African Union Volunteer Corps

The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC) is Africa’s foremost youth volunteer programme where young professionals with post-graduate degrees from all 55 African Union member states volunteer a year of service to an organisation in Africa.


The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU- YVC) is African Union’s Initiative for youth capacity building, empowerment and meaningful participation through volunteer work. Launched in December 2010, AU-YVC aims to deepen the status of young people in Africa as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the AU Vision of ‘the Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent driven by its citizens.


AU-YVC recruits and works with young professionals age 18-35 from across the Continent and the Diaspora, to serve for a period of 12 months in their respective fields of expertise in an AU Member State other than their own. Priority areas of deployment include: education, youth entrepreneurship, health (youth friendly health services), institutional capacity building, youth mainstreaming, ICT, post conflict reconstruction and Agriculture.