Volunteering Opportunities in and around Budapest

Volunteering Opportunities in and around Budapest

As part of the Student Community Engagement Program, the Human RightS Initiative (HRSI) intends to reinforce its cooperation with local and regional NGOs, groups and civil initiatives and aims to promote various volunteering opportunities available in and around Budapest for the CEU community. These are listed below and are regularly being updated:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis if no deadlines are indicated!

Note that due to the nature of certain activities, some organizations may only accept those with a sufficient knowledge of Hungarian. Furthermore, lack of Hungarian may limit the variety of tasks available.

In case you have any questions about volunteering opportunities, contact HRSI by calling the number +3613283403 (between 9.00 and 17.00 on weekdays), writing to hrsi@ceu.edu or to subazs@ceu.edu (Zsófia Suba)




Name of organization: Társaság a Szabadságjogokért/Hungarian Civil Liberties Union 

Website: http://tasz.hu/en  

Email: tasz@tasz.hu 


The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union is a non-profit human rights watchdog NGO established in Budapest, Hungary in 1994. The HCLU is a Hungarian human rights watchdog working independently of political parties, the state or any if its institutions. The HCLU’s aim is to promote the case of fundamental rights and principles laid down by the Constitution of the Republic of Hungary and by international conventions. Generally, it has the goal of building and strengthening civil society and the rule of law in Hungary and in the CEE region. Since the HCLU is an independent non-profit organization, its financial resources are mostly provided by foundations and by an increasing number of private persons. The HCLU strives to educate citizens about their basic human rights and freedoms, and takes stand against undue interference and misuse of power by those in positions of authority.

Focus areas of HCLU are patient's rights, right to self-determination, right to informational privacy, right to freedom of expression, right to political representation, drug policy and AIDS policy.

Volunteering details

There are several ways you can contribute to the work of HCLU. If you want to work as a volunteer, send your CV and letter of intent to onkentes@tasz.hu. Do not forget to indicate which program area you are interested in. There is also an opportunity to become a student member. This type of membership is free of charge, joining students will receive newsletters about events, campaigns and can actively participate in the work of the organization. In case you are interested, write to tasz@tasz.hu.


Name of organization: Háttér Társaság / Háttér Society

Website: http://en.hatter.hu/ 

Address: hatter@hatter.hu 


Háttér Society (Háttér) is one of the largest and most active LGBTQI organizations in Hungary. Founded in 1995, its aims are to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people and to reduce the fear and ignorance about sexual and gender minorities through their better integration into society at large. Háttér works towards these aims by calling attention to the problems faced by LGBTQI people; lobbying against discriminative laws and promoting legislation protecting LGBTQI people; providing support services; encouraging the self-organization of LGBTQI communities; and preserving and spreading LGBTQI heritage and culture.

Volunteering details

There are several ways you can contribute to the work of this organization; Háttér regularly looks for volunteers for their hotline service helping clients via phone, Skype and chat; help is also needed with collecting materials for their archive, with their legal research, with maintaining the website, performing regular office work, translating and disseminating the organization’s promotional and information materials and many more. If you would like to volunteer occasionally or regularly, please send an email to hatter@hatter.hu with your contact info and which work you could do.


Name of organization: Müvelődési Szint (MÜSZi)

Website: http://muszi.org/?page_id=61  

Contact information:

Olga IRIMIÁS, program coordinator, musziprogram@gmail.com

Júlia BÁRSONY, artistic director, muveszet@muszi.org



Community and Art Centre (MÜSZi) is a complex cultural space, a home for NGO’s, hosting community arts projects, creative workshops and various cultural and social events open for the general public. MÜSZi is a meeting place, a new junction in the cultural life of Budapest. It is a fresh and free space; a workshop for independent social projects, a creative environment for artistic work, a presentation and events center. MÜSZi stands as an unprecedented venture in Budapest, a venue attempting to combine its artistic and social mission with business principles in a sustainable manner.

cultural events Ÿ| theatre and visual art performances ŸŸ| concerts | screenings |Ÿ exhibitions  |Ÿ  round-table discussions |Ÿ workshops, conferences, symposiums Ÿ|  meet ups Ÿ| sport and indoor game tournaments Ÿ|  family events Ÿ| swap markets Ÿ|  trainings and courses Ÿ

Volunteering details

MÜSZi is regularly looking for creative and responsible volunteers who can regularly help with:

- exploring and monitoring international and expat media
- exploring hostels and places of accommodation
- communication and event organization
- translating program documents

Exact tasks and responsibilities to be defined based on mutual agreement,

Apply with a short description of yourself (not a CV) and a brief summary of why you are interested at musziprogram@gmail.com


Name of organization: Csoma Szobája Alapítvány / Csoma’s Room Foundation

Website: www.csomasroom.org/en 

Contact information:

Viktória LŐRINCZ, Volunteer Coordinator



Csoma’s Room is an independent non-profit NGO, registered in Hungary, dedicated to heritage conservation, education and sustainable development, with volunteers in cooperation with local communities. We mainly focus our activity to the Himalayan region, where Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, a Transylvanian pioneer of Tibetan language used to live while collecting the words for the first Tibetan-English Dictionary and the Tibetan Grammar of scientific level.

Volunteering details

Csoma’s Room is currently looking for volunteers for the following projects:

- Conservation works on Zangla Palace, Zangla.

- Solar school construction, contemporary ladakhi architecture, local materials, Zangla

 - Teaching in primary school and nunnery, conversational English, Zangla.

You can find more details and also access the application form on the following website:



Name of organization: Szivárvány Misszió Alapítvány / Rainbow Mission Foundation

Website: http://www.budapestpride.com

Contact information:  



Budapest Pride is organized by the Rainbow Mission Foundation, which is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organization working from a feminist and anti-racist perspective. We envision a world in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people do not face daily and systematic discrimination due to their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, a world where LGBTQ enjoy full social acceptance, a society where homophobic, transphobic, sexist, racist, and other oppressive speech is not tolerated. Where no one is forced into gender roles and gender norms, where no one is the victim of harassment and violence, where we can live freely without fear. Where diversity is valued, where people accept themselves and others, where the importance of knowing yourself is recognized, and where people work actively to improve the world around them.

Volunteering details

The Rainbow Mission Foundation is currently looking for volunteers for the Budapest Pride Festival & March 2015 who can regularly help with:


  • march stewards
  • photographers
  • float decorators
  • workshop preparation and technical assistance
  • delivering supplies
  • decorators at parties and events


Exact tasks and responsibilities to be defined based on mutual agreement,

Apply by filling out following form https://docs.google.com/a/budapestpride.hu/forms/d/1ea_h7wv0nMURQAu1m4WK5G90v_GYZ09ZfxfQJ6mzXiM/viewform?pli=1

and by writing us an e-mail to volunteer@budapestpride.hu


Name of organization: Ételt az Életért Közhasznú Alapítvány / Food for Life Public Benefit Foundation

Website: www.ffl.hu / www.karitativ.hu 

Contact information:  

Éva Várallyay, Volunteer Coordinator



The Food for Live Public Benefit Foundation was created in 1999 and has since been helping disadvantaged individuals and families across Hungary by distributing food. Our goal is to provide sufficient and quality foodstuff for those who cannot provide enough for themselves, thus attempting to combat the disadvantages they face. Apart from the fact that a warm meal means direct help for those in need, we aim to improve the general quality of life and dietary habits of society by presenting mutual tolerance. According to our estimates, we have managed to distribute almost 580,000 dishes of warm food and several tons of non-perishable foodstuff, vegetables and fruits in Hungary.

Volunteering details

Food for Life is currently looking for volunteers for the following projects:

- food distribution

Apply with a short description of yourself (not a CV) and a brief summary of why you are interested at info@karitativ.hu 


Name of organization: Útilapu Hálózat (Service Civil International Hungary)


Contact information utilapu.scihun@gmail.com


Útilapu Hálózat is the Hungarian branch of Service Civil International (SCI), a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organizing international voluntary projects.

Our primary activity is organizing summer voluntary camps in Hungary and sending volunteers abroad. In our 2-3 weeks long workcamps, we put much emphasis on responding to local needs and making sure that our volunteers see the importance of their work. During the joint work and free time, volunteers discover each other’s traditions, way of living, problems and ideas, form long-lasting friendships.

However, Útilapu is active throughout the whole year. We organize workshops, cultural events, meetings and we offer a broad list of training courses and seminars accessible for all. Every voluntary project, meeting, exchange or training course has to be in line with the values of volunteering, non-violence, Human Rights, solidarity, respect for the environment, inclusion, empowerment and cooperation.

Volunteering details

If you are ready for adventures and would like to do something useful in the summer you can join or even coordinate a workcamp in Hungary or choose a project abroad on workcamps.info. During the year we look for help in smaller tasks like event organization, communication and marketing. We also provide internship opportunities: if you also speak Hungarian join us as volunteer coordinator!

Contact us with a short introduction of yourself and your interest areas at utilapu.scihun@gmail.com


Name of organization: Atlatszo.hu / Investigative Journalism Centre

Website: atlatszo.hu , english.atlatszo.hu 

Contact information:  

Edit VITRAI, onkentes@atlatszo.hu


Atlatszo.hu is an online portal for investigative journalism to promote transparency and freedom of information in Hungary. Atlatszo.hu produces investigative reports, accepts information from whistleblowers, files freedom of information requests, and commences freedom of information lawsuits in cases where its requests are refused.

Volunteering details

Atlatszo.hu is looking for enthusiastic, curious and dynamic volunteers who can regularly help with:

- be a Mutyimondo intern (Hungarian language required)

- give us topic/article suggestions for our datajournalism blog , or if you speak Hungarian you can even write blog posts

- as a lawyer collect international information (environment activism, freedom of information, etc.) to write about in our blogs

Exact tasks and responsibilities to be defined based on mutual agreement,

If your’re interested in working for Atlatszo.hu, send an email to iroda@atlatszo.hu


Name of organization: Labrisz Leszbikus Egyesület / Labrisz Lesbian Association

Website: http://www.labrisz.hu/english 

Contact information: Tea Erdélyi, labrisz@labrisz.hu

Skype: labriszegyesulet


Labrisz Lesbian Association was established in 1999 in order to combat prejudices against women’s sexual minorities. The main priority of the association is to help lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in accepting themselves and to strengthen their visibility. We organize community and cultural events, publish informative and literary works and run a school-program. Our goal is also to explore and enrich feminist and lesbian culture and promote it in wider social circles.

Volunteering details

Labrisz Lesbian Association is looking for responsible and motivated volunteers who can help with:

- translating, editing and distributing promotional material

- event organization and accomplishment

- general support of campaign activities

Exact tasks and responsibilities to be defined based on mutual agreement.

If you are interested in working with Labrisz, send an email to labrisz@labrisz.hu