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Joel F. Barrientos Lujan, Fundación Brazos Abiertos, Colombia
"The volunteers represent a bridge linking two continents. They are like the hands offered by friends, so that together we can help communities in need move forward."
"I’m learning so many things for my life that I wouldn’t be learning at university. I’m doing something meaningful and, at the same time, I’m discovering another culture, so I don’t regret my decision for a moment."
Heiner Stienhans, Ecoselva, Germany
"For the coffee cooperative that we collaborate with, it is important that volunteers teach the consumers in Germany that the coffee is produced based on ecological and social criteria. As a result, it makes fair trade organic coffee more tangible and enables direct marketing of the coffee in Germany."
Julia Solórzano de Pinto, head of the Asociación de Hogares Nuevo Futuro, Peru
"The volunteers support our work and enable us to give each child more attention. The strong emotional attachment that the volunteers establish with the children is very important."
"To be honest, I don't think Mozambique is perceived at all in Germany. But I do hope and I believe that this will change gradually through volunteer services like weltwärts in particular. I have the opportunity to speak to people during work, in my breaks and even more so in my private life."
"I love my role here in day-care in Germany and spending my time with children. I find education here rather interesting because the children here are so free to decide what they want to do – and I like that."
Simon, Glovo e.V., Germany
"After I came back from Ghana, I founded the Glovo association together with other former volunteers. We invite Ghanaian teachers to German schools and develop school partnerships."
Search for German sending organisations
Here you can see all the sending organisations in Germany. You can limit your search by regions or countries. You will receive a list of all organisations that send volunteers to the respective region or selected countries and can see the assignments of the organisations.
Volunteers from developing and emerging countries have also been able to take part in development volunteer service in Germany. This intensifies the exchange between people from these countries and Germany and promotes the networking of all volunteers and partners in the weltwärts programme.
The development volunteer service weltwärts was founded in 2008 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since then, more than 20,000 volunteers have been sent from Germany and dedicated themselves to development projects.