International Youth Association EstYES is a non-profit, non-political, non-governmental organisation. It was established in 1991 with the purpose of promoting youth and cultural exchanges for learning and better mutual understanding. EstYES was a pioneer organisation in the field of international youth voluntary service in Estonia.
The European Solidarity Corps is a European Union initiative that gives young people an opportunity to volunteer or participate in projects that benefit communities and people around Europe. EstYES focuses on providing volunteering opportunities.
• Individual volunteering is a full-time unpaid activity for a duration from 2 to 12 months. This type of activity will give young people the chance to take part in the daily work of organisations and perform tasks that can have a real impact.
• Volunteering teams are activities allowing groups of 10 to 40 European Solidarity Corps participants from at least two different countries to volunteer together for a period of between 2 weeks and 2 months.
What is covered for the volunteer?
Complementary insurance covers access to a range of support services such as online linguistic support and training, etc. The round way travel from home to the venue of the project will be covered, as well as the accommodation and food. Participants will also receive a small allowance for their personal expenses.
Who can apply?
European Solidarity Corps volunteering activities are available to all people aged 18 to 30 years old and residing in the EU Member States, as well as the following Partner Countries:
• former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey
• Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway
• Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia
• Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
• Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia
• Russian Federation
What else should I know?
ESC volunteering service is a learning service: young volunteers improve and/or acquire competences for their personal, educational, and professional development as well as for their social integration thanks to
informal learning experiences. The learning elements consist of a mutually agreed definition of the expected learning outcomes, processes and methods, the certification of the acquired competences, the participation of the volunteer in the EVS training cycle and the continued provision of task-related, linguistic and personal support, including a crisis prevention and management mechanism.
Where can I check the opportunities and apply?
Choose the “Open Placements” tab from our menu. (Volunteering in Estonia>European Solidarity Corps>Open Placements.)