European Solidarity Corps (formerly EVS)
In 2018 the European Solidarity Corps has replaced the European Voluntary Service (EVS). However, you may still be able to find information about the EVS on some websites.
The European Solidarity Corps (ECS) is a programme initiated by the European Union that gives young people ages 18-30 years the chance to work as a volunteer for a time period between 2 and 12 months. The ESC brings together young people to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people and responding to societal challenges. It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop. The participation is open to young people from the European Union member states and partner countries. You can find out whether or not your country is part of the ESC in the ESC-FAQs at the question “Who can join the European Solidarity Corps?”.
You have the possibility to serve your ESC in Germany in a non-profit project not only within the fields of environment, arts and culture, sports and leisure, but also in activities with children, young people or elderly. ESC volunteers do not have to bear any costs and do not need any language skills. Boards and lodging, travel costs, a language course, allowance and insurances will be covered by the EU. Furthermore, a support program is offered, and each volunteer will get a personal mentor. If you have completed your ESC in Germany, you will receive the YouthPass (www.youthpass.eu/en/about-youthpass/about/) – a certificate which validates your activities during your ECS.
To participate in the ESC, you first have to complete a simple registration process to join the ESC-Database on the European Youth Portal. In this Database participants could be selected join a wide range of projects. These projects will be run by organisations which have been checked and authorised to run European Solidarity Corps projects.
Important: The registration doesn’t guarantee a placement in a project. Therefore, we recommend looking for projects and organisations and apply directly to these.
To participate in the ESC, you need both a supporting organisation in your home country and a host organisation in Germany. It’s easiest if you start by looking for a sending organisation, because generally sending organisations are happy to assist their volunteers in searching for a suitable host organization. If you have found both organisations, one of the two will file the application for the funding for your ESC project with the national agency.
You’ll find all organisations that are accredited within the ESC programme in a European database: europa.eu/youth/volunteering/organisations_en. Here, you can search for both – a sending organization and an interesting host organization.
Further information on the ESC in general and on the application process is available on the website of the European Youth Portal.