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European Solidarity Corps Charter

All organisations which wish to run projects through the European Solidarity Corps must agree to adhere to the following charter:

European Solidary Corps Charter

Participating organisations shall:

  • identify clearly which activities are relevant to the European Solidarity Corps initiative and make sure that they are carried out in compliance with this charter;
  • (pre-) select and recruit European Solidarity Corps participants in compliance with the principles of equal treatment, equal opportunities and non-discrimination;
  • seek to empower European Solidarity Corps participants by valuing their skills and experience while engaging them in their activities, fostering their personal, socio-educational and professional development;
  • ensure that the environment and conditions in which the activities are performed are safe and decent;
  • provide adequate training or support to help European Solidarity Corps participants fulfil their tasks;
  • not request or require any financial contribution or fee from European Solidarity Corps participants;
  • providing European Solidarity Corps participants, when applicable, with the agreed allowances in a timely manner;
  • process personal data of the European Solidarity Corps participants in full compliance with European and national legislation on data protection;
  • ensure that the support to the organisation's activities by the European Solidarity Corps participants is adequately made visible and recognised.

Before the deployment in the field:

  • ensure that the European Solidarity Corps participants receive detailed information about the initiative and the task they are asked to carry out;
  • ensure that participants have the necessary rights or permissions to be in the country where the placement takes place, for the entire duration of the activity.
  • ensure that the European Solidarity Corps participants are covered by the appropriate insurance and that they are made aware of the arrangements that are in place to ensure their safety and well-being;
  • in case of occupational activities, ensure that the specific conditions and benefits of the European Solidarity Corps initiative are respected under the employment contract.

During the deployment in the field:

  • offer support, supervision and guidance (for volunteering activities) or access to support and assistance (for occupational activities) to the European Solidarity Corps participants by experienced staff;
  • take into account the different linguistic and cultural background of the European Solidarity Corps participants and put in place measures that facilitate their integration into the local community of deployment;
  • facilitate contacts with other European Solidarity Corps participants active in the same area.

After the deployment in the field:

  • issue a certificate to each European Solidarity Corps participant.

Modalities for selection and recruitment of Corps participants:

  • once the organisation is able to make a concrete offer for a placement, it should access the European Solidarity Corps portal to search the database and select the most suitable candidate(s) for the activity in question;
  • the organisation may decide to interview the candidate to know more about her/his profile and motivation.