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An overview of weltwärts

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.

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News: 16.06.2020

News: weltwärts volunteer departures in 2020: Update

As is the case every year, numerous young people are currently waiting to start their voluntary service with weltwärts. Usually, most of the volunteers going to countries in the Global South leave for their assignment towards the end of summer. However, North-South departures have been suspended for the time being in response to the difficulties the corona pandemic has caused for international volunteering assignments.

News: 05.05.2020

News: South-North volunteers among those affected by corona pandemic

There are currently over 700 Global South volunteers on assignment in Germany through the weltwärts South-North component. They work in a wide variety of social, cultural, development-related and health-related areas and are affected in different ways by the repercussions of the corona pandemic. However, measures have already been put into place to alleviate their situation.

News: 15.04.2020

News: Repatriation operation for North-South volunteers almost complete

Roughly three weeks ago, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) started a repatriation operation for all North-South volunteers in response to the corona pandemic. Since then, in an unprecedented effort, the volunteer service organisations and the BMZ, in close consultation with the German Federal Foreign Office, have brought the vast majority of the 3,170 weltwärts volunteers back to Germany. Around ten volunteers have not yet returned. The crisis is also having an impact on the over 700 South-North volunteers currently in service in Germany.

News: 06.04.2020

News: Large number of volunteers back in Germany

Around two weeks since Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) started a repatriation operation for North-South volunteers, the sending organisations’ vigorous efforts to bring their volunteers back safely continue. Approximately 85% of the 3,170 weltwärts volunteers originally overseas have now arrived back in Germany. Their unanticipated return does, however, also raise a series of questions for which answers will soon have to be found.

News: 26.03.2020

News: Ongoing repatriation of weltwärts volunteers to Germany

Last week, in response to the worsening situation surrounding the global spread of the coronavirus, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) called on the German implementing organisations in the weltwärts volunteer service to start bringing back all North-South component volunteers to Germany. The repatriation efforts, which are being closely coordinated with the German Foreign Office, are well underway.

News: 23.03.2020

News: All weltwärts North-South volunteers to return home

With the situation surrounding the global spread of the coronavirus constantly becoming worse, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has decided, in consultation with the Federal Foreign Office, that all volunteers posted abroad must return to Germany.

News: 12.11.2019

News: Cross-organisation partner conferences in 2020/21

The next cross-organisation partner conferences will take place between October 2020 and March 2021, both in the Global South as well as in Germany. In particular, we would like to invite partners from the regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia to host a partner conference, as only one conference has been held here to date.

News: 26.09.2019

News: Registration is open for the Annual General Meeting of the Southern African weltwärts Network (SAwN)

The Southern African weltwärts Network (SAwN) is having their Annual General Meeting from November 13th to 17th in Johannesburg.

News: 08.04.2019

News: #weltwärts transforms. brochure now available

Ten years of development volunteer service in one brochure

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the weltwärts development volunteer service, Engagement Global has published a brochure in which the various stakeholders on the programme relate their weltwärts experiences.

News: 09.10.2018

News: Invitation: 4th weltwärts Partner Conference in Nagpur, India in February 2019

On behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Programme Steering Committee as well as on behalf of their Cooperation Partners volunta gGmbH (Frankfurt), Internationaler Bund Südwest gGmbH (Kassel) and bezev e. V. (Essen) and their Indian Partners Ecumenical Sangam (Nagpur) and Dream School Foundation (Bangalore) Deutsch-Indische Zusammenarbeit e.V. is happy to invite to the 4th weltwärts Partner Conference in Nagpur / India for Asia from 19th to 22nd February 2019. Partner organisations from India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, The Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, East-Timor, Sri Lanka and Laos are invited.

News: 08.10.2018

News: Cross-organisation partner conferences in 2019

Since 2012, partner conferences have been held in the countries of the Global South as part of the weltwärts programme. These conferences give the German organisations’ partners an opportunity to discuss current developments at weltwärts, play an active role in designing the programme and to network with other organisations. Four conferences are planned for 2019: three in the Global South and one in Germany.

Photo: Naturfreundejugend Deutschlands

weltwärts - extracurricular exchange projects in the context of Agenda 2030

Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has launched a new funding line as part of its activities in connection with Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Photo: Engagement Global, Thomas Ecke
Photo: Engagement Global, Thomas Ecke

The South-North component

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.

German sending organisations
German sending organisations

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.