The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is the European Union’s programme that enables young people to carry out voluntary projects or internships both abroad and at home, with the aim of benefiting communities and European citizenship. This programme offers young people in Europe the possibility to live an enriching experience, which provides them with knowledge, skills and support for their personal and professional growth.
What is the ESC?
We are your sending entity
If you have already been accepted in a project you found through the European Youth Portal,or if you are still looking for your European Solidarity Corps (ESC) project, you will need to have a sending organisation to serve as a liaison between you and the host organisation with which you will carry out the project.
- In Spain, there are several organisations certified as sending organisations (or supporting organisations), and Mundus is one of them. Therefore, regardless of your current situation (if you already have a project or are looking for one), we at Mundus can be your sending agency.
Once inside, you must complete your profile and use the search filters to find your ideal project.
If you prefer, at Mundus we offer projects where we specifically know they are currently seeking volunteers.
Frequently Asked Questions
To enroll in the program, you must be at least 17 years old, but you won’t be able to start the project until you have turned 18. The maximum age limit is 30 years, but you must have started the project before turning 31.
Additionally, you must be a legal resident in any of the European Union Member States or in one of the following associated countries: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, or the Russian Federation.
Within the European Solidarity Corps, there are multiple themes and tasks covered, and the choice of one project over another will depend on your interests, experience, and/or education.
The types of projects within the European Solidarity Corps include general categories such as social inclusion, hosting and integration of refugees and migrants, citizenship and democratic participation, disaster prevention and recovery, environmental protection, health and well-being, employment and entrepreneurship, creativity and culture, and sports.
Yes. To apply for positions in the European Solidarity Corps, you need to create a user account. It’s very easy and will only take you a few minutes. You will automatically become part of the candidate pool and will be able to view all available projects and apply for those that match your interests.
You should visit the European Solidarity Corps website and enter your email address. You’ll receive an email to validate your account, and from there, you can build your applicant profile. Upon entering, you need to confirm that you meet the program requirements (being between 17 and 30 years old and being a resident in one of the EU or associated countries). Once your account is created, you can add your interests, information, CV, and more. Remember, the more information you provide, the more comprehensive your profile will be, increasing your chances of organizations and companies showing interest in you.
The European Solidarity Corps has two complementary aspects: volunteering activities and occupational activities. The volunteering aspect offers young people the opportunity to provide full-time voluntary service in another country for a period of two to twelve months.
The occupational aspect will provide young people with opportunities for jobs, internships, or learning experiences in a range of fields related to solidarity, where motivated and socially-aware young individuals are needed. Currently, MUNDUS does not manage internship or job opportunities. If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity or a sending organization, we can assist you.
When you register, your information will be stored in the European Solidarity Corps system, where organizations can search for individuals to participate in their projects. In the event that you are selected, the organization will contact you through email.
You ultimately decide whether to accept or decline the positions offered to you, so you have the option to decline a proposal.
In the case of volunteering, you can do a short-term volunteering project followed by a long-term one (in this order, not the other way around), for a maximum total of 12 months if they are projects abroad. In the case of national (“in-country”) volunteering projects, they can be accumulated up to 14 months.
In general terms, for volunteering projects, the European Solidarity Corps covers the travel costs, and if needed, local transportation costs. The program also covers the costs of accommodation, linguistic training, subsistence, and insurance for volunteers. Participants also receive a designated amount of “pocket money” for daily expenses.
For jobs and internships, travel and linguistic training are covered. Since these are paid tasks, the remaining expenses are the responsibility of the participant.
Solidarity projects are carried out within the local community, and therefore, they do not involve additional costs. The program covers the project management expenses and, if applicable, those related to the coach.
No. In volunteer positions, due to their nature, the participant does not receive any salary beyond the coverage of the activity-related costs (travel, accommodation, subsistence, linguistic support, and pocket money). Similarly, solidarity projects do not involve any form of financial compensation, although the costs related to project planning, implementation, and dissemination are covered within certain limits.
On the other hand, jobs and internships will always be paid and regulated by a contract in accordance with national regulations.
This is a volunteering project within the same country of residence. It is advisable to engage in this type of project first and then proceed to participate in a cross-country volunteering (outside the country of residence).
Yes. You are the one who selects the projects you are interested in on the European Solidarity Corps portal, and through it, you can choose the projects you want to apply for. Furthermore, organizations can reach out to you if they are interested in your profile, but ultimately, you decide whether to accept or reject the offers.
Language skills are not an essential requirement to apply for a job, internship, volunteering, or solidarity project, although they are recommended. In any case, during the program, you will receive linguistic support to learn the language of the place where you carry out your stay.
If you are assigned a position in the European Solidarity Corps, you will need a sending organization from Spain with quality certification. This, along with the host organization, will be responsible for managing the logistical aspects of your travel and stay. We can be your sending organization.
If you are selected for a job, internship, or volunteering position, you will need a sending organization recognized by the European Solidarity Corps (with a “quality label”). This organization will be responsible for coordinating the project alongside the host organization, guiding the volunteer, ensuring they have the necessary documentation and information before departure, and assisting with all practical aspects of mobility. Upon return, the sending organization, along with the volunteer, will collaborate in disseminating the project’s results.
To serve as a sending organization in the European Solidarity Corps, Spanish organizations need to have the program’s quality label. Mundus is one of the associations that hold this certification, and we can help you find the project that best suits your interests and contributes to your future personal and professional development. Contact us if you are interested in participating in the European Solidarity Corps. We want to help you achieve your dreams!
Just like in the European Voluntary Service, European Solidarity Corps volunteers are covered by the HENNER insurance. Additionally, you should have a valid European Health Insurance Card.