What does Volunteering mean?
Introductory remarks by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne
Secretary of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie
Volunteerism is precisely a major means of mobilising, in the service of these objectives, the driving forces in terms of skills, youth and enthusiasm. France and its NGOs have unique expertise in this field. In order to develop this model of French volunteering internationally, I am counting on key players such as Planète Urgence of the SOS Group, which has already supported more than 10,000 volunteers in 20 years!
More than ever, the time has come for international solidarity action. Voluntary work is a very precious vector today. It is therefore our duty to be volunteers to develop volunteering. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the volunteers of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all those who accompany them in what is a unique experience in life, and one that never leaves them completely unscathed.
Long live to volunteering !
Secretary of State for Tourism,
of French people abroad and the French-speaking world
Editorial of the report “Volunteerism and Sustainable Development Objectives: studies and experiences of Planète Urgence”,
to be found and read here.
The volunteering, a tool for the development
Planète Urgence offers meaningful missions that meet the needs expressed by our local partners. She provides a qualitative monitoring for the volunteers and in search of a strong impact by strengthening competences of the supported associations.
The purpose of volunteering is to facilitate the civic engagement in order to provide some support to the communities that express the need. It is also to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and encourage talks and openness to other cultures, to build a Planet where Humans help and understand each other.
MORE THAN 10 000 VOLUNTEERS HAVE DONE A MISSION
Planète Urgence strengthen its projects, led and implemented by local partners. The action of the association is to cater and support the autonomy of the partners. Planète Urgence National Delegations that worked in the country of intervention, identifies the needs of the partners in order to build a trusty relationship.
In order to be efficient, missions are prepared upstream, oversaw locally, and evaluated when the volunteers are back. The analyzing and assessment process for the quality and relevance of the mission is executed in real time and allows a capitalization of good practices, as well as taking into account areas for improvement if it is necessary.
With the offers of the GINKGO Association, Planète Urgence proposes 4 types of missions:
2 weeks mission that allows a collaborator to share their competences in their live time. Moreover, partner structures are financing it
mission from 2 weeks to 4 months for any committed person who wishes to give time on an individual basis
government device for 18 – 25 year olds from 6 months to 1 year which allows them to carry out an international solidarity mission
government mechanism that promotes citizen engagement on missions of general interest from 6 months to 1 year.
Safety on mission
Countries of intervention deemed stable
- For Planète Urgence, the safety of volunteers is a priority. Planète Urgence acts only in stable countries according to the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.
- While the countries in which we operate do not experience a political crisis or major military crisis, they are generally said to be “developing”, in other words affected by great poverty, large important gaps in terms of wealth, and a lack of infrastructure and redistribution. As such, these countries may experience a dangerous road network, uncontrolled delinquency and a justice system lacking in resources. For each of the countries where we operate, we have a state of play about local security.
A permanent reassessment about the security
- We exercise a continuous and active watch and therefore we are in regular contact with the national and international authorities in the country.
- In order to go on a mission with perfect knowledge of the facts, we therefore invite you to take note of the opinion of the French authorities for each of the countries in which we operate, as well as our own analyzes and operating principles.
Volunteers insured on mission
- Planète Urgence takes out health, repatriation and civil liability insurance for its volunteers during the mission.
- Planète Urgence can also be reached 24/7 at emergency number that we send to volunteers before their departure.
A PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT
The volunteer is given maximum support so that he or she can devote himself or herself entirely to the accomplishment of his or her mission.Before the mission, volunteers undergo two days of training, known as Preparation for Departure.
During the mission, a follow-up is set up to ensure that the volunteer’s mission runs smoothly. Arrival and departure are taken care of by the partner.
Once back in France, the volunteer carries out a debriefing and produces a mission report in order to measure the impact of his or her mission.
THE APPLICATION STEPS
Find a mission and apply by filling out a short first contact form.
Your support coordinator will get back to you. You will define your mission together: mission dates, cover letter, etc.
3 ValidationIf the local partner validates your mission, you will undertake the departure procedures: plane, visa and vaccination.
4 Preparation to the DepartureMandatory 2-day training session (2 training sessions per month). Then departure on mission!
The carbon footprint of an international volunteering mission
International volunteering involves travel that often emits a lot of carbon. Planète Urgence believes that the impacts of development and biodiversity protection missions are greater than their carbon impact – and that if we had to choose few trips to make in our lives, these trips should be a priority, because they are useful levers for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Meeting and understanding the issues of international solidarity there are also essential to change our practices and our perceptions here.
With this in mind, considering the climate emergency, each carbon emission should be accompanied by a reflection on reducing our footprint on the planet. We therefore encourage each volunteer to take a contributory approach, for instance by supporting programs to preserve forests and biodiversity.