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Call for volunteers to help disaster-affected countries

Volunteerism commissioner Yiannakis Yiannaki is urging people with expertise in various fields to become EU Aid volunteers and participate in humanitarian projects aiming to support disaster-affected communities around the world.

The project is an initiative of the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, which aims to bring together volunteers and organisations from different countries to provide practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contribute to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities.

The programme concerns persons aged 18 and up, with knowledge and skills such as political science, engineering, economics, social sciences, accounting and education. The first mission will be deployed at the end of 2016.

“We encourage participation in this EU programme, which will also contribute to the personal development of volunteers through acquiring important experiences, and new skills and knowledge,” an announcement said.

Volunteers will be sent to safe areas and will be in direct cooperation with local authorities and the local community. The aim is the effective implementation of humanitarian programmes.

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