Want to make a change but not sure where to start? Eager to go volunteer abroad but not sure what you would do there exactly? Allow us to make a few suggestions:
The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.You can register when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start your project until you are over 18. The Solidarity Corps works as a pool of young people who register their interest to take part in solidarity-related projects. When you register, your details will be held in the European Solidarity Corps system, which allows organisations to search the database for young people for their projects.
Examples of projects:
- Helping to rebuild a school or community centre that has been destroyed following an earthquake;
- Providing support to newly arrived asylum seekers;
- Clearing vegetation from forests to help prevent wildfires;
- Working with disabled people in a community centre.
For more information and how to apply, check out our European Solidarity Corps page.
Built upon the European Voluntary Service (EVS) element of Erasmus+ as well as other EU funding programmes, the European Solidarity Corps is the new programme available for those interested in volunteering in Europe.
For some inspiring stories of previous EVS volunteers, check out our Volunteering page.
EU Aid Volunteers brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Individuals can apply to be deployed to humanitarian projects worldwide.
- The British Council's Study, Work, Create website describes, in addition to opportunities through Erasmus+, different opportunities abroad for a Summer, gap year or, you know, life. There are different work or volunteer programmes, teaching English abroad placements and more, so go check it out!
- Volunteer beyond Europe: if you have you mind set on making a difference in some of the poorest communities in the world then you might want to check out the International Citizen Service (you might need to fundraise for one of these placements). Another option here is Projects Abroad.
- Volunteer for peace: have a look at the International Voluntary Service, the British branch of Service Civil International.