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Political and social involvement

Many people are involved with political parties and trade unions. Others choose to pursue volunteer work.
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Voluntary work in the fields of sport and culture, for example, often involve direct support for other people. Socio-political involvement in parties, trade unions, and NGOs, meanwhile, enables people to help shape things on a strategic and political level. Here volunteering opens a door to intensive democratic participation. The major established organisations, however, are finding it increasingly difficult to get volunteers on board.

Commitment among young people

There is particular potential for volunteer work in the 14 to 24-year age bracket. The interest in volunteer services shows that young adults are willing to get involved in society. The Federal Volunteer Service has been in place since 2011. It is open to all age groups and complements the model, in existence for over 55 years, of the voluntary social year for young people and young adults. At the end of 2020, more than 39,000 such volunteers were serving.

It is also possible to do voluntary work abroad, for example through the International Volunteer Service of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the Weltwärts programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, or the Kulturweit volunteer service by the German UNESCO Commission in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.