Voluntary work facilitates securing employment: it helps prepare you for working life, to gain new experiences, knowledge and skills and, and to create or maintain working habits.
Such work may include a variety of activities performed in the public interest and for the benefit of society, preferably in the fields of culture, education, social work and environmental protection, but also joint endeavours and other areas of public interest. Additionally, you can participate in charitable activities organised by a company. The providers of voluntary work are contractual partners of the Unemployment Insurance Fund. In 2016 our nationwide partners are:
- Mittetulundusühing Eesti Muuseumiühing (Estonian Museum Association)
- AS Hoolekandeteenused
- Politsei- ja Piirivalveamet (Police and Border Guard Board)
- Varjupaikade mittetulundusühing
- Eesti Lasterikaste Perede Liit (Estonian Association of Large Families)
- Mittetulundusühing Eesti HIV-positiivsete Võrgustik
- Rahvusarhiiv (National Archives)
- Päästearmee Eestis (Estonian Salvation Army)
In addition to nationwide cooperation partners, we also have many county-based voluntary work partners as well as other providers operating around Estonia. You can find information on voluntary work opportunities near your home by clicking on the following link: Cooperation partners of Unemployment Insurance Fund by county or ask your consultant.
The direct goal of voluntary work must not be economic activities, earning income or saving on labour costs. Furthermore, you must not volunteer for work which is usually and primarily performed by paid workers.
You can participate in voluntary work if you are registered as unemployed.
You are referred to this by your consultant. Generally, an unemployed person may participate in voluntary work for a maximum of three consecutive months and no more than four times per week.
The labour market service provided for individuals with decreased working ability is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union by regulation No. 57 of the Minister of Social Protection and the Minister of Health and Labour of 27 March 2015 on the basis of ‘Provision of labour market services to the target group of work reforms’ .