European Solidarity Corps

European Solidarity Corps

European Solidarity Corps


The European Solidarity Corps funds and supports young people between 18 and 30 to volunteer or work in projects that benefit communities. It’s an initiative of the European Union and offers an inspiring and empowering experience for those who want to help others as well as learn and develop themselves. Young people can volunteer or work, in their own country or abroad, through the Volunteering, Traineeships, Jobs, and Solidarity Projects strands.

See the 2020 National Priorities for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps.

What does it involve?

Young people can volunteer or work in European Solidarity Corps projects on a wide variety of topics ranging from youth work to environmental issues, arts, drama or culture.  Volunteering placements are full-time (30-38 hours per week) and can last two to twelve months, or from two weeks to two months in some cases. Traineeship placements involve full-time work practice with a learning and training element, and usually last two to six months. Volunteers and trainees receive funding for their expenses. Jobs must include a learning and training component and be based on a written employment contract. Jobs last from three to twelve months, and young people are paid by the employer.

If you are up for the European Solidarity Corps challenge, visit the online portal to register your details and areas of interest.  Project organisers may then invite you to join a project and help their work!

Funding

Volunteers receive funding for accommodation, food, travel, insurance and pocket money through their sending organisation. The sending organisation receives an organisational support budget also. For traineeship placements, travel costs, organisational support and a relocation allowance are normally paid. For those in an employment placement, there will always be a labour contract as well as a wage paid for by the organisation in accordance with local laws, regulations and collective agreements. All participants will receive a certificate detailing the actions they have taken through the European Solidarity Corps.

Benefits

The European Solidarity Corps is designed for people who are ready for a challenge and willing to dedicate themselves to helping others. Young people can improve their practical, social and cultural skills, while showing their personal commitment to the community. The experience can also be a stepping stone to employment or to further learning. Organisations can connect quickly to a dedicated and enthusiastic group of young people who share their aims. This allows organisations to be more creative and flexible when working towards their goals.

Find out more in our booklet ‘Explore, Experience, Empower‘ or visit the European Solidarity Corps website.

Join us in celebrating this year’s award-winning European Language Label and #eTwinning projects on October 13th and learn how to tell your own project story afterwards at our three storytelling-themed workshops! For more info, take a look at this! bit.ly/2ZrAE3L

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We're delighted to say that @Deirdre_Finlay has joined the Léargas team! Dee will manage the Programmes Support and Development Team, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her previous role as European Programmes Manager with The Wheel. Welcome!

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"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Democracy is the only model of society in which there is room for everyone, where we all have the opportunity to be (self-)critical, the duty to accept each other & the right to be who we are 💙 Retweeted by Léargas

🥳🧁🎊 Today we're celebrating the 4️⃣th anniversary of the European Solidarity Corps. We are proud 😁 of: 💚254k young people registered for the Corps, 💚47k young people who have been/are on the solidarity mission, 💚growing number of volunteers who like it green & sustainable. Retweeted by Léargas

Léargas

Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 30 years. Léargas currently has 40 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France, Croatia, Denmark and Spain and have wide-ranging experience in education, training, community, youth and development work; and in IT and finance. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.
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LéargasWednesday, September 16th, 2020 at 2:11am
This year’s award-winning European Language Label and #eTwinning projects will be celebrated on October 13th, and we're looking forward to you joining us on the day! You can even learn how to tell your own project story afterwards at our three storytelling-themed workshops! For more information and to register, take a look at this and get involved https://bit.ly/2RhFoEo
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LéargasTuesday, September 15th, 2020 at 11:10pm
Would you like to celebrate the European Day of Languages in your classroom, with free materials from @coe? Register now to request a pack including “Talk to me!” stickers, “Discover the world through languages!” posters and European Day of Languages branded fabric wristbands. #europeandayoflanguages #coeEDL https://bit.ly/32MztfX
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LéargasSunday, September 13th, 2020 at 9:47pm
Click https://crawford.cit.ie/courses/group-facilitation/ for more information and to apply.
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LéargasSunday, September 13th, 2020 at 9:06pm
This week’s Webinar Wednesday will introduce the European Solidarity Corps as a possible tool for Inclusion projects working in the field of disability. Aimed at those in Volunteering and Community organisations, it will discuss how European Solidarity Corps can support your work with people with disabilities through volunteering, and explore how the ESC can support community change at a local, national and European level. If you're interested, register now at https://bit.ly/2YWfIld
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LéargasThursday, September 10th, 2020 at 3:10am
This year’s award-winning European Language Label and #eTwinning projects will be celebrated on October 13th, so be sure to join us! Oh, and learn how to tell your own project story afterwards at our three storytelling-themed workshops. For more info, take a look at this! https://bit.ly/3ihyZ85