The European Solidarity Corps is a new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. The European Solidarity Corps builds on the European Voluntary Service (EVS) element of Erasmus+ as well as other EU funding programmes.
The European Commission has opened a public consultation to help shape the key priorities of the European Solidarity Corps. The consultation is open from 6 February - 6 April 2017 and allows young people and organisations to have their say on this initiative which was launched in December 2016.
Young people aged 18-30 can sign up to the Corps, and since the launch more than 21,000 young people have done so. The European Commission aims to have 100,000 young people signed up by 2020. To find out more, visit the dedicated webpage and Facebook page.
The European Solidarity Corps is in the process of being implemented in the youth part of the Erasmus+ programme. The Erasmus+ UK National Agency will be in touch with EVS organisations as more information becomes available or you can contact us with your queries. Eurodesk UK has information for young people interested in taking part.