International youth work

Solidarity projects – what are they?

A solidarity project is an in-country solidarity activity initiated, developed and implemented by young people themselves for a period from two to twelve months. It gives a group of minimum five young people the chance to express solidarity by taking responsibility and committing to bring positive change in their local community. The project should have a clearly identified topic which participants of the group wish to explore together and which has to be translated into the concrete daily activities of the project and involve all the participants.

Participation in a solidarity project is an important non-formal learning experience through which young people can enhance their personal, educational, social and civic development. Solidarity Projects should be local but they should also clearly present European added value through addressing priorities identified at European level within the framework of the European Solidarity Corps.

About European solidary corps – Jobs, traineeships

For whom?

Young people aged 18-30 from an EU Member State. Young people must be registered in the European Solidarity Corps to initiate and participate in a Solidarity Project.

What is supported?

Project costs, coaching costs and exceptional costs.

How does it work?

Projects will typically consist of the following stages:

  • Preparation;
  • Implementation of activities;
  • Follow-up (including the evaluation of the activities, the recognition of the learning outcomes of participants during the activity, the issue of the certificate of participation as well as the dissemination and use of the project’s outcomes).

How to take part?

A group of minimum 5 young people apply to the National Agency of the country in which they reside or an organisation (any public or private organisation) applies on their behalf.

Projects duration: from 2 to 12 months

Contact: Mirva Tastula
Leader of international youth work