The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.
Who can take part?
Anyone between 18 and 30 years old residing in any of the European Solidarity Corps participating country (all European Union countries, Iceland, Turkey and North Macedonia).
What is a Solidarity Project?
It is an activity that a young person can carry out in a group of five people or more to help to bring positive change to a local community. It is set up and implemented by young people themselves in a place where they live. The project should be devoted to challenges within a community, but it can also help to tackle regional or even national issues. Together with addressing the local challenges, a Solidarity Project should also demonstrate European value by taking priorities identified at European level such as, for instance, inclusion, climate change, democratic engagement, citizenship or gender equality.
The project can last from 2 to 12 months and it is mainly part-time.
You can find possible projects on the bottom of this page: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/solidarity_projects_en
If you wonder which activity would suit you best, you can take the quiz in this link: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/quiz_en
The ESC is not a part of DBYN. The long-term opportunities within DBYN or our member organisations will be posted and explained on this page.
The volunteers help in education (youth centres, educational programmes, house for migrants). Accommodation, lodging, language course and a ticket for public transport are free for the volunteers. Additionally, they receive 150 euros pocket money per month. There is a formative programme from the European Union (two three-day courses) and Salesian formation (pilgrimage to Turin, course of Salesian pedagogy and a weekend for reflection).
Currently we have four positions for volunteers. Two in Vienna (Don Bosco Haus, Don Bosco Flüchtlingswerk), one in Klagenfurt and one in Vöcklabruck. You will find more information at www.donbosco.at/volunteers.
We kindly ask you to inform the youngsters of your institution and province about this possibility. We are happy to welcome young adults who already have experience in Salesian education and animation.
The next period for volunteering is from September 2020 to June 2021. We can offer a volunteering opportunity for six persons funded by the Solidarity Corps. The deadline for applications is the 30th of June 2020: volunteers.donbosco.at/de/home/bewerbungsformular.html