the European Solidarity Corps are meant to take action where it’s needed, in case of a crisis. Natural disasters, climate crisis, migrant emergencies or simply care of the weakest – like disabled people, poor people or youngsters with few opportunities.
In September 2016, the European Solidarity Corps were born to improve the former European Voluntary Service and provide even more possibilities to the European youth.
They work like any other volunteering opportunities except for the fact that they are fully funded by the European Union. Moreover, they also preview jobs and traineeships co-funded by the EU and the hiring organisations.
The calls are available for all young people from 17 years old and 30 years old. Those who already took part in the previous EVS programme will no be able to join the ESC.
The biggest innovation compared to the EVS is that now it will be possible to apply for a short-term project and, afterwards, also for a long-term project – while the reverse is not possible.
All European citizens aged between 18 and 30 can participate in the European Solidarity Corps. They must be legally resident in the EU Member States or 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.