European Solidarity Corps: individual volunteering

Sector: Youth
Type: Programme
Location: EU and partner countries
Deadline: Finished
Organiser: European Commission

This is an opportunity to volunteer for a project that meets your interests and benefits the community’s solidarity. You can choose one of 10 directions, including the integration of refugees and migrants, preventing natural disasters, environment and natural protection, inclusion, culture, sport. The programme will cover travel costs, accommodation, meals, language courses, and pocket money. 
The project can last from two months to one year. In addition to the EU and the UK, you may also volunteer in Albania, Georgia, Iceland, Turkey, and other 23 partner countries. 
This is one of the thousands of EU opportunities for Ukrainians. 

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What do I get?
  • The unique volunteer experience and acquaintance with like-minded people from different countries
  • Travel expenses covered 
  • Accommodation and meals costs covered
  • Expenses for visa and residence permit covered
  • Medical insurance 
  • Language courses 
  • Pocket money (the exact sum is based on the host country and the duration of the stay) 
Can I apply?
This is the opportunity for young people between 18 and 30 years who:
  • Are legally residing in one of the EU Member States or partner countries
  • Did not participate in Solidarity Corps, European Voluntary Service or Erasmus+ individual volunteering activities lasting longer than 59 days
What do I need to apply?
  • Registration on the European Youth Portal. Provide your basic personal information, the type of projects you would be interested in, experience and knowledge you can bring, and time period when you might be available to volunteer
  • CV in Europass format
  • Motivational letter

You can update all of this information at any time.

How do I apply?
  • Read the Mission and Principles of the European Solidarity Corps to make sure that you agree with and will uphold them. 
  • Register on the European Youth Portal
  • Choose a project from the list on the main page and apply. Make sure that the country of your residence is eligible for this particular opportunity.
  • If your application is successful the host organisation will invite you to an interview. Do not hesitate to ask for more information about the project and the conditions for volunteers.
  • Organisations can also contact you by themselves offering to take part in their projects. You are free to accept or decline the offer. 
Good to know
  • You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old and start an activity as soon as you have reached 18.
  • For defining the eligibility, the country of your residence is taken to consideration. For example, if you are Ukrainian citizen studying in Italy and have a temporary Italian residence permit, you can apply for projects eligible for Italy. 
  • You can apply to a supporting organisation in your country of residence to prepare you before departure and mediate with your host organisation. Check the database of volunteering organisations approved to run European Solidarity Corps projects.

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