What is the European Solidarity Corps?
The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative, which is aimed at addressing unmet societal needs to the benefit of a community while also fostering the individuals’ personal, educational, social, civic and professional development, which may take the form of placements, projects or networking activities in country or cross-border.
The mission is to bring together young people to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people and responding to societal challenges. It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop.
The participating organisations have to be mindful of participants’ ideas, convictions and expectations, as they are responsible for providing a respectful and trusting hosting environment. Also, the organisations should devote a great deal of time, energy and resources to set up a high-quality activity.
Based on the above, general principles of conduct are;
- Embrace the values of solidarity, respect for human dignity and human rights, and believe in the promotion of a fair and equal society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality prevail;
- Strive to enhance solidarity between people, while respecting their cultures and their traditions, and aim to build a community of shared responsibilities and mutual support;
- Make meaningful contributions to society and will show solidarity, cooperation and mutual understanding;
- Respect the rules, organisational structure and practices that govern the hosting organisation, bearing in mind also that this frame may be necessary to respect the personal health, safety and dignity of individuals involved in the activity.
- Abide by the laws in force in the host country;
- Joining the European Solidarity Corps is always the voluntary choice of a young person, and they are free to resign from the initiative. They have the right to refuse to accept any offer of a Corps placement without affecting their chance to receive other offers in the future;
- No fee or payment;
- Organisations need to provide European Solidarity Corps certificate to the participants, confirming their participation in the activity at the end of their projects;
- When the participants are selected, a Solidarity Contract needs to be signed between the participant and the hosting organisation, detailing the conditions of their activity, in line with the principles of the European Solidarity Corps Charter. For an occupational activity, the employment contract will serve a similar purpose;
- Prior to the start of the activity and during their deployment, organisations will give clear information about the tasks the participants will carry out and, where appropriate, will provide adequate training and linguistic support to the participants;
- The organisations should prioritize the safety of participants.