Volunteering within nonprofit organisations is a common practice in the Czech Republic but lately corporate volunteering is also becoming increasingly popular. There are many companies and platforms that aim to participate in these activities. In general terms, volunteering in the Czech Republic has seen a gradual increase of actively participating people. But the number of people and regions in need is growing as well.
At present, volunteers are mostly involved in activities concerning environmental protection, humanitarian aid and human rights. Volunteering in medical and social spheres and in the fields of culture, sport, education and work with children and youth is also popular.
Volunteering as a publicly beneficial activity is understood as the willingness of a person to invest a part of their time and energy into helping an organisation or an individual without having any friendly or other direct relationship with the receiver of the aid. Volunteering is beneficial for the receiver as well as for the volunteers themselves as they gain new friendships, experiences and competences. Volunteering is also beneficial to the general public.
The motivation for becoming a volunteer may vary. According to the research ,the most frequent motivation is the pleasant free-time activity, the self-realisation or the opportunity to make use of personal competences.
There is also a significant international element in volunteering. For many people, it can be a chance to closely explore the hosting country, its culture, improve their language skills and thus gain valuable experience for future life and work. The Czech Republic also cooperates with the global United Nations Volunteers (UNV) organisation, which facilitates Czech volunteers to help all over the world.
There are volunteer centres in the Czech Republic that focus on volunteering management and cooperate with other nonprofit organisations with the aim to involve as many people as possible in solving the problems of the society, as well as to provide useful information about volunteer activities in the given region. Czech out the below links if you are serious about volunteering in Czech Republic.
- The Youth in Action Programme
- Information about regional volunteer centres, their programmes and methodology
- The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
- National volunteer website
Contact us if you want to know more details on volunteering in Czech Republic. At Czech College we have some slots open for volunteers as well.