International Solidarity Volunteering : what is it ?

The International Solidarity Volunteering (ISV) is a device defined by the law of February 23th, 2005. Its purpose is “the achievement of a mission of general interest abroad in the fields of development cooperation and humanitarian action ”. The ISV mutually engages a sending organization and a volunteer.


Missions take place outside the European Economic Area (EEA). A contract is signed for at least 1 year, renewable for a total period of 6 years. The VSI is compensated. At the end of the mission, you can claim certain aids. The VSI allows you to get involved with approved associations whose purpose is international solidarity actions (education, urban and rural development, health, emergency actions, etc.).

ISV conditions


To do an ISV, you must:


  • be of legal age
  • and not be bound by an employment contract.


There is no nationality requirement or age limit.


Other important information:


– If you are an employee under private law, hiring one or more VSI assignments for a minimum continuous period of one year is a legitimate reason for resignation.


– You must achieve your mission in a country different from your State of origin and the one where you usually reside.


– An employee on sabbatical leave or on international solidarity leave can carry out a VSI assignment during the period of his leave.


– Being a former civic service volunteer does not prevent you from applying for a VSI.


To find a mission, you can consult the offers published on the Planète Urgence website.

Bénéficiaires d'un volontariat de solidarité internationale

Allowances of the International Solidarity Volunteering

The minimum amount of your monthly allowance cannot be less than €100, excluding the cost of transport, accommodation and food.


The maximum amount of the allowance depends on the country of the mission (cost of living, nature of the mission performed, security conditions, distance, etc.).


For instance, is €4 210,84 in Angola, €1 334 in Benin, €2 602 in Lebanon.


This indemnity is not in the nature of a salary or remuneration. In France, it is not subject to income tax, social security contributions and contributions.