The association Austrian Service Abroad prepares candidates for their time abroad comprehensively. On average, candidates spend 1.5 years in preparation before starting their service at the location of their assignment.
During this time, they volunteer in teams and units according to the association’s organizational chart and thus acquire competencies relevant to an organization, such as communication and leadership skills, as well as know-how about working in teams and the functioning of associations.
In addition, the candidates prepare themselves in terms of knowledge for their assignment abroad and participate in regular conferences (such as the Wednesday Conference), seminars (multi-day Gedenkdienst, Social Service, and Peace Service seminars), monthly physical meetings in all federal states of Austria, biannual cohort meetings, as well as an annual Gedenkdienst Poland study trip and / or an Understanding Israel seminar.
Here brief descriptions of 3 of our initiatives: