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European Solidarity Corps (ESC)

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.

European Solidarity Corps (ESC) provides young people aged 17-30 with an opportunity to express personal commitment through full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or beyond the borders of the European Union. The European Union offers such an opportunity to young people because volunteering is valued as a non-formal learning experience enhancing volunteers' professional skills and competences, thus contributing to their employability. At the same time, it increases their sense of solidarity, develops their social skills and promotes active participation in society. It is a win-win situation, where both the volunteer and the community benefit. The Commission has held a long commitment to supporting volunteering opportunities for young people and mobility across borders. Starting in 1996, the European Solidarity Corps has thus far allowed around 70 000 young people to go abroad and gain a life changing experience as a volunteer. During the course of the Erasmus+ programme, many more will get the same opportunity.

Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Center joined the program in 2017. 

Find out more about ESC https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en

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