Volunteers are all young people aged 18 to 30. Beyond benefiting the local communities, by participating in voluntary activities, young volunteers can develop new skills and, therefore, improve their personal, educational and professional development. Volunteers can benefit from specific training throughout the activity and agree on their expected learning outcomes, processes and methods in advance. Specific training, processes and methods are drafted by EUFED in cooperation with Host Organization and volunteer.

Volunteers must have a good knowledge of youth hostels movement and spirit before the volunteering activities.

EUFED provides an info-kit to volunteer for more information and a questionnaire which has to be filled in by volunteer and sent to EUFED.

Volunteers’ learning experience will be formally recognised by EUFED’s certificate.

Participation in the project is free of charge for the volunteer. Except for a payment of her/his travel costs, the volunteer must not be charged, either fully or partially, directly or indirectly, for taking part in the project. Host Organisation must provide the volunteer accomodation and food. Host Organization must provide to a volunteer an insurance against occupational disease and accidents while carrying out the volunteering roles.

A solid Volunteering Agreement between a Host Organization (NA or hostel), EUFED and the volunteer is the basis of every voluntary activity. By signing the Agreement the volunteer agrees to have read and understood the terms and conditions of the volunteering project. Violation of rules will result in immediate termination of the Agreement and without further responsibility from Host Organization and EUFED.

What do volunteers get through the project?

Volunteers acquire and improve skills related to their personal, educational and professional development, e.g. through:

  • personal support (from a mentor)
  • task-related support (from a supervisor)
  • language training
  • basics of social engagement and voluntary work
  • conflict resolution
  • group dynamics
  • intercultural learning.

The learning in the project is referred to as "non-formal learning". This is learning which, although being carefully planned, is voluntary and takes place outside the formal education system through active participation.

Participating countries where volunteers can volunteer in you can find here.