Problems worth solving: why young people should join the European Solidarity Corps

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Many young people wish to make meaningful contributions to society, but are not sure how. What about working with disabled people in a community centre? Or clearing vegetation from forests to prevent wildfires? The European Solidarity Corps is a nexus of socially beneficial projects that young people can volunteer or work for.

Your students can already register for the European Solidarity Corps at the age of 17, although they cannot participate until they are over 18. From that point on (and until the age of 30), they can join projects on a range of topics: inclusion, health, culture, sport and more. Laura, for example, provided support to newly arrived refugees, organising activities and workshops:

While Geraldine worked as a legal operator and cultural mediator:

Participants’ volunteer work generally lasts for 2 to 12 months, during which time their commuting, accommodation and food are all paid for. They can volunteer abroad or in their country of residence, individually or in teams. Aside from age, the only other requirement is that the participants come from an EU Member State or Partner Country, and that they adhere to the mission and principles of the Corps. Traineeships and jobs are also available to interested parties.

The Corps believes that young people will grow and learn from this experience – not only that, it can also be a great stepping stone to a job or to higher education. To join the Corps, they simply need to visit this page. Organisations can also participate and apply for funding here.

For more information, head to the Frequently Asked Questions or the European Solidarity Corps Guide.