Volunteering in another Member State

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Volunteering in another Member State

International Youth Volunteer Service IJFD

The International Youth Volunteer Service (IJFD) makes it possible to spend a voluntary year abroad. It combines volunteering abroad with important intercultural learning opportunities and equips volunteers with personal, social and intercultural skills. The IJFD is governed by the Ministerial Directive of 20 December 2010, last amended on 28 May 2020.

The IJFD lasts between 6 and 18 months. Volunteering can be done worldwide through a German agency/organisation in establishments abroad that promote the common good. The organisation's educational staff support the volunteers throughout the volunteering.

In order to prepare for the International Youth Volunteer Service and to provide further support, seminars are organised which the volunteers can help to structure. These seminars can be held up to 5 months before the period abroad, during it and up to 6 months afterwards.

Volunteering opportunities are usually found in the social or environmental field and in the areas of peace and reconciliation.

To apply, you must have finished compulsory full-time education and be under the age of 27 at the end of the volunteering.

While volunteering abroad, volunteers are covered by both statutory accident insurance and civil law insurance.

As a rule, volunteers receive pocket money during their volunteering. In most cases, accommodation and meals are also provided.

If the general legal conditions are met, child benefit is also paid during the IJFD.

The volunteers work full time in the placements abroad on a non-profit basis except for receiving vocational training. The activities are mainly practical support tasks.

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