The European Guild is an NGO founded in 1967 and was nationally recognized in 1981 as an association of Public Interest. Among its activities, The European Guild recruits, trains, sends, and manages volunteers through different programs including Civic Service and International Solidarity missions, through a large network of partners. It is certified and approved by the French government. It is also on the Board of Directors of the National Volunteering Commission. Today, The European Guild is one of the largest French associations sending volunteers overseas, sending each year about 1000 volunteers in over 70 countries. It works closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French Development Agency. Volunteers are sent in humanitarian and development contexts. In 2015, the European Guild was certified by the European Commission as a volunteer sending organisation in the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.