Voluntary Social Year - Das Freiwillige Soziale Jahr (Short: FSJ)
FSJ is the abbreviation for a voluntary social year. That means:
Young adults voluntarily help in a public-welfare-oriented institution for one year. They do not get paid but may get pocket money and sometimes room and board.
The institution might be a hospital, a kindergarten, a music school or a sports club among other possibilities.
Participants learn how public-welfare-oriented institutions in Germany work.
In the framework of a FSJ you can:
familiarize yourself with the working routines of different kinds of professions,
try out which professional tasks and activities fit best for you,
plan and realize your own projects and events,
find out which professional training or area of study you would like to choose after the FSJ.
The FSJ addresses everybody, you don’t have to be German and you don’t have to currently live in Germany to participate.