European Solidarity Corps in Germany

In 2018 the European Solidarity Corps has replaced the European Voluntary Service (EVS). However, you may still be able to find information about the EVS on some websites. 

The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is a programme initiated by the European Union that gives young people ages 18-30 years the chance to volunteer for a time period between 2 and 12 months. The ESC brings together young people to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people and responding to societal challenges. It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop. The participation is open to young people from the European Union and certain partner countries.

You have the possibility to serve your ESC in Germany in a non-profit project not only within the fields of environment, arts and culture, democracy, sports and leisure, but also in activities with children, young or elderly people or people with disabilities. ESC volunteers do not require language skills and do have to pay any costs. Accomodation, food, travel tickets, a language course and insurances will be covered by the EU. Furthermore, a support program is offered, and each volunteer will get a personal mentor. If you have completed your ESC in Germany, you will receive the Youth Pass.

How to apply

To participate, you first have to register for the ESC on the European Youth Portal (Click on "Register/Login" next to "I am a young person"). Here the 'matching' will take place. You can contact organisations, who offer placements and they can contact you. All these organisations are authorised to run European Solidarity Corps projects.

Important: The registration doesn’t guarantee a placement in a project. Therefore, we recommend actively looking for projects and organisations and apply directly to these.

To participate in the ESC, you need both a supporting organisation in your home country and a host organisation in Germany.  It’s easiest if you start by looking for a sending organisation, because generally sending organisations are happy to assist their volunteers in searching for a suitable host organisation. If you have found both organisations, one of the two will request the funding for your ESC project with their national agency.

In the Database you can search for both – a sending organisation and a host organisation.

Further information on the ESC and on the application process is available on the European Youth Portal.


Volunteers talk about their projects and experiences during there time in the ESC. Check out the most recent stories on the European Youth Portal or the YouthReporter.