International Volunteer Day, observed every year on 5 December, is an occasion to celebrate the contribution of individual volunteers and organisations.
Well-trained volunteers carry out practical action that helps communities affected by, or at risk of disaster. As such, EU Aid Volunteers focuses on building the local capacity and resilience of communities by providing support to the most vulnerable population groups, enabling communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters in the future.
Launched in 2015 by the European Union, the EU Aid Volunteers initiative provides opportunities for citizens of all ages from the EU to volunteer in humanitarian aid projects worldwide. The initiative aims to have more than 300 volunteers trained by the end of 2017 and more than 200 volunteers deployed to 28 non-EU countries in the same time frame.