Become a part of Danish society through voluntary work
Denmark has a long standing tradition for volunteer work. There are thousands and thousands of voluntary organisations all throughout Denmark, and about 40% of all Danes volunteer. If you are new in Denmark and want to learn about the Danish society while expanding your social network, then voluntary work is a great place to start.
Be aware of the rules for voluntary work according to your status
If you do not have Danish citizenship, then you have to be aware of whether or not you are allowed to participate in volunteer work. What and how much volunteer work you can engage in depends on which arrangements you have for staying in Denmark. It also matters if you are from a land outside the EU/EEA-area. In several situations you need a special permission to engage in voluntary work, and if you do not get the right permission it can result in a fine along with a 15-year long quarantine from seeking permanent residence permit in Denmark.
Therefore, we always advise you to consult either the caseworker assigned to you, the municipality in which you reside, the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). In this way, you can make sure your voluntary engagement is not in violation of the rules for your residence status in Denmark. It is your own responsibility that you comply with the rules correctly.
Do you want to know more?
You can find more information about which rules you need to adhere to on the official portal for foreigners, who wants to visit, live or work in Denmark.