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The South-North component

Strengthening the cultural exchange

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.

Many partner organisations that have previously hosted volunteers from Germany thus become sending organisations themselves. This contributes significantly to the strengthening and expansion of the existing partnerships and to equal exchange.

The new programme components should be open to a broad circle of young adults from developing or emerging countries.

Sending international volunteers to Germany

The new programme component will initially be conducted in a three-year pilot phase. In the first cycle, 150 volunteers have already been hosted in Germany. The application deadline for the second cycle (2015/2016) has already passed.

Organisations now have the opportunity to apply jointly with their partner organisation from Germany for the third hosting cycle in 2016. The application deadline ends on 31 March 2015.

Requirements for the sending of volunteers to Germany

All sending organisations in partner countries must work together with an approved weltwärts organisation in Germany. Otherwise, it is not possible to send volunteers to Germany. As a rule, the German weltwärts organisations in the South-North component cooperate with proven partners that have been hosting German volunteers in their projects for years.

Requirements for sending volunteers to Germany:

  • Basic preparation of the volunteers before their departure in the form of a seminar or a multi-day orientation period.
  • Reasonable publicity work for the promotion of the programme.
  • Selection of volunteers, which can take place jointly with the host organisation, if required. The volunteers should be selected on the basis of the criteria defined in the pedagogical concept.
  • Gender policy expertise and the willingness to learn gender competency.

The application for participation in the South-North component includes a pedagogical concept as well as an application for financial aid from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which is submitted by the German organisation.

The pedagogical concept should be prepared jointly by the host and sending organisation.

Responsibilities of sending partner organisations

Organisations that send weltwärts volunteers to Germany are expected to

  • do publicity work in order to increase awareness of the programme, particularly among young people, with women and men being considered equally;
  • select applicants and prepare them for development volunteer service in Germany;
  • conduct a pedagogical preparatory and follow-up programme and promote the dedication of returning volunteers;
  • support volunteers in various tasks such as applying for visas.

The sending partner organisations handle their responsibilities in close coordination with the affiliated host organisation in Germany.

It is possible for multiple sending organisations to handle their responsibilities in cooperation. Less experienced organisations can be qualified by more experienced organisations, and parts of their tasks can be assigned to other sending organisations, if necessary. If such cooperation options are not available to a sending organisation, it is possible for them to transfer responsibilities that cannot be handled temporarily to the host organisations in Germany.