European Solidarity Corps Volunteering

Come and experience European Solidarity Corps (ESC) Volunteering in Finland!

The European Solidarity Corps Volunteering (formerly European Voluntary Service) offers a great way to participate in creating grass-root level contacts and understanding among people with different kinds of backgrounds. You will also get a chance to learn new skills.

We welcome ESC volunteers for periods of 6–12 months. Many of our the volunteers work in the educational field or with disabled people – in folk high schools or workshops of disabled people, for instance.

“ESC Volunteering is such an amazing opportunity for young people to learn new skills and spend time learning in another country. It also helps to build friendships and teaches us more understanding of each other across Europe.” – Catriona Dinnegan, a volunteer from Ireland

The European Solidarity Corps Volunteering is carried out and financed by the European Union. Maailmanvaihto participates ESC volunteering as a coordinating organization.

Most of our the ESC volunteers begin their projects in August or September. We apply for the funding from the Finnish National Agency of the European Solidarity Corps.

ESC voluntary workplaces

We coordinate ESC periods in these voluntary workplaces (click the name for further information):

ESC in Finland – who can participate?

The ESC volunteering is meant for 18–30-year-olds who live permanently in one of the European Solidarity Corps programme countries or partner countries mentioned below.

Program countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, (Finland), France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of North Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Partner countries:

Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco,  Norway, Palestine, Territory of Russia as recognized by international law, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia, Territory of Ukraine as recognized by international law

Costs?

Reasonable travelling expenses (based on travel distance) to Finland and back to the home country are covered for the volunteer from the EU funding. In some cases the volunteer might have to pay a small part of these costs.

Also the following costs are covered for the participant from the EU funding:

The accommodation and food are provided by the voluntary workplace and/or Finnish host family.

“During this year, in every place I have stepped in, I have found something unique. I think this is because my perspective on life has changed. I see the world with eyes of another culture.” – Carmen Cobos, a volunteer from Spain

How to participate?

Please visit this page for the  projects that are currently looking for volunteers, applying instructions and the application form.

NB! Prior to sending us your application, please find for yourself a sending organisation from your country of residence. You can browse sending organizations in the ESC Database for accredited organisations.

Further information?

“Volunteering has been a period of intense change in our lives. New country, new people, new climate… Definitely, a moment to discover, not only our surroundings, but also ourselves.” – Volunteers Nathan (from France), Diogo (from Madeira of Portugal) and Elisa (from Spain)