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Federal volunteer service in Germany

The Incoming program is designed for motivated, socially committed women and men of 18 years and up whose permanent residence is outside Germany.

Are you interested in helping people with special needs? Would you like to spend 12 months living and working in a foreign country, experiencing a new culture and getting to know the mindset, work ethic and social structure of Germany? If so, you are heartily invited to acquaint yourself with Incoming on the next few pages!

The Federal Volunteer Service (in German: Bundesfreiwilligendienst - BFD) is a special voluntary program initiated by the German government, which started in July 2011.

Requirements for applying to our program and other important facts are available here.

The areas of service are diverse: anthroposophic communal homes for people who require special care and attention, work with children and young people, biodynamic agriculture etc. Continue

Application deadlines, important application material etc. you can find here.

Here you will find more information on our partner institutions in Germany. Continue

25 days of training and pedagogical support during your voluntary service, are forming an essential part of the Incoming Program. Continue

Do you have any further questions? Here you can find more detailled information about the Incoming Program. Continue


  • +++ 20.04.2017 +++

    Exchange the other way around - A film about the Incoming programme

    A film about an international volunteer doing an "Incoming" service in Germany: In this 3 minute film a volunteer from Brazil shows us his daily life during his voluntary service at a special education institution in Germany. You can watch the film here.

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    Federal Voluntary Service for Refugees

    People, who want to be active in the work with refugees, but also refugees, who would like to complete a voluntary service, can do a "German Federal Voluntary Service relating to Refugees". Here you can find an application for voluntatry service relating to refugees (in German).

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Friends of Waldorf Education

Incoming Program
Office Karlsruhe
Parzivalstraße 2b
76139 Karlsruhe
Tel +49 (0)721 20111-100
Fax +49 (0)721 20111-181

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