The EU Aid Volunteers initiative is open to EU citizens from a wide range of backgrounds and with different experiences, from newcomers to experienced professionals. The selection of EU Aid Volunteers will be driven by the humanitarian needs in the sector at the time of recruitment and guided by equal opportunities and non-discrimination principles. Volunteers are European Union citizens and long-term residents in an EU Member State. The minimum age for volunteers is 18 and there is no upper limit.

You want to join the EU Aid Volunteers initiative ? Learn more here.


#1 : Seismic and Volcanic risks Prevention in Quito, Ecuador

The European Guild and the Ecuasol Foundation are putting together a team of 6 EU Aid Volunteers, both from junior and senior profiles. Together, they will work on a prevention and resilience project tackling the seismic and volcanic risks in the country.

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2 Senior Positions

  • Project Management and Team Coordination in Ecuador (closed)
  • Post disaster and post conflict assessment and recovery in Ecuador (closed)

3 Junior Positions

  • Finance and Accounting, Logistics in Ecuador (closed)
  • Community-based Development in Ecuador (closed)
  • Communication (including visibility, public relations and advocacy) in Ecuador (closed)

#2 : Food security in Hinche, Haïti

The European Guild and the Mouvement Paysan Papaye are recruiting 2 volunteers, both from junior and senior profiles, who will work on a food security project in the province of Hinche, Haiti.

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1 Senior Position

  • Finance and Accounting Officer (closed)

1 Junior Position

  • Resilience Building Officer (closed)

Do you have what it takes to be a EU Aid Volunteers ?

There is not a unique profile ! Each assignment will have its specific competence requirements. Generally, there will be two main volunteer profiles within the EU Aid Volunteers initiative:

  • Junior professionals (Less than 5 years of work experience)
  • Senior professionals (More than 5 years of work experience)

Each assignment will specify whether the volunteer needed is a senior or junior professional. Some EU Aid Volunteers will have specialist knowledge relevant in the context of humanitarian aid such as:

  • logistics and transport
  • organisational development and capacity building
  • water and sanitation, protection and shelter
  • nutrition and health
  • disaster data and knowledge
  • medical and paramedical services

You have one of those qualifications and you are willing to give your time and skills ? You are EU Aid Volunteers material !

Do I need previous volunteering experience?

The profile for each volunteering placement will depend on the humanitarian needs of the hosting organisation and the context of deployment. You will not necessarily need previous volunteering experience. However, please refer to the competence profile of the vacancy you are interested in, in order to understand whether your profile is adequate for the position.

Do I need previous experience in humanitarian settings?

You can apply if your profile matched the required competences. As a junior professional, you may be required to first spend up to six months in a European organisation (apprenticeship placement) in order to familiarise yourself with the humanitarian nature of your project.

You think you are fit to be a EU Aid Volunteers ? Great ! It’s time to apply.

The European Guild is working on EU Aid Volunteers deployments projects. Our vacancies will be published on this website, the European Guild’s main website or on the ECHO platform. Once you have spotted the mission you are interested in, you will have to apply directly with us through our website.

To apply, please fill the application package and send it back to the specified email address. Selected candidates will then be contacted for an interview. If successful, they will attend a special training before being deployed on the field.

The first vacancies are out ! 

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Every deployment will be built on prior needs assessment of the specific context. The volunteers will work on different types of assignments based on that previous analysis, depending on their competence profile and experience. The activities performed by the EU Aid Volunteers will be in fields such as organisational development and capacity-building, project management, disaster risk management support, food and nutrition, water and sanitation, etc.

Keep posted to learn more about EU Aid Volunteers missions with the European Guild !

The missions will take place in disaster affected countries. The volunteers will be affected to one of the certified hosting organization working in the EU Aid Volunteers framework. The complete list of those organisation can be found on the ECHO website and will be posted here when available.

The European Guild is currently deploying in Ecuador. 

How long will I be deployed ?

The length of deployment depends on the specific project the volunteer works on. This can be from 1 month to over a year.

Will I be paid ?

The programme covers your expenses during the deployment, including travel costs, insurances, and accommodation is provided. In addition, EU Aid Volunteers will receive a monthly subsistence allowance covering everyday expenses such as food, local transport and other expenses. Rates for these will depend on the country of deployment.

Will I be trained? 

Adequate training is an essential part of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative. All EU Aid Volunteers will participate in a centrally organized training programme where their readiness for deployment will be assessed.

The training session will contain modules such as:

  • Introduction to the European Union, its external relations and crisis response system;
  • Introduction to humanitarian action, the Union humanitarian aid policy and the EU Aid Volunteers
  • Managing personal safety, health and security;
  • Project management
  • Inter-cultural awareness and scenario-based exercise
  • Many other optional modules…

Online volunteering

You want to be part of the EU Aid Volunteers adventure but you can’t leave your country? You can still help !

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative will offer the chance to join an online volunteering platform, where volunteers will have the chance to get in touch with organisations that need support that can be offered remotely.

The EU Aid Volunteers online volunteering platform is a tool that offers the opportunity to organisations and volunteers to get in touch and work together on specific assignments. Organisations and volunteers will need to register in order to have access to the online volunteering platform. More information and links to the platform will be available in 2016.