Training & support for participants
The European Solidarity Corps provides a range of support services for participants, to ensure not only that you make the most out of your experience, but also that you learn as much as you can.
General online training
General online training is an open-access training, via the Solidarity Corps site, for all registered candidates and participants. Modules include “The mission of the European Solidarity Corps”, “Roles and responsibilities of participants”, “Inter-cultural awareness”, “Health and safety” and more.
Online linguistic support
Online linguistic support (OLS) is designed to help participants improve their knowledge of the language they’ll be working in.
The service is available for all official EU languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Estonian, Spanish, Finnish, French, Irish Gaelic, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian and Swedish.
You can use the service if you’ve been selected for a Corps activity (volunteering, traineeship or job) lasting 2 months or longer. After being selected, you’ll receive an invitation email with login details from your host organisation.
This is a series of training events for participants in long-term activities that give you continuous guidance and support throughout your Corps experience. It helps you to adapt to cultural and personal challenges, learn about your rights and obligations, practical matters, intercultural communication, get to know other participants, stay in touch with National Agencies, assess your experience and more.
As a participant in a long-term activity, you will be offered the following sessions:
- pre-departure training (only cross-border activities)
- on-arrival training
- mid-term evaluation (only activities of 6 months and over)
- annual European Solidarity Corps events
While on-site, you should be provided with personal support in the form of mentoring, to help you settle in, in both the new country and the hosting organisation.
Youthpass – open to all Corps participants – is a tool that helps you identify and document the learning outcomes you developed on the project. It allows you to describe what you’ve done and show what you’ve learnt – including skills that are informal or non-formal.
This is all set out formally in a Youthpass certificate. So far, over 1 million people have used the tool and been awarded the certificate.
Depending on the type of recognition you need, the creation of a Youthpass certificate can also help you to reflect and create your Curriculum Vitae (CV) in Europass.
One key principle for all the activities carried out under the Corps is that participants must at all times be safe.
You will be insured during your activity from the moment you leave for the host country until 2 months after the activity ends, either by:
For cross-border activities:
- top-up coverage to supplement your European Health Insurance Card or the host country’s national health system (provided by the European Commission)
- primary coverage by the Commission – if you are unable to have the European Health Insurance Card for free, nor entitled to cover in the host country
For in-country activities:
- through reimbursement of any costs not covered by your national health system
You can find more details of the coverage, and how to enrol, on the website of the insurance company.
More information about personal data processing within the insurance services can be found in this Data Protection Notice.
Certificate of participation
The certificate of participation certifies that you have taken part in European Solidarity Corps activities.
At the end of your time with the Corps, your certificate of participation will be issued via this website by one of the organisations involved in the activity. All you have to do is first fill in a survey to let us know how your experience went.
Having proof of the work you have done in the Solidarity Corps will be a valuable addition to your CV. And you can of course reference it if you use the Europe-wide EURES job opportunity portal.
Agreements with participants
Before leaving to start your activity – whether individual volunteering, traineeship or job – you must sign a participant agreement that determines at least the following aspects of your activity:
- rights and responsibilities with regards to insurance and financial contribution from the Corps
- tasks to be carried out during the activity (for volunteering)
- intended learning outcomes (for volunteering).
For traineeships and jobs, you will have to sign an additional agreement, in accordance with the laws of the hosting country.
Visas & residence permits
You may need one (or both) of these when moving between countries to take part in your Corps activity.
/!\ We strongly recommend you make your request for any such travel or residence permits well in advance, as the process may take several weeks.
For general information on visas and residence permits, for both short and long-term stays, see the EU immigration portal.