Austrian Social Service

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The Austrian Social Service (Österreichischer Sozialdienst) is part of the Austrian Service Abroad founded by Dr. Andreas Maislinger in 1998. It offers the possibility to substitute the compulsory military service in Austria with a 10-months service abroad and provides a platform for volunteering services.

Legal Framework[edit]

As part of the Austrian Service Abroad the Austrian Social Service is funded and supervised by the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs and subject to the federal law for the promotion of voluntary engagement (Bundesgesetz zur Förderung von freiwilligem Engagement.)[1]

Mission and structure[edit]

The Austrian Social Service supports socially vulnerable groups and the social and economic development of the host country. Austrian Social Servants are deployed in various kinds of partner organizations in a large number of countries. The focus lies on the developing world.

Assignments[edit]

The Austrian Social Servants work in the fields of education, care, medical support, agriculture and economic development for street or homeless children, elderly, handicapped, ill, poor and / or marginalized people. Furthermore, also the field of environmental protection belongs to the Austrian Social Service, partnering with organizations engaged in projects for the protection and sustenance of the natural environment.

Since 2018 the Austrian Service Abroad also partakes in the program Understanding Israel, sending young Austrians to do social service at child-care places and handicapped-care facilities in the state of Israel in cooperation with the Israeli Volunteer Association.

Partners[edit]

Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina

Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium

Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina

Flag of Brazil.svg Brasil

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China

Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica

Flag of Germany.svg Germany

Flag of England.svg England

Flag of Gabon.svg Gabon

Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala

Flag of India.svg India

Flag of Israel.svg Israel

Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya

  • Nairobi - Kenya Water for Health Organisation (KWAHO)

Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua

Flag of Norway.svg Norway

  • Oslo - Jodisk Aldersbolig

Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan

Flag of Peru.svg Peru

Flag of Poland.svg Poland

Flag of Romania.svg Romania

Flag of Russia.svg Russia

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic

Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda

Flag of the United States.svg United States

Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus

  • Minsk - Belarusian Children's Hospice
  • Minsk - 'Dietski dom no. 6' - Kinderheim no.6
  • Minsk - Kindergarten for Children with Special Needs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bundesgesetz zur Förderung von freiwilligem Engagement".

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