Sending Organizations

The « Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid – Sending Organisations” project foresees Technical Assistance for European organizations to carry out a self-assessment, in order to study their standards and procedures in volunteer management in a humanitarian context. Each of the 9 organisations in the project gets the support from a young local volunteer in order to reach its objectives. 



Each organisation wishing to take part in the EU Aid Volunteers programme is required to commit to implement the high quality standards of volunteers management outlined in the EU Aid Volunteer legislation. This is a quality assurance indicator of the management of the initiative.

Therefore, sending organisations need to complete an evidence-based self-assessment form, showing that they comply with and commit to all the standards and procedures of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, in areas such as duty of care rule, health and safety, equality rules, amongst others. 

The VolinHa-SO project aims at enabling the organisations willing to do so to meet those standards in order to be able to send EU Aid Volunteers and take part in one of the deployment waves that started in 2016. 



The « Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid – Sending Organisations » consortium gather 9 organisations partners working together towards the certification process. 


La Guilde

The European Guild is a sending organisation which sends hundreds of volunteers each year in short-term or long-term mission all around the world. Already certified by the European Union as a EU Aid Volunteers sending organisations, the European Guild is tasked with the coordination of the consortium. 





ActionAid Hellas is the Greek affiliate of ActionAid, an international, nongovernmental organisation, fighting poverty and injustice around the world. They tend to focus on populations that are usually left aside and or/ignored. They most notably have worked in the refugee camps in Lesbos. Their areas of expertise include food and rights, democratic governance, education, emergencies and conflicts, climate change, women rights and youth. 


Comhlamh Ireland

Comhlámh is a member and supporter organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues. Its objective is to enable persons who have rendered services overseas in developing countries to bring to bear their own particular experience in order to further international development co-operation. Itmost notably advocate of good practice in volunteering for development, promote and support volunteers and development workers to critically engage in volunteering and action for development. 



FOCSIV is a Federation of 73 Christian Organisations of International Voluntary Service. The organisation promotes international voluntary service as a specific asset for human development in a perspective of partnership with local population and sustainable development through lobbying actions towards public and private institutions.


Esi Labs

Esi Labs! is non-governmental and non-profit organization, dependent on voluntary work done by members and supporters. The organization has been created with an aim to support and promote active citizenship in society, enhance unselfishness, empathy and willingness to help, promote volunteering in Latvia and abroad.


Humanitarian Logistics Association

HLA promotes and supports professional development initiatives within the global humanitarian logistics community of practice. It acts as a neutral interface to leverage knowledge, information and capability across humanitarian organisations. 



Hungarian Volunteer Sending Foundation

HVSF provides well-trained human resources needed to carry out developmental and aid projects undertaken by Hungarian and international organisations. They foster lasting relationships with organisations specialized in carrying out such projects, assess their needs and prepare the volunteers for the tasks they will need to perform on site.


Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council

Established in 1973, is the Supreme Coordinative Body of voluntary social welfare in the Republic of Cyprus and operates under the legal framework of the Pan Cyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council law 61(I)/2006. The PVCC is an umbrella organization representing more than 400 national and local non-governmental/voluntary organizations.


Zavod Voluntariat

Zavod Voluntariat promote the ideas of peace, social justice, sustainable development, international cooperation and solidarity through volunteering work and volunteering projects.



Associate partner

France Volontaires partners

The France Volontaires platform intends to promote and develop different forms of involvement relevant to International Exchange and Solidarity Volunteering and to contribute to their implementation. This projects voices the values put forward in the common charter to which volunteer-sending organisations and the volunteers adhere.