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How to start


Registering on the European Solidarity Corps portal is easy and quick. The portal works as a matching tool between organisations who are looking for potential participants and people like you. You will be able to submit preferences to find the right cause for you, whenever it suits you.

Organisations range from small NGOs working in a local community to multinational companies, so you will have plenty of opportunities to apply for. They can also contact you directly, if your profile matches their project.

On the portal you can connect with participants and take the opportunity to share experiences and stories from your placements. Networking, online training and post-placement support are available.

Who can take part

  • You must be between 18 and 30 years old. Registration is possible from the age of 17, but young people cannot start an activity until they are 18. Participants must start their activity before they turn 31.
  • You must be legally resident in or have the nationality of one of the European Union (EU) Member States. Volunteering Projects are also open for young people from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and countries neighbouring the EU.
  • You will be asked to confirm that you agree with the European Solidarity Corps' Mission and Principles when registering on the portal.

What happens next

  1. Approved organisations will see your profile and can get in touch, or you can apply for advertised opportunities;
  2. Suitable candidates are contacted and interviewed by the organisation;
  3. Organisation offers a placement for those approved;
  4. Participant carries out the activity;
  5. Organisation provides certificate upon completion. 

Find out more about the next steps by downloading our guide 'Registered on the Solidarity Corps Portal? Let the journey begin!' (236 KB).

Download the Solidarity Corps app

Don’t miss out: download the European Solidarity Corps app to keep in touch while on the go.

From browsing opportunities to reading other peoples’ experiences, the app has everything you need to stay connected with the Solidarity Corps community. Once you have accepted a placement offer, you can even create your own journal entries and share them on social media, once you are an active participant.