The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.
Organisations certified by the European Commission due to meeting certain standards to deal with humanitarian volunteers have been granted by the EACEA to implement deployment projects for EU Aid Volunteers.
In that framework, they have identified missions to be undertaken by EU Aid Volunteers. To become a EU Aid Volunteer, it is necessary to apply for a specific vacancy, go through the selection process and then, be trained and tested as to readiness to be deployed.
The length of deployment may range from 1 to 18 months, and a previous apprenticeship placement may be foreseen. All the details of a specific mission will be published in each vacancy on the EUAV Platform.
This project will open opportunities for a variety of volunteers as experts, juniors, corporate and online and they will have the opportunity to add value to humanitarian missions.
Within each vacancy announcement, there is an “Apply now” link. Before clicking and fill out your on-line application form, download a CV Europass and a self-assessment questionnaire from the bottom of the vacancy announcement. You will have to complete those documents and upload them to your application, along with a motivation letter. Do not forget to complete all the fields of the application form and click on submit.
The deadline for applications, as well as the foreseen timeline for selection process and deployment are indicated in each vacancy.
Your application form and related documents will be received directly by the corresponding sending organization for the specific mission. Sending and hosting organization will participate in the selection process, which will consist mainly of an application and CV analysis, plus an on-line interview for shortlisted candidates.
Those selected will receive on-line and in-presence training to verify their adequacy to be deployed. Please, note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment in order to create a reserve pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.
The final decision on deployment will be taken only after completion of the training.
EU Aid Volunteers will get professional training and experience in the field. Humanitarian organisations and disaster-struck communities will get more and better-trained volunteers.
Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges – VOL4AID is a partnership project, with Alianza por la Solidaridad as the lead organisation.
As sending European organisations, the partnership is comprised of: Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), Voluntary Group Civil – GVC (Italy), La Guilde Européenne du Raid (France), and ActionAid Hellas (Greece).
Fundación Ecuasol (Ecuador) is also a partnership member acting as a hosting organisation. Other hosting organisations from all around the world taking part in the project are: Alianza Colombia, Alianza Ecuador, Alianza Haiti, Alianza Senegal, GVC Lebanon, GVC Bolivia, GVC Guatemala, and GVC Cambodia.
There are a total of 61 deployment vacancies, and a minimum of 30 on-line vacancies, with missions in: Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Haiti, Guatemala, Senegal, Lebanon, and Cambodia. EU Aid Volunteers may be deployed within a team, but each volunteer will have specific tasks as detailed in the vacancy announcement, to be implemented under the coordination of hosting NGO.
Additionally, all profiles must implement the following common communication and awareness-raising tasks:
Each profile requires different skills and experience. But at least the following skills will be required:
EU Aid Volunteer candidates will receive up to 30h of on-line training plus 9 to 12 days of in-presence training provided by prestigious institutions with humanitarian expertise.
Additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment and in order to create a reserve pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs. The final decision on deployment will be made only after the training.
The specific training dates are specified in each vacancy announcement.
On-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider.
If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU at the time of their training course, the travel costs for the following groups of volunteers will be fully covered:
For the following groups of persons only the transport costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered:
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