European Solidarity Corps: opportunities for young people  

 
 

If you’re aged between 17 and 30 and would like help make society a little better, register with the European Solidarity Corps.

On 11 September MEPs voted in favour of laying down the legal framework for the European Solidarity Corps.

The European Solidarity Corps aims to be the EU's main entry-point for young people wanting to volunteer or work on projects to benefit communities and people across Europe.

The idea is to give young people the opportunity to acquire valuable competences for personal, social, civic and professional development, including learning and training, while helping other people.

Projects include education, health, environment protection, work with children and elderly people as well as with migrants and asylum seekers with priority given to charitable work.

The activities should not affect existing jobs or traineeships and  contribute to reinforcing companies' corporate social responsibility commitments, but not replace them.

“I think we all know that young people are willing to contribute to the European project to create their own future, be in contact with other people and make society a little better,” said Parliament's lead negotiator Helga Trüpel, a German member of the Greens/EFA group.

Watch our video to find out more.