European Solidarity Corps
The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work on projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people all over Europe.
The aim of the European Solidarity Corps is to give 18‑30 year olds the chance to take part in a range of activities to help those impacted by challenging situations across the EU. Participation will not only benefit those providing the help but also assist national and local authorities, non-governmental organisations and companies in their efforts to cope with various challenges and crises.
Young people will have the opportunity to gain experience in confronting challenging situations – from rebuilding communities after natural disasters to helping tackle issues such as social exclusion, or helping to welcome and integrate refugees and migrants.
Organisations working in solidarity-related activities, whether a local authority, non‑governmental organisation or company, will be able to recruit young people to volunteer or carry out a work placement, internship or apprenticeship with them, provided they meet the criteria for becoming a host organisation and subscribe to the Charter of the European Solidarity Corps.
Projects supported by the European Solidarity Corps can last from two to twelve months. They will usually be located within the European Union Member States.
The Commission wants to hear from young people, teachers, youth workers, organisations, employers and other stakeholders as it works on the legislative proposal establishing the European Solidarity Corps.
The consultation is open from 6 February to 6 April. Access consultation
ERYICA invites its members and stakeholders to promote the initiative amongst young people potentially interested in taking part and answer the consultation.
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