Volunteering Projects

What are Volunteering Projects?

Volunteering projects provide volunteering opportunities for young people. They should respond to important societal needs, contribute to strengthening communities while enabling volunteers to acquire useful experience, skills and competences for their personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, thereby improving their employability. Volunteering projects can combine one or more of the following main activities:

 

Individual Volunteering is a full-time (at least 30 and not more than 38 hours per week) unpaid solidarity activity for a duration of 2 to 12 months. This type of solidarity activity provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations in solidarity activities to the ultimate benefit of the communities within which the activities are carried out. Activities can take place either in a country rather than the country of residence of the participant (cross border) or in the country of residence of the participant (in-country).

In duly justified cases, especially to encourage the participation of young people with fewer opportunities, volunteering activities of 2 weeks – 2 months can be accepted and implemented.

 

Volunteering teams are solidarity activities, which allow teams of 10 to 40 participants coming from at least two different countries to volunteer together for a period between 2 weeks and 2 months. Such solidarity activities could especially contribute to the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in the European Solidarity Corps. At least a quarter of the volunteers must come from abroad. In volunteering teams, European Solidarity Corps’ volunteers will carry out tasks for a project over a short period of time (usually, but not exclusively, during holidays, breaks between study periods, transition from education to work, etc.).

 

Venue of the project

Cross border or in-country.

 

Project Duration

From 3 to 24 Months

 

How to take part?

In order to be able to take part in volunteering activities and carry out the activities, organisations need to hold either Erasmus+ volunteering accreditation or the relevant (host/support) Quality Label for volunteering.

Minimum two organisations, one host and one supporting need to be involved. This is not a requisite for in-country activities and volunteering teams where the minimum requirement is to have at least one host organisation.

 

What is supported?

Travel Costs –Contribution to the travel costs of participants from their place of origin to the venue of the activity and return

Organisational Support (Project management costs, activity costs, subsistence of participants)

Pocket Money- Contribution to additional personal expenses for participants

Linguistic Support- Costs linked to the support offered to the participants – only available when the organisation carries out the activities in Maltese. If the activities are going to be carried out in English, then the Commission provided Online Linguistic Support (https://erasmusplusols.eu/en/)

Inclusion Support-  Costs direclty linked to the implementation of traineeships or job activities involving young people with fewer opportunities

Exceptional Costs- Costs for financial support for expensive travel costs, visa and visa related costs, residence permits, vaccinations medical certifications, recognition of academic and/or professional qualifications, costs to support participation of young people with fewer opportunities or with special needs on equal terms as others not covered by any other unit cost budget category.

Complementary Activity Costs- Costs directly linked to the implementation of the complementary activities of the projects or indirect costs: a flat-rate amount, not exceeding 7% of the eligible direct costs of the complementary activities 

 

How does it work?

Projects will typically consist of the following stages;

  • Preparation (including practical arrangements, selection of participants, set up of agreements with partners and participants, linguistic/intercultural/task-related preparation of participants before departure)
  • Implementation of activities
  • Follow-up (including the evaluation of the activities, the recognition of the learning outcomes of participants during the activity, the issue of the certificate of participation as well as the dissemination and use of the project’s outcomes.)