Frequantly Asked Questions

What is this site for?

The goal of this site is to provide a forum where the “supply and demand” on voluntary activities can meet. Potential volunteers can find the most suitable opportunity for themselves, the host organisations can communicate their opportunities. Besides these, the site continously provides coverage on the fresh informations, news, domestic and international topicalities relating voluntarism.

How can I register as a volunteer?

By clicking on the registry button the registration page will be displayed with two choices: Register as a volunteer or a host organization. Click on the volunteer tab thus the appropriate registration form will be displayed where your name, email address and the password must be given. The necessary requirements for the password are displayed on the page. After successful registration, the system sends a confirmation e-mail to your e-mail address.
Upon log-in, your e-mail address and password given during the registration must be entered in the appropriate boxes. After you log in, you may edit and fill in your account (personal data, volunteer opportunity applications). We recommend after the first log-in to complete your personal, because that will help you to quickly find the most appropriate volunteer opportunities.

How can I register as a host organization?

By clicking on the registry button the registration page will be displayed with two choices: Register as a volunteer or a host organization. Click on the host organization tab thus the appropriate registration form will be displayed where the name, email address and the password of the organization must be given. The necessary requirements for the password are displayed on the page. After successful registration, the system sends a confirmation e-mail to the given e-mail address.
Upon log-in, the e-mail address and password given during the registration must be entered in the appropriate boxes. Once registered and logged-in as an organization you can upload volunteering opportunities, search among the registered volunteers and edit your profile.
It is also possible to provide us a brief presentation after the successful implementation of your organizations volunteer program. Please, if you want to promote your organization, or you wish to present the results of the program in a short report, contact us via the onkentes@emmi.gov.hu e-mail address, and send a description (if you wish with illustrative images) to be published.

If I would like to volunteer abroad can I find such opportunities?

Non-domestic volunteer opportunities are at a different section of the homepage. The opportunities offered by intermediary organizations can be found here.

How can I post a foreign opportunity?

The foreign opportunities are presented at a seperate section of the page. If you would like to post such opportunity, please contact us at the onkentes@emmi.gov.hu e-mail address. By so please send us a description of the respectable opportunity.

Voluntarism?

According to the National Volunteer Strategy 2012-2020 volunteering is an activity carried out by somebody from their own free will, by their own decision and motivation, without any intention of gaining a financial profit for themselves, for the benefit of another person or other persons, or for the community at large.
It comes together with its own particular set of values, which distinguished it from paid work. Volunteering is a good and valuable thing in itself, which can make members of society capable of taking an active role, whether in a broader geographic sense or in more confined interest groups, and which is simultaneously beneficial to those receiving support and to the volunteers themselves who are doing the work. Volunteerism is a tool for improving equal opportunities, makes a contribution to the reduction of poverty and exclusion and to an increase in employment, and can help the unemployed find a way back to the labour market, although it is not a replacement for paid labour.
In its traditional sense, volunteering is one of the fundamental values for developing the community spirit and social solidarity, and in the form of charity work is a means for improving humanity. Volunteering is a way of expressing the “rehabilitation” of civic commitment and the assumption of responsibility by society at large for those who are affected by the provision of assistance. It follows, therefore, that doing voluntary work is a human resource which contributes, on the one hand, to the moral, social and cultural development of our society, and on the other hand, to a strengthening of the economy – as measured by gross national product.

What are the benefits of voluntarism?

Voluntarism is one of the most important building material of the social cohesion and solidarity, it can improve democracy. Volunteering or helping magnanimously is the active manifestation of assuming civil roles.
Voluntarism could be an important step in the process of growing up, gaining work experiences and social capital. Doing volunteer work youngsters can try different social roles, and responsibility for their acts can intensify. Voluntarism can make members of society capable of taking an active role, can improve self-confidence, can enhance mutuality, and it can also advance integration. Volunteering can make people be more open-minded, which can help ceasing stereotypes. Voluntarism can have a great role in improving attainments, in gaining experiences either for an entrant or for a woman with young children, who would like to get back to work. With a special bunch of help it can also be a way for disadvantaged people to get back to the labor market. Above all voluntary work can be a good opportunity for senior citizens who would like to take part in social activity after superannuation.

What are the regulations concerning voluntarism in Hungary?

Volunteering can be carried out in many ways: it can be only a little help without self-interest, or a participation in a big, nationwide, organised volunteer action, or gaining experiences can also be the goal of volunteering. In Hungary voluntary activities in the public interest are defined by law.

What are “voluntary activities in the public interest”?

Act LXXXVIII of 2005 on volunteer activities carried out in the public interest institutionalised volunteerism, and had the objective of regulating and institutionalising volunteer activities in the public interest as a legal relation in the Hungarian legal system. Volunteer activities carried out in the public interest are understood to mean work carried out – without payment in return – within a sphere of activity defined by law at a given recipient organisation. Other volunteer activities may be carried out and organised outside the scope of the law, but the benefits defined in the law may only be submitted by a recipient organisation without the need to pay contributions – and tax-free by a private person – if they have registered in accordance with the law, by entering the register of organisations receiving volunteers acting in the public interest. The Act is of great importance in the development of volunteerism in Hungary, and thanks to the legislation, volunteering has become an unavoidable topic.
You may gain further information (search among the registered organizations, means of registry, etc.) on the register of voluntary organizations are receiving more information on the Civil Information Portal (on the right side menu bar).