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Federal Voluntary Service Information

Since 1 July 2011, persons who have completed full-time compulsory education have been able to perform a federal voluntary service. The Federal Voluntary Service promotes lifelong learning and strengthens the common good.

Possible reasons for the Federal Voluntary Service are:

  • You want to make good use of idle time up to the start of the study,
  • get to know possible areas of work,
  • re-enter a profession as part of a voluntary commitment, or
  • socially, culturally or ecologically for other people.

If you are interested in a commitment in the social, cultural, ecological or other public service-oriented area within the framework of the Federal Voluntary Service, please inform yourself first about possible areas of application and locations.

The following key points apply to the Federal Voluntary Service:

  • The normal duration is 12 months, at least 6, maximum 24 months.
  • If you are over 27 years of age, you can also complete the Federal Voluntary Service on a part-time basis (at least 20 hours per week).
  • You will receive pocket money: The maximum amount is 372.00 Euros per month.
  • Your contributions to social security and statutory accident insurance are paid by the office.
  • If you complete the 12-month Federal Voluntary Service, you are generally entitled to unemployment benefit.
  • During the Federal Voluntary Service, you are entitled to child benefit.
  • The basis of the assignment is the conclusion of an individual agreement between you and the Federal Office for Family and Civil Society Tasks (BAFzA).

As part of the special programme "Federal Voluntary Service with Refugee Reference", up to 10,000 new places will be made available annually in addition to the existing 35,000 BFD places. The occupancy of these places must be related to refugee aid, i.e. the use must be made in refugee aid or the service must be provided by refugees. The special programme is limited to 31.12.2018.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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