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2. Voluntary Activities

2.5 Cross-border mobility programmes

Last update: 23 February 2024

EU programmes

The International Youth Office (Bureau International Jeunesse) implements the European Solidarity Corps in the French-speaking Community.  The budget allocated for the ESC in the French-speaking Community is 1 571 024,84 euros. 

Other Programmes

The Bel'J programme is supported by the 3 Ministers responsible for Youth. It allows young people aged 16 to 30 to discover the Flemish or the German-Speaking Community through a volunteer project. The International Youth Office (Bureau International Jeunesse) is responsible for the implementation for the French-Speaking Community. 

The International Youth Office (Bureau International Jeunesse) offers various programmes such as Quebec, Axe Sud in which some volunteering activities can take place among others things depending on the young person's project. 

Some recognised youth association's main purpose is to organise volunteering activities abroad with groups of young people. In total, there are 6 recognised youth organisations organising youth volunteering abroad: 

1. Compagnons batisseurs 

2. Service volontaire International

3. Asmae


5. Defi Belgique Afrique

6. Quinoa

Legal framework applying to foreign volunteers

The legal framework applying to foreign volunteers is provided by the Act on the Rights of Volunteers (2005, Loi relative aux droits des volontaires). As it is a Federal competence, please refer to the Flemish Community's Chapter 2.5 Cross-border mobility programmes - Legal Framework applying to foreign volunteers