How can I submit my application? Can I do more than one application? And the expenses are covered? What costs should the volunteer support? Everything you need to know about EU Aid Volunteers!

What is EU Aid Volunteers?

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative (European international volunteer programme for humanitarian missions abroad) supports the humanitarian community to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid, while also building the capacity and resilience of local communities affected by disasters globally. EU Aid Volunteers projects contribute to disaster risk reduction and resilience building, helping communities and local humanitarian organisations be better prepared for, withstand and recover from disasters.

EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative by the European Commission’s department for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and is managed by the EU Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA).

Which organizations are participating?

The main European NGOs involved in this project are GVC and Alianza por la Solidaridad, two non-governmental organizations active for more than 30 years in the field of international cooperation and humanitarian aid to bring concrete help and contribute to development in the countries of the South of the World.

Who can apply?

European citizens who are 18 years of age or third-country nationals who have long-term resident status.

Does language knowledge have to be attested by a certificate or an official title?

No, it’s not necessary. Knowledge of languages ​​will be assessed during the interview.

What should I do to apply?

Join the ECHO platform and make the application form online: fill in the Self Assessment Questionnaire, attach the Europass Curriculum Vitae and a motivational letter. The material to be filled is downloadable on the page of each vacancy.

How many applications can I submit?

There is no limit for submitting applications.

In what language do I have to send the documents?

For any position the CV must be in English and in EuroPass format, Self Assessment and Motivation Letter can be written in English or in the language of the deployment country.

When is the deadline?

Depending on the projects and on the cacancies. Check the deadline in every vacancy.

What are the activities I’m going to do?

Volunteering will consist of administration, risk management, emergencies, women’s rights, design, climate change, protection and communication depending on the project for which we are candidates.

How long does the volunteer abroad last?

Depending on the project and the country, the duration may vary from 1 to 18 months.

Is there a training before departure?

EU Aid Volunteer candidates will receive up to 30h of on-line training plus 9 to 12 days of in-presence training provided by prestigious institutions with humanitarian expertise. Both training is mandatory and free.

Are training costs covered?

On-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider.

If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU at the time of their training course, the travel costs for the following groups of volunteers will be fully covered:

  • EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
  • EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

For the following groups of persons only the transport costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered:

  • EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months (e.g. internships, traineeships, apprenticeships, short-term jobs);
  • EU citizens that are selected for the training by the same organisation or affiliate with which they have an ongoing assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.
What do you mean by Apprenticeship?

It is the internship period at the headquarters of the “sending” organization, scheduled before departure, in addition to the mandatory training for everyone. It is only for certain positions.

Who will make the interview?

The sending organization of volunteers receives the questions and documents uploaded during the application. Sending and hosting organizations will participate in the selection process, which consists of a careful analysis of received applications, CVs, and an on-line interview with pre-selected candidates.

Selected candidates will receive online training and in-precence training to see if they are fit for the volunteer period. During the training session, more people will be formed than the number of positions available, with the intention of creating a reserve list in case of unexpected events.

The final decision on going volunteers will be taken exclusively after online training and in-presence training.

What are the economic conditions?
  • Every volunteer receives a monthly reimbursement of expenses calculated by the European Commission according to the plan:

  • During the period of volunteering abroad, the costs of accommodation, visas, vaccinations, insurance and airline tickets will be covered.

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