Volunteering is an activity which takes place through not-for-profit and community organisations and projects or your local community and is undertaken:
•to be of benefit to the community and the volunteer
•of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion and
•for no financial payment.

Due to the current economic situation in Europe, a growing number of young people, among them many graduates from high schools or universities, have to bridge the gap between their educaction and a paid job with volunteer work.

The refugee crisis has mobilised a high number of persons to get involved in support actions for refugees. The number of young people (age 25 – 40) is regarded as very high in this group, ranging from people after their final school exams to people having left their paid jobs in order to get engaged in refugee support institutions in the receiving countries like  Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia. Austria, Germany and the Svandinavian countries.

For vulnerable target groups, such as NEETs (Young people not in employment, education or training), the volunteering sector is a promising way to re-engage in social life. Recently, refugees are included in these programmes as well in order to offer a chance for integration and social engagement for asylum seekers and refugees with a perspective for staying in the host country.

E-C-C is working in this field in two Erasmus+ Projects:

Validation of Competences Acquired in Volunteering

Caring for Volunteers working with Refugees