BFD vs FSJ

FSJ vs BFD

Here is a short article on the similarities and differences between BFD and FSJ

You may also read on where to apply for FSJ/FÖJ and BFD.

Similarities

  • Take between 6 and 18 months (in special cases up to 2yrs)
  • For both men and women
  • Are volunteer activities with pocket money of only up to €336 per month
  • They might offer accommodation (this depends on where you’re stationed)
  • Can both be applied from Kenya
Differences
BFD FSJ
Meaning Bundesfreiwilligendienst Freiwilligen Sozialen Jahr
Age Limit Between 16 and 99 yrs old Between 16 and 26 yrs
Recurrence Can only be done once Can be repeated every 5yrs
Working Hours Fulltime Fulltime, Part-time for those over 27
Sponsor Bundesrepublik Deutschland Charitable Institutions “Wohlfahrtsträger” e.g. AWO, Diakonie
Offered in Only in offered in Germany Also offered outside Germany
Fields offered Kinder- und Jugendhilfe, Wohlfahrts-, Gesundheits- und Altenpflege, Behindertenhilfe, Kultur und Denkmalpflege, Sport, Integration, Zivil- und Katastrophenschutz, Natur und – Umweltschutz Kinder- und Jugendhilfe, Jugendarbeit, Wohlfahrtspflege, Gesundheitspflege, Kultur und Denkmalpflege, Sport, Natur- und Umweltschutz
Benefits Very few Universities recognize the BFD nor give any benefits to students who had done it before they start their studies Most universities do have a bonus system for Students who want to undertake a social course and had done the FSJ before they start their studies at the Uni.
Seminars Upto 25 days for applicants aged below 26; for applicants older than 27, seminars are only offered on request 25 days of trainings or seminars
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