Become an International Volunteer
International volunteering supports development projects and facilitates friendships between people from different countries.
Live a volunteering experience abroad
International volunteering, a service offered by Fondacio, is aimed at volunteers who wish to work for a fairer world and helps them to integrate development projects.
Every year, a hundred young people get involved in the development of solidarity projects for Fondacio. These missions are aimed at all those who are looking for a strong human experience and who wish to integrate a solid organization with a significant project.
Before starting to work and then working continuously for years, I wanted to take a break and see another reality. I thought it was important and wanted to leave France a long time ago to give some of my time. And in reality, I'm the winner here.quitting
International volunteering with Fondacio
It is characterized by:
- its diversity of missions: education, health, humanitarian…
- its diversity of duration: short, medium or long stay
- its diversity of destinations: Africa, South America or Asia
- its support: before, during and after the mission, reinforced by the local presence of Fondacio members, which allows direct contact with the populations.
Working for a More United World
Each year, a hundred young people get involved in the development of solidarity projects for Fondacio. These missions are aimed at all those looking for a strong human experience with a meaningful project.
Some of our partners
To prepare or support volunteers, Fondacio works closely with:
- France Volunteers
- The guild
- The Catholic Delegation for Cooperation (DCC)
- The Cooperation and Development Service
- The Volunteering NGO Liaison Committee
Before you commit: what questions to ask yourself?
Everyone must ask themselves what are the real motivations that push them to act in this direction.
Why? Because volunteering is an intense experience that requires real personal work before, during and after the mission. This work on oneself is an integral part of the mission process.
What are the causes that concern you the most?
Who do you want to help in particular?
What are your skills, your availability, your real motivations?
What type of job would best suit your personality?
Do you want to stay in France or go abroad?
The different types of volunteering
Initiation volunteering: 1 month – One month in Africa or Latin America. This is an opportunity to live a unique adventure in contact with local populations, and to provide concrete support for a project. You will participate in the construction or renovation of infrastructure essential to the population (schools, health centers, training centers, etc.) while living a real personal journey.
Exchange of skills in volunteering: from 3 to 11 months – These missions are organized according to local needs and the skills that the volunteer can bring to the project. They allow volunteers to discover the world through useful experiences and concrete actions of a social, economic, educational nature… The duration is adapted according to the wishes expressed by the volunteer and the needs of the project, it can range from three months to two years.
International solidarity volunteering: from 12 to 24 months – The missions take place in the countries where Fondacio is present, provided that the security requirements are met. Volunteers are received by local Fondacio officials and are under their responsibility throughout their stay. The needs are many and varied. Some are easily identifiable and require a regular flow of volunteers, others are more punctual. Thus, we have no standard mission and the needs may arise from an application with an atypical or attractive profile. However, there are positions available on a permanent basis. The most frequent needs relate to support for very poor people (street children, disabled children, etc.), as well as support for existing structures (schools, orphanages, dispensaries, etc.).
Conditions for leaving with Fondacio
Be over 18 at the time of the mission.
The missions we offer are part of Fondacio, a Christian structure aimed at a wide audience. It is desirable that our volunteers, without having to be believers, know and share a minimum of values (listening, welcoming others, sharing and giving of oneself) in order to feel at ease in destination places.
A desire to be open to a different culture and way of life.
Proof of a skill that can be put into practice in one of the mission areas offered by Fondacio.
Be able to adapt to new living conditions, to work in a team.
Speak Spanish if you want to carry out a mission in Latin America and English if you want to go to Asia.
Be prepared to undertake a fundraising process, as Fondacio cannot provide the necessary funds for all volunteers. We support you in this process and help you accomplish this mission. We attach particular importance to financing everyone’s project. We believe that fundraising is an integral part of everyone’s project.
Before leaving for a long period, Volontariat International organizes training courses to help volunteers prepare for their mission. We also assist you in your administrative procedures: passport, visa, vaccinations… It is necessary to allow a period of 6 to 9 months between your request and the date of your departure.
I flew for a year of volunteering in the Philippines with the Fondacio association. I put my skills in marketing and communication at the service of the various projects of the association: Green Pastures, IFFASIA and YLDC.
Three projects whose common mission is to help the most disadvantaged young people to access training in order to offer them a bright future.
This experience was unforgettable! A year full of smiles, discoveries and learning with people at the heart of the projects. Thank you Fondacio! I already dream of returning to the Philippines to reconnect with everyone we met.
After 9 months at Oasis, I only see the opportunity I had to work in an "open day" where actors from all countries and all generations meet.
Living to the rhythm of a neighborhood like this, trying to understand such a different reality and having the chance to share a little of the daily life of the inhabitants, is also a way of learning humility.
Volunteering at Fondacio... Quite an adventure! Arrived for 6 months at Fondacio Chile, I will have finally stayed there for 2 years! I was won over by the sheer generosity of the Chilean welcome, by the strength of the encounters I had in the underprivileged neighborhood in which I live and by the contagious enthusiasm aroused by the social projects developed at Fondacio. These two years have been a lifelong learning experience, on a professional, human and personal level. I leave with new or reinforced skills, an openness to the world, greater self-confidence, tenfold social awareness and motivation, a search for and reinforcement for simplicity.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be able to live this enriching experience in every way.