Internetpräsenz weltwärts

An overview of weltwärts

Who we are

The development volunteer service weltwärts was founded in 2008 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since then, more than 25,000 volunteers have been sent from Germany and dedicated themselves to development projects. Since 2013 young people from partner countries have also been able to do development volunteer service in Germany. By the end of 2016, 840 young people had made use of this opportunity.

Weltwärts focuses on joint intercultural learning. The funding by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has given all interested young people between the ages of 18 and 28 the opportunity to participate in the learning service. The majority has just finished school and completed their A levels (Abitur). They volunteer for six to 24 months at a local partner organisation in education, health, environment, agriculture, culture or human rights.

More international volunteers come to Germany

Foto: Engagement Global, Thomas Ecke

Looking to the medium term, from 2017 onwards up to 800 young people from overseas will be able to do voluntary service in Germany.The young men and women coming to Germany this year as weltwärts volunteers hail from about 50 different countries.

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Video: Mika & Lili

Te muestro el mundo

"Mika and Lili – a journey around the world"

29 weltwärts volunteers from the German sending organisation "Schule fürs Leben" (School for Life) put together a rather special project during their stay in Cali, Columbia: together with children and young people from their assignment locations they produced the musical 'Mika and Lili – a Journey around the World'. The video shows their finishing song.