European Solidarity Corps: Potential to Provide Support to the European Year of Cultural Heritage

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Launched in 2016 the European Solidarity Corps is a European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work on projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. 

Approximately 30,000 potential volunteers have already registered. It is intended that 100,000 placements will have been made by 2020. The exchanges are open to young people aged 18-30 years.

 The European Solidarity Corps is open to a wide range of organisations to run projects. These include governmental organisations, municipalities, non-governmental organisations and companies. The organisations can be of any size, from a large multinational company to a small NGO working in a local community. The organisations must run solidarity-related projects which fit with the mission and principles of the European Solidarity Corps.

Cultural heritage projects

The European Solidarity Corps has the potential to provide support to the activities of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and cultural heritage activities in general. The types of projects with solidarity dimension that might involve young people include: 

  • Guiding at heritage sites and museums
  • Guiding and/or welcoming visitors in towns and cities
  • Assisting (under appropriate supervision and direction) on archaeological excavations or on conservation projects
  • Carrying out maintenance works at heritage sites
  • Carrying out landscape enhancement and restoration works, creating trails, etc.
  • Assisting with post-disaster clean-up operations
  • Acting as researchers or research assistants
  • Assisting on film sets, at theatrical productions, concerts, lectures, dance performances, etc.
  • Undertaking digital and other survey work
  • Acting as social media assistants
  • Providing administrative support to cultural heritage projects

For cultural heritage projects, the most appropriate funding is that which is currently available under the European Voluntary Service of the Erasmus+ programme. The relevant call is under Key Action 1: 

 The next call for proposals has a deadline of 4th October 2017

Léargas, Ireland’s national agency for the Erasmus+ programme and the Solidarity Corps, is organising workshops on 14th August, 6th and 7th September for organisations interested in becoming accredited and/or applying for funding.  More information is also available on their website