The Austrian Service Abroad is headquartered in Innsbruck and has an office in Vienna. It provides Austrians of all genders with a platform for being sent abroad for a time-period of 6 to 12 months within the legal framework of voluntary work. In addition, young male Austrians may accredit their service abroad as an alternative to the compulsory military service provided their service lasts for a time-period of at least 10 months.
In addition, it provides an educational platform in the fields of memoria (remembrance), misericordia (mercy) and pax (peace). The Austrian Service Abroad volunteers are sent to work in its many partner institutions, while being financially supported by the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs for their work abroad.
Examples of partner institutions / organizations are the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oswiecim (Poland), Yad Vashem in Jerusalem (Israel), the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles (U.S.A.), the Center of Jewish Studies Shanghai in Shanghai (China), the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center in Moscow (Russia), the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne (Australia), the Tom Lantos Institute in Budapest (Hungary), the Ashraya Initiative for Children in Pune (India) and A chance for children in Zigoti (Uganda).