European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027: New Opportunities to Volunteer

The European Solidarity Corps represent an opportunity for young people aged 18-30 who are looking for an opportunity to help the wider community, in Europe and beyond. Through the program they can be involved in different activities into a wide range of topics (education and training, citizenship and democratic participation, environment and natural protection, migration, culture, and many others). Such activities include:

  • Volunteering
  • Traineeships
  • Jobs
  • Local Solidarity Projects

Thanks to the European Solidarity Corps, young people have already gained invaluable experiences and developed new skills. As the name of the programme points out itself, the focus is on enhancing the European dimension of solidarity. The beneficial effects of ESC is undeniable to see. Have a look to the latest report (2018-2019) released by the European Commission or reach out for the numerous testimonials by ESC Volunteers.

The Council and the European Parliament have now reached a provisional agreement on the budget financing the European Solidarity Corps for the period 2021-2027. A budget of €1.009 billion will offer opportunities to at least 270,000 young people to help address societal and humanitarian challenges through volunteering or by setting up their own solidarity projects.

The agreement also provides that the programme will be open to people aged between 18 and 30 for solidarity activities and 18 and 35 in the humanitarian aid area. A great news is indeed that for the first time he European Solidarity Corps will allow volunteers to support humanitarian aid operations far beyond European borders. The voluntary solidarity activities may also take place in the country other than the country of residence or in-country, especially for young people with fewer opportunities.

Even if the negotiations are concluded, a final approval is still pending and expected in the near future.

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