European Solidarity Corps - Volunteers, Trainees and Apprentice

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Location (s):

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom


The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is conceived to offer people under 30 in Europe the chance to support a non-governmental organisation (NGO), local authority or private company active in addressing challenging situations across the European Union – for instance: rebuilding communities following natural disasters; addressing social challenges such as social exclusion, poverty, health and demographic challenges; or working on the reception and integration of refugees.


Members of the European Solidarity Corps can take part in any kind of activity related to disaster preparedness and long-term response, as well as activities addressing social challenges, such as social exclusion, poverty, health and demographic challenges, or activities aiming at tackling the refugee crisis.

The scheme could for instance support the development of social, health care and rehabilitation services, for people at risk of poverty and social exclusion, such as the Roma, people with disabilities, certain immigrant groups and other people facing discrimination and prejudice.

Immediate disaster response is excluded – for instance fighting forest fires or urban search and rescue – because these activities require highly trained specialists. However, if a rural community wants to minimise the risk of forest fires by weeding out the underbrush for example, ESC members could make a valuable contribution.

Members of the Corps could be deployed in their home country or in another EU Member State, depending on the needs of the participating organisations and the profile and preferences of the applicant.

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Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Any person in Europe under 30, regardless of their backgrounds and whether currently in education, training, employed or unemployed, is welcome to join the Corps. Placements should be available for a large variety of profiles, from school leavers to higher education graduates who may already have experience in the workplace.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

If the person is recruited as regular employee, a trainee or an apprentice in another Member State, the person will receive a salary (for a job contract) and/or an allowance (for a training or apprenticeship) to cover living and travel costs that can be financially supported, for instance, by the Youth Guarantee scheme.

If the person is going as a volunteer, the essential costs of volunteers' participation
(i.e. food, lodging, travel costs) are covered through the grant given to the organisation through the European Voluntary Scheme. He or she will also receive pocket money, the amount of which will be depending on the country of service. Furthermore, all volunteers will be covered by the obligatory EVS group insurance set up by the scheme.

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