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Gerónimo Vera, Asociación de Usuarios de Manglar Cerrito de los Morreños, Ecuador
"It would be very impressive if our dedicated young people could also have the experiences of a volunteer service in Germany! They could gain impressions of the culture, values and also economic aspects in Germany and bring these back to their countries of origin."
"I love my role here in day-care 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."
Michael Steiger, Pfadfinderbund (scout association) Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.
"Our volunteers were often invited. And now we have the chance to give back a little, to give a good account of ourselves but also, at the same time, to learn a huge deal about the home countries of the volunteers who come to Germany."
"After I arrived in Germany, I had an intensive language course, workshops and discussions on the country and its people, Germany’s history and on the subject of post-colonialisation."
Sending volunteers to Germany
The South-North component
Since 2013 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. Weltwärts continues to be built out as a programme for global learning. The places of assignment benefit from the work of motivated volunteers that can shed new light on things and can also strengthen intercultural understanding.
Global partners look back on lessons learned so far
From 9 to 13 May, 60 stakeholders from 26 nations came together in Berlin to discuss their experiences with the weltwärts South-North component. The guest list included sending organisations from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe plus German host organisations and places of assignment. At the event, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development held out the prospect of a continuation of the component.
Through the "weltwärts" accompanying measures, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is promoting measures which encourage the quality of the "weltwärts" programme and raise its profile as a development learning service. For example, it is designed to encourage training courses for mentors or networking between host and sending organisations.
"It makes me happy when the children smile at me in the morning"
She belongs to the first generation of young people worldwide who are taking part in the new South-North component of the weltwärts programme. Ambika comes from India and is volunteering for a year in Germany with the International Association of Kassel.