EU Aid Volunteers purpose is to carry out European scheme for humanitarian aid in the coming years. Sending EU Aid Volunteers allows certified organisations to take part in that scheme.
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, flood, seism, volcanic eruptions…)
Recruited volunteers form teams working in hosting organizations based in disaster affected countries. There, they reinforce their hosting structures’ capacity to prevent and manage risks linked to natural disasters and improve the resilience of local community in case of disaster.
Each and every sending organisation eligible to the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must meet a set of criteria and adhere to the standards and procedures of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative. If they do so, they can be certified by the European Commission (more on the certification below).
Every candidate organisation must:
- be active in the field of humanitarian aid.
- belong to any of the following categories:
- non-governmental not-for-profit organisations established in a EU Member State
- civilian public law bodies from a Member State;
- the International Federation of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
- Organisations established in acceding countries, candidate countries, potential candidates and partner countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy, countries members of the European Economic Area (EEA) can participate at a later stage when these countries have signed agreements with the EU covering the programme.