Volunteering in support of humanitarian aid operations


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

European Solidarity Corps (ESC)

Programme Description

The European Solidarity Corps brings together young people to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people and responding to societal and humanitarian challenges. It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop and provides a single entry point for such solidarity activities throughout the Union and beyond.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Volunteering in support of humanitarian aid operations


The projects funded under Humanitarian Aid volunteering should:

  •  where relevant, facilitate the transition from the humanitarian response to long-term sustainable and inclusive development
  • contribute to strengthening the capacity and resilience of vulnerable or disaster-affected communities;
  • reinforce disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction;
  • link relief, rehabilitation and development;
  • ensure a high level of safety and security for volunteers.

Detailed Call Description

Volunteering under the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (Humanitarian Aid Volunteering) takes place in third countries where there are ongoing humanitarian aid operations. This action gives the opportunity to young people aged 18 to 35 years old to contribute to society by short-term or long-term volunteering activities aimed at improving living conditions of people in need. These projects must be in line with the humanitarian aid principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, as well as with the ‘do no harm’ principle.

Additionally, to increase the quality and impact of the action, projects can integrate complementary activities to facilitate the active involvement of local staff and volunteers from the countries and communities in which they are implemented.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

Costs for financial guarantee: 80 % of eligible costs
Expensive travel costs: 80 % of eligible costs
Other costs: 100 % of eligible costs

Thematic Categories

  • Social Affairs & Human Rights
  • Youth

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • International Organisations
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Youth

Eligibility For Participation Notes

  • Any organisation legally established in an EU Member State, a third country associated to the Programme or a third country not associated to the Programme that holds a valid volunteering Quality Label.
  • Participating organisations must hold a valid volunteering Quality Label at the latest at the start of the activities and during the entire duration of the activities.
  • Young people between 18 and 30 years25 who are legally residing in an EU Member State, a third country associated to the Programme or in a third country not associated to the Programme and have registered in the European Solidarity Corps Portal.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


EU Contact Point

European Commission – Directorate General Education & Culture (DG EAC)


European Commission – Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)


National Agencies