer must be ready to live abroad for an agreed amount of time.