International Volunteers

We welcome foreign nationals who wish to volunteer, but complex rules apply.

International Volunteers

Citizens from European Union & EEA

All citizens from EU and EEA countries (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) are automatically allowed to volunteer in Denmark – so don’t hesitate, sign up now!

International students in Denmark

When you are studying at a university in Denmark, you automatically have a valid work permit that allows you to volunteer.

If you are studying at a lower educational level, such as youth education, traineeship, basic training or others, you do NOT have a valid work permit, and therefore, you must apply for a work permit under the same conditions as citizens from outside of EU/EAA.

Citizens from outside of EU/EEA

Citizens from outside of EU/EEA contruies must apply for a valid work permit in Denmark to volunteer at Copenhagen 2021. This includes citizens of the United Kingdom.

Due to Danish laws it is not possible to apply for a work permit solely with the aim of volunteering at Copenhagen 2021 or any other event. You therefore have to have the work permit before applying for a volunteer position.

Please check SIRI – The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration, if you need a permit to volunteer or work in Denmark.

The process of getting a permit is long (usually three months), so if you need a permit please have this is mind.

UK citizens

As Copenhagen 2021 takes place after the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, the rules above for ‘Citizens from outside of EU/EEA’ apply.

Working Holiday Agreement

If you are between the age of 18 and 31 (36 for Canadians) and from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea you can apply for a Working Holiday Agreement – and this will also provide you with the opportunity to volunteer. However, please note that the processing time for an application is up to three months.

The agreement means that you, as a young citizen from one of these countries, can be granted a permit to stay in Denmark for up to one year. Learn more here.

More information?

If you need more information about volunteering guidelines for international citizens you can read more here or at SIRI.

If you need more information about volunteering at Copenhagen 2021 please click here, and if you want to sign up, then click here

Reach out!

Need more details? Contact us by phone, email or social media. We’d love to hear from you!


If you are not sure, please visit the website of your country's embassy in Denmark.