What is E.S.C.?
What is E.S.C.?
What is the EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS?
The European Solidarity Corps (E.S.C.) is a Programme, implemented by the European Union. This opportunity gives you the chance to volunteer until 12 months in a foreign country. The C.E.S. fosters a real learning process.
What is the objective of E.S.C.?
The C.E.S. has the objective to develop solidarity and to promote tolerance between yourself and other young people, by strengthening the social cohesion in the European Union. In this context, solidarity between citizens of the European Union can be achieved through support for the participants with different forms of without profits and not paid activities, giving benefits to citizens from another country.
These activities are a whole set of non-formal tasks, to improve and gain personal, educational, professional competences and social integration.
What is the E.S.C. project?
The European Voluntary Service allows young people to travel and volunteering in a foreign country, to know other cultures, people, and learn a new language. E.S.C. promotes European solidarity and it is a learning process because young people can acquire new personal and professional competences and at the same time give a contribution with their work on local communities.
An E.S.C. project is made up of three phases:
- planning and preparation;
- implementation of the activities;
- evaluation (with a reflection about a possible follow-up).
What are the projects?
The projects are developed in different areas: Culture, Youth, Communication and Graphics, Sport, Social Service, Cultural Heritage, Arts, Civil Protection, Environment, Cooperation for Development and many more.
How long does a project last?
The duration of projects is between 2 weeks and 12 months:
- Short term: from 2 weeks until 2 months
- Long term: from 2 months until 12 months
Who can participate?
Young people between 18 and 30 years old in possess of legal residence in the sending organization's country can participate. The volunteers will be selected regardless of their origin or context. A volunteer can take part in only one E.S.C. project. Exception: the volunteers that will participate in one E.S.C. project which lasts less than 2 months can participate in more than one E.S.C. project, as long the total period of the projects does not exceed 12 months.
Who organizes E.S.C.?
E.S.C. volunteers have the right and obligation to participate in training and evaluation sessions. The responsibility for the organization of E.S.C. Training and Evaluation Cycle depends on the place where the events take place.
The E.S.C. project consists of three essential components:
- The Service, where you are received by an organization which is not from your residence country, and where you can develop your voluntary service for the local community;
- The Training, where all the parts involved in the project must ensure that you will participate in pre-departure training organise by Check-IN, on arrival training, mid-term training, and final evaluation of the project;
- Permanent assistance, where all the parts have to give personal support, related to the tasks, and also linguistic and administrative support during your participation in the project.
Which are the benefits?
Discovering another country and culture, learning a new language, know other volunteers, make new friendships, improve your skills, helping other people to feel more useful, and of course to have fun!
E.S.C. is also recognised by the European Commission which will release a certificate of participation at the end of the project.
The E.S.C. Volunteering is NOT...
- occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering;
- a recreational or touristic activity;
- a language course;
- the exploitation of cheap labour;
- a study period or professional training abroad.
Volunteer's rights are:
About travel expenses, as Sending Organisation, Check-IN will assure you the expenses between your place of residence and site of the project and trip back (return ticket) and also means of transport day-to-day (Flight ticket/train ticket) in economy class. This is your right and our duty.
We will make ourselves sure about the availability of local means of transport.
Food and accommodation
The accommodation will be provided to you, and also your daily meals, through an allowance that you have to manage during your volunteering period (this food allowance also includes the holiday time).
By doing E.S.C., you will be covered by insurance from the Commission Group, provided for under the Programme, which completes the social insurance coverage of national health care (if applicable). The Coordination Organization, in this case, Check-IN that cooperates with the Sending and Receiving Organization, is responsible for your registration, that has to be done before departure. As a volunteer of the EVS project, you will be covered with this insurance, totally free, which could be useful in case of any problems, such as medical and dental problems, disability, or civil liability.
Personal support and mentor
With the personal support, you will have the opportunity of integrating yourself in the local community, meet other young people, socializing and participating in leisure activities. The mentor instead, will guide you into the process of local integration, with the responsibility of providing all the assistance, and helping you during your project. You can also rely on him in case you will have doubts about the activities and if any problems will arise.
The sending or coordinating organization has to support you in this, giving you language classes of the project's country.
You will also have the right to have pocket money for your needs in your project's location. It will be given to you on a weekly or monthly basis, according to your project. The amount of pocket money depends on the country.
The pre-departure training will allow you to talk about your expectations, develop your motivation, and at the same time, get more information about your host country and also about E.S.C. Programme.
Training and Evaluation of E.S.C. Cycle
The parts involved in the E.S.C. project will ensure your participation in:
- Pre-departure training organise by your sending organisation;
- Mid-term meeting
- On-arrival training
The on-arrival training will happen after the arrival in the host country.
- Mid-term evaluation
(only mandatory for projects that last longer than 6 months)
The mid-term training, which usually lasts two and a half days, will allow the volunteers to evaluate their experiences until that moment, as well as meeting other volunteers involved in other projects all over the hosting country.
- On-arrival training
The on-arrival training will take place just after your arrival in the host country. This training will introduce to the volunteers their host country and environment, and it will help them to know each other. This training usually lasts seven days.
How can you apply to an E.S.C. project?
The first, you will do the registration on https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en. The application must be submitted by the organisation, within the time limit of application, according to the beginning of the project. After you could find the project on the website. You have to prepare or update your CV Europass, including a motivation letter, and send everything to partners. Check-IN, as sending organization, WILL SUPPORT YOUR your drawing up of the application, giving you information about required elements for every project, and if is the case, helping you in the preparation of your CV Europass and motivation letter.
You volunteer! It's up to you choosing your project, or your destiny, but it is very important to be properly informed about European Solidarity Corps and what is and to know if it's a project that you want to do.
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For more Information
You could find all the information on the website: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en
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