The European Solidarity Corps is a new EU initiative which will provide opportunities for young people aged 18-30 to participate in projects which will benefit individuals and communities across Europe. Launched in December 2016, the European Solidarity Corps will provide expenses-paid volunteering opportunities, jobs and traineeships lasting from 2-12 months. The Solidarity Corps is open to young people from all EU Member States as well as the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Members of the Solidarity Corps can participate in projects at home or abroad. Placements will be provided by governmental organisations, NGOs and companies that engage in solidarity related activities. They will enable young people to make a positive difference to society and to put into action key values of solidarity, human rights, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and equality. Projects will cover a range of different areas including the environment, inclusion, education and health. The first projects will start in June 2017.
Information for individuals
Joining the European Solidarity Corps is a chance to improve your CV and have new and exciting experiences while giving back to the community.
ENIL Youth members who are interested in applying for a European Solidarity Corps placement can find out more and register their interest here. Approved Solidarity Corps organisations have access to the pool of interested participants and will contact those best suited to their projects directly.
Information for organisations
Organisations interested in hosting young people through the European Solidarity Corps have to be accredited. If your organisation is already accredited under Erasmus+ for EVS, or certified for EU Aid Volunteers, it can automatically access the pool of Corps participants. If not, you can apply to join them or look for funding through other EU programmes related to the European Solidarity Corps. You can find the list of these programmes, and more information here.
European Network on Independent Living – ENIL