ESC volunteering projects in Europe

Interested in voluntary work in Europe? Apply for a European Solidarity Corps Volunteering Project (ESC) for 6–12 months!

The European Solidarity Corps volunteering offers a great opportunity to get to know a new environment and gain new skills as a volunteer. Voluntary work is done for the local community.

Volunteers are received by different kinds of work communities. Voluntary tasks are available in, for instance, youth work, work among disabled people, cultural work, and environmental work. The volunteers usually live in the dormitory of their voluntary workplace, in a shared apartment, or in a local host family.

“The year I spent abroad was one of my best experiences ever. I got to travel, to get to know a different kind of a culture with the help of local people and to work with children.” – Heli Hongoisto, EVS volunteer in Slovenia in an organization called MDPM Ajdovscina

The European Solidarity Corps Volunteering Projects (ESC) are financially supported by the European Union. The ESC is governed in Finland by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

Where?

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Island, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (EVS), Turkey. In addition, ESC Volunteering projects can be arranged in the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Western Balkan, and Southern Mediterranean countries.

“My almost a year in EVS voluntary work in Germany included countless great and exciting memories that I look back to constantly.” – Vilma-Riikka Tiittanen, an EVS volunteer in a folk high school in Germany

Through the international ICYE network, we send volunteers to ESC volunteering positions in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia.

Who can participate?

European Solidarity Corps Volunteering Projects (ESC) are meant for 18–30-year-olds. It is primarily targeted at those young people who have, due to unemployment, for instance, fewer opportunities to gain international experience than other young people.

No prior educational or work background is required. It is not obligatory to know the language of the destination country in advance.

We will send for volunteering abroad only people who have received a full series of vaccinations against the coronavirus. An exception is possible if the participant hasn’t been able to take the vaccination due to health reasons. By requiring the vaccination, we want to ensure the health security of the volunteers, voluntary workplaces, and host families.

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Costs of an ESC volunteering period?

ESC volunteering periods are funded by the European Union. The participant may have to pay only a small part of the traveling costs.

The voluntary work period includes:

When and how to apply?

One can apply for the European Solidarity Corps volunteering Projects (ESC) throughout the year. It is recommended to apply at least six months before the planned beginning date of the voluntary work period. See instructions for applying.