Volunteering activities

Information about the opportunities of the European Solidarity Corps open for Eastern Partnership countries and Russian Federation.

Volunteering is a solidarity activity that takes the form of a voluntary unpaid activity for a period of up to twelve months. It provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations in solidarity activities to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out. As the main mechanism for promoting solidarity as a value, volunteering helps to overcome important societal challenges and addresses the needs of local communities. It also enables young people to acquire useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability and active citizenship.

Volunteering can take place in a broad range of areas, such as in the fields of environmental protection, climate change mitigation and greater social inclusion. It does not include activities that are part of curricula in formal education, vocational education and training systems and activities for emergency response, and must not interfere with the functioning of the labour market.

Activities supported under volunteering must constitute a rich experience in a non-formal and informal learning context, which enhances young people's skills and competences. They must not substitute traineeships or jobs and, should be based on a written volunteering agreement.

Youth organisations and young people from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus can participate in the following activities:

Individual Volunteering is a full-time unpaid solidarity activity for a duration of 2 to 12 months. This type of solidarity activity provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations in solidarity activities to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out. In duly justified cases, especially to encourage the participation of young people with fewer opportunities, volunteering activities of 2 weeks – 2 months can be accepted and implemented.

Volunteering teams are solidarity activities which allow teams of 10 to 40 participants coming from at least two different countries to volunteer together for a period between 2 weeks and 2 months. Such solidarity activities could especially contribute to the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in the European Solidarity Corps. At least a quarter of the volunteers must come from abroad. Despite their shorter duration, these activities will be valuable both for the individuals and for the communities benefiting from this service.

The organisations wishing to take part in the above opportunities should receive a Quality Label.

For more information and details please check the European Solidarity Corps Programme Guide.

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