What is ESC?

The European Solidarity Corps (previously known as European Voluntary Service) is the European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer in  long-term projects (2-12 months) – in their own country or abroad – that benefit communities and people around Europe.

Volunteer projects are an excellent opportunity to help where needed, learn new skills, spend time abroad, maybe learn a language – and definitely come back with unforgettable memories.

Learning for life!

ESC is open to all young people aged 18 to 30.  Beyond benefiting the local communities, by participating in voluntary activities, young volunteers can develop new skills and, therefore, improve their personal, educational and professional development.

Volunteers can benefit from specific training throughout the activity and agree on their expected learning outcomes, processes and methods in advance. Their learning experience is formally recognised through a Youthpass.

Participation is free for the volunteers (except for a possible contribution of a maximum of 10% of the travel costs) who also get board and lodging, insurance cover and an allowance for the duration of the project. Special conditions apply to encourage the participation of young people with fewer opportunities. Further information can be found on the Léargas website.

The European Solidarity Corps spans a wide range of areas, such as environment, health, inclusion, digital technologies, culture, sport, etc.  One thing all the activities have in common is a clear European and intercultural learning dimension. ESC is a mutually beneficial process, where everybody gains from getting to know the other’s culture.

Are you between 18 and 30 and willing to spend from two up to 12 months abroad as an ESC volunteer? CLICK HERE for further information.