AFS Germany offers a Voluntary Service Program of 12 month duration with focus on work experience in the non-profit sector. This highly attractive program will give you a comprehensive experience of Intercultural Learning. We aim to foster your responsibility for the community in which we live and develop new competencies. You will make fulltime work experiences in Germany and learn from professionals.

Working fields are:

  • Education & social work (schools: teacher’s assistance, kindergartens, youth clubs etc.)
  • Environment (ecological farms, national parks and information centers)
  • Healthcare (supporting disabled adults or children in daily and work life)
  • Culture (arts, music, theatre, events etc.)

This is a great opportunity to integrate into the local German culture, to get to know the landscape of social and community work and the daily work life in Germany. At the same time you will contribute to the positive development of communities and people. Germany has quite a big social service system which employs many thousands of volunteers each year. For organizations to employ volunteers results into a tremendous support of their work for rather little costs, which they could otherwise not get. For the volunteer it is often a year of professional orientation in order to find out what to study or to work and a great chance of gaining work experience. All together this will be a complete intercultural experience with personal learning and a strong focus on a practical career step.

You should be between 18 and 27 years old, motivated to go abroad and open for a completely new experience. New experiences will come on several levels at the same time: There will be a new culture with a new language in a totally new surrounding and in addition to that you will work eight hours a day. Therefore you should be outgoing, flexible and be ready to live independently on your own in Germany.

Basic German language knowledge is absolutely required and will be tested via interview with AFS Germany. Organizations are reluctant to employ volunteers without language skills for reasons of integration into the workflow. AFS Germany finances language courses for you after your arrival. As a volunteer in Germany you should be willing to intensively learn the language.

It is desirable that candidates have a proven interest and first experience in the working field. This can either be through (voluntary) work or internships in their home countries or through university studies for instance.

Candidates with a Bachelor or Masters Degree are especially welcome to apply. It will be a great chance for them to combine a year abroad with the opportunity to gather work experiences and learn about their future professional opportunities.

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