WHAT IS ESC?

The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects that benefit communities and people around Europe. 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.

Young people need easily accessible opportunities to engage in solidarity activities, which could enable them to express their commitment to the benefit of communities while acquiring useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability.

The European Solidarity Corps brings together young people to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people and responding to societal challenges. It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop and provides a single entry point for such solidarity activities throughout the Union.

The activities of the European Solidarity Corps support the objectives of the current EU Youth Strategy that promotes volunteering across borders for young people as one of its fields of action and the Commission’s proposal for a new EU Youth Strategy for 2019-2027 which intends to encourage young people to become active citizens, agents of solidarity and positive change for communities across Europe, inspired by EU values and a European identity.