Volunteer in Germany
Germany is one of the most developed and most popular countries to volunteer in Europe with a thriving economy but there are lots of volunteer opportunities available to join all year round. Search programs and apply today.
Volunteer Programs in Germany
Find our structured, free and low cost volunteer opportunities in Germany today.
A Guide to Volunteering in Germany
Germany is a very modern country with one of the largest populations in Europe with around 82 million people. There are so many reasons why you might want to apply to volunteer in Germany, you will get cultural immersion and there are both short and long term placements which are perfect for all time frames and gap years in Germany.
By volunteering in Germany you will get to see and do things most tourists and travellers don't get to experience, whilst having the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile. Germany has a complicated past but through volunteering you will get to see how much the country is looking forward, you can play a role in creating a positive future.
The culture, location, cities, beautiful countryside and friendly locals make Germany a popular destination for international volunteers and most programs have a focus on community development where you can join group initiatives helping people, facilities and the environment. Some programs might require you to dedicate a few days, weeks or a longer period, there are summer volunteer trips which are popular but you will need to book in advance to secure a spot.
By applying to become a volunteer in Germany you will get to live and experience the country in a totally unique way, being far more than just a tourist.
Popular Places to Particiapte
There are lots of different locations available but where you go might depend on the type of project or organisation you join. A lot of people choose to volunteer in Berlin, Munich, Dresden and Frankfurt - all modern cities but there are also opportunities in more rural towns and villages. There is no best place to volunteer, each area of the country is different and interesting.
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Types of Volunteer Programs in Germany
There are various local organisations and NGO's offering placements on group community projects where you might be tasked with working to help people improve their career prospects or help a project improving facilities.
Childcare & Educational Projects
Working with children and teaching is also a popular option - Germany has a first class education system in place and children learn English from an early age but native English speakers are always in demand. Some organisations run fun and educational summer camps where children can do sports, activities and also improve academically and their English. There are also placements at kindergartens, day care centers, nurseries and schools and sometimes prior experience is required. This will be a great cultural exchange where you will learn about Germany and also teach them about you too.
Social & Community Projects
Archaeology, restoration and conservation projects are popular, you will get to experience new wonderful activities, with new people from all over the world that forever will stay with you for a long time. Popular programs include helping with the maintenance of hiking paths near Dresden, preserving nature near Stutgart or taking part in archaeological research and excavations. There are lots of social projects which help the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, you might be tasked with proving friendship, support and assistance to elderly, disabled or ill people.
These projects can be very rewarding. Helping physically and mentally disabled people is a popular placement where you will be able to empowering and help people to become more independent. Tasks can really vary depending on the placement but generally you might be caring, helping with exercise, playing, cooking, creating games and providing a positive atmosphere for growth.
- Available for a minimum of 1 week or longer
- Passion and enthusiasm for wanting to make a difference
- Usually you will need to be aged 16+ to volunteer in Germany but there are options for families too
- Be open to a new challenge and committed to working in teams to make a difference
- Hold a valid passport and be eligble for a tourist visa which you can get on arrival
- You won't need to be fluent in German but it is an idea to improve basic communication with local people by practising some of the language
How to Apply
Some organisations charge a sign up fee to sign up, on these placements you usually get
- Airport pick-up and transfer to project
- All food and accommodation
- Personalized support from experienced staff and in-country coordinators
- Training materials and science equipment
- Extensive pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Pre-departure support and services
- Comprehensive training necessary for research techniques
- 24-hour in-country support and a 24-hour emergency phone line
Volunteer In Germany for Free
There are some free, low cost and also paid volunteer positions available to join in Germany, sometimes you might be provided with a pocket money to cover weekly expenses. There is no best time to apply and also accommodation is usually included, this can be a hotel, hostel, guesthouse, shared facility or a home stay.
Reviews & Testimonials
"I had one of the best 3 weeks of my life. We all had so much fun and it was interesting to meet and become friends with the people from all around the world." - Rose, UK
"I had a brilliant time, I’ve improved my German and made some brilliant friends from all over the world. I can take with me increased confidence, a brilliant experience and a strong desire to lead a camp in the future" - Connor, construction project in Germany