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.

“One thing is for sure: I would highly recommend doing a voluntary year, because it really broadens your horizons and it is really worth it, because I’ve got more aware of the real values in life!” – Elisabeth, EVS volunteer from Austria

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 to 30 year olds who live permanently in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries or partner countries neighboring the EU.

Program countries:

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

Partner countries neighboring the EU:

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

Turkish volunteer Esra at workshop Luovilla.

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.

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 EVS Database for accredited organisations.

Further information?