Why should I work as a volunteer?

  • It is a smart way to make friends and build up a social network. This way, it will automatically improve your German.
  • While working as a volunteer you can ask for a work certificate or a reference letter. This certificate will help you to find a job because it shows that you have already gained some work experience in Austria. You can add it to your CV, which is good because your time in the refugee home will not show up as lost time.
  • Perhaps your boss is so happy with your volunteer work that he actually offers you a paid job or recommends you to another organisation for a paid job.
  • It is fun and a good distraction. Perhaps you even learn a new skill.
  • Sometimes it is even possible to earn a few euros as a volunteer.
  • It is a way to give something back to the Austrian people who have done so much for refugees.

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