Volunteering Projects

Learn about:

  • Aims and impact of volunteering
  • Activities you can take part in
  • Who can take part
  • Funding

Volunteering Projects

European Solidarity Corps volunteers with Galway Community Circus jumping in the air

What is a Volunteering Project?

A Volunteering Project is where you volunteer with an organisation to take on challenges and help communities. You can volunteer in your own country (called ‘in-country’) or in another country (called ‘cross-border’). country. A Volunteering Project might set out to protect human rights, tackle climate change, or help include different kinds of people in society.

How Will Volunteering Benefit Me?

Many young people find volunteering helps them develop their personal, educational, social, civic, cultural and professional skills, by working with others and giving something back to the community.

How Do I Get Involved?

You can take part in two ways:

  • As an individual volunteer
  • As part of a volunteering team

As an Individual Volunteer you can contribute to the daily work of organisations that benefit the community. You can volunteer for between two and 12 months.

To help young people with fewer opportunities take part, in some cases you can volunteer for between two weeks and two months.

As part of a Volunteering team you can volunteer together with participants from at least two different countries, for between two weeks and two months. A Volunteering team must be truly international – at least a quarter of the volunteers must come from a country other than the one you volunteer in.

What Happens on a Volunteering Project?

There are four stages in a Volunteering Project. You’ll work with an organisation to guide you through all of them.

  • Planning: Defining what you will learn and what you will do each day
  • Preparation: Making practical arrangements like getting the travel documents you need, deciding where you will stay, how you will travel to the place where you volunteer, who will mentor you
  • Implementation: Carrying out the voluntary work
  • Follow-up: Evaluating how your experience was, getting a certificate of participation, sharing your learning with others

Can I Take Part?

You can take part if you are:

  • Between 18 and 30 years old
  • A legal resident of the Republic of Ireland.

If you are a legal resident of another country that is part of the European Solidarity Corps, check with the European Solidarity Corps National Agency in that country.

Where do I Register My Interest?

Register on the European Solidarity Corps Portal. The Portal is a place for young people and organisations to find each other. When you have registered, an organisation can contact you and ask you to take part in a project.  Young people with fewer opportunities may receive support from organisations to complete registration. For more information, visit our Volunteering Projects Application page. And remember, some of the terms we use can seem overwhelming at first, so check out our Jargonbuster page for a handy glossary!

Can I Take Part More Than Once?

You can only volunteer as an individual once. You can volunteer as part of a Volunteering Team more than once.

What Else Should I Know?

Before you go you may receive training and support with language learning. You will receive insurance while you are away. You may also receive a document showing what competences you gained while you volunteered.

What Funding is Available?

  • Travel – for return travel costs from participants’ homes to the place they will learn or train
  • Inclusion Support – to enable people with fewer opportunities to take part
  • Pocket Money – Contribution to additional personal expenses for participants
  • Language learning support – for language learning materials and training, where needed.

Volunteering Projects Deadline



European Solidarity Corps Volunteering Deadline Spring 2023

Apply by 11:00am Irish time

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Key Events

Application Clinic Youth Participation Activities and Solidarity Projects

This face to face application clinic in Dublin will prepare those making your application under Under Youth Patricipation and Solidarity Projects under the 04 May 2023 deadline.

Deadline: 12 April 2023

Léargas Gathering 2023 – Skills for Life

The annual Léargas Gathering is back! In line with previous participants’ feedback, our flagship event will take place earlier in the year, on 27 April 2023.


Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for European Solidarity Corps

Join this online course and learn at your own pace about how you can take part in the European Solidarity Corps as a young person or organisation. Course runs until 06 November 2022!

Deadline: 30 June 2023

Latest News

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Due to the continuing technicalThe earthquakes that hit the vast territories of Türkiye and Syria on 6 February 2023 will have a major impact on the implementation of numerous projects financed by Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps. The European Commission has confirmed that Léargas have the possibility to apply the force majeure as defined in the grant agreement for projects and mobilities facing difficulties due to this disaster. performance issues affecting the application forms for the ERASMUS+ KA2 Submissions, and after analysis of the options, the European Commission is extending the Call 2023 round 1 deadline from 22 March 2023 at 12h00 Brussels time to 24 March 2023 at 11h00 Irish time for the following applications:


Meet The Team

Suzanne Kavanagh

Senior Support & Development Officer, European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871242

Noeleen O’Callaghan

Support & Development Officer, European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871219

Emmanuelle Place

Senior Finance Officer (Acting), Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871207

Violetta Aucone

Finance Officer, Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871216

Nicola Sherry

Operations Officer, Erasmus+ & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871212

Carlos Barceló

Operations Officer, Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871235

Seána Sweeney

Operations Officer, Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps (01) 8871237