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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Austria

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Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Austria



Grassroots Volunteering in Austria

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

The English Teacher Training College of Austria

Travel, teach and study with this opportunity to gain a TEFL qualification in Austria. The College has a special focus on bringing free English lessons to rural and often otherwise overlooked children in the alpine region, and trainee teachers will gain experience teaching in more than twenty different schools and living in a variety of Austrian locations. Most trainees are between the ages of 20 and 35, however as long as you are over the age of 18 or 21, depending on the course, there are no restrictions to age. Applicants should be native level English speakers but non EEA applicants must have a valid Austrian residence permit.

Where: Trainees visit schools across Austria.
Accommodation & Costs: The course is free with accommodation and course related travel costs are covered.

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Bergwald Projekt

The Mountain Forest Project sets a signal against the destruction of the mountain forest, contributes actively to its preservation and arranges for volunteers to be able to experience first hand this fascinating ecosystem. Possible tasks include the construction of trails, bulkheads, protections and fences against wildlife browsing, tending of the forest, planting, or clearing. German and French are the languages spoken on these projects.

Where: Wooded and mountainous locations around the country.
Accommodation & Costs: Meals and simple lodging in alpine or forest cabins, or perhaps tents, is available. Free to participate.


Festival Volunteering in Austria

Typically the rewards of volunteering at a festival are a free ticket and a better camping pitch.


Snowbombing is the biggest after season party in the Alps, taking place each year in Mayrhofen around the first week of April. Taking on one of two roles can earn a festival wristband, ski and lift pass and all meals. Volunteer stewards are required to help with repping coaches to the resort from the UK, merchandising, pre event branding and dismantling, street stewarding and night stewarding. Production runners are also wanted to assist in the production office and run errands across the resort and festival site. Seasonaires already in a resort job are also wanted to promote Snowbombing throughout the season.


Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Austria

Volunteers are an important pillar of the Special Olympics. Meals are provided while participating in the winter games, held in 2017 in Austria. Other sporting events more regularly held around the country that take on volunteers include Ironman, and the World Sports Festival, a competitive games for sports clubs, hobby athletes and school teams, who invite young people to work as interns. Visit United World Games for more information on volunteering. A different sort of games are the focus of the Central European Games Conference. Applications have passed as I write this but applications are usually due the end of December.

Volunteering in Austria


Grenzenlos are the go to people for youth workcamps and cultural exchange in Austria. There's a lot going on here across several websites, much of it in German, but the highlight is the three to 12 month internships of the Experience Austria programme. These are applied for via sending organisations in your home country. A one off admin fee of €190 gets you support and accommodation but not food or travel expenses. We also recommend exploring the Melange website, Vienna´s programme for European Voluntary Service.

Traineeships are sometimes available with the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC). These are unpaid with living expenses and accommodation at the expense of applicants, who should have an adequate background with regard to the ETC’s field of activities and projects. German and knowledge of human rights issues and experience in project management are considered to be beneficial.


Help Exchange Networks in Austria

Workaway -
HelpX -


More Volunteering in Austria Resources

NGOjobs - Includes a directory of over 400 Austrian NGOs.
Volunteer Opportunities in Vienna - With sentences that begin 'If you are a U.S. Diplomat...' this list is clearly not aimed at backpackers, but English speakers living in the city may find some ideas here.


Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Austria

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here too.


Image courtesy Special Olympics Österreich