Projects will typically consist of the following stages:
- Preparation (including practical arrangements, selection of participants, set up of agreements with partners and participants, linguistic/intercultural/task-related preparation of participants before departure);
- Implementation of activities;
- Follow-up (including the evaluation of the activities, the formal recognition of the learning outcomes of participants during the activity, issue of the certificate of participation as well as the dissemination and use of the project’s outcomes).
There is no minimum requirement regarding the number of organisations involved in a project. A single organisation holding a Quality Label can submit an application.
The applicant organisation can deliver the project by itself or in cooperation with associated partners, which are not required to have a Quality Label. The applicant is accountable for the entire project but can delegate responsibilities to associated partners. For cross-border activities, the applicant will have to demonstrate its capacity to prepare participants in the country of departure and provide support upon return.
The applicant will ensure that the following tasks are accomplished:
- reaching out to employers in order to identify traineeships/vacancies and to encourage their involvement;
- selecting and matching of candidates registered in the European Solidarity Corps with suitable vacancies;
- preparing and/or training participants before departure;
- ensuring that the participants attend the full Training and Evaluation Cycle;
- providing support for the learning process and for the identification and documentation of learning outcomes, through EU or national validation tools;
- ensuring that the trainee or the job holder is paid based on the written traineeship agreement or employment contract and in accordance with applicable national regulatory frameworks;
- ensuring the fairness of working conditions;
- providing guidance and support to the participant during all the phases of the activity as appropriate;
- drafting and implementing of a on-the-job and continuous training programme; designing tasks and activities for the participants in line with the qualitative principles of the European Solidarity Corps and the Quality Framework for Traineeships (if applicable);
- offering support to participants upon return from their activity, by assisting them with job search further training etc.
The list of tasks is not comprehensive and will depend on the specificities of each project.
Young people express their willingness to participate in the European Solidarity Corps by registering on the European Solidarity Corps portal. Organisations have to select the participants through the database of young people registered.