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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


2. Voluntary Activities

2.6 Raising awareness about Youth Volunteering opportunities

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  1. Information providers
  2. Key initiatives

Information providers


The top-level public body with the aim of information provision is The Deputy State Secretariat Responsible for Civil and Social Relations within the Prime Minister’s Office (Miniszterelnökség) and its Division for Civil and Social Consultation. They maintain the Civil Information Portal (Civil Információs Portál) and the network of Civil Public Service Centres (Civil Közösségi Szolgáltató Központok).

On one hand, the Volunteer Portal (Önkéntes Portál) provides useful, practical and up-to-date information about volunteering for volunteers and those who interested. On the other hand, it ensures that those who want to volunteer find easily and quickly the volunteering opportunities that are best suited to their individual ideas. It also allows host organisations to publicise their current volunteer opportunities.


Key initiatives

Elisabeth Novum Award

In addition to the initiatives mentioned above, the New Generation Award (Új Nemzedék Díj) initiative launched in 2016. In 2020, this award is renamed to Elisabeth Novum Award (Erzsébet Nóvum Díj) and it is managed by the Elisabeth Youth Fund (Erzsébet Ifjúsági Alap). The aim of the Award is to highlight the innovative initiatives and voluntary activities targeting youth and carried out with their involvement. Another aim is to recognise the communities, groups and organisations that selflessly work for their environment, for the people living around them. The Award recognise one project that corresponds to the three main requirements:

  • innovation,
  • collaboration,
  • volunteering.
72 Hours Without Compromise

An annual event directly funded by the Ministry of Human Capacities (Emberi Erőforrások Minisztériuma) and organised by Christian churches is the action called '72 Hours Without Compromise' ('72 óra kompromisszum nélkül'). During the event groups of young people engage in voluntary activities with

  • social,
  • ecological or
  • developmental aims.

In 2018, 9 000 young people participated in the action. Sinche then, the program was held in every year. Though statistical results are not available but stories on the projects ('Élménybeszámolók') can be found on the event's website.

Pro Voluntarius Award

In accordance with the action plan of the National Volunteer Strategy, the Pro Voluntarius Award (Pro Voluntarius díj) was established in 2013 for the social recognition of volunteering. The prize is awarded each year on International Volunteers' Day (5th of December) to organisations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the culture of volunteering.  

'The Ministerial Prize can be awarded for volunteering; common good service; outstanding professional achievement and activities in the education of young generations for volunteering.' (Pro Voluntarius díj)

According to the information, provided by the Ministry, from 2021, in addition to the award and commemorative medal, the winner receives a higher cash prize of gross HUF 500 000 (about EUR 1370).

'You Will Be More If You Act!' Youth for Volunteering application

In 2019, organisations that are committed to promoting volunteering, spreading the culture of volunteering and increasing the number of volunteers, and organising programmes that help young volunteers to contribute to these goals, may apply for support. This year the sum of the call was HUF 80 million (about 239 000 EUR) and 107 organisations were supported. The programme ended in 2020. ['You Will Be More If You Act!' - Invitation to tender ('Több leszel, ha teszel!' - Pályázati felhívás)]

'Volunteer Marketplace' website

The main aim of the 'Volunteer Marketplace' (Önkéntes Piactér) website is to connect people who want to volunteer with organisations who are looking for volunteers. The site offers hundreds of volunteering opportunities for volunteers across the country.