How to apply

When you find a volunteering vacancy that you are interested in, read the announcement carefully to see if you are eligible and have the competences and skills that are needed.

To apply to be a full-time EU Aid Volunteer:

  1. Download and complete the self-assessment questionnaire (Excel) and Europass CV (Word) that you will find attached to the vacancy announcement. You will need these when you apply.
  2. Click on ‘How to Apply’ to apply directly with the sending organisation in charge of the project. You will be required to fill in an application form and send it to the sending organisation along with theself-assessment questionnaire, EuroPass CV and a motivation letter.
  3. The sending organisation will arrange the selection process following the timetable set out in the vacancy announcement.
  4. A mandatory two-week training course is part of the selection process. Candidates selected for this training will be required to take part in online preparatory sessions before attending the training.


For online volunteering, you will apply directly to the EU Aid Volunteers organisation managing the vacancy. Follow the links provided in the vacancy notice for details of how to apply. Online volunteers will not follow a training course.

Please note that the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) do not recruit volunteers directly. Therefore you have to send your application to the sending organisation and not to the European Commission or EACEA. Applications sent to the European Commission and EACEA will not be processed!

Full time volunteering with EU Aid Volunteers

To be a full-time EU Aid Volunteer, you must be a minimum 18 years old and be a European Union citizen or long-term resident in an EU Member State.

Full-time volunteering is a big commitment. You are expected to be available for the full length of time specified in the vacancy announcement, which can be from 1 month to 18 months.

Candidate EU Aid Volunteers will go through a two-week training programme as part of the selection process.

You don’t necessarily need humanitarian aid experience to apply to be an EU Aid Volunteer – EU Aid Volunteers is open to people with a wide range of backgrounds and different experiences. You must however meet the requirements of each volunteer vacancy, which you will see in each vacancy announcement.

What about on-line volunteering?

If you don’t have time to volunteer full-time, you can still get involved! Online volunteering opportunities will allow you to get in touch with organisations that need support that can be offered remotely. Online volunteers support the work of full-time EU Aid Volunteers by carrying out short, time-specific online assignments, boosting the impact and long-term sustainability of projects.

What you can expect as volunteer

As an EU Aid Volunteer you will gain the opportunity to make a real difference, supporting humanitarian aid projects where your help is most needed.

You can expect to be in a volunteering placement that suits your skills and profiles. Two levels of volunteering will be available: junior EU Aid Volunteers for those with fewer than 5 years of work experience and less than 5 years’ experience in humanitarian aid; and senior EU Aid Volunteers for those with more than 5 years of work experience in positions of responsibility or expert positions. The level will be specified in each vacancy announcement.

EU Aid Volunteers deployed to our full-time volunteering projects will receive:

  • Pre-deployment training
  • Travel and accommodation
  • Subsistence allowance based on local costs, to cover your main living costs
  • Insurance during your deployment
  • A resettlement allowance
  • For some projects, apprenticeship placement before deployment for extra training

As a full-time EU Aid Volunteer you will have a volunteer contract with the sending organisation managing your EU Aid Volunteers project and continuous support before, during and after your deployment. This includes mentoring and your own learning and development plan to accompany you throughout your volunteer deployment period.

Training for candidate volunteers will be provided online and face-to-face at a central training venue to groups of selected candidate volunteers. The training curriculum is competency based and comprises courses about the EU’s crisis response system, an introduction to humanitarian action, managing safety, security and health, project management, intercultural awareness, advocacy and communication, first aid, training of multipliers, volunteer management and organisational development. Online training takes about four weeks and face-to-face training including a scenario-based simulation exercise requiring candidate volunteers to demonstrate acquired competences takes two weeks.