Germany – Volunteer

Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to be a volunteer in Germany? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights you can enjoy during your stay.

You can apply to be a volunteer in Germany if you take part in the European Voluntary Service on the basis of an agreement with the entity/organisation responsible for the voluntary service.

If you fulfil the conditions, you will be issued a residence permit.


A non-EU citizen shall be granted a temporary residence permit for the participation in a European voluntary service scheme pursuant to Directive (EU) 2016/801, if the Federal Employment Agency has granted approval or it has been determined by statutory instrument or by intergovernmental agreement that participation in the European voluntary service scheme is permissible without approval from the Federal Employment Agency.

The foreigner must provide an agreement with the host entity containing the following information:

  • a description of the voluntary service scheme;
  • the duration of the voluntary service scheme and the volunteering hours;
  • the placement and supervision conditions of the voluntary service;
  • the resources available to cover the non-EU citizen’s subsistence and accommodation costs and the minimum sum of pocket money he will have at his disposal throughout the stay; and
  • the training the third-country national will receive, where applicable, to help perform the voluntary service.

The non-EU citizen’s residence title shall be granted for the agreed duration of participation in the European voluntary service scheme, but not to exceed one year.

Where the non-EU citizen is under 18 years of age, the persons entitled to his/her care and custody must consent to the planned stay.

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