Shared stories and experiences define who we are and what we are building in this society. Check out some of our participants’ stories to know what we do. It is personal, it is valuable and it gives you an inner perspective from external actors.

Having completed my 6-month ESC volunteering project in Armenia, I’m deeply grateful for the invaluable experiences I’ve gained. From engaging in community workshops to organizing cultural events, each moment was rich with learning and collaboration. These experiences have not only honed my skills but also broadened my perspective, fostering meaningful connections with people from diverse backgrounds. My time in Armenia has been transformative, and I’m eager to apply the lessons learned as I embark on new adventures.
Armenia 2021 - 2022.

My participation in the European Solidarity Corps program in Armenia was a unique and
wonderful experience. As a volunteer at “Zatik”, a child care and support centre, I was given the
opportunity to provide support to children facing different socio-economic difficulties. Although
I was mainly responsible for teaching English to the children, I undertook the organization of all
sorts of other activities as well. The interaction with the children alone was simply such an
amazing experience. What was also important, however, was that I managed to gain valuable
experience in teaching English as a foreign language. At the same time, as I am deeply interested
in other languages, I had also the opportunity to study the Armenian language. The Armenian
language lessons that we received, and that were importantly part of the program, were helpful
but I have to admit that if it wasn’t for the help of the Armenian friends that I made, I wouldn’t
have the level of Armenian that I have now. Additionally, I spent my free time travelling around
Armenia and visiting different sights as well as exploring the natural landscapes that it offers.
The opportunity that I was given to get to know another culture has been absolutely invaluable
and for which I am profoundly grateful. It is of special value, however, the fact that I made so
many friends, both Armenians and foreigners, with whom we shared so many experiences and
who I greatly wish to see again. All in all, if it hadn’t been for the ESC, I probably would have
never managed to gain such an opportunity and live such a rich and invaluable experience.

Armenia 2022-2023
Participating in the ESC volunteering project “SOS a home for every child” in Armenia has been one of my most memorable experiences so far. Since the day I decided to join this project I was fully guided and supported by my sending organisation “EKO-Greece” and especially my supervisor George, who even accompanied me in the airport and supported me during my stay in Armenia whenever I needed to. I was very lucky to also be supported by my hosting organisation HUJ- Volunteering Service of Armenia and especially my supervisor, lovely Tatev. I volunteered in Zatik child support center where I was taught a lot more by the children than I ever could teach them. During my stay in Armenia I was amazed by the hospitality I was welcomed with by all my colleagues, my neighbours and all the friends from all over the world and the Armenian friends I made there. All the people I met inspired me each one of them in a special way. From the first week I got invited in a small village by a native family in their home where they treated me like their daughter and since then I have countless more memories by being loved and welcomed. I remember all the children I played with vividly and all the people I encountered and was lucky to share this experience with. Before I participated in this project I thought I knew myself and my ambitions in life and I was surprised to learn a lot more about my self and to broaden my horizons in ways I couldn’t think of before.
Armenia 2021

From start to finish this experience was exciting and fullfilling.
Before my arrival in Armenia EKO prepared and informed me for every little detail of my trip, my
stay and my responsibilities as a volunteer in Armenia.
Upon arrival and during my volunteering experience abroad EKO made me fear of nothing as
they stood by my side in any circumstances.
They prioritize the volunteers’ needs and make sure that their experience has nothin even
slightly unpleasant about it. Anytime you need them they are there to advise you about any part
of your life abroad and your existence in the foreign country and an international/multicultural
I have to thank EKO for providing me this unforgetabble opportunity that changed my life!

Armenia 2021 - 2022
Taking part in a 6-month ESC program in Armenia was honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. From day one, I felt like I belonged there. The people were friendly, and the whole experience was just amazing.
During my time in Armenia, I got involved in all sorts of cool projects about different topics that made me gain skills and knowledge.
Living in Armenia for six months was eye-opening. I got to explore the streets of Yerevan, hike through some stunning landscapes, and try out the local food.
But what really made the experience for me was the people I met. I made friends from all over, shared stories, and learned so much from everyone I crossed paths with.
This experience didn’t just teach me skills – it changed me for the better. I’m leaving Armenia with a bunch of memories, a ton of new perspectives, and a drive to keep making a difference.
If you’re looking for a meaningful adventure that’s anything but ordinary, I’d say go for ESC in Armenia. Trust me, it’s worth every moment.”
Armenia 2023

I am grateful for the opportunity to share my experience as a participant in the ESC program in Russia. This transformative journey has not only broadened my horizons but has also left an indelible mark on my heart.

From the moment I arrived in Russia, I was greeted with warmth and hospitality that transcended language barriers. The sense of camaraderie among fellow participants and the local community was palpable, creating a nurturing environment for personal growth and collective action.

One of the most memorable aspects of my experience was the opportunity to engage directly with communities in need. Whether it was participating in environmental conservation projects, supporting educational initiatives, or assisting local NGOs, every endeavor was imbued with a sense of purpose and solidarity. The impact of our collective efforts was tangible, fostering positive change and empowerment at the grassroots level.

Beyond the tangible outcomes, the cultural exchange and mutual learning that took place were truly enriching.  Through sharing stories, traditions, and laughter, bonds were forged that transcended borders and fostered lasting friendships.

Every obstacle we encountered served as an opportunity for growth, strengthening our resolve to overcome barriers and effect meaningful change.

As I reflect on my time with the Solidarity Corps program, I am filled with gratitude for the invaluable lessons learned and the connections forged. The experience has not only equipped me with practical skills and insights but has also instilled within me a lifelong commitment to service and solidarity.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to all who made this journey possible from the organizers and facilitators to my fellow participants and the communities we served. Together, we have demonstrated the power of collective action and the boundless potential of solidarity to create a brighter, more equitable future for all.

Russia 2021 - 2022 / 24 y.o.

My time volunteering in Armenia for a short ESC project was an unforgettable experience filled with learning, growth, and meaningful connections. As I immersed myself in the preparations for hosting the training course, I found myself deeply engaged in the logistics, ensuring everything ran smoothly for the participants.

Working alongside my mentor, Mariam Melyan, was a privilege. Mariam’s guidance and support were invaluable as she provided me with the tools and knowledge necessary to excel in my role. Her dedication to the project and willingness to share her expertise made a significant impact on my experience, allowing me to contribute effectively to the success of the training course.

Throughout my time in Armenia, I not only gained practical skills in event management and logistics but also formed lasting friendships with participants from diverse backgrounds. The opportunity to be part of such a dynamic and enriching environment has left me with cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for the power of international collaboration and cultural exchange

Armenia 2023

When I received the email from EKO, that I had been selected for the ESC program in Russia, I was both excited and scared at the same time. But since I had nothing to lose I accepted.  Now that the program is over I can confidently say that it was the best decision of my life and I am glad that I was given the chance to take part in it. 

First of all, this program gave me the opportunity to travel for the first time abroad. So, before the program even started I already had gained new skills! The ESC program provided me with a gateway to adventure, culture, and personal growth that I will forever cherish.

During the program, I participated, organized and facilitated many activities that pushed me beyond my comfort zone and transformed my personality completely, broadened my horizons and enriched my perspective. With overcoming each challenge, I became more independent, confident and aware of my needs. I found out about my talents, my passions and my potentials, so this program also helped me understand what I wanted to do in the future. 

My participation in the ESC project “Resources for youth empowerment” was the best decision I made and if anyone is presented with a similar opportunity, I encourage you to seize it without hesitation. 

Be careful though, at the end your return home might sound like a bad idea!

Konstantina Traka
Russia 2021 - 2022 / 24 y.o.

I had a wonderful 12-month experience in Madeira Island of Portugal, between 2020-2021. Even though that year was challenging for humanity, we still had experiences full of color, music, nature, and friendship. 

There, in my personal project I was helping in the Ecological Park of Funchal, which is the capital of the island. The main tasks I decided there were to help in the reforestation program, and the environmental education center. This project was especially helpful to me, as I had the chance to grow more professionally. As I had completed a bachelor’s degree in Biology, my volunteering work there gave me the chance to practice more of my knowledge and to develop new skills. This project was also a reason I pursued to continue my studies, and right now I am doing a master’s degree in Ecology.

There is a lot that I could say for my experiences there, but none of the words could describe what I lived there. Just what I know surely is that Madeira will always stay in my heart, and the friends I made are like my second family. I am incredibly grateful for the chance that was given to me, as this experience was one of the best I ever had in my life. I am also thankful to EKO for accepting me for the project, and for helping during the difficulties of COVID-19 pandemic. I really recommend everyone to have at least one ESC experience!

Anna Elpidou Karellou, 26 years old
ESC Volunteer 2020-2021 in Madeira, Portugal
Photo Anna Elpida-min

First of all I would like to say that entering the ESC world is such a great opportunity and everyone should do it! My whole project was amazing and was really interesting, because I had the chance to learn and see new things and all that because of the ESC experience. Ιn general Ι was able to learn how such a big organisation works and deals with a lot of different kind of projects. I learned how the office itself is organised and how an organisation deals with stressful periods. I also got to know the project cycle management side of the Erasmus+ Programme. I walked around the city of Sassari, found many nice places to visit and with the rest of the volunteers I explored more parts of the island during my free time. One of my best moments was being an organiser and trainer at the same time for an Erasmus+ mobility that we were hosting in Sassari. So definitely, it was an enriching experience for me, I also had the chance to write a personal project which was approved and I accomplished a lot of diverse and according to my plan tasks. I would like to thank EKO and especially Miss Kitty and Eliana for all their support for the whole time period since when I was in the project COVID19 started and evolved but everything went well and I have only good memories to remember. Thanks of course to Mine Vaganti for being also a great school for me to learn so many things and to explore more myself and develop my personal skills. It was a unique experience that I will remember forever!

Eleni Anastasopoulou, 25 years old
ESC Volunteer 2020-2021 in Sardegna, Italy

If I was asked to describe my experience in one word, for the year that I spent in Sardegna of Italy, that would be definitely “lifechanging”. Taking part in the project “ISLANDS4FUTURE” as an ESC volunteer for a whole year was something “risky” for me since I had no such previous encounter. However, this European Solidarity Corps programme was simply more than enough to help me broaden my horizons, get to know people with different backgrounds, gain knowledge on different topics, get accustomed to a new culture, travel a lot and even learn how to properly act in a working environment full of international colleagues. During the project, I took part in many projects, activities and local workshops mainly related to other European projects followed by social cause and impact that further enriched my skills. But what I really liked out of this project was meeting young people from different countries and making strong friendships as well as interacting with minorities through local workshops for a greater cause. After all, it’s all about inclusion and this is the message I would like to convey to future or even sceptical young candidates.

P.S. A HUGE “Thank You” to EKO Greece and its members for this unique and unforgettable experience!

Angeliki Marinou, 24 years old
ESC Volunteer 2021-2022 in Sardegna, Italy

“Taking part in the “School of Opportunity and Change” project as a volunteer was a big change for me as a person. I remember after almost 2 years with COVID-19 and online classes I felt like I needed a change, so that’s why I decided to go to Sassari, Sardegna for 9 months. Through various projects we were implementing, I got the chance to learn more things, to meet new people from many different sides of the world and actually do something. I took part in projects and activities that gave us the chance to interact with young people and minorities. It was interesting because while we were teaching them new skills, I was actually developing them myself, like being more confident, more open minded and more group oriented. Through this experience I got the chance to see and meet different places of the world that before existed only in my mind and my phone’s screen. My participation in the European Solidarity Corps volunteering program made me accomplish many things that I thought were not possible, and become a new person.”

Alexandra Siouti, 21 years old
ESC Volunteer 2021 in Sardegna, Italy

“During my European Solidarity Corps volunteering experience in Sardinia, Italy, I gained so many important experiences. Not only did I learn to get out of my comfort zone more, be more communicative, but also I gained important skills that are going to benefit me in future workplaces. I got the opportunity to work on a lot of very interesting and very diverse projects while volunteering, with many people that I couldn’t have met if it weren’t for this project. 

Working with people from different countries, I learned many things about different cultures, as well as different mentalities and work ethics. I learned to adapt to different situations, and make the most of my experiences! In addition, I made many new friends and traveled around the island of Sardinia. This was an experience I will never forget!”

Sofia Antonopoulou 21 years old
ESC Volunteer 2021 in Sardegna, Italy
Photo Sofia Antonopoulou-min

“My nine month ESC experience in Spain was really eye opening. After having engaged in voluntary activities related to environmental activism, English teaching, video making, workshop facilitation and other (local & online) events, I can confidently say that it was fantastic. I obtained many soft skills, met people from various cultural backgrounds and made friends for a lifetime!”

Sofia Kouroutou 23 years old
ESC Volunteer 2021, in Ferrol, Spain

“From September of 2020 until the end of June 2021, I was an ESC. Volunteer in Ferrol, and I can admit that it was one of the most valuable experiences in my life so far. Even if it was the Covid-19 Era, during these 9 months I had such an amazing time. I discovered myself, I met special people, I overcame fears, I traveled a lot and I worked on many different things which made me understand clearer about the career path that I want to follow.
Specifically, I took part in many environmental actions, I was supporting my hosting organization with daily tasks, I applied for my own projects, I made ESC promo videos, I worked in many team projects, I interviewed future ESC candidates… and many more!!
I feel really grateful for taking part in this specific project and thanks to EKO and Xeracion which gave me the opportunity to live this unique experience and make me what I am right now.
If you are thinking of becoming an ESC volunteer, don’t overthink, just DO IT!

Tasos Batzonis 25 years old
ESC Volunteer 2021, in Ferrol, Spain

“This morning, I held a presentation in my school to share the project Lusco Fusco. Due to restrictions of COVID-19 all measures were taken and I presented it only to the teachers. During the last month I have shared some of the project’s topics in all classrooms (talking to each classroom individually). Most of the teachers and students were enthusiastic about the goals and achievements of the project and said that this will be an inspiration for future participation in such Erasmus programs. Thank you all for the amazing experience!!!”

Leader of Greek Team - September 2021

My experience in the Sol.E.D project: Thanks to my voluntary mission, I was able to develop new skills, as I had the opportunity to work in many departments (Research & Development, Capacity Building Department), and gain new insights about myself and the world around me. Volunteering offered me as well the chance to learn about different nationalities and mentalities, as I have been working in a multi-cultural environment, to be resilient, to take initiatives, and develop a team spirit. Working as a volunteer helped me also gain practical experience in the field of environmental protection and education, explore possible career tracks and build a strong network. Getting to know my skills, discovering my true potential, as well as exploring new areas of interest thus increased my self-awareness. Moreover, this volunteer experience enabled me to find out how other people view me and my strengths. Last but not least, volunteering boosted my self-confidence as doing good for others, for the environment, and the community provides a natural sense of accomplishment.”

Evi Gkouma
ESC Volunteer 2020 in Bonn, Germany, 30 Years Old

“I still remember when I applied for the Sol.E.D project and the doubts I had about my application. After my approval, I was not sure if I wanted to travel to Spain cause at the same time, I was a bit afraid due to the Covid-19 situation. Finally, I had to do the project online due to the covid restrictions. My participation in this project helped me in my self-reflection process. I became more aware of myself, and I know in which fields I am more capable of. Though my whole ESC activity was online in Greece, my everyday meetings with the the organization and the involved locals, increased my awareness of local culture heritage and its place in the world. It helped me understand cultural diversity. During the 4 months of my project, I was able to turn my ideas into action, to be more creative and innovative by using a lot of new digital platforms. Finally, working in an ESC environment even though it was online, it gave me the chance to improve my English level. For all these reasons, I would like to thank all members of “EKO” and “Viaje a la Sostenibilidad” for considering me as a part of the ESC family and of course my fellow volunteers for helping me in everything I needed and for making this project unforgettable. Although the project was fully done online, the whole experience I have gained is very memorable and distinct.”

Angelos Amaratos
ESC Volunteer 2020 in Zaragoza, Spain, 28 Years Old

It is said that people usually participate in a European Solidarity Corps (ESC) program, before or after starting their professional career. I belong to the second category. I was 28 years old when I applied to participate in an ESC Volunteering program in Spain, having already lived in a foreign country in the past. My main motivation was (what else?); The country and the language. I already knew some Spanish and I wanted to develop it, but I did not imagine that, in the end, I would gain so much more than what I expected. I stayed in the program for 8 months, about 6 months of which in Zaragoza, where I helped at the local school and joined many activities of the NGO that hosted us.

The memories that accompany the moments we spent in Zaragoza are rich, and so are all the benefits we reaped  from that experience. Personally, I have improved my Spanish, developed and undertaken initiatives aimed at preserving and protecting the environment, as well as initiatives for the integration of disadvantaged social groups. My participation experience in the ESC volunteering program was vital for my professional and personal development since it served as a solid foundation in my next professional step but also helped me cultivate a stronger European identity.

P.S. A big “Thank you” to EKO Greece (Mrs. Kitty and Eliana), as well as to the Spanish NGO Viaje a la Sostenibilidad for their great support in the challenges and difficulties of the previous year.

Nora Chorozian
EVS Volunteer 2019-2020 in Zaragoza, Spain

“This Erasmus+ project in Greece was one of the best memories. Especially because of this girl in photo, my friend, and even though i don’t talk to her much right now, she is the best moment of this project for me. Didn’t feel that appreciate and happy for a while. So i’m always thankful for this project and this opportunity to meet new people especially Julia from Slovakia:) miss you!”

Lithuania, 20 Years Old

“It was great to participate in Green Cities Exchange, one of Erasmus + projects in 2018. During the exchange I learnt many valuable aspects about environmental challenges. I shared my experience about green startups as a cofounder at “Visit North Jordan” a project for ecotourism with more than 60 participants from 8 different countries. 

Now, I’m North Region Youth Corner Supervisor at the Ministry of Youth – Jordan. We have established “Water and Environment Community” to enhance youth initiatives and to emphasize on looking for new creative methodologies to overcome obstacles the world is facing, especially in agriculture, water, environment and tourism.”

Mohammad Alauthman
Jordan, 27 Years Old

“During this Erasmus project in Greece, we’ve gone through some unforgettable experience, seen amazing historical places with goosbumping atmosphere, learnt a lot of new things about participating countries and the topic but most importantly we’ve made new friendships.

It was an experience I won’t ever forget.”

23 Years Old

In addition to our online classroom, we also offer an option to take part in a live classroom. It takes place in our vast campus located in Westfield, London. Here you’ll be able to use the most up-to-date facilities and computer equipment.

Slovakia, 19 Years Old

“Erasmus+ has been a daring adventure in my life, experience that changed my perspective about the world and all the diverse people and cultures in it. It is indeed an experience worth living!”

North Macedonia, 20 Years Old