EU Aid Volunteers Initiative: Frequently Asked Questions

Monday, 13 March 2017


Who can apply?

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.

How does it work?

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.

All open vacancies

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.

How can you participate?

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.

Who will assess my application?

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.

Who will benefit and how?

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.

Which organizations are participating?

All projects of the initiative EU Aid Volunteers, work in partnership. In projects with deployments planned for 2018 and 2019, Alianza por la Solidaridad participates with European partner organisations: Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - GVC (Italy), ActionAid Hellas (Greece) and HVSF (Hungary); and organisations from third countries: Phare Ponleu Selpak (Cambodia), Action Aid, Myanmar and Mouvement Paysan Papaye (Haiti).

As sending European organisations, the partnership is comprised of: Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - 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.

What does it consist of?

What does it consist of?

There are a total of 74 seats between the two projects in which it participates by the Solidarity Alliance. At least 15 places to volunteer online are also planned.

European Union aid volunteers can be deployed as a team, but each you will have specific tasks detailed in the announcement of the vacancy, to be implemented under the coordination of the host NGO.

Additionally, all profiles must implement the following common communication and awareness-raising tasks:

  • Promote local volunteering in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response.
  • Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field.
  • Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer’s local community in Europe.
  • In coordination with the partner NGOs, organise and carry out a public awareness activity in the hosting country and another one once back in Europe.

If you still have doubts about the EUAV initiative, you can send us an e-mail to

Which are the logistic conditions for EU Aid Volunteers?

  • A stipend per month intends to cover basic needs and local transport during deployment (and apprenticeship when it is foreseen). The amount of monthly lump sum payments is differs between countries and is based on the list provided by the European Commission applicable to this project.
  • Visa fees, compulsory vaccinations, insurance and airfares will be covered.
  • Accommodation will be provided.
  • Volunteers will have the same working hours as the local team. In some situations they might be required to work on weekends, depending on the missions. There is a maximum of 40 weekly working hours. The working calendar will be subject to the local calendar. For each month of volunteering activities volunteers will have 2 days off.
  • Upon return, every volunteer will receive a resettlement allowance corresponding to 100€ per month of deployment.

What type of qualifications is required?

Each profile requires different skills and experience. But at least the following skills will be required:

  • Social skills.
  • Adaptability.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Respectful attitude towards unfamiliar customs and traditions.
  • Motivation for the promotion of local social development.
  • Volunteering mind-set.

Will the volunteers receive specific training?

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.

Are the training costs covered?

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:

  • EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
  • EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

For the following groups of persons only the transport costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered:

  • EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months (e.g. internships, traineeships, apprenticeships, short-term jobs);
  • EU citizens that are selected for the training by the same organisation or affiliate with which they have an ongoing assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.

For more information on the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative, CLICK HERE.

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16 Responses to “Voluntariado humanitario europeo EU Aid Volunteers: Preguntas frecuentes”


    Buenas Tardes,
    Me gustaría presentar mi candidatura a varias plazas. ¿Es posible seleccionar más de una?.
    Por otro lado, he podido ver que el cuestionario excell de varias convocatoria aparece en español. En ese caso, ¿la carta de motivación podría estar escrita también en Español?
    Gracias y saludos

    • admin says:

      Hola Isabel,

      Si el país de destino es hispanohablante, por supuesto que puedes redactar la carta en español ;)


  2. Rosa says:

    Quiero enviar varias solicitudes de voluntariado. ¿Todos los europass y las cartas de motivaciones tienen que ser en inglés o dependiendo del destino al que se solicite?
    Thank you!

  3. Elisa says:

    Buenas Tardes,

    en la plataforma EUAV se hace referencia a los voluntarios con mas de 5 anos de experiencia, et a los voluntarios principiantes, con menos de 5 anos. He visto que en algunas ofertas de vacantes “profesionales” los anos de experiencia requeridos no están especificados: en ese caso, es posible presentar la candidatura para un vacante “profesional” aunque se tengan menos de 5 anos de experiencia en el ambito?

    Gracias Y Saludos

    • admin says:

      Hola Elisa, ¡claro! Te animamos a mandar todas las solicitudes a las que estés interesada, aunque no se cumpla al 100% todos los requisitos.
      Un saludo.

    • admin says:

      Hola Rosa, ayer hubo algún error en la página de la UE para algunas plazas, así que hoy van a estar las plazas disponibles para inscripciones.
      ¡Un saludo!

  4. Valentina says:

    Hola! Acabo de enviar mi solicitud para Nicaragua, pero desafortunadamente alegué el file equivocado (una versión de mi CV sin títulos). ¿Hay algún remedio?
    Muchas Gracias

  5. Violeta says:

    Buenas! Hace un mes apliqué para una vacante de EU AID Volunteer y aún no he recibido ninguna respuesta. ¿Avisan en el caso de no haber sido preseleccionado? ¿Hay algún listado donde se pueda ver quiénes son los candidatos elegidos? Muchas gracias!

  6. Rosita de Boer says:


    I try to apply for a EU Aid Volunteer position with ActionAid Hellas, but I cant find the Self-Assessment Questionnaire on the page with the vacancy announcement. Could you send it to me?

    Thank you for assisting in this matter.
    Rosita de Boer

  7. Kathia walls says:

    Buenaa nights request info from the volunteering if still in force, until age can apply for the volunteer,

    • admin says:

      Hello Kathia, European volunteer programs have no age limit. Also, to apply as volunteers do not need have an age specific.


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