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EU Aid Volunteers initiative 2022

EU Aid Volunteers initiative

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EU Aid Volunteers initiative brings together volunteers and organizations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities.


  • The EU Aid Volunteers initiative is open to EU citizens and third-country long-term residents in a Member State
  • Citizens of potential candidate countries, countries from the EEA, or the European Neighbourhood Policy will be eligible to apply only when the EU signs bilateral agreements with those countries.
  • Each volunteering placement depends on the humanitarian needs of the hosting organization and the context of deployment.
  • Normally previous volunteering experience is not needed. However, volunteers can refer to the competence profile of the vacancy they are interested in, in order to understand whether their profile is adequate for the position.

Volunteer profiles

There are two main volunteer profiles:

  1. Junior professionals (less than 5 years of work experience);
  2. Senior professionals (more than 5 years of work experience).
  • Junior professionals may be required to first spend up to six months in an organization based in the EU (apprenticeship placement) in order to familiarise themselves with the humanitarian nature of your project.
  • Each assignment will specify whether the volunteer needed is a senior or junior professional.
  • Some EU Aid Volunteers will have specialist knowledge relevant in the context of humanitarian aid

Tasks and duration

Volunteers will work on different types of assignments, depending on their competence profile and experience. The activities will be in fields such as organizational development and capacity-building, project management, disaster risk management support, food and nutrition, water and sanitation, etc.

Volunteers will be deployed in countries outside the EU where humanitarian aid operations take place. They will not be deployed to countries or regions with international or non-international armed conflicts.

The length of deployment depends on the specific project the volunteer works on. This can be from 1 month to 18 months.


  • The program covers the expenses during the deployment, including travel costs, insurance, and accommodation.
  • In addition, volunteers will receive a monthly subsistence allowance covering everyday expenses depending on the country of deployment.
  • All volunteers will receive a centrally organized training program and be assessed as to their readiness for deployment.

EU Aid Online Volunteers

Those who cannot leave their country can take the opportunity to join an online volunteering platform and get in touch with organizations that need support that can be offered remotely. Specific online volunteering opportunities are published on the vacancies platform as soon as they are available.

How to apply

Opportunities for both deployment and online volunteering are published on the EU Aid Volunteers Platform.



Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline06 March,2022
FieldVolunteering Program
Open toEU citizens and third country long-term residents in a Member State
OrganizerEuropean Commission



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