Are you between 18 and 30 and looking for an opportunity to help the wider community, in Europe and beyond?

You could do this with funding and support from the European Solidarity Corps, which helps young people take part in projects that benefit communities, either abroad or in their own country. 

These projects offer an inspiring and empowering experience, as well as the chance to bring change while developing your skills and competences. 

The European Solidarity Corps program includes different actions including the following:

Volunteering

Volunteering projects offer the opportunity for a young person to engage in different activities of an organisation for a period of a month and up to 12 months. The missions are divided in two categories: In-Country, where a person can participate in a project taking place in his own country and Cross-Border, where a person can participate in a project taking place outside of his/her country of origin.

Regarding the time period of each mission, volunteers can participate in 1 or 2 month projects called Short Term projects or in a 3 and up to 12 month projects called Long Term projects. In the short term mission it is included also the projects called Volunteering Teams that are involving youth for a short period of time. Youngsters can have the opportunity to participate in a short term project and later on in a long term project but not the other way round with the exception of the Volunteering Teams project that youngsters are free to participate even after having completed a long term mission. Eligible participants are 17-30 years old. At the end of each mission all youngsters receive a certificate that measures their development and successes during the project, called Youthpass.

What is covered:

  1. Travel between the country of origin of the participant and the country that the project takes place.
  2. Food Allowance given to the volunteers in the beginning of each month.
  3. Accommodation that is provided by the hosting organisation.
  4. Pocket Money for personal expenses.
  5. Health Insurance in collaboration with the company Cigna and the Eu Health Card(applies only for Eu citizens).

For more info you can visit the following page:

https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/young-people/volunteering_en

  • Jobs and Trainerships

In the Jobs and Traineeships projects, young people cane part of an organisation in their own country or at any other Eu country as an intern or a worker. The age of the participants that are eligible for these projects is 18-30 years old. Traineeships can last from 2-6 months and can be renewed for another 6 months while jobs projects should be more than 3 months. In both projects, travel to and from the country of origin is covered as well as health insurance. In traineeships, a monthly allowance is offered to the participants to cover their personal needs while in jobs projects monthly stipends apply to the national labour law of each host country. Finally in both projects learning agreements are signed.

For more info you can visit the following page:

https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/young-people/traineeships-jobs_en

  • Solidarity Projects

Are you active in the development process of your local community? You want to contribute via acts of solidarity to the people around you? Then this project is for you. Solidarity projects are ideas applied into actions, created by youngsters and that aim to offer a helping hand to the world around them and above all their own community. If you have an idea about the project you and your friend can apply it via ESC. This program is destined for youth 18-30 years old and offers 500 euros per month and for a total duration of 1 year to be spent on your ideas, while there is an amount provided to a coach that will support the group during the implementation of the project.

More information can be found here or you can contact our organisation for more input and support:

https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/young-people/solidarity-projects_en

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