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2. Voluntary Activities

2.5 Cross-border mobility programmes

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  1. EU programmes
  2. Other Programmes
  3. Legal framework applying to foreign volunteers

EU programmes


Hungary participates in the Erasmus+ Programme which funds the implementation of the main youth voluntary programme, the European Voluntary Service (referred hereinafter to as EVS). In 2014, Hungary sent 139 EVS volunteers abroad, and the total budget was EUR 1 345 790. The Hungarian kick-off event of the European Solidarity Corps was in December 2018.

Within the Tempus Public Foundation it is the Erasmus+ Youth Unit which is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the EVS accreditation process. In terms of measuring the impact of the Erasmus+ youth project, Hungary, as a member of the so-called RAY international research network, carries out different quantitative and qualitative research projects. The Ray Network's research called 'Long Term Effects of Erasmus+: Youth In Action on Participation And Active Citizenship' for example aims at exploring how the participants' citizenship competencies developed with their participation in such youth projects as youth exchanges or EVS.


Other Programmes


Since 2010, within the framework of the programme called 'Without Borders' ('Határtalanul!') approximately 300 thousand Hungarian students took part in study visits outside of the country. ('Határtalanul', 2019) The programme included voluntary activities as well, for example, the Transcarphatia action plan of 2015, which apart from collecting donations also provided room for getting involved in volunteer activities. ('Határtalanul!', 2015) (For more information on the 'Without Borders' programme, see chapter 1.4 Youth policy decision-making)

In addition, the State Secretariat for the Promotion of Persecuted Christians and for the Implementation of the Hungary Helps Programme in the Prime Minister's Office (Miniszterelnökség) coordinates the preparation and implementation of the Hungary Helps Volunteer Programme, in cooperation with a non-profit organization, the Hungary Helps Agency. Their voluntary organization body is the Hungarian League of Volunteers Association. It aims to connect the Hungarian youth volunteers living in the neighboring countries and help them to implement projects, work together and to apply for different resources through applications.

Legal framework applying to foreign volunteers


The Act LXXXVIII of 2005 on Public Interest Volunteer Activities (Volunteer Act) (2005. évi LXXXVIII. törvény a közérdekű önkéntes tevékenységről) regulates the activities of the foreign volunteers:

'A citizen of a state which is not a state party of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (except for persons recognised as refugees or persons in a refugee-like situation, immigrants or permanent residents, and relatives in the direct line or spouses of citizens of a state party of the Agreement on the European Economic Area) may pursue public interest volunteer activity if the host organisation has concluded liability insurance covering damages caused by the volunteer; meals, accommodation and return transportation of volunteer is provided for; and the volunteer is eligible to healthcare services or has an insurance covering the costs of healthcare services.'