With the EU institutions residing in Brussels, and a whole host of other international companies, each year there are thousands of young people moving to Belgium to take up trainee or stagiaire positions and gain valuable experience. But for those expats whose training days are behind them, there are plenty of deserving charities, NGOs and other organisations that look for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to join their teams.
The traineeship agreement is regulated and both parties must sign this written agreement once prior consent of the relevant Region (Brussels, Flanders or Wallonia) has been obtained. The minimum compensation per month is €751 for any trainee over the age of 21.
Associations are able to hire workers to undertake voluntary work. In return, volunteers can receive an allowance, which cannot be greater than €32.71 per day and €1308.38 per calendar year. If the conditions for the voluntary work are met, no social security contributions will be payable on the allowance given to the volunteer.
Benefits of volunteering
Expats can often find themselves with plenty of spare time, especially single people without family responsibilities who have recently moved to Belgium, or older people with a more flexible schedule. If you volunteer with a charity or NGO for a special event, you will often receive a certificate of participation. Spending time volunteering is a great way to add more information to your CV, meet new people and, of course, help those who are less fortunate than yourself.
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