Individual volunteering is a full-time unpaid solidarity activity for a duration from 2 to 12 months. In some cases, volunteering activities of 2 weeks to 2 months can be put in place for young people with fewer opportunities. This type of solidarity activity will give young people the chance to take part in the daily work of organisations and perform tasks that can have a real impact. Activities can take place either in a country other than the country of residence of the participant (cross-border) or in the country of residence of the participant (in-country).
Volunteering teams are solidarity activities allowing teams of 10 to 40 European Solidarity Corps participants 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.
Participants are covered by complementary insurance and they can access a range of support services such as online linguistic support and training. Their travel costs from home to the venue of the project and back will be covered, as well as their accommodation and food. Participants will also receive a small allowance for their personal expenses.
Organisations which receive a Solidarity Corps grant will be responsible for the preparation, implementation and follow-up of the solidarity activities. They will manage the logistical aspects of their project, provide volunteers with training and/or mentoring and help them recognise their learning experience through Youthpass or similar tools. Organisations are also responsible for issuing the European Solidarity Corps certificate of participation to all their project participants.
For further details, please refer to the European Solidarity Corps Guide.