European Solidarity Corps


The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. As the program is covered by the European Commission the projects are completely free to volunteers! This includes:

  • Full coverage of food and accommodationDani Enrichment
  • Travel expenses to and from the UK (with a maximum limit)
  • Complete health insurance for the entire period of your volunteer stay
  • Language training for long term non-native speaking volunteers.

You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old. Register here!

Wild Futures has been accredited as a Hosting, Sending and Coordinating organisation.

Hosting projects

Wild Futures have placements for UK and non UK volunteers throughout the year. To find out if you are eligible for a placement, for non UK participants click here and for UK participants click here . As we are restricted to distance bands in the UK and abroad it is important that all participants see if their region or country is eligible before applying.

Short term placements

Placement duration for short term volunteer are for two weeks, four weeks and eight weeks only. This is not flexible. If you have previously done a short term or long term EVS/ESC then you will not be eligible.

If you are interested in any of our funded placement please see the Information Pack here, and download the application form by clicking here.We only have a limited number of short term funded projects, so placements will be given on a first come first serve basis. You will need to send this form along with a motivation letter to

If you are still interested in coming but the funded placement has been filled or you would like to come at a different time, please email to find out more information about our non-funded placements.

Long Term Placements:

Our long term placements are for 12 month only. Volunteers can only apply for a long term placements in the months of June-August, applications sent before this time will be ignored.

All placements start on the 1st of October every year and finish at the end of September the following year. We look for around six volunteers to take up a placement in a variety of departments at the Sanctuary.

If you are interested in any of these placements please see the Information Pack here,  then download an application form here and state the project you are most interested in (please only state one). Send this completed form along with a motivation letter to .

Please only apply in the months of June- August, applications sent before or after this will not be considered. 

Sending Projects

If you live in the UK and want to take part in an EVS project abroad, we can help you find and prepare you for your placement. We have sent volunteers to animal welfare and conservation organisations such as:

Please email your interest to to receive more information on how we can help.