The youth volunteering is a non-profit activity, performed free by young people on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria or in another state on programmes and initiatives in the area of social, youth, sport and other socially significant activities. (Youth Act).
The volunteer is a person who does well to others by his/her own free will, and without compensation/payment. Volunteering quite often means voluntary work, i.e. work for the others’ benefit (outside the family or the household), whereby the volunteer receives no compensation for it. Although voluntary activities envisage no payment, volunteers could be supported by contributions for their transportation expenses, food, accommodation, etc.
The European Solidarity Corps is one of the recent youths’ initiatives of the European Commission, announced by Jean-Claude Juncker (the President of the European Commission) during his speech in September 2016. The European Solidarity Corps was officially launched in early December 2016 (https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/eu-solidarity_en). The initiative creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects that benefit communities and people across Europe (https://europa.eu/youth/Solidarity_bg). The European Solidarity Corps offers young people the opportunity to carry out full-time voluntary activities for two to twelve months in another country. The European Voluntary Service (which is part of ERASMUS+) as well as other EU funding programmes are as a base for the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps’ activities
In Bulgaria, there are a number of functioning non-governmental organisations, which operate in this area and carry out and support voluntary work.