European Union Aid Volunteer Initiative

EU Aid Volunteers is a new initiative which has been developed by the European Union’s Humanitarian Office, DG ECHO. The EU Aid Volunteers initiative will contribute to the EU's humanitarian efforts in the following areas: disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and by enhancing the link between relief, rehabilitation and development. This will be done through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers in countries where the EU is delivering humanitarian assistance. The initiative will in this manner provide a path for Europeans eager to help practically where help is most urgently needed.

The number of natural and man-made disasters in the world has significantly increased over the last years and this trend is unfortunately likely to continue. Humanitarian organisations need more well-prepared people to support them helping communities struck by disasters.  Many Europeans are eager to help practically where it is most needed. The EU Aid Volunteers' initiative will provide them with the opportunity to do so. Visit the ECHO website for more information.

In the period 2011-2014 DG ECHO has piloted the EUAV Initiative in three consecutive rounds of projects. VSO has participated in two pilot projects during this period. Read about phase 1 (concluded April 2013) and our current activities in phase 2.


VSO releases new film celebrating the efforts of EU Aid volunteers Arnoud Keizer and Efrath Silver in their work on flood mapping and disaster prevention policy in the typhoon-prone Philippines.

Brussels photo exhibition showcasing inspiring work of EU Aid volunteers in India and the Philippines, by celebrated photographer Peter Caton on December 2 2014

Commissioner Georgieva recognises VSO EU Aid Volunteers’ contribution to resilience building in Haiyan-affected areas

Commissioner Georgieva with Efrath Silver, Arnoud Keizer, Monika Beutel and Benjamin Konig
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