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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


2. Voluntary Activities

2.5 Cross-border mobility programmes

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  1. EU programmes
  2. Other Programmes
  3. Legal framework applying to foreign volunteers

EU programmes

Cyprus currently participates in the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) and the EU Aid Volunteers programme.

Regarding the ESC, the main top-level authority in charge of organizing and monitoring it is at national level is the Youth Board of Cyprus. The Youth Board of Cyprus monitors the participation of young people in ESC through the applications submitted to the National Agency by the accredited organizations. Volunteers participating in the approved ESC projects attend two seminars organized by the National Agency: one on arrival training and one Mid-Term evaluation meeting. Through these seminars, the Youth Board comes in contact with volunteers, informs them of everything they need to know about their service and at the same time receives their own impressions, experiences and comments.

The number of EVS youth volunteers arriving in Cyprus in 2014 was 41, in 2015 it was 50 and in 2016 it was 73. For 2018 and 2019 combined, the number of European Solidarity Corps volunteers grew tremendously reaching around 350. The vast majority of volunteers came from different European countries.

In 2018 and 2019, 35 Cypriot volunteers participated in ESC voluntary projects abroad, as it is visible from the Cigna Insurance. They volunteer in Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Austria, Finland and Bulgaria.

According to the approved projects within 2020, 271 young people will take part in the volunteering, solidarity, internship and work projects, which will be implemented either locally or abroad.

In addition, as informed by the Youth Board of Cyprus, there are around 800 Cypriot youth registered on the ESC online platform (January 2021).

Last, there is not information about the participation of Cypriot youth in EU Aid Volunteers Programme.

Other Programmes

There are not bilateral or multilateral programmes for youth cross—border volunteering in Cyprus.

Legal framework applying to foreign volunteers

When it comes to ESC volunteers, the ESC Programme Guide, the ESC Info-kit and the Agreement signed between all parties involves sets the legal framework for young volunteers coming from abroad to do volunteering in Cyprus.

If a visa is required for youth ESC volunteers who will enter the Republic of Cyprus, the hosting organization needs to follow the ESC Programme Guide, as well as the Aliens and Immigrants (Conditions of Entry and Residence of Third-Country Nationals for Research, Studies, Internships, Voluntary Service, Student Exchanges or Educational Programs) Law of 2019 (Law 7 (I) / 2019).

Non-European ESC volunteers who will stay for a maximum period of up to 12 months are granted a residence permit for all the duration of their service.