Let yourselves be led by the Lord and offer yourselves as
volunteers at the service of the One who “did not come to be served,
but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for all” (Mk 10:45). And
your life will reach a fullness that you do not even suspect. - Pope Benedict XVI at the Meeting with Volunteers in Madrid, WYD 2011
its first edition in 1986, World Youth Day has been built with the
collaboration of thousands of volunteers. One of the greatest beauties
of this meeting with the Pope is the gift of work and time of so many
young people who, free of charge, give others the opportunity to
participate in a unique experience.
Register as a volunteer for WYD Lisbon 2023 here!
Information on Central Volunteer Packages available here and Parish Volunteer Packages available here.
A volunteer is someone who
is aware of having a mission. There is something worth offering up for.
It is this free and generous offer that gives the volunteer the joy and
consolation of knowing that he is doing his part in this world for which
we are all responsible.
At WYD Lisbon 2023, the Volunteer lives
in the first person the theme of this Journey: Maria got up and left in
a hurry. Wanting to serve the other, renouncing some personal things,
for the joy that is found in service.
Volunteering at WYD Lisbon 2023
Participating in WYD Lisbon 2023 as a volunteer is a unique experience. Why?
You develop decisive skills for your personal and professional life.
All volunteers will follow a path of personal preparation. Training
proposals where you will have the opportunity to share your experience,
while learning and developing essential skills to put into practice in
all dimensions of your spiritual, personal and professional life.
You live an experience of faith in a multicultural environment.
With people from all over the world, from different backgrounds and
cultures, WYD is a wealth for all participants. As a volunteer, with the
particular mission of serving all pilgrims, this experience will be
even more enriching.
You contribute to making possible the biggest event for young people around the world.
We still don’t know how many people will come to Lisbon to attend this
meeting of young people with the Pope. But we know that the meetings
with the Pope at the various WYDs were the largest concentrations of
people around the world. It is an honour to be part of the team that
made it possible!
You approach the Pope and the Church.
Being close to the Pope and feeling his presence is an unique and
remarkable experience. It is around the words of the Holy Father that
the Catholic Church gathers, opening its doors to all who want to
approach it. By being part of the WYD volunteer team, you will
experience unique moments and you will be a witness of faith in Jesus.
How can I make a difference?
an event of this dimension, there are several types of volunteers. Some
will have a very visible mission and in prominent places, and others a
more discreet and equally critical role in making WYD happen. Especially
in the latter, it is very beautiful to see how they offer their time in
service, even giving up participation in some of the central events. As
Pope Francis tells us, in volunteering every service is important, even
the simplest (meeting with volunteers in Krakow).