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What is a Volunteer Job?

A volunteer is an individual who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking. This type of service contributes to the well-being of the individual or community. Volunteering abroad can open up possibilities for future careers. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in a new field. These positions rarely offer hourly pay, salary, or benefits.

Volunteering in Budapest

Volunteering in Budapest can be a rewarding experience for many and gives a chance for individuals to learn about others and the community. Most organizations require a formal application, a personal statement, and/or some type of donation.

Find Volunteer Programs in Budapest

Youth in Action
European Union Program that offers young individuals (between the ages of 13 & 30) the opportunity to work as a volunteer for two to twelve months.

Non-Profit Portal
This website is an overall guide to volunteering in Hungary. Interested volunteers can find out about the history of volunteer work in Hungary, information for individuals interested, and organizations and lists of volunteer jobs.

The Volunteer Center of Hungarian Foundation
This foundation aims to support the work of volunteers and the organizations that employ them with information, advice, and training. The website includes many tips on how to get started as a volunteer in Hungary and adjust to the culture as well as a list of organizations.

Work Away
This website is a portal for individuals who are advertising and looking for volunteer work in Hungary. Interested volunteers can find work doing anything from a simple project around the house, Au Pair work, teaching English, or volunteering for a large or small organization.

The European Voluntary Service

The European Voluntary Service is a European Union program that offers young people (between 18 and 25) the opportunity to work as a volunteer for six to twelve months in a non-profit project abroad. The European Commission take in charge the travel costs for the young, the insurance (health, accident, public liability) and provides a monthly allowance from 140 to 220 euros.

Find a sending organization that will assist you individually along the procedure (you can find contacts through you National Agency, your National Coordinator or international volunteer organizations). Start contacting potential host organizations through your sending organization. You can have a look at the European database on accredited host organizations and the Youth organizations.

Travel Insurance for Volunteering in Hungary

Many volunteer programs also handle visa arrangements and include insurance coverage in their program fees or as part of their compensation. If the program does not arrange for visas, ask for a letter of introduction to present along with your application for a visa.

If the program you choose does not include insurance, it is highly recommended that you obtain a travel insurance policy that offers coverage for 24-hour emergency care. Check for quotes on Expat-Quotes.

You might also look at our other articles on Summer Jobs and Internship abroad on the left column of this page for other opportunities.

Update 25/08/2015


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