Anyone can volunteer. Motivation, willingness to learn and a helping hand can bring you a long way. But what are the options?
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.
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.