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Federal Voluntary Service Agreement


If you want to get involved in the common good outside of work and school, you can complete a federal voluntary service.

They can complete the Federal Voluntary Service in the social, ecological and cultural fields, in the field of sport, integration or in civil and disaster protection. You can choose for yourself in which area, at which location and at which location you are involved.

The following key points apply to the Federal Voluntary Service:

  • The standard duration is 12 months, at least 6, maximum 18 months. In exceptional cases, assignments of up to 24 months are also possible (for example, if there is a special pedagogical concept).
  • If you are older than 27 years, you can also complete the Federal Voluntary Service part-time (at least 20 hours per week).
  • You will receive pocket money: The maximum amount is currently EUR 390.00 per month.
  • Your contributions to social security and statutory accident insurance are paid by the employment agency.
  • If you complete the 12-month Federal Voluntary Service, you are generally entitled to unemployment benefit.
  • Your parents, if you are younger than 25 years of age and are doing federal voluntary service, can receive child benefit or tax allowances for you.
  • The basis of the assignment is the conclusion of an individual agreement between you and the Federal Office for Family and Civil Society Tasks (BAFzA).

The first six weeks of service are considered a probationary period. The service can be terminated during this time with a notice period of two weeks. After the probationary period, the notice period is four weeks, each at the end of the 15th or the end of the month. In addition, the employment relationship can also be terminated prematurely for an important reason – for example, because of the start of vocational training or studies.

During the service, the Occupational Health and Safety Act or the Youth Employment Protection Act as well as the provisions of the Federal Leave Act apply. For example, with a period of service of twelve months, you are entitled to 24 days of leave.

Work clothes, accommodation and meals can be provided or the costs for this can be reimbursed.
In the case of social insurance, the Federal Voluntary Service is equivalent to a training relationship. The contributions for pension, accident, health, long-term care and unemployment insurance are paid by the employment agency.

As part of the special programme "Federal Voluntary Service with Refugee Reference", up to 10,000 new BFD places are made available every year. The occupancy of these places must be related to refugee aid. This means that the assignment must take place in refugee aid or the service must be provided by refugees.

If you want to start a Federal Voluntary Service (BFD), you must first look for a job:

  • Deployment sites can be found via the Deployment Site Exchange of the Federal Voluntary Service. However, you can also inquire directly in institutions and projects. The only important thing is that the deployment site is recognized for the Federal Voluntary Service. If this institution is not yet recognised as a placement in the BFD, it can be recognised for it.
  • With the placement site, you agree on the specific contractual content of your BFD and fill out the agreement on the performance of the Federal Voluntary Service. The agreement is forwarded by the department, with the signatures of the parties involved.
  • You will then receive a confirmation letter with the agreement from the Federal Office for Family and Civil Society Tasks
  • You must have completed full-time compulsory education.
  • If you do not have German citizenship, you need a residence permit that allows you to work in Germany.
  • Some services require an occupational health examination. Please ask your place of employment
  • Identity card or residence permit
  • if applicable, proof of occupational health examination


Note: Placements and institutions may have fixed deadlines for applications and commencement of service.

Average 6 weeks, maximum 3 months

Forms: Agreement on the performance of a federal voluntary service
Online procedure possible: no
Written form required: yes
Personal appearance necessary: yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

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