The last treaty of Lisbon has created a European voluntary corps which will be fully operational in 2014. The purpose of this Voluntary corps is to propose to people (young people, but not only ones) to be involved during 6 to 24 month in a humanitarian or development project proposed by humanitarians organisations. It is a great opportunity to express solidarity with those in needs but also to experiment a rich human experience in an intercultural context. This voluntary corps is also a good opportunity for organisations who are hosting and sending volunteers because all the cost related to the volunteers are supported by the European Commission.

At the moment, this project is in a pilot implementation phase. An open call has been proposed on the website to find a name to this European voluntary corps: http://www.name4volunteers.eu/nutshell.php.
You are all the most welcome to propose a fancy name! Please, brainstorm and send your propositions on the website above.

For Scouts, this programme is a good opportunity to join individually this corps, and become a volunteer. It’s could be also interesting for scouting as an organisation to contribute to this programme and to propose volunteering position for development and partnerships projects leads by Scouts NSOs. This type of volunteering is already existing in some Scout Europeans NSOs/NSAs to implement their partnerships projects with others Scout associations. Scouts and Guides de France are for example sending volunteers to the Scouts of Haiti. Volunteers from Finland scout association are working with the Eclaireurs and Eclaireuses association in Senegal to implement the “Woomal” project etc.…

If your NSO/NSA is interested to get more information on this programme or to join it, please contact Alix Masson, the Director of External Relations and Funding at European Scout Office.

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Alix Masson

Alix comes from France and she was Director of External Relations and Funding at European Scout Office. She was following the Region's work on Partnerships with other Regions, External Relations and Funding.

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