Voluntary work 

Give time to others and volunteer with Caritas 

Helping a mountain farmer family with haymaking, sponsoring a child from a disadvantaged background, or teaching a German course for migrants: 

As a volunteer with Caritas, you get to know people with different perspectives and help them with social integration. You can pass on your knowledge and learn a lot of new things yourself. Depending on the sphere of activity, you are given appropriate training and, if desired, proof of your voluntary commitment. 

Placement with a mountain farmer family 

With a Caritas mountain action, you help a mountain farming family in an emergency and provide help exactly where it is needed: with childcare, in the stable, with alpine work, with haymaking, with the household chores or with construction work. As a company, you can also participate in a mountain action with your employees. 

Become a sponsor

Baking biscuits, flying kites, skating, reading aloud or going to the park. Would you like to volunteer once or twice a month as a sponsor and support a disadvantaged family? With a sponsorship of the Caritas offer «with me» you support people in your region who are in stressful situations. 

In the canton of Schwyz, Caritas Switzerland is seeking sponsors who would like to support unaccompanied under-age asylum seekers. 

Helping with digital skills 

Not everyone finds it easy to keep up with digital developments. Feelings of uncertainty can prevent somebody, for example, from downloading the SBB app or an online registration. Support these people in dealing with everyday problems with a smartphone, laptop, Apps or programmes. You are on the spot at the Digi-Treff in your region and help visitors with their questions and concerns 

Digital participation

Would you like to support refugees in their integration process, give them an insight into Swiss culture and gain an insight into another culture? Accompany refugees cared for by Caritas in the cantons of Schwyz or Fribourg. Professional Caritas Switzerland staff will support you in your commitment. 

Marie-Paule Bitumba-Bousfield

Voluntary work Canton of Schwyz

+41 41 419 22 81mbitumba@caritas.ch

Nargiz Atac

Voluntary work Canton of Fribourg

+41 26 425 81 05natac@caritas.ch

Get involved with youngCaritas 

You want to make a positive difference in the world, together with other young people? Then you are in the right place in the Caritas youth section. 

Support the Clothing Centre 

As individuals, you can work as a volunteer in the Clothing Centre in Emmen. You help with sorting the clothes, tidying the stores, choosing clothes or other tasks that arise. The working times can be flexible – one-off daily assignments or regular assignments are possible. 

Volunteering at the Regional Caritas Organisations 

At the Regional Caritas Organisations, you can specifically support people in your region. 

  • Salesperson in the Caritas Markets 
  • Teacher of German for immigrants 
  • Mentor in seeking an apprenticeship  
  • Supporter of seriously ill people 

Donating time and doing good 

With a voluntary action at Caritas Switzerland, you can directly support people in need. We are glad to have you with us. 

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Note on actions abroad

Caritas does not arrange volunteer assignments from Switzerland in projects abroad.  Many of our partner organisations work with volunteers from the countries concerned. 

Further information

Header image: Doing voluntary work at Caritas Switzerland