According to the communist ideology, every citizen of the Czech Republic had to participate in community service for the betterment of the society. This forced volunteering left a bitter taste in the mouths of many of the country’s citizen. Attitudes towards volunteering are now changing especially due to new laws and regulations. Under the Volunteer Services Act, an organization can only be designated as a volunteer institute and get state help if it concentrates on at least one of the following fields:
- Domestic violence
- Looking after children during free time
- Helping the elderly and disabled
- Work with minorities or immigrants
- Be active in disaster response
- Help the underprivileged or unemployed
Regardless of the fact that Europe happens to be among the richest continents with remarkably devised health and educational programs, they still need volunteers. Their need for volunteers however, is not the same as those of poor countries.
Currently the ecology programs, humanitarian aid, various aspects of culture, education, sport, work with children and medical facilities are getting the maximum attention of volunteers. While there are opportunities to volunteer all over the Czech Republic, maximum number of opportunities are open in the capital city of Prague.
Prague offers volunteers opportunities to work in international offices, with people who are equally passionate about their chosen causes. In such offices learning and experience get first priority. Volunteers work 30-35 hour weeks and are supervised by skilled staff. Volunteers get the most out of the projects because they are placed in areas of their own interest and gain hands on experience.