WHO CAN VOLUNTEER ABROAD?
Volunteer programs abroad generally address people with certain experience, though it is not a necessary condition. Only a candidate of age, who speaks a language of the country of destination, or English, may engage in such programs. Sometimes certain immunizations are required.
ORGANISERS GUARANTEE accommodation (sometimes in camps and tents), meals or per diems, as well as reimbursement of business travel costs.
COSTS THAT MIGHT BE COVERED BY VOLUNTEERS include (some organizations cover also these expenses): visa, travel to the given country, insurance.
DURATION: usually 2-3 months in the holiday season. There are also shorter projects (10 day) or longer (1 year). Each organization has its own requirements, e.g. a person is volunteering 5 days a week, 6 hours per day.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IN ORDER TO ENROL?
In order to volunteer abroad the candidate should:
During the project the volunteer may be obliged to attend seminars (self-evaluation, exchanging experiences).
WHAT YOU SHOULD AFTER YOU COME BACK?
Some organizations continue cooperation with volunteer after completing the program, e.g. in the Youth Program a person who had volunteered abroad may apply for financial support for implementation of his/her own voluntary project.
WHERE TO VOLUNTEER?
Volunteers are needed in various areas; everyone may find something interesting, e.g.:
helping seniors, homeless or unemployed people;
helping people with disabilities;
preventing drugs and alcohol addictions;
helping immigrants and fighting racism;
helping victims of natural disasters and wars;
integration and preventing social exclusion;
actions targeting equal opportunities;
education addressing children and youth;
protection of cultural heritage;
protection of natural environment;
media and social communication.
Volunteers provide services for the benefit of children’s homes, kindergartens, social care centers, senior centers, religious missions, refugee shelters, centers for people with disabilities, education centers for children and adults. Volunteers involve into educational, environmental projects, they build churches, refugee camps, health care facilities. It should be remembered, that voluntary work can not supplement somebody’s paid work.Each organization regulates insurance issues individually.
It’s up to the candidate to learn (e.g. with the use of internet website) what is guaranteed by the organizations and what costs he/she shall be obliged to cover himself/herself.
United Nations Volunteers as part of the UNDP offers a comprehensive system of insurances for volunteers involved into UN projects and actions. Accident insurance and per diems are guaranteed to the volunteer (and the accompanying members of his/her family). In case of the operation, the person is transported to the nearest European hospital. After the operation one month rehabilitation is guaranteed and reimbursed. Per diems depend on the situation in the region of destination. Additionally, the volunteer receives certain amount of money for each accompanying family member.
AVSO-the Association of Voluntary Service Organisations is an international non-governmental organisation, forming a European platform of national and international non-profit organisations active in the field of longer term Voluntary Service www.avso.org
European Voluntary Service is a second action of the YOUTH programme. Voluntary service is financing projects created by organisations and institutions of the participating countries for young adult people. In practice it means that Polish volunteers are going abroad and European volunteers are coming to Polish organisations to work for several months.
Voluntary service is a chance for:
Detailed information on European Voluntary Service rules can be found on page www.mlodziez.org.pl The page also contains information how to become a volunteer, what to do to set up an organisation of voluntary service.Other information can be also found in Regional offices of the YOUTH programme.
Volunteers are mainly involved in: supporting local projects, humanitarian aid, supporting peace initiatives, monitoring human rights.
More information about UNV can be found on world-wide-web page http://www.undp.org.pl
Here you will find more information on organizations offering volunteer projects abroad: