The European Solidarity Corps is a program launched in 2016 by the European Commission with opportunities for young people (between 18-30 years) to volunteer and support education, training, youth and sport.

These opportunities are from the locals that are more in need of support – natural disasters, climate crisis, migrant emergencies or simply care of the disadvantaged ones – like people with disabilities, poor people or youngsters with fewer opportunities. Thus, young people can apply for the opportunity that interests them most and be accompanied by a team of experts in the field. Besides the human support in the field, young people receive funding to allow them to take this adventure. 

The calls are available for all young people that can apply for a short-term project and, afterwards, for a long-term project too – but the reverse is not possible. All the calls refer to projects that benefit communities, either abroad or in young people’s own country.

“These projects offer an inspiring and empowering experience, as well as the chance to bring change while developing your skills and competences.” And besides, young people will have the chance to dive into a social and cultural exploration and create a sense of belonging with the community in need; this connection is not only a positive point for the community looking for help, but also for the young people that actively participate in this community and feel useful in this big world. 

To participate, young people interested in participating under the European Solidarity Corps framework must follow the steps provided here: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en