The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.
Through your participation in the European Solidarity Corps, you will get the chance to live in another country, get to know a new culture and a new language. You will make new friends – within and beyond your organisation. Not only will you provide a service to the benefit of your organisation and the local community, but you will also develop your own personal, social and professional skills
Who can join the European Solidarity Corps?
You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. You must also complete the European Solidarity Corps project before you turn 31. Also you must be legally resident in or have the nationality of one of the European Union Member States, or of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.Whilst you can join the European Solidarity Corps if you meet these criteria, some projects may have additional restrictions on ages, legal residency or nationality, depending on the type of project and how it is funded.
Projects supported by the European Solidarity Corps can last from two to twelve months. They will usually be located within the European Union Member States.
How much does it cost?
Participation in the European Solidarity Corps is free of charge for the participant. Except for a possible contribution to travel costs, the participant must not be charged, neither fully or partially, nor directly or indirectly, for taking part in a European Solidarity Corps activity.
Participants in volunteering activities will receive a small allowance (pocket money) for their personal expenses throughout the duration of the activity, including vacations. Their accommodation and food will be provided by the host organisation. Participant is supported to undertake language courses during the activity.
If you are up for a challenge, and willing to dedicate yourself to helping other people, then join the European Solidarity Corps today!