Youth Volunteer Scheme – [YVS]

The Youth Volunteer Scheme aims to support Young People taking an active part in Voluntary Organisations.

The Youth Volunteer Scheme aims to support young people taking an active part in Voluntary Organisations. The first goal of the scheme is to help young people improve their skills and prospects by giving them an opportunity to take up volunteering as part of their non-formal and informal learning process.  It will also enable them to discover the value of voluntary service and help to foster a sense of community and active citizenship.

The second goal of the scheme is to support Voluntary Organisations in attracting young people to volunteering, enabling them to enhance their capacity with new volunteers and fresh ideas.  

Local Programme
Youths between the ages of 15-30 (post secondary) can apply for placements of 1-6 months with local Voluntary Organisations under the Youth Volunteer Scheme whilst benefitting from a stipend.  

Voluntary Organisations can submit their Accreditation Application at any point in time to become Host Voluntary Organisations. The call will be kept open throughout the year. Voluntary Organisations must be registered and compliant with the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations to be eligible for accreditation, and may apply to host up to four (4) local Youth Volunteers at a go. Should a Voluntary Organisation wish to host more than the indicated number, the VO may express such interest and the request will be considered if there is a number of Youth Volunteers who still need placements, following the take up by other Voluntary Organisations, or if there is a number of Youth Volunteers who would specifically wish to work in that particular sector.

Once approved, accreditation is valid for one calendar year, though the MCVS reserves the right to revoke the accreditation during the agreed period, if there are reasonable grounds for doing so. An accredited Host Voluntary Organisation must renew its interest to participate in the scheme each new calendar year.

Overseas Programme
The YVS – Overseas Programme supports young people who would like to carry out international volunteer service outside of Europe, by taking part in overseas voluntary work experiences coordinated by locally registered Voluntary Organisations. The Overseas Scheme is a unique opportunity for young people to come into contact with cultures, different than their own, and to acquire new skills and abilities that are useful for their personal and professional growth.

Youth Volunteers must be between 18 and 30 years of age. The duration of the overseas voluntary work experience must be between 2 weeks and 3 months. Each volunteer may only benefit from the scheme once in a particular calendar year and not more than twice overall.

Host Voluntary Organisation approval is awarded on a project-by-project basis. The Host Voluntary Organisation must be registered and compliant with the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Originations and must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience of managing projects and volunteers overseas. The Host Voluntary Organisation may host up to four (4) Youth Volunteers per project and eight (8) Youth Volunteers per year (divided between different projects). 

Guidelines

Guidelines – Youth Volunteer Scheme

Applications – YVS Local Programme
Voluntary Organisations are to submit both Host Application as well as Youth volunteers Application below

Youth Volunteer Scheme – LOCAL HOST APPLICATION

Youth Volunteer Scheme – LOCAL YOUTH APPLICATION

Applications – YVS Overseas Programme
Voluntary Organisations are to submit both Host Application as well as Youth volunteers Application below

Youth Volunteer Scheme – OVERSEAS HOST APPLICATION

Youth Volunteer Scheme – OVERSEAS YOUTH APPLICATION

Youths – Expression of interest
Youths interested in volunteering under the Youth Volunteer Scheme which are not currently involved with a Voluntary Organisation may submit their application through Voluntiera Malta. Kindly thick the box referring to the Youth Volunteer Scheme in the application below. Youths will be interviewed and paired with the most appropriate Voluntary Organisation and move forward to the Youth Activism Scheme.

Voluntiera Malta Application – MT

Voluntiera Malta Application – EN