European Solidarity Corps (ESC)

The European Solidarity Corps is a European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects that benefit communities and people around Europe. EstYES’ focus is on providing opportunities for volunteering.

Volunteering Activities
Individual volunteering is a full-time unpaid solidarity activity for a duration from 2 to 12 months. This type of solidarity activitiy 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 European Solidarity Corps participants from at least two different countries to volunteer together for a period between 2 weeks and 2 months.

What is covered for the volunteer?
Participants are covered by complementary insurance and they can access a range of support services such as online linguistic support and training. Their travel costs from home to the venue of the project and back will be covered, as well as their accommodation and food. Participants will also receive a small allowance for their personal expenses.

Who can apply?
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

What else should I know?
ESC volunteering service is a „learning“ service: throughout non-formal learning experiences young volunteers improve and/or acquire competences for their personal, educational and professional development as well as for their social integration. The learning elements consist of a mutually agreed definition of the expected learning outcomes, processes and methods, the certification of the acquired competences, the participation of the volunteer in the EVS training cycle and the continued provision of task-related, linguistic and personal support, including a crisis prevention and management mechanism.

Where can I see the opportunities and apply?
Choose ’Open Placements’ from the right side menu bar.