What is volunteering?

How can I volunteer for the LDA Subotica (Interested in volunteering for the LDA Subotica?)
How can I volunteer abroad? (Volunteering in Subotica is all right, but I want to go abroad…)
What is the European Volunteer Service?

What is volunteering?
Volunteering means you work voluntarily, that means, by your own choice. You’re your work as a volunteer, you are not getting paid, but still your work is engaging and you carry a responsibility for it. You volunteer for a project or organization which’s’ vision you can share and that aims to contribute to the welfare of the society in general, of nature, or of some special community.


Why is volunteering important?
The economic role of volunteering work is very important. But also volunteers are recognized to have higher social and communication skills. As volunteers are working voluntarily, they are often higher motivated and bring in new ideas and develop creative projects of which the whole society gets a profit. The General assembly of the United Nations concluded that, without volunteers work not a single one of the eight UN millennium goals could be reached.


What do I get for my work as a volunteer?
As a volunteer you invest a lot of time, energy, heart and soul, but believe me, even if you don’t get a penny for your work, you get highly recompensed for your engagement. First, as a volunteer you get a unique learning opportunity. You get practical skills, such as how to organize an event, how to plan and implement a project, how to deal with authorities or how to write official letters. You develop your social skills. You learn how to communicate with different people, often with people you otherwise never would have met. All this skills will be useful to you in professional life, too. You also get a huge recompense by the feeling to work and to do something that is worth it, to do something good. And finally you met so many interesting people and often get to know friends for life.

Who can be a volunteer?
Everybody who is motivated and ready to sacrifice some time for his engagement, can get a volunteer.


I want to volunteer! What can I do?
Great!!!! First think about, where, what, why do you want to volunteer. There are a lot of different organizations in Serbia and abroad where you can volunteer. Watch and hear around you. If you find an organization, that seems interesting to you, ask if you can volunteer for them, and if, what kind of support they need.


Interested in volunteering for the LDA Subotica?
Even better!!! The LDA Subotica is always happy to receive new local volunteers. Local means, you are living in Subotica or its surroundings, and think to stay here, and support the LDA Subotica in its activities in this region. As a local volunteer of the LDA Subotica you will help to organize activities, such as the LDA stand at the Trenchtown-Festival, represent LDA in youth fairs and festivals, assist in the organization of events such as the Day of Europe, the 9th May.
As an motivated and committed LDA-volunteer you might also get the chance to participate in international youth exchanges and trainings.
Motivated? Just send an e-mail to Dejana Bibic:
We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Volunteering in Subotica is all right, but I want to go abroad…
LDA Subotica can you help to realize this dream as well. If you want to volunteer abroad, you might be interested in the European Unions Youth in Action Programme. The Action 2 of  Youth in Action is called: European Volunteer Service (EVS). As an EVS volunteer you can volunteer between 2 weeks and 12 months in Non-Profit-Organizations and social institutions in the whole European Union, plus in Lichtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Turkey. LDA Subotica is accredited  as a sending and hosting organization for EVS. Find more information about EVS right here. Under action 3.1 you might participate in international youth exchanges, study visits or trainings. If you want to get involved in this kind of activities, please contact Dejana Bibic.


What is the European Volunteer Service?
European Voluntary Service (EVS) enables young people to spend up to 12 months abroad as volunteers helping in local projects in various fields. EVS represents Action 2 of the Youth in Action Programme.
Volunteers who get involved in EVS projects participate in activities in different fields such as: environment, arts and culture, activities with children, young people or elderly, heritage, sports, etc.

All this comply with the following general principles of EVS that activities must:

– take place in a country other than where the volunteer lives;
– be non – profit making and unpaid;
– bring an added value to the host organization and the local community;
– last for a limited period, normally between 2 weeks and 12 months;
– promote universal peace, dialogues, tolerance and solidarity;
– contribute to building long– lasting and solid partnerships;
– give participants a better understanding of their own situations and cultures and help them explore their identities;
– contribute to develop the voluntary sector and civil society


What are the benefits?
Non-formal learning. Volunteering trough EVS provides young people with a real-life international learning experience, encouraging social integration, increasing employability and offering opportunities to show solidarity with other people.
Intercultural learning is a powerful tool for learning about ourselves and others, for learning how we feel about and how to deal with cultural diversity, and how to understand and respect differences among us.
Organizations and local communities are strengthened by the experience of European partnerships – exchanging cultural knowledge and good practice, increasing awareness and understanding of international youth work.


Why volunteering?
Volunteering is one of the most efficient instruments for young people’s non-formal education. Through volunteering young people acquire new knowledge, skills and competences. At the same time, being exposed to intercultural challenges and new personal experiences, they expand their horizons, learn more about themselves and grow as human beings.


Why some young people did EVS?

– to become more independent
– to learn new skills
– to spend time in another country
– to make new friends
– to get working experience
– to learn about other cultures
– to improve language skills
– to find out about myself
– because I was unemployed


Copied from:  (Developing European Voluntary Service Projects between Partners from European Union and South East Europe, SALTO-YOOUTH, Ljubljana, 2006)