What is European Solidarity Corps?
The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative and it creates opportunities for young people between 18-30 to volunteer or work in projects around Europe. These projects benefit communities or people and they are run by organisations that have been checked and authorised to run ESC projects.
Organisations can recruit ESC participants as volunteers, workers, apprentices or trainees based on the projects needs.
Volunteering is an amazing learning experience, which will help you with both your personal and professional development. It’s a way to contribute and a chance to show solidarity and help communities. It also a change to explore while living in another country, learning about other cultures and making friends internationally.
Volunteers will receive support depending on the EU programme funding the placement, such as return travel costs to and from the project, accommodation, meals, medical insurance and a small allowance (pocket money) to cover their day-to-day living expenses.
WHO CAN JOIN?
You have to be between 18-30 years old and legally resident in the EU Member States or one of countries listed here.
Taking part in a European Solidarity Corps project will be a significant achievement for any young person. It will be an asset when applying for a job and it will help you when you apply for higher education. The European Solidarity Corps could be a new opportunity for you to engage in a meaningful activity which could prove to be a stepping stone into employment.
After participating in a project you will be entitled to receive a certificate that documents your participation. You could use this when applying for jobs or further learning.