FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can apply?

EU Aid Volunteers candidates must be citizens of the European Union, or nationals of a third country with a long-term residence permit in a Member State of the EU.

In addition, they must be at least 18 years old. For online volunteering, there is no restriction by nationality, any person can participate.

How does it work?

Organizations that are certified by the European Commission for meeting certain standards to manage humanitarian volunteering have received a grant from the EACEA to implement deployment projects for EU Aid Volunteers.

In this framework, they have identified missions to be developed by EU Aid Volunteers. To become a EU Aid Volunteer, it is necessary to apply to a specific vacancy, to pass the selection process and then to be trained and considered suitable for deployment.

All open EUAV vacancies can be viewed here:

 


Alianza de la Solidaridad vacancies in particular can be found here:

 


The duration of the deployment can vary between 1 and 18 months, and a previous apprenticeship period in the sending organization can take place for junior positions.

All the details of each specific mission will be published in the corresponding vacancy on the EUAV Platform.

How can I participate?

Within each advertised vacancy, there is a “Apply now” link.

Before accessing it and filling in the application form, download the CV in Europass format and the self-assessment questionnaire that you will see at the bottom of the announcement page.

You must complete these documents and upload them along with your application form and a motivation letter.

Do not forget to complete all the fields and click on “Submit”.

Some organisations may receive this documents by e-mail (check in the “Apply no link” of each vacancy).

The deadline for applications, as well as the schedule for the selection and deployment period are indicated in the text of each vacancy.

Who will review my application?

The sending organization for each specific mission will receive the application form and associated documents. The sending and hosting organizations will participate in the selection process, which will consist mainly on the analysis of applications and CVs, and on an on-line interview to the pre-selected candidates.

EUAV candidates will receive on-line and face-to-face training to verify whether they are suitable for deployment. Please bear in mind that a number of candidates above the number of effective vacancies will be trained, in order to create a reserve list in case of dropouts or incidents.

The final decision on the deployment will only be made after the training and by the sending/hosting organisations, not by the training providers.

What languages ​​do I need to know?

The most important is to be fluent in the official or working language of the country where the mission is carried out.

Normally, having an adequate level of English is necessary and useful, but the initiative is increasingly adapted to Spanish and French (training, platform…).

Which organisations participate?

Each EUAV deployment project is managed by a consortium of organisations, both sending (EU) and hosting (third countries).

One of the sending organizations is also the coordinator of the whole project.

Which are the logistic conditions for EU Aid Volunteers?

A monthly payment to cover basic needs and local transportation during the deployment (and learning period when it is planned). The total of each monthly allowance varies between countries and is based on a list provided by the European Commission and updated annually.

Visa costs, mandatory vaccinations, insurance and airline tickets are covered.

Accommodation is provided by the hosting organisation.

EU Aid Volunteers will have the same hours of activity as local teams. There is a maximum of 40 working hours per week. The work calendar will be subject to the local calendar of the place of deployment. For each month of volunteering, there will be 2 days off.

At the end of the mission, an amount corresponding to € 100 per month of deployment will be provided as a resettlement allowance.

What type of qualifications are required?

Each profile requires different skills and experience. But at least the following competences will be required:

Social skills.

Adaptability.

Ability to work in team.

Respectful attitude towards other people’s traditions and customs.

Motivation for the promotion of local social development.

Volunteering mindset.

Will the volunteers receive specific training?

EU Aid Volunteers candidates will receive on-line training of up to 30 hours, plus in-presence training of 9 to 12 days. This training is provided by prestigious institutions with experience in the humanitarian field.

A number of candidates will be trained over the number of vacancies for deployment in order to create a reserve list to cover possible dropouts or unforeseen events. The final decision on deployment will be made once the training is finished.

The training dates are specified in each vacancy announcement. The language of the training will be English, Spanish or French, although some level of English is always advisable.

This training is only aimed at volunteers who will be deployed in third countries. Online volunteering does not require prior face-to-face training.

Are training costs covered?

The costs of in-presence training (travel within the EU, subsistence costs, and training fees) will be fully covered.

If the EU Aid Volunteer candidate is working outside the EU at the time of the face-to-face course, travel expenses for the following categories of volunteers will be fully covered:

Citizens of the EU who legally reside in a third country indefinitely or for a long period of time (e.g. who lives in that country).

Citizens of the EU who are in a third country developing temporary tasks that last more than 18 months (e.g. who works in that country).

For the following groups, only transport costs from an EU country to the place of training will be covered:

EU citizens with a temporary occupation in a third country that lasts less than 18 months (e.g. internships, training, short-term jobs).

Citizens of the EU who are selected for training by the same organization (or one of its branches) for which they are working in a third country, even if the task is longer than 18 months.

How do I know if I have been selected?

A tentative resolution date will be provided in each vacancy. There may be delays due to the number of requests and coordination with the host organizations, but in all cases the sending organisation will inform all the candidates, whatever the result is.

For more information on the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, you can visit:

 


If you still have doubts, you can send an e-mail:

 

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