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ABOUT GAIA AND EVS (European Voluntary Service)


GAIA is a project created by Asociatia Explorator, an association which hosts and coordinates volunteers since 2008 here in Craiova, Romania. Asociatia Explorator is officially accredited to run projects under European Voluntary Service, part of the European Union's Erasmus+ Program.

The aim of this specific project is "to offer volunteers the opportunity of developing employability competences and enhance their social proactive involvement in the frame of ecology". In other words, the main themes of GAIA are Ecology and social Inclusion. 

The volunteers are working to promote the guidelines of a healthier lifestyle, awareness in regards to the environment, and a more effective cooperation within our community, in the perspective of a personal growth of everyone involved.

Every volunteer of GAIA is carefully selected after written applications and interviews.

The project, which runs from November 2015 to July 2017, will be splitted in three stages:

From November 2015 to May 2016 the organization hosted 3 volunteers from Georgia and one from Macedonia;

From May to November 2016 the volunteers are from Italy and Armenia,

From November 2016 to July 2017 there will be four Turkish and four Russians.

Check the private page of the volunteers hosted until now, and read their impressions about this experience:

Eter(GE) - Martin(MK) - Lasha(GE) - Avto(GE)  /  Margherita(IT) - Giacomo(IT) - Lena(AM) - Gayane(AM)  / Karina(RU) - Burhan(TR) - Elena(RU) - Marina(RU)- Ilkay (TR) - Natalia (RU) - Mehmet (TR)


On this website you can find all the information about our European Voluntary Service in Craiova:

  • On the E-magazine section, once a month, we will publish an article about the four topics of GAIA: Ecology, Social Inclusion, Languages and Erasmus + opportunities.

  • We have a youtube channel in which we publish at least one video per month, explaining aspects of our aforementioned 4 topics.


  • We publish pictures and information related to: our current projects, the events we organize, and the documentation of our weekly activities with the local partners ANCAARBeethoven School and others.

Our personal page is updated monthly as well, with some personal insights about this experience.

Plus, we have a facebook page, please subscribe to be updated about our events.

Here below you can also find some more information about Erasmus Plus.

The new Erasmus+ programme aims to support actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020.


Erasmus+ replaces seven programmes bringing together 

  • The Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig and Jean Monnet)

  • The Youth in Action programme

  • Five international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries)

  • The new sport action.


What does it support?

Erasmus + provides grants for a wide range of actions and activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. The programme gives opportunities to students, trainees, staff and volunteers to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability. It supports organisations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices in the fields of education, training and youth.  Erasmus+ also includes a strong international dimension (i.e. cooperation with Partner Countries) notably in the field of higher education, which opens the programme to institutional cooperation and mobility of young people and staff worldwide. The newSport action will support grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.


How is it managed?

The European Commission, DG Education and Culture, is in charge of the policies related to the fields of Education, Training and Youth. For more information about the E+ programme, to read policy documents and an overview of the opportunities offered, please visit the Erasmus+ website.

The actions of the Erasmus + programme are divided into decentralised actions and centralised actions.

  • The decentralised actions are managed in each programme country by National Agencies that are appointed by their national authorities.

  • The centralised actions are managed at a European level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) located in Brussels.
    EACEA is in charge of the complete life-cycle management of projects, from the promotion of the programme, the analysis of the grant requests, the on-the-spot monitoring of projects, up to the dissemination of the projects' and programme's results. 

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