Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer or work for a good cause and help make a difference? Then why not have a look at the European Solidarity Corps, the European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people from 18 to 30 to volunteer or work in projects in Europe?
The EU Solidarity Corps is an initiative announced by Jean Claude Junker in September’s State of the Union (SOTEU) address. He stated:
“There are many young, socially-minded people in Europe willing to make a meaningful contribution to society and help show solidarity. We can create opportunities for them to do so … Solidarity is the glue that keeps our Union together”
Young people aged between 17 and 30 are now able to register for the EU Solidarity Corps through the online portal, which is available in all official languages of the EU. Upon registering participants become eligible for invitation to join a variety of humanitarian, social and environmental projects with in the EU, ranging in length from two to twelve months.
For more information click here. There is also a useful list of FAQs for participants.
EU Aid Volunteers is a European Commission initiative that brings volunteers together with aid organisations from across the world, opening up opportunities for EU citizens to provide support to a variety of humanitarian aid projects. Training is provided and there are opportunities to work both in the field and online.
Applications are now being accepted and you can browse a list of vacancies here.
For lots more information have a look at the official page. In the meantime though here is a video testimonial from a former volunteer in South Sudan: