Work as a volunteer
As an applicant for international protection, you may work as a volunteer. This is a good way to meet new people, learn the language and gain new experiences.
What is volunteer work?
If you help others without personal gain, on a voluntary basis and without making money, then this is called voluntary work. As a volunteer
- You do not earn any money. You will sometimes get a small volunteer fee
- You do work outside your family or friend circle
- You do not have an employment contract. You can however ask for a volunteer's contract.
Examples of volunteer work:
- helping children with their school work
- training young people at a sports club
- supporting older people or people with disabilities
- helping an organisation with a concert or activity.
It is possible that the organisation for whom you are doing volunteer work will pay for your bus, tram or train ticket.
Who can work as a volunteer?
- You must be at least 15 years old.
- You have submitted an application for international protection
- Or you are entitled to reception (you stay in a reception centre)