During a voluntary service you will become involved in a project for the duration of 12 months. Volunteers aged up to 26 can work in various different social institutions. Under the guidance of specialists, volunteers have a chance to see if the social sector suits their professional interests. The Voluntary Social Year is a year dedicated to learning and orientation and may be recognised as an internship for some apprenticeships.
The voluntary service is an educational year meaning that in the 12 months of the service you will gain many practical experiences and further your personal development. Furthermore it is an opportunity to improve your German language skills, to get to know the local culture and to experience everyday life in Germany.
Many former volunteers see their time volunteering as having helped them in discovering their talents, influencing their career choices and as the start of many long-lasting friendships. It is also important to remember that volunteering can have a positive impact on a wider societal level.