A Short Guide to Volunteering in Germany

There are plenty of things you can do in Germany, as a foreigner wanting to live here. Sure, it’s easier if you’re an EU citizen – less paperwork, no visa renewing, indeed no visa at all, I think? – but us non-EU citizens also have options too. Germany generally sets the hurdles relatively low (lower than Australia, anyway) as long as you’re within reach of an industrial photocopier to make sure you have ten copies of every single document pertaining to your German stay.

This week I’ve written a piece for Young Germany on volunteering in Deutschland. Last week I wrote about the Voluntary Social Year and Voluntary Ecological Year that can be undertaken  for 12-18 months by German citizens, EU citizens and non-EU citizens, who are under 27.

(But that) of course begs the questions – what if my reasons for volunteering are not solely to find a vocation? What if I’m over 27? What if I want to volunteer for a period of time that exceeds eighteen months? Perhaps you’re after something more flexible, or part time, or in positions outside of the social and environmental sectors. Options abound for those looking to volunteer in Germany, both as a German citizen, EU citizen, or non-EU citizen, through a variety of organisations. You just need to know where to look.

Does it matter if I don’t speak German? How do I find organisations in my city? Read on to learn more about your options when it comes to volunteering in Germany.



2 thoughts on “A Short Guide to Volunteering in Germany

  1. Just read your guide. Due to my old age 😉 and restricted means, I could only volunteer on a part-time basis; reading your article has certainly given me a kick up the old proverbial. What experiences have you collected in the voluntary sector so far? That would be interesting to hear – postive as well as negative experiences. I’ve only ever volunteered in the UK, now I think it’s time to find out what I could do here in D. Thanks for the article.

  2. No visa at all for EU citizens, absolutely right. It’s the so called “Freizügigkeit”.
    btw, your blog is awesome !

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