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2. Voluntary Activities

2.5 Cross-border mobility programmes

Last update: 30 May 2024

EU programmes

The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programme offers young people - in the age group 18-30 - jobs, traineeships and volunteering opportunities, in their own country or abroad. The Italian Youth Agency monitors the number of incoming participants and their country of origin, as well as the number of outgoing participants and the topic of their activities through the European platforms and software. Italy is also a part of RAY Network which monitors and reports ESC programme.

Other programmes

As of March 2024, there are no other programmes for youth cross-border mobility. The Universal Civil Service offers volunteering opportunities abroad only to young people who are resident in Italy. A youth cross border volunteering programme with France is currently under definition.

Legal framework applying to foreign volunteers

There is no specific legal framework for young people participating in volunteering activities. However, for the ESC programmes, the Italian Youth Agency made an agreement with the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs aimed at facilitating the access in Italy of incoming volunteers from non-Schengen countries. The Agency communicates the name of the incoming volunteer to the Italian consulate and requests the visa to enter Italy.