Information for applicants

South-North volunteer service in Germany

Would you like to go abroad?

Get to know other cultures, learn a new language, exchange experiences on faith with people of different heritage and collaborate on developmental and social projects?

Then you are warmly invited to do a volunteer service in Germany!

The Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Lower Saxony (ELM) would like to invite you to apply for a voluntary service of 12 months in Germany, starting each year in February. As a successful applicant through your stay in Germany you will enrich the people in the project place, in the congregation, in the partnership and in the ELM.

Together we will share and exchange social, intercultural, developmental and religious experiences.

In which projects can you participate in?

Depending on your interests, abilities and skills you will do your volunteer service in social diaconal organizations e.g. kindergartens or institutions for people with disabilities, or educational centers, or Christian guest houses.

What does a volunteer service in Germany entail?

In a volunteer service in Germany volunteers will be fully integrated into the working days of the project place – that means working 38 to 40 hours per week. The volunteers get an allowance of 150 Euros per month. Furthermore you will be medically insured and you will have full social insurance, accident and indemnity insurance. Board and lodging will be provided. The visa and travel costs from your hometown to your project places (and back) will be paid completely.

During the volunteer service you are entitled to at least 20 days of vacation. Additionally you will attend 30 educational days, for example workshops and seminars of the ELM.

Who can apply for a volunteer service in Germany?

  • You are between 18 and 28 years old
  • You have a degree from secondary school or higher
  • You participate in voluntary work in your partner churches or a NGO
  • You are willing to learn German and integrate into a culture different from your own

How to apply:

  • An Application Form
  • A tabular Curriculum Vitae
  • Three reference letters (in size A4) from three different persons who know you well. This can be pastors or deacons/deaconesses, leaders of youth groups, employers, teachers and so on; but preferably not three teachers or three pastors. It should not be written by a dependant or a friend of you.
  • A copy of your passport

Submitting an application to the ELM directly is NOT possible! Please contact our respective partner churches. 

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