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 of the European Solidarity Corps 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.
European Solidarity Corps participants carry with them ideas, convictions and expectations. The participating organisations have to be mindful of these needs as they are responsible for providing a respectful and trusting hosting environment. At the same time, the organisations participating in the initiative devote a great deal of time, energy and resources to set up a high-quality activity. Participating individuals in the European Solidarity Corps should expect that they show an utmost level of respect for the local communities and the people that are directly affected by the activities.
Based on the above, general principles of conduct take into account the great variety of potential participants, organisations and environments in which activities may be performed. They should be adapted to the specific circumstances of each activity.
- 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;
- Participants are entitled to receive a European Solidarity Corps certificate, confirming their participation in the activity at the end of their projects;
- When accepting a placement for a volunteering activity, participants will sign a Solidarity Contract with the participating 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, participants will receive clear information about the tasks they will carry out and, where appropriate, adequate training and linguistic support;
- Participants should not act in any way that could put others or themselves at risk of being harmed.