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What you can do


Once you are registered on the European Solidarity Corps portal, you can find a wide range of opportunities posted by various organisations across Europe.

Social action is at the core of the European Solidarity Corps, so expect to find projects with exciting ways to make a difference. For example, you could get involved in environmental work in forests, support refugees to resettle or bring improvements to a small village.

There’s more – European Solidarity Corps projects can also relate to inclusion, democratic participation, disaster prevention, health and wellbeing, education. The list is long and keeps growing with more funded projects every year.

Placements are full time, but duration can vary. You could spend a whole year abroad, but there are also opportunities for shorter placements, starting from two weeks, if that suits you more.

Individual Volunteering
Solidarity projects
Traineeships and Jobs

Volunteering in a European Solidarity Corps project means being involved in the daily work of an organisation in the form of community-level projects, in the UK or abroad. Your participation can be individual (known as Volunteering Placement) or in a group (called Volunteering Teams).

Individual Volunteering Placements

This is the classic style of volunteering, with great emphasis on the benefits that the experience could bring to you as the volunteer. Not only will you feel rewarded for helping a community, you will also receive pre-project training and throughout the experience.

The exact destination, duration and type of placement will depend on the project you get involved with. Usually, these placements can last from two to 12 months, but young people with fewer opportunities can have shorter placements, starting from two weeks.

Volunteering Teams

If you don’t feel ready to embark in an experience on your own, you can participate in a group of 10 to 40 young people from different participating countries, this is called a Volunteering Team. The group volunteers together in a community for a period between two weeks and two months.

It’s also a good option for those who cannot commit for a long period of time, but still want to make a difference.

Application process

Who can apply: young people aged 18-30 from an EU Member State, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Countries neighbouring the EU.

How to apply: search for opportunities on the portal

A Solidarity Project is a youth-led activity, with at least five young people, and can last from two to 12 months. It is a great chance to have your voice heard, bring positive change to your community and develop skills such as project management.

The project must take place in the country where you live and be developed and implemented by young people. It should have a clearly defined topic that your group wish to explore together, with concrete daily activities that involve all the participants.

Project costs, coaching costs and exceptional costs are supported in this activity.

Application process

Who can apply: a group of minimum five young people aged 18-30 from an EU Member State, or an organisation (public or private) can apply on your behalf. You must be registered on the European Solidarity Corps portal to initiate and participate in a Solidarity Project.

How to apply: the ESC31 Solidarity Projects web form will be available on the 'Open Calls' tab

Guidance for application (for reference purposes only): read the guide for applicants (831 KB), watch a tutorial on how to complete the web form

Upcoming deadline: second round on 30 April 2019 (11am UK time)

Next rounds: third round 1 October 2019 (11am UK time)

Within the European Solidarity Corps, you can find opportunities for work practice or employment in the UK or abroad in a type of project called Traineeships and Jobs. This sort of activity can help you to boost your skills while helping communities, facilitating your transition into the labour market.

Although a work experience, it includes a solid learning and training component which will help you to gain relevant skills for your professional, social and personal development.

European Solidarity Corps Traineeships and Jobs will always be paid, in line with the national rules of the country where you will be working. If you are given a job, you will be expected to cover living expenses and accommodation from the payment received. Costs such as travel, relocation, linguistic and inclusion support, and insurance are covered.


A European Solidarity Corps Job is a full-time work practice that can last from three to 12 months. It will be remunerated by the organisation employing you. You will have a clear idea of what to expect before it starts, as there will be a written employment contract agreed in advance.


A European Solidarity Corps Traineeship lasts between two and six months. It is remunerated by the organisation responsible for your traineeship. From the beginning of the experience, you will know what to expect, as there will be a written traineeship agreement.

Traineeships do not substitute jobs and are clearly separated from voluntary activities.

Application process

Who can apply: young people aged 18-30 from an EU Member State who are registered on the portal

How to apply: search for opportunities on the portal

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