Due to the remit of UK-German Connection, we are unable to offer direct assistance and advice on voluntary placements in Germany. However, we have put together a number of links to external organisations which might be able to help.

Voluntary placements are a great idea if you are not sure what it is you want to do whilst you are abroad. Even though you are not getting paid, they can look really good on your CV, as well as offer you a great opportunity to gain experience of living and working abroad. Voluntary placements vary from organisation to organisation. They can involve anything from working with children or old people to helping to conserve areas of Bavarian wetland!

Useful links

British Council - Study Work Create

Site by the British Council for 16-25-year-olds looking to travel and work abroad

Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners e.V.

A group which offers voluntary placements in Germany

VIA e.V.

International and intercultural exchange programmes


List of volunteer work placements abroad

European Voluntary Service

Opportunities for young people to spend 2-12 months volunteering abroad

Most organisations will expect you to have some knowledge of German. You can check the level of your German with the Goethe-Institut's online test: