Local Lib Dem MEP, Catherine Bearder is calling on young people in the South East to take advantage of a new EU scheme that will give thousands the opportunity to volunteer abroad in coming years.
The EU Aid Volunteers scheme will fund placements in communities struck by natural disasters around the world including Haiti and Nicaragua. It will work with charities such as Save the Children UK, offering volunteers training as well as providing funding for travel, food and accommodation. In total it is estimated that 10,000 people from across Europe will be given the opportunity to volunteer worldwide in the next seven years.
Commenting, Catherine Bearder said:
"This is a unique chance to help around the world and gain valuable training.
"Many aren't aware of all the opportunities that the EU provides to work and study abroad, so I am trying to raise awareness and get more young people to participate by visiting universities and schools in the region."
Over 4000 students from South East Universities have received EU funding to study and train abroad in recent years.
"That figure could be much higher if more took advantage of the schemes on offer.
"Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain in Europe so that we can safeguard these opportunities for young people rather than shutting ourselves off from the world."