This new initiative is helping disaster-affected communities

3 August Aug 2016 1001 03 August 2016
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People's lives across the planet are increasingly disrupted by disaster. From manmade to natural disasters, the planet is seeing more conflict and global warming. This is why the European Commission have launched a new initiative: EU Aid Volunteers.

From Turkey to Cambodia, Ecuador to Tunisia, the risk of people's lives being disrupted by disaster is high. Humanitarian aid is more necessary than ever, and local capacity and resilience requires strengthening.

The new initiative of the European Commission, EU Aid Volunteers, is now open for applications to do just that. Bringing together volunteers and organisations from different countries, the initiative will provide practical support to humanitarian aid projects, and contribute to the strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities.

"I am very pleased to announce that we will soon see our EU Aid volunteers on the ground, working together with local communities to better prepare for disasters. The EU Aid Volunteers initiative puts European solidarity into action to help people affected by disasters worldwide," stated European Commissioner for Humanitarian aid and Crisis management Christos Stylianides.

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The first vacancies for the European Union's EU Aid Volunteers initiative are now , with more to follow over the course of the summer. The first deployment of volunteers to disaster-affected regions worldwide will begin at the end of 2016 following thorough training.

The initiative is open for EU citizens and offers opportunities for junior and senior volunteers from the age of 18. Volunteers will not be placed in acute emergency situations but will work with local communities to provide practical support to humanitarian projects.

Volunteers with diverse qualifications and skills are sought in areas such as political science, engineering, economics, social sciences, accounting and education.

For more information on the EU Aid Volunteers initiative click here

To learn more about an EU Aid volunteer's firsthand experience, watch the video below:

Photo credits: Getty Images/Feng Li

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