Three types of activities are supported within the European Solidarity Corps: volunteering, traineeships and jobs. Building upon the experience of several years of implementing volunteering projects, Outward Bound Croatia continues to offer opportunities of mobility and volunteering within the European Solidarity Corps to many young people from Croatia and other parts of the world, as a way of improving their own lives and the lives of their communities.
„The European Solidarity Corps 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.”
Mission of the European Solidarity Corps
European Solidarity Corps projects
Volunteering projects answer to societal needs and strengthen local communities. At the same time, young people who decide to volunteer in their own country or abroad gain the opportunity to develop their personal and professional skills and competences. Interested youngsters aged between 18 and 30 can volunteer within the Corps after registering in the European Solidarity Corps database. Project activities can last from 2 weeks to 12 months and volunteering can be done individually or in a group.
Volunteering offers a possibility of non-formal and intercultural learning and especially encourages the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities. Volunteering activities are structured, and the hosting organisations are obliged to offer support to the volunteer during the whole period. Besides, travel costs, food, accommodation, insurance and pocket money for the volunteers are covered by the project budget.
Volunteering projects can be implemented by non-profits, NGOs, associations, public bodies on a local, regional or national level and social enterprises.
Traineeship and job projects within the European Solidarity Corps offer young people the opportunity to gain relevant work experience and develop their skills and competences which ultimately increases their employability and facilitates the transition into the world of work. Meanwhile these projects develop their social awareness and add to the solution of important and current societal challenges. Although activities can be implemented in various fields and include many different professions, it is crucial that the type and scope of activity are directed towards achieving a common good and serving others. Traineeship activities can last between 2 and 6 months, while job activities can last from 3 to 12 months.
The short-term project “Let’s grow together” will take place in Veliki Žitnik, Croatia from the 16th to the 29th of March 2020 and will gather 15 young volunteers from different European countries. The project will include youngsters with fewer opportunities and give them a chance to develop various skills and competencies, primarily their intercultural skills, solidarity, and active citizenship. The project meets the main objective of the European Solidarity Corps program by implementing various community service actions with local action groups and NGOs from the Lika region in Croatia.
During the two weeks in Veliki Žitnik, the volunteers are going to do various activities including helping with the reconstruction of the rehabilitation center of the organization “Pčelice”, a non-profit local organization. They will also engage in activities to protect and clean the natural environment of Veliki Žitnik – cleaning river banks, forest paths and helping with the promotion of the area in the field of active tourism.
The volunteers will also get the opportunity to leave their trace in the OBC educational center by preparing the new expedition season – they will learn valuable skills such as handicraft and woodwork and which they will use to design and construct the outdoor equipment facility that will serve future participants of OBC’s outdoor education programs.
The ESC project “Job opportunity in OBC” is the first project of this kind OBC implements. Follow-ing a 6-month traineeship period with us, this project was created for two young people from Croatia to start full-time employment in our organization. Our new employees are working with the OBC team in our office in Zagreb, while the fieldwork with children and youth and communi-ty activities are held in our educational center in Veliki Žitnik.
The goal of the project is to provide the opportunity to the participants to start their careers in the non-profit sector and to be able to use the skills they learned during the 6 months train-eeship. Working with OBC means being involved in the community. Our employees in this ESC project are creating opportunities for children and youth, especially from disadvantaged back-grounds, to discover their potential and gain new skills and competences, promoting non-formal and outdoor education, volunteering and solidarity.
The short-term Winter Language ESC will take place in Veliki Žitnik, in the rural region of Lika, Croatia, from the 18 th of November to the 1 st of December, 2019.
This volunteering is funded by the EU and will gather 18 youngsters aged 18-30 from Greece, Slovakia, Italy, Latvia, Bulgaria and Lithuania.
Volunteers will use non-formal and informal learning methods to plan, develop and organise 4 English lessons implemented in the local primary school, showing the importance of active involvement. They’ll also take part in community service, helping the locals in their everyday needs (cutting wood, cleaning the snow, yards….).
They will as well prepare the OBC educational center for the winter and make some creativity work around there. This will help them improve their language skills of course, but also they’ll work on communication, teambuilding, organization, creativity… All of these while meeting people from all over Europe!
Come and join us for an amazing experience!
More info and application: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The project “Outward Bound in Sumartin” will take place from 14th to 27th October in Sumartin on Brač island and include 16 volunteers aged 18 to 30 from Croatia, Spain, Italy and Greece.
The main aim of the project is to explore sustainable ways of living for the island community which the volunteers will be able to transfer and implement in their own home-communities. The project will promote environmental awareness, sustainability, solidarity, volunteering, and intercultural understanding.
The volunteers will engage in various actions. They will organise ecological actions and clean beaches and bays on the island from (plastic) waste. They will engage with the local community and learn about the traditional arts and crafts on the island, such as stone-masonry and ship-building. They will also work together with the locals in the shipyard and learn about building, maintaining and restoring traditional wooden vessels and what role the maritime tradition and heritage plays for the locals on the island. In the end of the project, they will prepare a tool-fair on the riviera to present and promote the European Solidarity Corps among the locals.
Thirty young volunteers from Slovenia, Netherlands, Croatia, Finland, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany will gather in Samobor from 18th July to 15th August 2019 for a volunteering project of the European solidarity corps that is all about gaining valuable international and intercultural organization, planning, communication and other skills while organizing and implementing the world meeting of Citroën 2CV friends.
Volunteers will as well develop their skills and abilities in topics as creativity, culture, citizenship, democratic participation and social challenges – as the priority will be given to youth with fewer opportunities (social, economical or geographical obstacles). Volunteers will be 18 to 30 years old, with no necessary previous experiences or education, since only the motivation to learn and the will to contribute to a community and are the main requirements for participation in the biggest event that the town of Samobor has ever hosted.
Be fast and apply to become part of this unseen event!
More information and the application process can be found here: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/12810_en
The volunteers will help the local community in varous different ways as well as work in the OB educational center to improve it for future generations of participants. The volunteers will have environmental actions in the local park-forest and on the river Lika, help out the villagers and organise activities according to the needs of the community. They will also learn to work with tools and help build storage place and a outdoor washing station for the center.
„Outward Bound opportunity for growth“ is an innovative project insofar that it is the first time we’re opening a traineeship opportunity for two young people from Croatia motivated to learn more about work in a non-formal and outdoor education NGO. This traineeship project is part of the new European Solidarity Corps program and thus fosters the trainees’ engagement in and with the community.
This 6-month paid traineeship is going to serve as an opportunity for two youngsters to develop their personal, professional and social skills. By working in OBC they will increase their awareness on the importance of solidarity as a value upon which the European society is build. The trainees are going to develop skills connected to project management and organisation and implementation of non-formal and outdoor education activities for youth as well as develop a range of other competences which they will be able to use for their own and their community’s benefit.
This volunteering opportunity for 10 youngsters from Italy, Spain and France took place from 6th till 20th of May 2019 in the picturesque town of Samobor as part of the European solidarity corps programme.
Volunteers were a big part of the famous CU’FUS circus street festival by managing different tasks like preparing, organizing and implementing the festival activities around Samobor. The festival itself took place from 17th till 19th of May. Tasks included logistics, promotion, media reports, filming and photographing during festival and leading activities during the festival. Volunteers developed their digital skills, communication, team work, time management and planning, cultural awareness and creativity and made the festival as successful as it always was!
Navigating tradition – building experiences is our first European Solidarity Corps volunteering project. The project is going to include 20 youngsters with fewer opportunities aged 18-30 from Spain, Italy, Greece, Poland and Croatia. It is innovative also because it will be made up of two phases on two different locations: the first two weeks will be spent in the OBC educational center in Veliki Žitnik, while in the third week they will move to Sumartin on Brač island.
While the project’s focus is on finding sustainable ways of developing those two communities and intercultural and intergenerational sharing of knowledge, the volunteers themselves are also going to acquire numerous skills, such as handicraft, woodwork and knowledge about traditional maritime skills, as well as develop several competences for life-long learning. Through environmental actions in both communities, they will also raise their awareness of the importance of nature protection and waste reduction.
The first two weeks in Veliki Žitnik will be dedicated to woodwork with hand-tools and electrical tools, which the volunteers will use to build furniture for the Outward Bound center. In the third week of the activity, in Sumartin, they will work on restoring a traditional wooden vessel and cleaning the beaches and bays of the island of plastic pollution from the sea. During that week they will interact with the locals and learn about the specific challenges of their communities: how to traditional trades from the growing influence of mass-industrialization and mass-tourism and how to provide opportunities that will keep the young from emigrating.
“Growing through Solidarity”
Long-term volunteering ESC in Zagreb January-December 2020.
The long-term project “Growing through Solidarity” is held in Zagreb, Croatia from January to December 2020. The project aims to provide equal and better opportunities for learning and growing for motivated young volunteers from various backgrounds.
We believe that the best way to promote solidarity is by involving international volunteers in our projects, where they can directly be promoters of the positive effects of youth mobility and become active members of the community after their return back home. This project involves 4 volunteers – 3 volunteers from Spain and 1 volunteer from Portugal aged 22 to 25, facing fewer opportunities or belonging to the NEET category. No previous education or experience has been required, the motivation and will to contribute to the community was the key.
The volunteers are also going get the opportunity to leave their trace in the OBC Educational center through preparation and implementation of the new expedition season while both working in the OBC office in Zagreb and in the Educational center. They are going to learn about the youth work methods and importance of non-formal education, they will also learn to live and work in a multicultural and multilingual environment, become independent, but also effective team members, improve their language skills, become better leaders, improve their problem solving skills and develop a stronger connection with the environment.
We are looking forward to getting to know this new generation!
Hello! I’m Elvira, I’m 23 and coming from southern Spain.
I just finished my studies on International Relations and happened to discover the wonders of non-formal education and the power of outdoors. I decided to take a turn and immerse on this project opportunity to learn more about it, and meet many wonderful places, people and cultures all at the same time.
Hi! I’m Venessa. I am 23 years old and I come from London, United Kingdom.
I recently completed my Master of Arts in Education. I have previously studied Psychology and English Literature as part of my Bachelor’s program in Goa, India.
I love working in outdoor spaces especially with young children. I have previously volunteered with several organizations and published education-based research articles. Working with the OBC team for me is a huge opportunity to learn and grow personally and professionally. I can gladly say, OBC is one of the best decisions I’ve made so far.
Hello! Hola! Bok! My name is Javier Velasco and I´m from Madrid, Spain.
I’ve been working in the world of sport and education from a very young age, training children, young people, adults and organizing events in different sports, especially fencing, the sport made me grow as a person. After choosing to leave the competition, I began to practice and specialize in outdoor sports, in which I dedicate my professional life as an Adventure Guide and Outdoor Educator. From the beginning, I was seduced by the educational and power of change of these activities for society.
Therefore, I’m currently dedicating my time to learn about it and invest in Experiential Education methodology, Outdoor Education and its different variants all over the world, with a clear objective, to spread its benefits and good practices in my local community. For this reason, I´m right now volunteering in Outward Bound Croatia, where I´m going to be for 11 months, learning and contributing with all my energy and passion.