The purpose of voluntary service is to develop solidarity among young people, promote active citizenship, foster mutual understanding between them, and create a learning and guidance experience for them within the framework of a volunteer programme.
It offers young people under the age of 30, who have completed their compulsory schooling, informal training experience in the public and non-profit sector, by enabling them to take part in a public-interest project in Luxembourg or abroad, on a full-time basis, for a fixed period of time.
In Luxembourg, there are four volunteer service programmes, coordinated by the National Youth Service (Service national de la jeunesse - SNJ): the vocational guidance volunteer service programme, the European volunteer service programme, the development volunteer service programme, and the civic volunteer service programme. In some programmes, activities take place in Luxembourg, and in others, they take place in Europe or even farther afield.
Who is concerned
Volunteer service is intended for young people wishing to engage in a public-interest project, on a full-time basis without interruption, for a period ranging from 3 to 12 months.
To qualify for a volunteer service programme, candidates must have completed their compulsory education and be less than 30 years old. For some programmes, candidates must be of legal age.
Moreover, candidates must be legal residents of:
- Luxembourg, or;
- one of the Member States of the European Union, or one of the States that signed the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), or the Swiss Confederation, or;
- one of the States with which Luxembourg has signed a development agreement or a cultural agreement.
For volunteers under the age of 18, a parental consent form must be attached to the volunteer service agreement.
Enrolling in a volunteer service programme requires full-time availability (no university courses or part-time jobs at the same time).
The SNJ offers information sessions and individual interviews for young people who wish to participate in a volunteer service project. To be recognized as a volunteer by the SNJ, candidates must attend a preparatory training course.
Registration deadlines and details can be found at www.volontaires.lu.
How to proceed
To apply, volunteers must first register as candidates by submitting a registration form to the National Youth Service.
They will then be required to attend an information meeting and a preparatory course, followed by a personal interview.
They must then sign a volunteer service agreement with an approved volunteer service organisation for a specific project approved by the National Youth Service.
Four volunteer service programmes are offered by the SNJ.
Vocational Guidance Volunteer Service (Service volontaire d'orientation - SVO)
Intended for residents of the Grand Duchy, the vocational guidance volunteer service programme is first and foremost for young people who have left the school system without a diploma and are seeking a new path in life.
Volunteers in this programme receive practical experience in a host organisation in Luxembourg and guidance support from SNJ employees. The aim is to help them discover their interests and talents while engaging in a public-interest project. Local Action for Young People (L’Action locale pour jeunes - ALJ), the ADEM, youth centres, the Public Service Centre for Social Work (CPAS), and Psycho-Social and School Assistance Departments (SPAS) are actively involved in this programme. Emphasis is placed on acquiring practical skills and individual support towards employment and/or obtaining an educational qualification.
European Volunteer Service (Service volontaire européen - SVE)
This programme is intended for young adults from countries that take part in the European "Youth in Action" mobility programme, through which Luxembourg residents can be sent to another European country, or farther afield, and residents of European countries can take part in projects in Luxembourg. For a period of 2 to no more than 12 months, the young person is involved in a public-interest project in fields as varied as activity coordination, arts, environment and sport. The programme seeks to promote and foster:
- youth mobility within and beyond the borders of the EU;
- non-formal training;
- intercultural dialogue;
- youth employability;
- integration of all young people, whatever their level of education and social and cultural background.
Participation in an SVE programme is not regarded as an internship, vocational training or youth employment. It does not include summer-time language stays, nor is it a paid job.
Development Volunteer Service (Service volontaire de coopération - SVC)
Through the Development Volunteer Service programme, young adults are able to travel to developing countries. This programme was set up in partnership with the Development Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Volunteers are sent—by sending organisations accredited as non-governmental development organisations (NGDOs) or as volunteer service organisations—to work on a humanitarian project that they are encouraged to find on their own. The Development NGO Cooperation Circle (Cercle de Coopération des ONG de développement) provides them with useful advice.
Interested young people can contact the National Youth Service or the NGO Circle to learn more about the development volunteer service programme. They can also get in touch with the sending organisations directly.
Civic Volunteer Service (Service volontaire civique - SVCI)
The Civic Volunteer Service programme offers young residents concrete opportunities for civic engagement. Its purpose is to promote volunteer work among young people by giving them the opportunity to invest, for a fixed period of time, in a project determined at the national level with a view to gaining their long-term commitment.
Young people interested in the civic volunteer service programme must attend an interview with the National Youth Service. They can then look for a host organisation on their own, or choose from among the projects listed in the project bank.
Benefits of volunteer status
These various programmes allow applicants to acquire:
- recognition of their volunteer status;
- pocket money and a subsistence allowance;
- family benefits, in the case of minors;
- monthly financial aid from the State, for volunteers over 18 years of age, if they are effectively and continuously resident in Luxembourg and have their legal domicile there;
- discounts (public transport, cinema, theatre, etc.);
- registration with the Social Security services;
- free training (pre-departure seminars, language training, workshops, etc.).
Forms / Online services
Who to contact
Environmental Voluntary Service138, boulevard de la Pétrusse
Phone : (+352) 247-86482