In September 2020, the Collective for a European Civic Service implemented the experimentation of its project: to expand and make mobility more accessible, while being based on already existing systems.
The main mind of this new model is very simple:
Allow young people to start their civic service for 6 months at home, giving them the time and the necessary framework to prepare themselves to complete their experience with a civic service in another Member State (carried out within the framework of the European Solidarity Corps ).
To also have a genuinely European experience throughout, since the youth groups permanently involve 50% of young people doing the first phase of civic service at home, and 50% of young people from elsewhere leading the second phase of their mobility. All the missions will therefore be carried out collectively by young people of several nationalities.
In charge of coordinating the experiment, the CSCE’s team carried out, at the request of its associative partners, the tasks benefiting from economies of scale: search for funding, accommodation, management of approvals, development of network, transport facilitation, organization of language courses, etc.
For its start-up, the project brings together actors and volunteers in civic service from 5 Member States (France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Italy). The experiment took place in September 2020 in the heart of the Greater Region, a cross-border area that is already highly integrated.
In order to achieve the experiment, the CSCE relied on national civic services and local actors from the Saar and Rhineland. These operating partners (Unis-Cité, Haus Der Offenen Tür, SHG Zentrum für Freiwilligen Dienst and Spohns Haus) were tasked to welcoming young people. This choice of task was determined by the acquisition of experience of the various operating partners in the field of hosting volunteers in civic service.
The first class of European Civic Service, organized by Unis-Cité in September 2020, was made up of 24 young people (half French, half from other countries) in Lorraine, in Metz. They were then joined by promotions created by each of the partners in their country, with the aim of extending the entire network in the future.
At the end of 6 months, these promotions are renewed and young people who have started in their country moved to the groups of other territories: this allows both a permanent mix of experiences and to ensure an authentically European environment at each stage of the volunteering project of the involved youngs.