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The reverse voluntary service takes place in the context of the Federal Voluntary Service (“BFD”). In addition to their service in the deployment sites, the volunteers are integrated into the local partnership work.

The diocese of Trier offers numerous social institutions where volunteers can apply for. As the operation site can act any social / cultural institution in the Diocese of Trier, which has a BFD recognition.

Basically: The voluntary service is not a vocational education or training and does not replace any professional activity. It merely creates insights into social areas of activity. By providing a practical guide for the volunteers the deployment site guarantees a proper introduction and training of the volunteer.

The assignment of the volunteers is done after consultation with the various stakeholders by the responsible assistant of SoFiA e.V. Working in the deployment sites is, as common in Germany, usually 39 hours / week (an average of 8 hours / day). During the voluntary service the volunteer is entitled to a minimum of 24 vacation days.

For more information on the individual areas of activity:

  • Care for the elderly

    Care for the elderly offers a wide spectrum of possibilities of involvement. The assignments take place at:

    • Outpatients’ care centres
    • Social services centres
    • Mobile social services
    • People’s homes or centres for the elderly
    • Day care centres for the elderly

    Volunteers support full-time personnel in accompanying and taking care for elderly and handicapped persons, in dealing with things of everyday life, helping with meals, helping with dressing and undressing, with personal hygiene, leisure activities etc.

  • Help for the disabled

    Help for the disabled people offers many different fields of deployment. Volunteers are working together in:

    • Integrated kindergartens and day care centres
    • Special needs day centres
    • Special needs schools
    • Hostels
    • Workshops
    • Vocational training institutions for physically handicapped persons

    There they take on, among other things, the following tasks. Support for handicapped persons with the tasks of

    • Everyday life:
    • Helping with personnel hygiene
    • Helping with shopping
    • Assistance in cooking
    • Accompanying patients to doctors’ and therapy appointments
    • Support in caring for the dwelling
    • Planning together leisure activities
    • Support with domestic tasks
    • Assistance at the place of work
    • Helping with care tasks
    • School assistance tasks
    • Care and support
  • All-day school

    Volunteers are also involved in caring for children and young people at all-day schools:

    • Supervising homework
    • Doing sports and leisure activities
    • School activities
    • Organisational tasks
    • Supporting teaching
    • Work group offers
  • Community work

    In Community work people are supported in difficult life situations within their surroundings.
    Assignments can take place within the framework of district social work in a district office or in a so-called “social problem area”.
    Volunteers become involved in

    • caring for children and young people
    • helping with homework
    • planning and involvement in holiday actions
    • organisational tasks
    • supporting the Contact Café
  • Working with children and young people

    There are numerous assignments working with children and young people, for example at:

    • Youth cafés, clubs and centres
    • Special centres for pastoral work with children and young people
    • Youth welfare facilities
    • Kindergartens and child day-care centres
    • ‘Play centres‘

    Volunteers become involved in:

    • Everyday care of children and young people
    • Planning and holding leisure activities
    • Course of actions and projects
    • Helping and supporting with homework
    • Training courses and educational programmes for children’s and young people’s group leaders
  • Nursing

    At hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centres, the assignments for volunteers are in the nursing sector, where they become involved in:

    • Assisting a stay in hospital or the clinic or the rehabilitation centre and make it easier for patients
    • Basic nursing care
    • Accompanying patients to examinations and therapy sessions;
    • Domestic and household tasks
  • Psychiatry

    Volunteers can work in nursing facilities for mentally ill persons, for example:

    • Day care centres for special needs
    • Workshops with mentally ill
    • in clinics

    There they take on tasks such as:

    • Accompanying and care in daily routine
    • Offering leisure activities
    • Support in domestic activities
    • Accompanying to therapy and medical appointments
  • Help for the homeless

    Institutions providing help for homeless people:

    • Hostels
    • Institutions for integration
    • Shelters offering tea and warmth

    The volunteers support the staff visiting patients and accompanying social welfare work by organisational tasks.

Detailed information for employment places the Federal Voluntary Service can you find at: Social Education Services.