The EU Aid Volunteers Initiative is a program funded by the European Commission, in order to develop its humanitarian aid actions. It targets European sending organisations with experience in deploying volunteers on missions outside the European Union. Hosting organisations receive volunteers and are responsible for the induction phase, designating mentors, and ensuring the provision of adequate accommodation and working conditions.


In order to host EU Aid Volunteers, each organisation must:

  • Adhere to the standards and procedures of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and be certified by the European Commission (more information on certification below).
  • Be active in the field of humanitarian aid.
  • Belong to any of the following categories:
    • non-governmental not-for-profit organisations operating or established in a third country under the laws in force in that country;
    • public law bodies of a civilian character, governed by the law of a third country;
    • international agencies and organisations.

The purpose of EU Aid Volunteers is to support and reinforce hosting organisations’ activities:

EU Aid Volunteers are qualified individuals of both junior and senior profiles. They offer skills and/or expertise in various areas, such as:  

  • project management
  • building local community resilience
  • managing natural disasters consequences (for example: draught, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions…)

Recruited volunteers join teams working in hosting organisations based in disaster-affected countries. There, they reinforce their hosting organisation’s capacity to prevent and manage risks linked to disasters and improve the resilience of local communities in case of disasters.


You are an organisation based in a disaster-affected country and you are interested in hosting EU Aid Volunteers?

Every hosting organisation must obtain the EU Aid Volunteers certification before setting up projects and hosting EU Aid Volunteers to help them reinforce their capacities on the field.

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative is a project funded and coordinated by the European Commission. To achieve its objective, the Commission set up a number of standards for hosting agencies to achieve in terms of volunteer management.

You are interested in hosting EU Aid Volunteers? This page will give you an overview of the benefits and requirements for your organisation to be certified. The details concerning the certification requirements can also be found on the European Commission website.

More on the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative 

La Guilde leads one Capacity Building project:


Led by La Guilde, this is a capacity building project implemented by a consortium composed of EU and non EU-based organisations from Ireland, Greece, Togo, Myanmar, and Peru. Capacity building activities help organisations with compliance with the EU standards and procedures required to obtain the EU Aid Volunteers certification and to host EU Aid Volunteers.

Learn more!