EU Aid Volunteers

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union’s capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organisations in third countries.

By the end of 2017, 206 trained volunteers were deployed to 28 countries. Other activities, such as the training of the next groups of candidate volunteers, various communication and outreach activities and the further development of the EU Aid Volunteers Platform, took also place in 2017. 145 sending and hosting organisations have been certified and new projects for deployment of volunteers and technical assistance and capacity building for organisations have been selected.