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EACEA National Policies Platform


2. Voluntary Activities

2.9 Skills recognition

Last update: 17 January 2023
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  1. Policy Framework
  2. Existing arrangements

Policy Framework

Youth Voluntary Service (JST) is an intensive 6-month period program for young people aged 14 to 29, during which young people volunteer 40 hours / month at a selected accredited host organization, meet once a month with a mentor appointed by the volunteering organization and learn to overcome difficulties, translate experience into benefits. For organizations, it is an opportunity to become an accredited volunteer-hosting organization, a place where a young person can volunteer. 

2020 The JST program is recognized with 0.25 entrance points to Lithuanian higher education institutions.

Recognition of a 0.25 entry point is granted only for participation in one of three specific voluntary service programs . The recognition of volunteer programs is reviewed annually at the time of approval description of the procedure for establishing a competitive order for applicants to the state-funded study places for first cycle and integrated studies and for applicants for study scholarships.

2020 the following programs are recognized:

1. International volunteering for 3 months or more under Erasmus + and the European Solidarity Corps; Presented as Youthpass certificate.

2. Volunteering for 3 months or more in the project "Discover Yourself", according to the Minister of Social Security and Labor in 2013. February 25 order no. A1-73"On the Approval of the National Youth Volunteering Program". A Discover Yourself certificate is provided;

3. At least 6 months and 40 hours / month Youth Voluntary Service, according to the 2018 June 22 Orders of the Minister of Social Security and Labour No. A1-317 "On Approval of the Description of the Procedure for Organizing Youth Voluntary Service". Presented as JST certificate.

Existing arrangements

In order to encourage volunteering, the Law of Volunteering provides that, taking into consideration the aims and nature of the volunteering activity, it may be recognized as practical work and/or learning experience, or credited as social work under a programme of general education.