Who can apply?

EU Aid Volunteers candidates have to be over 18 years of age and be citizens of EU Member States, acceding countries, candidate countries, potential candidate countries and partner countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy, or countries included in the European Free Trade Association with residence permit for a EU state with a minimum of one year from deployment dates. Citizens from other European countries not included in the above mentioned agreements can also apply to become EU Aid Volunteers, subject to the conclusion of bilateral agreements on their participation with those countries.

The initiative is open for a variety of profiles: candidates can be newcomers, they can be experts in any field connected to humanitarian aid, or retired citizens who want to help out with their acquired knowledge. Preparation and deployment opportunities will depend on the level of skills and competences of candidates. Inexperienced volunteers will not be sent to projects where security is a concern.

How will it work?

The Commission proposes to certify humanitarian organisations that adhere to the European standards of dealing with humanitarian volunteers. These organisations will in turn identify suitable humanitarian projects and apply for EU grants to deploy EU Aid Volunteers.

EU Aid Volunteers will first be trained and then tested as to their readiness to be deployed. This project will open opportunities for a variety of volunteers as experts, juniors, corporative and online and they will have the opportunity to add value to humanitarian missions. We will ensure that their expertise can be transferred to local communities, organizations and public institutions workers. We will provide the opportunity to get in touch with local organizations in the field.

How can you participate?

The application form has to be filled in English and a CV (Europass format) attached. Applicants can choose up to 3 different vacancies taking into account the different profiles offered (not compulsory).

On March 12th, results will be communicated to persons shortlisted and it will start the second phase of selection process with personal interviews. Interviews could be done face to face, by telephone or Skype.

Those selected will receive specific training between April and May (dates tbc) after training; volunteers will be ready to be deployed in the field.

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Who will benefit and how?

EU Aid Volunteers will get professional training and experience in the field. Humanitarian organisations and disaster-struck communities will get more and better-trained volunteers.

Which organizations are participating?

This pilot is managed by a partnership of 3 European civil society organizations: GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and AWO International (Germany), working in the field of volunteerism and/or humanitarian and development aid.

Alianza por la Solidaridad (APS) is a Spanish NGO that works in 15 countries through humanitarian action, international cooperation and advocacy to promote democracy, respect for human rights, sustainable human development, equality and social justice.

Gruppo di Volontariato civile (GVC) is an Italian NGO currently present in 20 countries providing humanitarian assistance and contributing to the reduction of poverty. In crisis situation GVC is focused on ensuring the link between emergency and development building resilience of local population.

AWO International is a German NGO working in partnership with local organizations in South- and Southeast Asia, and Central America to ensure that underprivileged people can sustainably improve their lives. In crisis situations AWO International, provides immediate assistance to the affected population and supports reconstruction.

Which are the conditions?

For volunteers in the field:

Stipend per month intended to cover accommodation, basic needs and local transport. Between 600-900€ depending on experience, country and type of volunteering. Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.

Volunteers will have the same working hours as the local team. In some situations they might be required to work on weekend. Working calendar will be subject to local calendar. For each month of volunteering activities volunteers will take 2 days off.

For living conditions please check ToR.

How is it organized?

There are 22 vacancies for senior and junior volunteers. Volunteers will be deployed in multi-national teams, but each volunteer will have specific tasks as detailed on ToR to be implemented under the coordination of host NGO.

However, all profiles must implement the following common communication and awareness-raising tasks:

Promote local volunteering in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response.

Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities.

Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European Civil Society Organization (CSOs).

Publish two entries per month for blog describing volunteer’s experience.

Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer’s local community in Europe.

In coordination with the partner NGOs, organize and carry out a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

What kind of education is needed?

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

Social skills.


Ability to work in teams.

Respectful attitude towards unfamiliar customs and traditions.

Motivation for the promotion of local social development.

Will the volunteers receive specific training?

Selected volunteers will receive basic online training (April) and face to face training on the specific topics (May). Training will be taught by prestigious institutions with humanitarian expertise. Training results will be taking into account within the selection process.

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