Hungary instills a deep love in the hearts of those who live in and visit it. The breathtaking countryside and gorgeous old-world cities have something for everyone. Yet even with the country’s economy on the rise, many Hungarians live in poverty and are in need of support and education. Oftentimes children and women are those most in need of assistance. If you’re looking for a fulfilling, European experience, consider volunteering in Hungary.

Childcare

Looking to make an impact with children? Working at a summer camp as a counselor is the perfect way to positively affect a child’s life. Bátor Tábor is a 10-day camp in Hungary for children with lifelong illnesses such as hemophilia, tumors, chronic arthritis and diabetes. Counselors are responsible for the children’s activities and organizing games. Speaking Hungarian is a requirement, so if you have a big heart and know the language, consider applying!

If you want to work with kids for longer than a summer, United Way Hungary is a firm advocate for nurturing children. They believe that strengthening the children of today leads to a brighter future for everyone. One of United Way’s goals is to help every child discover what they’re good at and support them on that path. If you’re interested in being a part of this organization and their refreshing goals, contact them about volunteering.

Human Rights

If human rights is an issue close to your heart, there are volunteer options for you in Hungary. The Human Rights Film Network is a group that organizes film festivals around the world, including Hungary, that emphasize the struggles people face in the world. If you have a passion for film and being a voice for the voiceless, consider applying.

Sustainability

The future of the world’s resources is the responsibility of each and everyone one of us. Do your part by volunteering with AIESEC in Hungary. AIESEC is an organization that provides opportunities for young people to get out, see the world, volunteer and make a difference. Programs range from six weeks to 18 months with emphasis on sustainable living, health and sanitation, eradicating poverty, human rights, education and improving literacy.

What to Pack

Packing for Hungary is dependent upon the season and what activities you’ll be doing. Summers are warm and sunny while winters are cold and rainy. For office work, clean, business-casual attire is sufficient. If you are spending time outdoors, be sure to prepare appropriately for the weather.

Cultural Norms

Punctuality is important to Hungarians, so plan to be ten minutes early to all gatherings. It is a traditional sign of respect for a man to kiss a woman’s hand in greeting. Hungarians are fiercely loyal friends and believe in investing time into relationships.

Health and Safety

Routine health care is easy to find in clinics. If spending time near lakes and rivers in the summer, come prepared with insect repellent, as mosquitos are prevalent. Those spending time in forests should be aware of ticks, which can spread Lyme disease or Tick-borne encephalitis.

Contributed by Alecia Weaver

Guide Author
Photo of Alecia Weaver
Go Overseas Writer

Volunteer Programs in Hungary

Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 programs
Angloville
Volunteer in Europe: Become a Language Mentor and Discover Europe for Free
Multiple Countries
184 reviews1 interview

Help Europeans improve their English by being a conversation partner...

Angloville
Volunteer with Culture Exchange Programs in Hungary
Hungary
10 reviews1 interview

Spend a week or two in a beautiful countryside venue with all expenses...

Kaland Adventure Association
Volunteer at Let's Play English Summer Camps
Hungary
3 reviews

At Let's Play English Summer Camps, we are proud of being the biggest...

SLV.Global
Peace & Positive Psychology Program in Europe
Multiple Countries
New Program

This will be the first mental health placement or program we run...

AIESEC Australia
Volunteer with AIESEC Australia in Hungary
Hungary
1 review1 interview

Our two main projects in Hungary are the 'Magellan' and 'GlobeKids'...

English Club
English Club: English Language Exchange in Hungary
Hungary

The chance to communicate with native English speakers is a real...

Other Volunteer Programs in Eastern Europe

Not enough options in Hungary? Check out these other Volunteer Abroad programs in Eastern Europe!
  • International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
    Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Romania from $360
    Romania
    26 reviews4 interviews

    Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer...

  • Projects Abroad
    Projects Abroad Volunteer Programs in Romania
    Romania
    20 reviews5 interviews

    Romania, in Eastern Europe, is a unique and wonderful place to...

  • Angloville
    Volunteer in Europe: Become a Language Mentor and Discover Europe for Free
    Multiple Countries
    184 reviews1 interview

    Help Europeans improve their English by being a conversation partner...

  • Oyster Worldwide
    Volunteer in a Bear Sanctuary in Romania
    Romania
    15 reviews2 interviews

    Volunteer in Eastern Europe's largest bear sanctuary where you will be...

  • Love Volunteers
    Make a REAL difference in Moldova - From just US$379!
    Moldova
    4 reviews

    Join Love Volunteers and its partner NGO in Moldova! Love Volunteers...

  • GoGlobal
    GoCamp Volunteer in Ukraine: Teach English, German or French
    Ukraine
    14 reviews1 interview

    Volunteer in Ukraine — explore the trendiest destination in Europe...

  • Operation Wallacea
    Conservation Research Assistant Program in Romania
    Romania
    9 reviews1 interview

    Operation Wallacea is a research and environmental organisation...

  • Angloville
    Volunteer with Culture Exchange Programs in Hungary
    Hungary
    10 reviews1 interview

    Spend a week or two in a beautiful countryside venue with all expenses...

  • United Planet
    Volunteer Abroad in Romania with United Planet for 1-12 Weeks
    Romania
    1 review1 interview

    United Planet's Quest Volunteer Abroad program offers you or your...

What People Are Saying

View from Slovakia hotel bedroom window, on Angloville programme, March 2020

Native speakers who participate in the Angloville programmes are given lots of constant and valuable support throughout, and this means that all their efforts can be directed towards making the week...

1st junior programme

Really enjoyed my 4 weeks of Angloville. The juniors were really nice and easy to work with and the fellow native speakers were a lot of fun, made some really great friends doing this programme and...

A group photo

I have completed three angloville programs over the period of a month. I was a little skeptical before going as my recruiter had disappeared and stopped responding to me (I assume she has quit)...

Related Volunteer Abroad Articles