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TOSCA - Training and support for organisations active in European Solidarity Corps

Training Course

4-8 November 2024 | Sofia, Bulgaria

This edition of TOSCA is focusing on active participation and civic engagement strengthening of the projects within the European Solidarity Corps.

This training activity aims to support and build up the capacities of organizations that actively participate in volunteering actions of the European Solidarity Corps, in order to ensure quality and impact in the respective projects.

The Solidarity Corps promote participation of young people in democratic processes and civic engagement. With volunteering at its heart, the programme engages and empowers young people to be active in society, strive for the principles of unity and diversity, as well as social, cultural and historical heritage. 

We need to be aware that all volunteering activities are an act of participation and civic engagement, even if the activity focuses as a topic on environment, inclusion or digital transformation. Volunteers become a part of a local community, active members of a social change. 

During this TOSCA we would like to start a discussion on how we can focus on the participation aspect, how we draw the youngsters attention that being a volunteer is being active in the society , being engaged and empowered during but as well after the participation in the programme.

Objectives and benefits of the training course

  • Foster understanding, awareness and commitment to core quality criteria of the European Solidarity Corps
  • Build up competences on how to design and implement European Solidarity Corps projects with a view to quality
  • Ensure clarity and support on how the programme works formally: opportunities, guidelines, structures, priorities, rules, and procedures
  • Give space to participants to express burning issues and needs and offer support where possible
  • Foster a supportive community of organisations involved in the European Solidarity Corps
  • Awaken the learner within

We are looking for participants who:

  • Are involved in the Volunteering Actions of the European Solidarity Corps Programme.
  • Are connected to organisations/institutions holding a Quality Label for Volunteering (or an accreditation for Volunteering in Erasmus+).
  • Create learning opportunities within the organisation and for volunteers.
  • Know the basic principles and practicalities of the European Solidarity Corps Programme.

Online preparation

As part of the course, there's an initial online meeting you'll need to attend before the residential training in Hungary. This phase has two main goals:

  • To introduce essential information that everyone should know.
  • To create a sense of community among participants.

During this phase, you'll also begin your first assignments, where you'll assess your organization, local community, and personal needs.


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Training overview


This Training Course is

for 25 participants

from Eastern Partnership countries , Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Southern Mediterranean countries , Western Balkan countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Volunteering mentors

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



Bulgarian National Agency - Human Resource Development Center (National Agency)

For 25 years, the Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) has been recognized as a successful national structure for managing European educational programmes. Since 1999, the HRDC is actively involved in the management and implementation of European educational programmes and initiatives. Gradually, the center emerged with its own recognizable image among the national educational community at all levels, not only as an administrator of EU funded programmes, but above all as a platform for exchange of innovative educational methods and good practices to address the challenges arising in the education and training system.

At the end of 2013, the programming and financial period of the European education and training Lifelong Learning Programme, managed by the Human Resource Development Centre as the Bulgarian National Agency, was completed. As recognition and continuation of the high results achieved by the programme, the new European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport “Erasmus+” started its activities as of 1 January 2014.

Together with the implementation of the sectoral programmes Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus, Grundtvig and Study visits under the Lifelong Learning Programme during the past period, the HRDC has systematically worked on horizontal strategic objectives such as ICT in education (eTwinning), the recognition and validation of skills (Europass and ECVET), the academic recognition and quality in the field of higher education (Bologna process), the development of a national system of career guidance (Euroguidance), practice-based system analyzes in education and training (Eurydice and ReferNet), language learning (European Language Label).
The Human Resource Development Centre is the Erasmus+ National Agency for Bulgaria implementing the Programme during the 2014-2020 period.
In the period 2018-2020 apart from Erasmus+, the Human Resources Development Center is the National Agency for Bulgaria of the European Solidarity Corps Program initiated by the EC in 2018.
For the period 2021 - 2027, HRDC has been nominated by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the European National Agency Commission under the new Erasmus+ Program and the European Solidarity Corps Program.

Contact for questions:

Deya Tosheva, Stefan Gruev


Phone: +359 9155043

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agencies (NAs) of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

The Bulgarian NA will take care of the accommodation and meals of the participants.

Participants will be accommodated in single rooms.


Travel reimbursement

Every country has a different practice in paying or reimbursing the travel tickets. Please contact your NA or SALTO in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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