Our activities

Voluntering (European Solidarity Corpse)

(Previously European Voluntary Service – EVS)

If you want to experience volunteering abroad in cultural, youth and educational organizations, with all the costs of living covered, having many learning opportunities and being a part of various creative projekcts, ESC Volunteering is the thing to do. Zavod O is accreditated as hosting and supporting organization and as such can help anyone interested to find an ideal project and to support them during the project activities.

You can read more about our current projects here.

Youth exchanges

Youth exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet, live together and work on shared projects for short periods. It’s the best way to visit unknown places where you are expected to participate at different activities like workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more. This way of non-formal education is cheap and fun, so don’t hesitate to contact us and we might provide you with a new addictive form of discovering the world. Read More…

Mobility of youth workers

This activity supports the professional development of youth workers, through the implementation of activities such as transnational/international seminars, training courses, contact-making events, study visits, etc. or job shadowing/observation periods abroad in an organization active in the youth field. Gain some more knowledge, compare experiences of other youth workers with yours, cooperate, develop your organization… with our help. Read More…

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EVS blogs

First hand testimonials made by our EVS volunteers describing their experience of living and working in Škofja Loka, Slovenia.

EVS survival guide

Useful tips how to survive (enjoy) in Škofja Loka as EVS volunteer.

EVS calendar

Schematic overview of EVS activities and projects, nowhere else than in Škofja Loka, Slovenia.

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What EVS volunteers say

I’ve helped as a volunteer in almost all sections of Zavod O and I am impressed how easy the brands cooperate with each other. The leaders in the organization know how to motivate and inspire. Employees come with a desire to work and make something out of nothing, the bosses are geniuses in their field of activity and wonderful people from whom you can learn and charge.

Anastasiya Chervenyakova Project Active Youth at DC Ω, 2013

Zavod O is my host organisation in my EVS project. I am really happy with organisation work and that I am here. Being here opens a lot of possibilities to travel and to know a lot of people and other cultures. Here are good living conditions and nice attitude from others. In Zavod O organisation you can relax in different parties and also you can get a good experience in non formal education.

Jānis Aizpurietis Project Good Vibes, 2013

Zavod O is a wonderful organization with great people… I created friendships that I hope will last a lifetime! I experienced incredible moments, for me it is a magical place!!!

Todor Ivanov Short-term project Oasis of Youth, 2013

In my opinion organization Zavod O excellently copes with one of its main goals – raising the quality of life of Škofja Loka youth. Concerts and theme nights, various art and computer workshops, seminars and much more – all this makes lives of Škofja Loka inhabitants colorful and diverse. The big plus of Zavod O is its work with EVS volunteers, which allows organization to share experiences with young people from different countries and get their valuable international impact on both the organization and the local community generally.

Viktoriia Shnurova Project Europe Unites, 2012-2013

Zavod O is one of the pillars of culture, art and education in Škofja Loka. The 3 centers that make up the organization are responsible to implement new proposals to enrich the cultural and social life of the people. Zavod O is full of workers with new ideas, besides bringing volunteers from different parts of Europe, made for introducing new cultures in the town.

Silvia Prieto Project Europe Unites, 2012-2013

Zavod O is the organization full with different interesting and genious people, who has right ambition and strength to change not only local environment . People in the organization and out there in Slovenia generally, are amazing, impressive and shocking with their hospitality, rich culture, positivity, kind personality… I would recommend Zavod O and its sections as the one of the best place you can discover yourself in better ways.

Tamar Kochiashvili Short-term project Green heART, 2012

I came back to Škofja Loka as a long term EVS volunteer in organization ,,UrbanProd’’ (France, Marseille) to realize my personal project here, in Slovenia. I made this decision after doing a short term EVS in Škofja loka last year and spending my holidays here. I had unforgettable emotions which were caused by this place. Škofja loka, organization Zavod O, club ,,Pri rdeči ostrigi’’, all these places and people here are like human charger for me. Each time after visiting this place I have new emotions, experiences and I’m totally charged for new actions. As I said, I call this place a human charger, and for that I have a real reason. This is the place where people want to come back and the good thing is that Zavod O will allways welcome you with smile and kindness.

Jānis Jurčenko Short-term project Green heART, 2012

Zavod O is a very good organization. I’ve been as a volunteer in this organization for two months and had a very good experience… And people I met were very hospitable. Zavod O rules 🙂

Alexandros Alouanli Kalathas Short-term project Green heART, 2012

During my work experience at Zavod O is gained a lot of professional knowledge on professional and social level. It’s an experience who will stay always in my mind.

Wilson Verstreken Project United in Diversity, 2010-2011

About us

Zavod O International was established because of our goal to expand our international activities. We are offering promotion and support to young people who want to be more active outside our borders mainly through Erasmus + programme. For now we are active in:

  • EVS
  • Youth exchanges
  • Trainings
EVS hosting/coordinating
EVS sending
Youth exchanges


Why Škofja Loka?

We had a wish to put Škofja Loka on the map of Europe/World. Because it deserves that. This cute medieval town can offer a lot to young peope, who feel a need to test their survival abilities in foreign environment. And we thought that with some international cooperation we can make this pearl even more beautiful. We gave a try and we hosted our first EVS project in 2004. Our story starts there…
Erasmus plus
Občina Škofja Loka
Urad za mladino
Center za socialno delo Škofja Loka
Center za socialno delo Kranj
Zavod O