German-French Voluntary Service
The German-French Voluntary Service (Deutsch-Französischer Freiwilligendienst) is a program coordinated by the German-French Youth Office DFJW (www.dfjw.org) since 2006. It is based on partnership and reciprocity. A German and a French association send and host a young German or French volunteer and take care of him/her during their stay in the partner country.
The aim of the program is to promote intercultural exchange and to gather professional as well as language skills.
In order to participate, volunteers must be between 18 and 25 years old. French volunteers in Germany work for 12 months in a non-profit organisation within the fields of culture, environment, social work or sports. During this time the volunteers receive binational support through intercultural seminars to give them an understanding of the German language and culture.
Furthermore volunteers are pedagogically and financially supported by the agency Service Civique (www.service-civique.gouv.fr), the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the DFJW and several French and German associations. An allowance as well as money for board and lodging, travel costs and language course will be paid by the host organisations and the DFJW.
The German-French Youth Office provides an overview about the voluntary service: volontariat.ofaj.org