Voluntary social year; completion

You have finished school and cannot or do not want to start an apprenticeship or study yet? Then do a voluntary social year (FSJ).


For all those who do not want to rush into professional life or studies immediately, there is the voluntary social year (FSJ).
In the voluntary service, you perform practical assistance activities in personal and direct contact with people. Your practical experience will be expanded in further qualifications and seminars.
Such a voluntary service usually lasts 12 months and can be extended to a maximum of 18 months and in exceptional cases to 24 months.
You will receive a monthly pocket money as well as free meals or cost compensation and, if applicable, free accommodation. Social security contributions (health, pension, nursing care and unemployment insurance) are covered 100 percent by the institutions. You will continue to receive child benefit if you are under 25 years old.


  • you are between 16 and 26 years old
  • the FSJ period will end before your 27th birthday
  • you have completed compulsory education (depending on the federal state, after the 9th or 10th grade)
  • you do the FSJ for at least 6 months


Before you start an FSJ, you need to think about the area in which you would like to get involved.

  • Apply to a sponsor in good time. Many FSJ providers offer an online form for this purpose. Some organisations require you to submit a written application.
  • If necessary, the sponsor will invite you to an interview.
  • If your application is successful, you will sign a contract. This specifies your place of work and the period of the FSJ.

Special notes

In addition to the FSJ, there is also the Federal Volunteer Service (BFD). No age limit is specified here. Related to the FSJ are also the Voluntary Ecological Year (Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr, FÖJ), the Voluntary Year of Culture (Freiwilliges Jahr Kultur, FSJ Kultur) and the Voluntary Year in Political Life/Democracy, in Sport or Abroad.


Application deadlines vary from institution to institution.

Processing time

The processing time varies depending on the institution and the institution.

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    • Application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae)


  • There are no costs for you.


There are no legal remedies.


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