Austrian Social Service

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The Austrian Social Service (Österreichischer Sozialdienst) is part of the Austrian Service Abroad, founded by Andreas Maislinger in 1998. It offers the possibility to substitute the compolsary military service in Austria with a 12-months service abroad.

Mission and structure[edit]

The Social Service supports the social and economic development of a country. It can be done at various deployment locations that are operated by a multitude of partner organisations. Austrian Service Abroad currently offers 42 placements for social service. (as of February 2010). The partner organisations are spread over 4 continents and have a vast number of tasks and aims.

Assignments[edit]

The placements are with projects for street children, educational projects and children's villages, projects to help the aged or handicapped, to provide medical care and to support homosexuals. Furthermore, there are environmental projects and projects supporting economic development in third-world countries.

Social service in England[edit]

Dorton House School

The Royal London Society for the Blind is one of Austrian Service Abroad's oldest partner organizations. At the RLSB’s Dorton House School for blind and disabled children, Austrian social servants support the staff as assistant teachers, in and outside classes. Frequently, they also join the staff on the school’s several excursions, where additional help is always needed. With their work, Austrian Social Servants not only represent their home country in a unique way, but also contribute an important part to the success and welfare of the many students.

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

  • Kraków - Polska Akcja Humanitarna

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

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