The Greater Region’s Environmental Voluntary Service (service citoyen écologique dans la Grande Région - SCEGR) allows young people to receive between 9 and 12 months of guidance and training during which they will be actively involved in a project relating to the environment and sustainable development in the Greater Region.
Who is concerned
All youths residing in Luxembourg, aged 18 to 25, can sign up for this voluntary service.
Luxembourg residents may sign up to do their service in one of the other parts of the Greater Region participating in this programme, specifically in Lorraine, Rhineland-Palatinate or Wallonia.
The National Youth Service (Service national de la Jeunesse – SNJ) recommends that interested youths take part in at least one of its information sessions relating to the programme. Participation in these information sessions is free of charge and does not entail any commitment to sign up for the service. Youths can register for the information sessions via the “Agenda” page on the volontaires.lu website.
Information on procedures and activities may be obtained by interested youths directly from local staff in the part of the Greater Region where they wish to do their service (Lorraine, Rhineland-Palatinate or Wallonia).
How to proceed
Choice of mission
Interested youths sign up as volunteers with the SNJ as an applicant for an SCEGR and choose a mission in a field relating to the environment and sustainable development in one of the other parts of the Greater Region.
Volunteers may opt for one of the missions proposed.
Preparing the stay abroad
Luxembourg residents elaborate upon and/or fine-tune the details of their missions in collaboration with the host structures. Once their project has been approved, it is recommended that volunteers stay in touch with the host structure so that they can prepare their trip and the mission in the best possible conditions.
Volunteers are advised that participation in the training and preparation sessions proposed by the host structure is mandatory.
In September or October, each applicant with an approved project travels to the selected part of the Greater Region to carry out a voluntary mission of between 9 and 12 months with a non-profit organisation. This organisation must be actively involved in the environment, nature, ecology or sustainable development. In the field, the volunteer will be assisted on a day-to-day basis by a mentor.
The mission also provides an opportunity for youths to learn or improve their skills in a foreign language depending on the country selected.
They also attend topical seminars in the Greater Region to meet other volunteers and take part in practical workshops.