Overview: The Federal Volunteer Service (in German: Bundesfreiwilligendienst – BFD) is a special voluntary program initiated by the German government, which started in July 2011.The Incoming program is designed for motivated, socially committed women and men of 18 years and up whose permanent residence is outside Germany.
Target Group: Anyone
Benefits: Support with visa application (official invitation) prior to service
An allowance of at least 150 euros per month during the duration of the service
Free room and board while in Germany
Free health, accident and liability insurance
Contractually regulated holidays
Educational and administrative backing and support through the Friends of Waldorf Education during the voluntary service
20 accompanying seminar days, free of charge, at the beginning, during and at the close of the voluntary service, as well as transportation costs to and from the seminars
Requirements:be at least 18 years old (there is no maximum age).
have permanent residency outside Germany.
be socially motivated and show dedication to your work or engagement.
know at least the basics of the German language. For those working in the fields of curative education (children with disabilities) and senior care (homes for the elderly), a good to excellent knowledge of German is a must. If at all possible, you should provide a certification of your studies or other official proof of your German language skills. It also expected that you be prepared to improve your German during the duration of your voluntary service.
have already gathered practical experience in working with people with special needs or with the elderly. Should you not have this experience, you will be required to carry out a 2-week internship or training program at a qualifying institution in your home country. The Friends of Waldorf Education will be happy to assist you in making contact with organisations that fulfil these criteria.
be prepared to work for 12 months in a full-time capacity. Shorter terms of service are not possible.
be entirely open to living together with the residents and patients of an institution for curative therapy (children with disabilities), social therapy (adults with disabilities) or a home for the elderly.
be eager for personal development and be ready to integrate yourself fully in a new culture and work environment.
show initiative and a strong sense of social engagement, as these fields of work will, at least in part, be quite demanding. Additionally, most of the institutions are located in rural agrarian areas.
How to Apply: Please send your COMPLETD application for the German voluntary service ONLY via e-mail (incoming[at]freunde-waldorf.de):
1. Application form 1
2. Application form 2
4. Photo in jpg format (max. 250 KB)Passport photo
5. Reference for a social internship (further details about the internship)
6. German language certificate (minimum level A1, with minimum score “Good”) (further details about the German knowledge)
7. A legible copy of your passport
8. References from your host family (if you have worked as an Au Pair in Germany or another German-speaking country.
9. Confirmation for the attendance of Waldorf education seminars, certificates of job training, job references if you have already worked in Waldorf institutions before and would like to undergo further training (only for applicants to Waldorf schools and kindergartens)
10. A copy of your driver‘s license (if applicable)
Deadline: For a voluntary service starting in August 2018 please apply from 1st November 2017 until 28th February 2018.
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