European Voluntary Corps

The ESC or European Voluntary Corps (formerly European Voluntary Service) is a program for young people that would like to get involved with a volunteering organisation in a foreign country. The program is funded by the European Union. It works as a partnership between two organisations, one as a sending organisation and the other as a receiving organisation. The volunteers will mostly work in topics related to culture, sport, young people and environmental protection. The average stay of a voluntary service is from 6 to 12 months, but there’s also shorter projects spanning 2 months or even rarely 3 weeks. 

General information about the ESC

You can find every ESC-accredited Organisation and their focuses in the database of the European Youth Portal of the European Union.

You can find general information about ESC here.

  • Age range from 17 to 30 years
  • English language skills wanted. Knowledge of the receiving organisation country’s languages are also appreciated.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to the activities of the organization

Funding from the ESC

  • Accommodation and meals
  • Health, accident and liability insurance
  • Pocket money (the amount depends on the host country)
  • Language course (possibly online)
  • Visa costs
  • Travel costs (round trip from home country to the ESC-country)

Advantages and goals of ESC

  • Discovering another culture.
  • Learning a new language.
  • Invaluable personal experience.

As we are only a small organisation, we can usually only offer young people from our region (Dresden/Sachsen) the opportunity to be their sending organisation. You would also have to find a receiving organisation yourself, which the ESC Database could help you with. It’s also a good idea to set up an account at the PASS database.

If any of this is not a problem for you, we look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you in a more personal interview.

The European Solidarity Corps is funded by the European Union