Emmaus International

Set up in 1971 by French priest, Abbé Pierre, Emmaus International is made up of 350 member organisations in 37 different countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

These organisations run income-generating activities at local level with people who have experienced social exclusion to access their fundamental rights and, through their collective action, demonstrate there are credible alternatives to injustice.


Our Priority Areas:

Right to water, health and education, ethical finance, international migration and fighting human trafficking


Spreading Wealth:

Emmaus International organises solidarity between its member organisations around the world


Work or Intern

Emmaus International frequently takes on interns in the Policy and Campaigns, International Solidarity and Communications departments.


Volunteer With Us

We’re looking for volunteers at our international secretariat and head office in Montreuil, France:

  • To meet Emmaus representatives arriving from abroad at Paris airports and train stations and take them by public transport or taxi to the international secretariat or hotel
  • To accompany Emmaus International delegates on visits to Emmaus communities in the Paris region and on sightseeing trips to Paris. It would be useful if you had at least a basic level of English and/or Spanish
  • To assist occasionally with event preparations: the Paris salon (a huge jumble sale), events, international and other meetings
  • To help with mailings and franking
  • To help with the visa application process for Emmaus International representatives (submitting and picking up the application from consulates etc.)
  • To provide administrative support (filing, data input, telephone reminders etc.)
  • Other specific tasks may also be offered, depending on your skills and our needs.

These unpaid assignments are aimed at people who already live in France.


Volunteer With a Member Organisation

To join them, take a look at ‘Emmaus around the world’ to get in touch with your nearest Emmaus organisation. Volunteers help out at Emmaus member organisations too – in France they’re known as “friends”.

Their role depends on their skills and interests and, of course, on what the organisation needs. Volunteers are involved in a great many of their activities, for example collecting and sorting through clothing, support with literacy or leading workshops and leisure activities – while sharing their know-how and cheerfulness at the same time! Volunteers contribute towards helping socially-excluded people reconnect with society. It’s true they do give a lot, but they also get a lot back. The person receiving most help isn’t always who you think it is!

There are several thousand volunteers committed to helping Emmaus groups in many parts of the world.

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