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Opportunities within European Solidarity Corps

Short overview of the European Solidarity Corps from the point of view of a young person as well as an organization

1. What is the European Solidarity Corps?

The European Solidarity Corps aims to foster solidarity in the European society, engaging young people and organisations in accessible and high-quality solidarity activities. It offers young people opportunities to show solidarity, express their commitment to the benefit of communities and help resolve challenging situations across Europe. At the same time, it enables young people to acquire useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability.

The European Solidarity Corps builds on the achievements of more than 25 years of European programmes in the fields of volunteering and youth, especially on the experience of the European Voluntary Service.

2. Types of activities within European Solidarity Corps

Important introductory note: European Solidarity Corps offers four types of activities: jobs, traineeships, solidarity projects, and volunteering projects, but since only volunteering projects are open for young people and organizations from Western Balkans, we will focus in our presentation only on this part.

Individual volunteering is a full-time unpaid activity for a duration from 2 to 12 months. In some cases, volunteering activities of 2 weeks to 2 months can be put in place for young people with fewer opportunities. This type of activity will give young people the chance to take part in the daily work of organisations and perform tasks that can have a real impact.

Volunteering teams are solidarity activities allowing teams of 10 to 40 young people from at least two different countries to volunteer together for a period between 2 weeks and 2 months. Such activities can especially contribute to the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in the European Solidarity Corps.

Types of European Solidarity Corps projects

3. Who can participate in the European Solidarity Corps?

Young people

European Solidarity Corps volunteering activities are open to 18-30 year old young people residing in the EU Member States and the following Partner Countries:

  • former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey
  • Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway
  • Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
  • Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia
  • Russian Federation

Young people interested in taking part in a Volunteering projects can register in the ESC Portal.

Organisations

Any public or private organisation holding a Quality Label and legally established in an participating country (EU Member States, Iceland, North Macedonia and Turkey)  can participate and submit applications for volunteering activities, traineeships and jobs. Applications should be submitted to the National Agency in the country where the applicant organisation is established.

Organisations from the following countries can participate in volunteering activities as partners:

  • former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey
  • Liechtenstein and Norway
  • Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
  • Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia
  • Russian Federation

For further details, please read the Programme guide on the European Solidarity Corps web page.

4. Which deadlines are available for volunteering projects in 2019?

First option, by which organizations from Western Balkans are able to get to hosting and sending volunteering projects, is by being partners in projects, applied by their EU project partner.  

Volunteering Projects

7 February 2019

30 April 2019

1 October 2019

Volunteering Partnerships (specific agreements for 2019 under the FPA 2018-2020)

30 April 2019

Volunteering Teams in high priority areas

28 September 2019

Deadlines for submission of applications specified above end at 12.00 (noon), Brussels time. For further details see the call, here and Corrigendum

Second option, the organizations from Western Balkans can get to their volunteering projects is by applying directly to Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels, once per year, within the so-called Erasmus+ - Key Action 2 - Capacity Building in the field of youth. Please find more details here on the web page of the call.

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