Freiwilliger Dienst im Ausland kostenlos
You are here:
  1. Be involved

EU-Aid Volunteers Programme

What is the EU-Aid Volunteers programme?

The EU-Aid Volunteer programme brings together interested people from different countries to jointly work in humanitarian aid projects worldwide.
The aim of the programme is to use specific expert knowledge to support needs-based humanitarian assistance. The programme is open to all interested EU citizens. No previous experience in the field of humanitarian aid is required. No volunteers are deployed in acute disaster situations.

  • Why the Red Cross?

    The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian organization in the world, represented by 191 National Societies and more than 17 million volunteers worldwide.

    The German Red Cross (GRC) is part of this movement, and has been operating for more than150 years, delivering impartial humanitarian assistance for people in conflict situations, disasters and health crises or social emergencies.


    In all countries of deployment, the GRC has longstanding work experience and well established structures. The volunteers are integrated into these existing structures.

  • Where are the positions?

    The GRC offers 18 positions in six countries. These are Peru, Togo, Mozambique, Vietnam, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

  • Which are the tasks?

    The tasks are demand-oriented and vary in nature from country to country. The volunteers support either the local GRC projects or the Red Cross / Red Crescent National Society in their tasks.

    There are, among others, positions with a focus on:

    • Disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change
    • IT and software development
    • Logistics
    • Event management and communication
    • Finance and Administration
    • Project management


  • How long does a mission last?

    The duration of deployment is between five and twelve months, depending on the project and the country of assignment. The planned positioning/ deployment will start in spring 2019.

  • What is the support like?

    The volunteers will be integrated into the GRC structures in the respective countries and have a direct link to the onsite GRC superior, who also acts as contact person. Another contact person is located in the headquarters in Berlin.

  • What is covered?

    All costs for the stay as well as preparation, travel expenses, insurance and accommodation are covered.

    In deployments with an operating time of 12 months, a mid-term recreation flight to the volunteers home country is paid.

    In addition, the volunteers receive a small allowance for daily expenses. The amount of the allowance is determined according to the cost of living in the respective country of deployment.

  • How is the preparation?

    As preparation, the volunteers will take part in a 2-week training facilitated by the EU in Brussels which covers the following topics:

    • Introduction to the EU
    • Personal Safety
    • Health and Safety
    • Project Management
    • Intercultural Competence
    • Scenario-Based Exercises

    Furthermore, the volunteers will participate in a workshop in Berlin to be introduced to the Red Cross structures and the GRC activities worldwide. Before departure, each volunteer will receive a personal briefing and a medical check-up.

  • How to apply?

    The application process will start in mid-November 2018. Then the volunteer profiles will be visible at our vacancy announcements.

    If you have any further questions, please contact euav(at)


    We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Back to top

This website uses cookies. If you access this website you accept that cookies will be stored and used. Further information here