Voluntary services should become more attractive

Around 41 percent of young people between the ages of 16 and 21 fancy doing voluntary service, as reported by the German Red Cross (DRK). Ten years after the introduction of the Federal Voluntary Service, the DRK draws a positive balance and advises that the offers for young people be expanded and made more attractive, DRK President Gerda Hasselfeldt emphasized. Less bureaucracy, free or inexpensive housing, and reasonable payment are required to improve the framework conditions, she said. According to the survey, moral encouragement is also important to young people. The sectors of social affairs (40 percent) and the environment (38 percent) are particularly in demand.

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