15, 16 and 17 October 2020, three days of celebration of the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe and beyond during the #ErasmusDays. A unique opportunity to organize events, share Erasmus experiences or spread the word about projects. Under the umbrella of Erasmus Program there’s also European Solidarity Corps initiative.
What is the European Solidarity Corps?
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 projects are available to people between the ages of 18 and 30. After completing a simple registration process, European Solidarity Corps participants could be selected and invited to join a wide range of projects, such as helping to prevent natural disasters or rebuild afterwards, assisting in centres for asylum seekers, or addressing different social issues in communities.
Projects supported by the European Solidarity Corps can last from two to twelve months. They will usually be located within the European Union Member States.
#ERASMUSDAYS with Proder
Today, 16 of October, is the second of the Erasmus days. On the occasion of this day, we as Proder have collected the story about the European Solidarity Corps experience of two of our participants in a video, shared on our social media: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Chiara has come here on August and started volunteering in the EU Project Office of Eskişehir Governorship. She graduated in International Cooperation at “La Sapienza” University of Rome. After her graduation she worked for Unicef Italia for a year, but she still wanted to gain some experience abroad. Looking online through the vacancies on European Youth Portal she found the Project she’s now volunteering for. She sent her resume and cover letter, and waited for an answer.
After the online interview with the hosting organization, she got accepted. She got in touch with her sending organization, which helped her planning her transfer here in Eskişehir, buying her fly tickets and completing the paperworks about insurance. All of them – Chiara, the hosting organization and the sending organization – have signed the activity agreement. She was supposed to arrive in March, but because of the Covid-19 Pandemic she had to postpone her departure to August.
The hosting organization provides for her accommodation, food allowance and pocket money, other than the reimbursement of fly tickets on the base of project’s budget. Chiara will stay here for a period of 12 months total.
Irene’s experience is very similar to Chiara’s. Actually, Irene and Chiara came here together. Also Irene is graduated in International Cooperation at “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” of Milan. Right after her graduation, she started looking for a volunteering experience abroad and as Chiara, she joined the Corps.
Indeed, they’re working for the same project, and together while they’re volunteering for Eskişehir Governorship, they joined Proder’s staff as volunteers. Chiara and Irene share their knowledge and expertise with us and help develop and implementing our projects.