The overarching objective of the Volunteering for Humanity project is to strengthen the capacity of consortium NGOs in order to participate in the EU Aid Volunteering deployment programme. This two-year project commenced in 2019 and includes four certification-seeking NGOs from Slovakia, Lithuania, Ireland and France.
Volunteering for Humanity will raise awareness of the European Union’s humanitarian aid principles and raise awareness of its activities, in particular the EU Aid Volunteers initiative. These pages are intended to give an insight into the activities we are engaged in to further this awareness.
The EU Aid Volunteers Programme
EU Aid Volunteers brings volunteers and organisations together from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Participants in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must be over 18 years of age and be a citizen of an EU Member State or a long-term resident in the EU. Volunteers receive accommodation and travel expenses, insurance, ongoing learning and development, a monthly allowance, and a resettlement allowance to help with expenses of returning home.
Why is this important?
Millions are affected by natural and man-made disasters each year. In the aftermath of a disaster, an affected population needs clean water, shelter, food assistance and protection. Humanitarian organisations are the first to respond to these basic needs.
Humanitarian disasters have dramatically increased the pressure on the humanitarian organisations and there is a need for a greater number of qualified people. However, it is not always easy to enter the humanitarian field. EU Aid Volunteers give European citizens a chance to show their solidarity by collaborating in humanitarian projects worldwide.
In many cases, this is the first opportunity participants have to be part of the humanitarian community. EU Aid Volunteers also allows organisations to cover their specific staff needs. The humanitarian community benefits from a higher amount of qualified people trained by the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.
Volunteering for Humanity objectives
Volunteering for Humanity is the name given to the project under which the four organisations are committed to
- Increase capacity within consortium NGOs for humanitarian action in the areas of
- Consortium NGOs becoming certified as sending organizations
- Increased collaboration between humanitarian volunteering organizations
- Raise awareness of the concept of volunteering for humanitarian aid and the benefits for all parties emanating from volunteering
About EU Aid Volunteers
The EU Aid Volunteer programme is an initiative of the EU that is aimed at supporting individuals and organisations in different countries with a common interest in humanitarian aid projects.
The programme provides practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributes to strengthening local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Volunteers receive accommodation and travel expenses, insurance, ongoing learning and development, a monthly allowance, and a resettlement allowance to help with expenses of returning home. To qualify for EU Aid Volunteers support, you must be an EU citizen or long-term resident and over 18 years old.
You can find out more about the EU Aid Volunteers programme here.