Volunteer Opportunities in France


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Volunteering in France

About France

France is a country in northwestern Europe with access to the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Alps and the Pyrenees. It is in terms of history and culture among the most important countries in the Western world.

Beyond Paris, the capital city, lies an array of natural wonders. The French Alps offer breathtaking views and are perfect for winter sports enthusiasts. The picturesque Provence region entices with its lavender fields and charming villages.

The stunning French Riviera beckons with its glamorous resorts such as Cannes and Nice.

Volunteer Opportunities in France

France is a country with a developed healthcare system and infrastructure, but it also has problems with poverty and social exclusion. Volunteer programs in France are therefore focused on providing basic services to vulnerable populations, particularly in urban areas.

One popular option is volunteering in the field of cultural heritage preservation. With its rich history and diverse cultural landscapes, France provides numerous opportunities to assist in the preservation of historical sites, museums, and art galleries.

Concerning its cultural heritage, you can join a construction project – the restoration of historical heritage. Two of the great things about France are the stunning natural landscapes and the incredible heritage sites to explore. Volunteers can engage in restoration work, organize cultural events.


How to get a visa to volunteer in France?

EU citizens do not need a visa to volunteer in France. If you are a non-EU citizen wishing to be a volunteer in France, main requirements are:

  • to obtain a temporary authorisation to stay (“authorisation provisoire de séjour”, APS)
  • to obtain an acceptance letter from an authorized French organization or association that outlines the details of the volunteering program. For more information visit their government sites, such as France-visas.


What are the most common forms of volunteering in France?

The most common form of volunteering in France is community service. One prevalent type of community service in France is volunteering at retirement homes or centers for the elderly.
Another popular form of community service in France is volunteering at food banks or soup kitchens.

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Practical info


If you are part of the EU, you do not require a visa. If you are from outside the EU, you can stay without a visa for up to 90 days.


Please check with your doctor or travel clinic in regards to the vaccinations you need for your project destination. You can also check the pasteur institute for the up-to-date health recommendation per destination at


Travel insurance is compulsory to study or volunteer abroad. Please contact a specialised insurance company or your bank to contract a travel insurance before you go.