The European Solidarity Corps (ESC)

The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is an Erasmus+ Programme that aims to meet societal needs, creating opportunities for young people to volunteer, network or work in projects that benefit society in their home country or abroad, while promoting their self-improvement, educational, social, civic and professional development. Bringing young people together to build a more inclusive society, support vulnerable people and respond to social challenges. The program offers an inspiring and empowering experience to young people who want to help, learn and improve. The program enriches the Erasmus+ Programme with Volunteering activities rather than other EU funding programs, formerly known as the European Voluntary Service. It was officially established with the Regulation No 2018/1475 of the European Parliament and Council has established the European Solidarity Program. Turkey's accession to the European Solidarity Program 2018/1475 Regulation No. 11 (1) (b) (ii) According to Article voluntary activities is limited to the solidarity projects and networking activities. Negotiations on Turkey's accession to the European Solidarity Program between the European Commission is continuing with Turkey for a while, signing the accession treaty process is nearing completion. HOW TO APPLY TO THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS? Young people between the ages of 17-30 can register on the European Solidarity Program Portal. Young candidates of aged 18 and over can receive an invitation to participate in projects on solidarity from organizations that have access to the database. In addition, these organizations can make project announcements on the portal to get direct responses from young people. ACHIEVEMENTS As being part of the European Solidarity Corps, voluntarily; 1) You will make a volunteer contribution and help communities in need. You are not going to receive a salary payment, as this is a voluntary activity that you do free. However, your travel, accommodation, food and insurance expenses are covered and you will receive a certain amount of pocket money in addition to this. 2) This is a learning experience that will improve your personal and professional development. You will have the opportunity to have training before, during and after your volunteering experience. The mentor will help you set clear goals and show you how to achieve those goals. You will also have the chance to improve your language and intercultural skills, learn to live on your own, overcome difficulties and work in a team. 3) Living in and exploring another Country, learning about other cultures or making new friends will be an inevitable part of your volunteering experience. 4) With your volunteering experience, you will have the opportunity to bring new ideas and a multicultural spirit to the organizations and local communities you volunteer. 5) You will be part of a community by participating in the European Solidarity Corps. When you return home, you can stay connected with the wider community of former volunteers, share your experiences, and connect and inspire other young people in the country. 6) At the end of a project you participated in as a volunteer, you will receive a certificate certifying your participation.

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