World-renowned for its rich cultural history, festive celebrations and historic sites, Germany also has a vibrant arts scene and is a front runner in the fields of renewable energy and conservation. This country stretches from flat farming country in the north to rolling hills in the centre to the Alps in the south. Germans enjoy a high standard of living, are famous for their precision, and highly value punctuality. You will always find someone debating politics, culture, environmental issues or sports.

Germany offers an active youth culture, and a wide range of activities to choose from. Top sports: especially soccer, hiking and bicycling.

The team at AFS Germany are looking forward to discussing the programmes with you and can be called on +49 40 399 222 856 between 9am and 3pm.

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Most projects are in larger cities or in the metropolitan catchment area of larger cities.
Some organisations arrange for accommodation. You will then either live within the
project, having your own room in a shared apartment or in an external student
dormitory. Other projects do not provide the possibility of accommodation. You will
then be responsible for finding your own accommodation. Young people are
encouraged to care of their own affairs. Be prepared for the chance to live a bit more
independently than in other countries.

The Projects

The projects within the Young Workers Volunteer Program are aimed at young adults
who want to clarify career goals and gain intercultural knowledge. It will be a 12
months full-time engagement. The projects involved are e.g. NGOs and international
charities that look for young, highly motivated team members to play an active part in
their organisation and to contribute to the daily work routine of the organization. You
will have the chance to improve your skills and competences for personal, educational,
and professional development, as well as facilitate your employability and transition
into the labour market.


German is the official language of Germany. Organisations prefer participants who
already have a good understanding of the German language (A2 or higher). The
working language in the projects is primarily German. Working language during AFS
seminars is German and English.

During your first month in Germany you will have a 100 teaching units German as a
foreign language in a language academy in Hamburg together with other international AFS volunteers. After that you will start your volunteering experience in your project.


German cuisine is often rich, and differs depending on the region. Red meat, poultry,
or fish served with potatoes, dumplings, noodles or rice, and vegetables are popular.
Some projects dispose of their own cafeteria and will invite you to eat there. Most of
the time they offer breakfast and/or lunch. Other projects do not have their own
cafeteria, in this case you are responsible for arranging your food. You will find the
details regarding the food for each project below.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Go abroad with AFS to discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.
The Global Competence Certificate

The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program will support your intercultural learning experience. This state-of-the-art program prepares you to successfully navigate new cultural environments—during your experience and long after you finish the program. Online intercultural learning modules combined with in-person sessions help you develop practical and global skills, knowledge and attitudes that employers need and mission-driven organizations believe will help achieve their social impact goals. You will receive your certification upon completion of the training program.

Explore the Programs Available in Germany