There are two kinds of voluntary service in Germany:
BFD is an abbreviation for Bundes-Freiwilligen-Dienst (Federal Voluntary Service).
FSJ is an abbreviation for Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr (Voluntary Social Year).
Both voluntary services serve the areas of culture and education.
Helping people in a cultural or educational institution.
If these institutions participate in the voluntary service, they are called assignment locations.
Voluntary service is about helping at various assignment locations on a voluntary basis.
These people want to do it. They want to help others.
They are doing something good for society.
In Germany, this is called voluntary work, or voluntary commitment.
People doing a voluntary service are called volunteers.
Voluntary service is a special kind of volunteering.
Certain rules apply to voluntary service:
- Volunteers help out at their assignment location for at least 20.5 hours a week, for 6 to 18 months.
- Volunteers carry out activities that interest them. They contribute their own experiences.
- Volunteers do not get paid as they would in a regular job. But they do receive a little money for their help.
- In extra courses, volunteers learn interesting things for their work and future career.
- Volunteers meet fellow volunteers during their voluntary service.
Voluntary service should be fun.