European Solidarity Corps
What is the European Solidarity Corps?
The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.
The young people who participate in the European Solidarity Corps will all agree with and uphold its Mission and Principles.
You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old.
After completing a simple registration process, European Solidarity Corps participants could be selected and invited to join a wide range of projects, such as helping to prevent natural disasters or rebuild afterwards, assisting in centres for asylum seekers, or addressing different social issues in communities.
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.
If you are up for a challenge, and willing to dedicate yourself to helping other people, then join the European Solidarity Corps today!
Corona Virus: Consequences for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps mobility activities
• The Commission fully respects all of the containment measures currently being taken at national level. And the Commission understands that those measures may have consequences on the participation of students, pupils, volunteers and others in Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps mobility.
• The current situation means that certain participants are either unable to travel from their home base, or are unable to return there from their host location. This uncertainty is also prompting some parents not to allow their children to travel.
• To respond to these uncertainties, we are applying the maximum flexibility we can in the implementation of the programme, within the limits of the applicable legal framework.
• We have issued guidance to Erasmus+ National Agencies that they can invoke the “force majeure” clauses. This will allow them to assess the possibility to accept additional costs up to a maximum grant amount. It may also enable them to postpone the planned activities by up to 12 months per project. National Authorities are also informed.
• We are monitoring this situation very closely and will adopt any additional measure that may become necessary.
• Q&As concerning Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic are accessible here.