Peace Service – Volunteers – „Civil Service Overseas“

The Austrian Pilgrim Hospice offers Austrians the opportunity to carry out their compulsory military service as an in-house volunteer.

The following should be noted if taking on such an assignment:

The Ministry of Social Affairs has entrusted the management of this type of volunteer service abroad to so-called sponsoring associations, which may be responsible for a number of workplaces. One such place is the Austrian Hospice, where the rector serves as head of operations , ie the immediate supervisor on site. Our sponsoring association is Caritas Vorarlberg and the contact person there is currently Martin Frick MA.

On account of the duration of the assignment (12 months) and the legal implications of the contract between the candidate and the sponsoring association/ministry, the rector reserves the right to hold a selection interview with the candidates when visiting Austria.

Before commencing employment, a preparatory seminar in Austria is mandatory. During service on-site, educational and self-development programmes are offered. After returning to Austria, a follow-up seminar is undertaken.

For its part, the sponsoring association only becomes active when we signal that we have accepted the candidate in question.

Living in and working with a community comprising people of different backgrounds, motivations and lifestyles places special demands on each individual (tolerance, openness, helpfulness, etc.).

If you are interested, please send the following documents to

  • Curriculum vitae (English and German) with current photo
  • Some words about your motivation
  • A scan of your passport
  • A written reference.

Please inform us about special courses undertaken, language skills and, if necessary, about any illnesses or chronic conditions.

As soon as we have all the necessary information (we may ask for more information than mentioned above) and you have been evaluated positively, we will ask you to come to an interview in Austria with the rector, whose decision will ultimately be decisive.