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?
Applications are now open for paid traineeships of five months’ duration starting on 1 October with the European Commission and some executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions such as the European External Action Service or Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. Successful applicants will receive a monthly grant of around €1,120 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance can also be provided. Every year, there are about 1,300 places available, which provide selected candidates with hands-on experience in an international and multicultural environment, thus enriching their career prospects. Applications must be submitted online by noon (Brussels time), 31 January 2017.
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.
The Charlemagne Youth Prize is an annual competition organised by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. It is an opportunity for people aged 16-30 across Europe to develop projects with the aim of encouraging understanding between people from different European countries.
Project created by AIESEC that aims to encourage young people from all over Europe to help integrate refugees. The project organises workshops, leisure activities, seminars and others events and involves international volunteers, local non-governmental organisations and local communities.
2 Searching for a Charlemagne (Greece)
Project by students from a lyceum in Pyrgetos, Greece, who came up with a tablet game about Carolus Magnus (742-814 AD), Better known as Charlemagne, the creator of Frankish Empire was called the Father of Europe at the time for his attempts to create a union.
3 Young European Council (UK)
The Young European Council is an international annual conference which brings together young people passionate about the future of the European Union. The aim is to provide input to European policy making. Last year’s conference took place on 15-19 November in Brussels and included three panels dedicated to the topics migration and home affairs, energy union and climate action: and education to employment.
Organised by the European Parliament, the European Youth Event (EYE) is an opportunity for people between the ages of 16 and 30 to gather in Strasbourg and raise and discuss important issues with European decision makers. If you’re interested in attending EYE 2016, which will take place on 20th-21st May next year, go to the EYE website, their Facebook page or check out the Twitter feed to find out more. In the meantime, have a look at the video below to get a quick flavour of what it’s all about.