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What is the European Solidarity Corps?

Have you ever dreamed of traveling around Europe and helping to improve other people's lives at the same time? Well, I have good news for you: the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) allows you to do just that. Today we tell you what this program is all about and why it is such a special opportunity.

So what exactly is CES? Well, in a nutshell, it is a European Union program that offers young people aged 18 to 30 the opportunity to participate in volunteer projects, internships or educational initiatives in different countries in Europe, and even in partner countries of the program (Armenia, Georgia or Azerbaijan, for example).

If you are a person who cares about the welfare of others and want to contribute to a more just and caring society, CES is the perfect place for you. Personally, I had the opportunity to volunteer for a whole year in Poland, where I worked in a center for people with disabilities in the city of Wroclaw. It was an amazing and rewarding experience, as I was able to meet wonderful people and learn a lot about the culture and life in the country. It is a period that I remember as one of the most special in my life.

But in addition to personal satisfaction, CES also has professional benefits. By participating in a volunteer project, you gain valuable skills such as teamwork, problem solving and leadership, all of which will help you in your professional career. In addition, CES gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in your field of interest and enhance your resume. There are so many different topics and if you want to volunteer, I recommend that you choose a project that really connects with your interests.

Another positive aspect of the CES is that it allows you to get to know different countries and cultures, which gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enrich yourself as a person. Not only that, it also allows you to make friends from different parts of the world and become part of an international community of young people committed to solidarity and cooperation.

Something to note that many people do not know is that CES is a free program. Yes, you read that right, you don't have to pay anything to participate in a volunteer project! You will receive a small amount of pocket money to cover your personal expenses for the duration of the project and accommodation is covered, so you don't have to worry about those details. Best of all, you usually live with other volunteers, which gives you the opportunity to meet new people and make friends from different countries. In addition, the program includes language courses so you can improve your skills in the language of the country you are working in.

In short, if you want to have an enriching experience, help improve other people's lives and develop valuable skills, the European Solidarity Corps is an excellent choice. So now you know, sign up as a volunteer and start living the adventure of a lifetime!

Text: Lucas Docampo


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