International volunteering

The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is an EU funding programme for young people wishing to engage in solidarity activities in a variety of areas. These range from helping the disadvantaged to humanitarian aid, as well as contributing to health and environmental action across the EU and beyond.

The programme offers an opportunity for young people not only to make a meaningful contribution to society, but also to gain invaluable experience and develop new skills. It is open to people aged between 18 and 31.

Volunteering provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations that specialise in solidarity activities to benefit communities. Most opportunities through the European Solidarity Corps are cross-border volunteering activities. These projects are excellent opportunity to help where needed, learn new skills, spend time abroad, maybe learn a language – and definitely come back with unforgettable memories. 

What will you do as a volunteer?

With the wide range of issues covered by the projects (such as environment, health, inclusion, digital technologies, culture, sport), you’re sure to find something to match your interests and background. You can work with kids, youth, elderly; teach language or organize cultural or sport events; contribute to the work of a non-profit organization. Some projects are focusing on the integration of refugees and asylum-seekers, while others deal with nature protection in seaside or montain area.

You have the choice between volunteering individually and in teams:

Individual volunteering:

Team volunteering 

If you can’t commit for a long period, but still want to help the community, then check out team volunteering, which:

Good to know:

You can do only one ESC long-term volunteering (a project lasts 2-12 months), so consider your choice carefully! Good news that you can participate "unlimited" time in team volunteering projects till your 31th birthday :)

What is covered?

It is really free :) There is no participation fee or hidden costs :)

Activity hours: around 30-35 hrs / week, with weekly 2 days off + extra 2 days holiday for each month

How to find a volunteering project?

You can do only one ESC long-term volunteering (a project lasts 2-12 months), so choose consciously!

Finding a volunteering project is easy - there are numerous tools and platforms where hosting organizations promote the opportunities. But before jumping to the application process, it is good if you have at least a basic idea about your volunteering. Think about some questions, make lists, and try to find out what really excites you. How do you imagine yourself during your volunteering and after that?

We advice you first look for the topics and activities what interests you and a sympathetic hosting organization, rather than the location of the project.

Register on the European Youh Portal ! Here you can search from the latest opportunities from all over Europe. Fill your profile carefully! Via this platform you can apply for the opportunities and organizations can also contact you.

Facebook: there are several Hungarian and international groups where organizations posting volunteer calls (keywords: European Solidarity Corps, ESC/EVS ...)

The application process varies from project to project. Generally you can apply with a CV and motivation letter (sometimes with a form, or video application). Be creative :) 

After assessing your application, the hosting organization may invite you for an online video call to get to know you better and introduce the project. It it is a match, you will be selected, hip hip hurray :) Let's start with the preparation for the adventure with your supporting organization.

If you are struggling with any of this steps, you do not know how to write a CV and motivation letter, need some advice, contact us at  or fill our form, we are happy to assist you :) 

Get inspired!

Cannot you wait to be an ESC volunteer? Or do you need more information?