International Solidarity Volunteering (ISV)

Verified 08 December 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

International Solidarity Volunteering (ISV) allows you to commit to a mission with a recognized organization. You must be an adult. There is no nationality requirement or age limit. Missions take place outside Europe if you are European. A contract is signed. You receive an allowance. At the end of the mission, you can claim certain aid.

The VSI is aimed primarily at graduates, with skills and first experience.

The VSI allows you to engage in international solidarity actions, in particular in the following areas:

  • Teaching
  • Urban and rural development
  • Health
  • Emergency actions

You can engage with the following organizations:

  • Approved International Solidarity Association
  • Approved public interest group

The mission can be carried out in one of the following countries:

  • Abroad outside the country of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • In France, if you are a national or legal resident of a country outside the EU and the EEA

Please note

if you are european, the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) allows you to participate in solidarity missions in an EU country.

To make a VSI, you must to be of age.

There is no nationality requirement or age limit.

Please note

Some associations may require applicants to be at least 21 years of age.

You must not be bound by an employment contract.

However, you can perform a VSI assignment during the following holidays:

  • Sabbatical
  • International Solidarity Leave

To find a mission, you can consult the offers published on the website of France Volunteers.

Seeking a mission in the framework of International Solidarity Volunteering (ISV)

You can also contact the approved associations.

You sign a contract with the association.

This contract sets out the conditions under which you will carry out your mission.

Before your departure, the association will train you and cover the travel expenses related to your mission.

Please note

you must provide your criminal record before going on a mission abroad.

You must carry out your mission in a country other than your home country and the country in which you usually reside.

Missions take place outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).

However, they can take place in France, if you are a national or legal resident of a country outside the country European Union (EU) and EEA.

The amount of your monthly allowance is at least €150.

The amount depends on the country of the mission (cost of living, nature of the mission carried out, remoteness...).

For volunteers hosted in France, the monthly allowance is €800 at least and €1,600 maximum.

Your accommodation, transport and food costs are covered.

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The contract shall be concluded for a maximum duration of 2 years.

You receive the benefits provided your mission has a minimum duration of 1 year.

The cumulative duration of the missions carried out, whether continuous or not, may not exceed 6 years over the course of life.

If you are on a mission for at least 6 months, you will benefit from 2 days off per month mission.

During your leave, you receive your full allowance.

You are entitled to social security coverage.

You are entitled to social security coverage.

The association associates you and your rights-holders , to a social security scheme guaranteeing you rights of a level identical to those of the general French social security scheme.

This affiliation must take place at the latest on the date of the start of your contract.

Accident at work You must be insured against the risks of sickness, maternity, disability, death, old age,

You get pension rights.

You are entitled to 1 quarter of retirement for 90 days of volunteering (up to 4 quarters per year), under certain conditions.

You and your beneficiaries also benefit from the following insurance, covered by the association:

  • Supplementary health insurance
  • Liability insurance
  • Insurance for sanitary repatriation

Certificate of completion of mission

At the end of your mission, the association issues you a certificate of completion of the mission of VSI.

The association will take care of your return to your usual place of residence.

End-of-mission aid

At the end of the mission, you can claim certain aid.

Tableau - End-of-mission aid


Who can benefit?


Flat-rate occupational integration premium

Volunteers who do not meet the conditions for the award of the active solidarity income (SSA) and who is on the list of jobseekers.

He must make the request within a maximum of one year after the end of his mission.

Monthly payment in installments (up to 9 months):

€2,001 maximum

Resettlement Allowance

Volunteer who has completed at least 12 months of continuous assignment (unless he is a public official)

Amount paid in 1 installment according to the duration of the continuous mission:

€800 for 12 months

€1,500for 18 months

€3,700 for 24 months


if you have broken an employment contract to complete your ISV, this is considered a breach of lawful resignation. At the end of your commitment, you regain your unemployment insurance rights and your rights to the RSA.

Early rupture

An ISV contract may be terminated early with at least 1 month's notice.

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