Firstly, in cooperation with the applicant, a suitable placement will be found. Generally this happens through the host organisation. At this point an agreement about the conditions of the FSJ or BFD is set up between the applicant and the host organisation. For volunteers under the age of 27, the placement is full time and thus between 38.5 and 40 hours per week. For those over 27, a part time position is a possibility at a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Once at the placement location, the volunteer will be introduced to the work and the people. He/She will gain new experiences in the area of work and personally. In case of questions or problems, there will be a contact person available for all eventualities.
During the course of the FSJ/BFD, volunteers take part in a number of seminars with other volunteers involved in the programme.
At the end of programme, all volunteers receive an official certificate attesting to their service.
For applicants under the age of 27, the programmes FSJ and BFD run more or less under the same framework conditions. Applicants usually don’t have to decide for one of those, but the host organisation tells them in which programme they will be accepted (which depends on internal decisions at the host organisation or the placement). Volunteers over the age of 27 can only apply for a BFD as the FSJ has an age limit of 26 years.