European Solidarity Corps Projects in Neighbouring SouthMed Countries

A Narrative Shift from EVS with Potential Implications


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In EVS, there was a focus on learning in an exchange process between volunteers and host communities. European Solidarity Corps now focuses more on service and less on learning.

This new narrative suggests that European young people are offering service by performing solidarity acts to communities who are in need. That community-focussed narrative shift has implications. This paper discusses the European Solidarity Corps in the context of the EU SouthMed neighbouring countries and this new narrative. The paper highlights some possible implications of the narrative shift from a learning focus to solidarity-focused mobility programmes with SouthMed neighbouring countries.

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Amr Arafa
Amr Arafa
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… is a freelance consultant, trainer and researcher based in Cairo, Egypt. Amr believes in the impact of youth work and the efficiency of non-formal learning thus he turned these into his main areas of speciality.

He works with several local and international institutions in MENA and Europe on designing and delivering educational programs for young people 15 – 30 years old.

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