The European Solidarity Corps is an initiative funded by the European Union: it succeeds the former European Voluntary Service by offering a wider range of opportunities. Young people aged between 18 and 30 years old and having the nationality of one of the member countries of the European Union or of a partner country can apply for missions lasting from 2 to 12 months.
The themes of these missions are varied but always linked to a form of solidarity and sharing. This programme brings together three main pillars: experiences of working abroad, experiences of solidarity projects and, the best known and most important for us, experiences of volunteering abroad. It is a little bit of a revised and improved version of what was previously called the European Voluntary Service until 2018, because if the project itself of sending young people abroad for volunteer missions has been kept, the offer has been enriched.
The idea of individual volunteering is to offer a 2 to 12 month assignment in a European Union country or a "partner" country (e.g. Norway, Serbia or Russia) within an association or organisation that has been approved by the scheme. As far as the missions are concerned, they are very varied: there are volunteers in almost every conceivable field. One can find volunteer missions in the service of international relations at the University of Copenhagen or in an animal shelter in Moldova.
In the practical aspect: the volunteer works about 30 hours a week, he gets 2 days off per month. It is a mobility that is accessible to all: thanks to the fact that the programme covers the costs, in particular to and from return transport, accommodation on site and food shopping for example. No diploma is required to join, only motivation counts.
However, there are four other aspects of the program
- the possibility of team volunteering: groups of 10 to 40 volunteers from at least two different countries who wish to carry out a volunteering assignment together
- Internships: between 2 and 6 months, paid by the organization
- jobs: between 3 and 12 months, paid by the organization
- solidarity projects : initiative led by a minimum of 5 young people for a duration between 2 and 12 months who want to propose a solidarity project in their community in their country.
Good to know
Participants in a volunteering activity, internship or job are provided with language support, training and online coaching. Their travel costs to and from the project location are covered.
More informations and registration
For participating on the program, the people needs to register on the European Youth Portal European Solidarity Corps | European Youth Portal