2018 Year of Young People
Young people who make an important impact to the growth and development of Scotland. There are a number of initiatives open to young people including:
The European Solidarity Corps is a European initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. Projects supported by the European Solidarity Corps can last from two to twelve months. They will usually be located within the European Union Member States.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) helps young people travel abroad to participate in volunteering projects. As an EVS volunteer, people commit to work for an organisation abroad. Volunteering projects can involve many different kinds of activities in areas such as youth work, cultural activities, social care or environmental protection. You volunteer on an unpaid and full-time basis.
What you have achieved and learned through volunteering is certified Europe-wide via the Youthpass recognition tool.
Youth exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet, live together and work on shared projects for short periods. Youth exchanges take place outside the school environment. On a youth exchange, you can expect to participate in activities such as workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more. Participants’ learning experiences are recognised through
To support young people Europe Direct Edinburgh has produced a series of videos highlighting young people’s experience in Edinburgh. This includes a video on Katrin from Germany who recently undertook an internship in Edinburgh and Eva from Spain talking about her EVS experience in Edinburgh. To view these videos please click here.