People wishing to go on humanitarian missions are numerous and their personal reasons varied.
Many associations, NGOs and foundations offer international solidarity missions, but it is sometimes difficult to know how and with whom to leave. To choose a humanitarian mission tailored to your desires,think carefully about your project and your goals.
1. Up to 26 years: Civic Service abroad
The Civic Service allows young people to carry out a mission of general interest in France or abroad. All humanitarian missions of the Civil Service abroad are listed on this site: www.service-civique.gouv.fr
The requirements for a Civic Service:
Be between the ages of 16 and 25,
To be a national of an EU country or to live in France for more than a year.
A mission lasts between 6 and 12 months. The volunteer signs a contract with the host organization and receives a compensation of 467 euros, paid by the State. Other aid may be received, particularly from the beneficiaries of the RSA.
2. For a mission in Europe: the European Voluntary Service (SVE)
The SEV allows you to participate in a project of interest in various fields. The missions are mainly in Europe, but they can also take place in other countries, partners of the Youth in Action programme (Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon…)
The list of these sending bodies is available on the European Commission’s website.
In order to carry out a European Voluntary Service mission, you must:
Be between the ages of 18 and 30
– reside in a member country of the European Union or in a partner country of the Youth in Action programme.
Missions last between 2 and 12 months. Each volunteer receives full care in the host country: housing, food, social protection. Its travel costs are also covered at 90%.
3. For a team mission: volunteer on an international construction site
The projects bring together groups of young volunteers supervised by facilitators.
A mission lasts on average 2 to 3 weeks. Participation in an international project can have a significant cost. Please note that the cost of registering for the site does not always include the cost of travel insurance.
4. The International Solidarity Volunteer (VSI)
International Solidarity Volunteering missions are always held outside Europe,mainly in Africa, Asia or Latin America. To become a volunteer, contact one of the 25 associations approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
To be able to go on a VSI you have to be of age and without professional activity.
Missions are 6 months to 2 years. It is possible to carry out several missions for various associations but their total duration should not be more than 6 years. Each VSI receives a monthly allowance, the amount of which must be between 100 and 813 euros. It also benefits from taking care of its social security coverage abroad as well as participating in the costs of transport, accommodation and food.
5. For a humanitarian trip: go with an NGO
Many NGOs offer humanitarian missions around the world. However, these missions are often quite expensive. Check the seriousness of the body carefully as scams are common in this environment.
6. Votre assurance santé pour une mission humanitaire
It is essential to take out international health insurance when you go on a humanitarian mission abroad. Long-term travel insurance or mission insurance abroad is all the more important and useful if you are going to countries with insufficient medical infrastructure as is often the case on humanitarian missions. Insurance abroad must include repatriationassistance and a minimum of medical expenses ideally at least 150,000 euros and rather 500,000 euros if you go to countries with high medical cost.