The Austrian Service Abroad is a non-governmental non-profit organization accredited and sponsored by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Care and Consumer Protection. It provides Austrians of all genders the opportunity to do a volunteering service abroad. Under certain conditions such volunteering services may be acknowledged as an alternative to Austria’s mandatory military or national service for male Austrians. The organization was founded in 1998 by Andreas Maislinger, Michael Prochazka and Andreas Hörtnagl.
The organization prepares candidates for their service abroad, sends them to their placement and supports them during their stay abroad. The preparation period consists of conferences (online & physical), seminars (online & physical), voluntary-based contributions to the workflow of the Austrian Service Abroad organization, literature clubs, study trips, workshops and educational visits. During their service, Austrian Servants Abroad maintain contact with their sending organization.
The Austrian Service Abroad consists of its internal structure according to the organization’s organigramm in addition to organizational projects.
The organizational chart is divided into the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council & International Council as well as the Leadership-Team, including the five divisions of Preparation, Guardianship, Marketing, International and Administration which contain their own teams and smaller units where the crucial voluntary work is carried out.
Organizational projects of the Austrian Service Abroad are Understanding Israel, the House of Responsibility, the Wednesday Conference as well as several study trips.
The Austrian Service Abroad is part of the House of Responsibility.
The Austrian Service Abroad provides the opportunity to do a Gedenkdienst, Austrian Social Service and Austrian Peace Service and has partner institutions around the world organized in 9 geographical areas.