OCTA

Overseas Countries
and Territories Association

European Solidarity Corps

There are currently 8 projects taking place in the OCTs, coordinated by 4 organisations

European Solidarity Corps

The European Solidarity Corps is an EU funding programme for young people wishing to engage in solidarity activities. It is open to people aged 18 – 30 for solidarity activities addressing societal challenges, and 18 – 35 for humanitarian aid activities.
Organisations active in the solidarity sector can receive funding for projects looking to involve young people in their activities.

Eligibility of OCTs

Persons and entities established in OCTs are eligible for funding like any other EU Member State. 

Key facts of the programme

The new European Solidarity Corps programme has a dedicated budget of €1.009 bn for 2021-2027. It aims to provide opportunities for at least 270 000 young people.

What does the 2021-2027 programme support?

Volunteering

Volunteering provides young people with the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations that specialise in solidarity activities to benefit communities. The activities can take place either abroad or in the participant’s country of residence. Individual volunteering can last up to 12 months, whereas team volunteering usually lasts between 2 weeks and 2 months.

Humanitarian aid strand

For the first time and building on the EU Aid Volunteers programme, the European Solidarity Corps is extending its scope to cover volunteering activities in support of humanitarian aid operations

Solidarity Projects

Solidarity projects are bottom-up activities set up and carried out by a group of young people with a view to addressing the key challenges within their communities.

Relevance of programme for OCTs

The programme is a great ressource for local OCT organisations  to welcome volunteers from other European countries, allowing them to offer financial support to the volunteers.

Young people from the OCTs can benefit from the opportunities that the programme offers to volunteer abroad with financial support for travel/accomodation and daily expenses. To do so, the first step is to register at the European Youth Portal. On the portal, young people can search for published opportunities, while organisations can look for potential participants for their projects.

How is the programme managed ?

At European level, the European Commission’s European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is responsible for the implementation of the centralised Actions of the European Solidarity Corps.

The European Solidarity Corps is mainly implemented through Indirect Management, meaning that the EuropeanCommission entrusts budget implementation tasks to National Agencies; the rationale of this approach is to bring the European Solidarity Corps as close as possible to its beneficiaries and to adapt to the diversity of each country.

In order take part in the European Solidarity Corps, organisations are required to obtain a quality label, which certifies that they are able to carry out high-quality solidarity activities in compliance with the principles, objectives and requirements of the programme.