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Young Europeans support disabled people

Європейська молодь підтримує людей з обмеженими можливостями

Dates: 01-02-2018 - 31-01-2019

Place: Hamburg, Germany

Type: European Voluntary Service

Participants: 1

Deadline: 15-07-2017


The principal object is to support the disabled adults in a comprehensive and individual way to enable them to live as independently as possible and to participate in social and cultural life. „Integration“, „Normalisation“ and „Self-Advocacy“ are the primary aims of our work. We be-lieve that integration is a question of our attitudes toward disabled persons as well as the cir-cumstances and chances given to disabled people by society.

The individual is the focus of our work which we divide in the following fields:

  •  physical well-being
  • coping with day to day life
  • mobility and orientation
  • leisure time activities
  • social contacts
  • occupational choices.


The volunteers give individual and leisure-time orientated support to disabled adults.

Important aspects of the volunteer’s work are:

  • gaining an understanding of what it means to be disabled and dependent;
  • recognising where individual non-professional assistance is needed;
  • establishing a basis of communication and understanding;
  • learning to give the needed support to the group and the individual.

An important aim of our work is to integrate disabled people into society.

Our volunteers assist and support the disabled people in all daily activities. A special focus is the participation in social and cultural activities e.g.:

  • day trips (sight-seeing, shopping, museum etc.)
  • holidays (we organise special holidays for a week with approx. 6 disabled adults and the same number of staff members)
  • visits to football matches, concerts, cinemas, discos, restaurants etc.

The volunteers participate in these activities and offer additional individual help. At the same time the EVS-participants get a lot of impressions not only about working with disabled people but they also learn something about the country, its people, language and culture.

The volunteers are welcome to create their own projects with the disabled people according to their ideas and interests, e.g. workshops to special themes, video and photo projects, evenings that stand in the light of a special theme, internet group, presentation of their home country. It is also possible to develop projects together with other volunteers of the BHH.

We support especially the development of intercultural projects which are destinated to show some aspects of the origin culture of the volunteer for ex. by playing games, cooking, music, fotos etc.


The volunteer should be between 18 and 30 years old. The profile of the volunteers is not strongly limited and is open for all people who would like to work with people with disabilities. The main requirement is the readiness to work with disabled people. Volunteers must be ready to spend their days with these people and help them with everyday activities as well as have desire to do their own projects. It is advisable that the volunteers have a basic knowledge of German or at least good English skills.

Financial conditions

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. All expenses for visa, insurance, accommodation, food and international travel costs are fully covered. The volunteer will also receive pocket money monthly. German language courses will be provided.

How to apply?

In order to apply please send your CV and motivation letter in English (no more than 1 page) to and make clear why you’d like to work with disabled people. If you have a preference for the work with people who are disabled mentally or physically, please, specify this in your application. 

Also, please indicate that you are ready to start the project in February 2018 and spend 12 months in Germany (in some cases, the organizers allow to reduce the project to 10 months, but this should be noted in your application).

In the subject of your e-mail please indicate «EVS in Germany, Hamburg».