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Main terms

Voluntary activity is according to General declaration of voluntarism “a basic building stone of citizens' society. It vitalizes the most honourable desire of people – efforts for peace, freedom, opportunities, security and justice for all.”

Voluntarism is one of the key measures of active citizenship and democracy, which puts into practice values, for example solidarity and equity of opportunities. It is a commitment of spending time and energy in favor of community as a whole. It is done freely, without expectations of financial gain. Just the principal of no payment is the crucial feature of volunteering.

Voluntarism is also the way how individuals can use their rights and obligations as part of society, the way of learning, developing and fully using their human potential. It provides a chance of joining contacts and relations regardless of differences. It is an opportunity to live and work on innovative solutions of present important challenges.

The term voluntarism expresses all the forms of voluntary activities; formal and informal, full-time or part-time, domestic or abroad, lasting one day or several years, and in all public services. Voluntarism is done on the basis of our own decision, on our own will and according to our own choice and motivation, without interest in financial gain.

The principles of voluntarism are following:
- volunteering brings benefit to the community as well as to a volunteer
- volunteering is always an affair of free choice of an individual
- volunteering is an unpaid job
- volunteering is an activity, which does not give you a right to obtain income, social security benefits, unemployment benefits, social state benefits or other state contributions. It does not participate in compulsory health insurance, (therefore you should assure that while you are a volunteer, if it is not paid differently, a volunteer has to pay themselves).
- volunteering is an activity done within the non-profit sector.
- volunteers do not compensate paid employees, they do not represent a threat for them
- volunteers respect all the rights, dignity and culture of other people
- volunteers supports human rights and equity of their chances.

The sending organization is an unincorporated association, Cesta domov (The Way home), which selects, prepares and sends volunteers to the agreed place of their volunteer work. Cesta domov, o.z. arranges everything necessary to convey the volunteer to work with local people in the area in which he or she will act, and take the opportunity to learn a lot from them.

The volunteer is a person older than 18 and younger than 70 years old, who without pay, in their own time, from their free choice provides their services, knowledge and skills for the benefit of another person / persons. He or she performs this action at their discretion and without charge, based on his / her own application to perform voluntary service, delivered to the sending organisation manner and within the time limit under these Terms and Conditions of the volunteer program and the subsequent signing of the Treaty of volunteering, concluded between the volunteer and the sending organization.

The host organisation is an organisation that hosts a volunteer and in which a volunteer performs his or her voluntary work

Target country is one in which volunteer performs their volunteer work.

The coordinator is the person responsible for the organization and conducting of volunteer program. He or she helps the volunteer to adapt to the environment of the host organization and also help his / her with any problems related to the performance of volunteering.

Duration of voluntary program

The beginning of the voluntary program is a pre-arranged day on which the volunteer arrives to the host organisation. Since that date, the volunteer must be insured at his own expense.

The end of the voluntary program is a pre-arranged day on which the volunteer leaves the host organisation. The volunteer must be insured up to this day.


A volunteer is entitled to take one day leave for each 30 calendar days of his/her voluntary program. The time when the volunteer takes a leave counts as a part of the voluntary program.

A day means a calendar day, unless explicitly stated otherwise.