Volunteering is taking up an activity, spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment,  an organization, or someone who you are not closely related to. Volunteering can give a sense of belonging and foster a community spirit. It is a good way to integrate and feel at home in your adopted country.

Everybody can do volunteering as from the year in which you turn 16 years. Having the Belgian nationality is not mandatory. All E.E.A. nationals and persons with a valid residence permit can do volunteering.

Action steps

  • Determine which type of volunteering suits you best: What are my goals and expectations? How much time do I have available? What kind of tasks would I like to undertake? Which skills can I offer?
  • Search for a volunteering opportunity that matches your skills, interests and availability.
  • Volunteering jobs are interwoven in Belgian society, as well in big organizations like the Red Cross, WWF, as small local associations like the local youth association, the local hospital, the local museum, etc. You can contact them directly or you can search on the internet to find an interesting volunteering opportunity:

Attention points

  • You will find a lot of different opportunities on the Internet, as there are many organizations that would welcome your help. It is advisable to find out what the organization is trying to accomplish and how their volunteering program works.
  • To protect you as a volunteer, there is a legal framework of volunteering. You can verify your rights and obligations as a volunteer in the law of 3 July 2005.

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