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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.

About weltwärts

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.

News: 28.09.2018

News: Invitation: Partner conference in Malawi in November 2018

Application deadline: 14th October 2018

On behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the steering committee of weltwärts the Kongregation der Franziskanerinnen Salzkotten, fid-Service- und Beratungsstelle für internationale Freiwillgiendienste (AGEH) and their partners Franciscan Sisters Madisi Malawi and Sisters of Charity of Ottawa Ludzi Mchinji Malawi cordially invite partner organizations in Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana to the Partner Conference that will take place in Lilongwe, Malawi from 27th of November to 1st of December 2018.

News: 18.07.2018

News: Invitation: Partner conference in Togo in October 2018

The fourth cross-organisation partner conference for the West Africa region will take place in Lomé, Togo, from 21 to 25 October 2018. Members of the partner organisations in Ghana, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire will be invited to attend. It is the second of these conferences to be held in French. Registration Deadline: 26th August 2018

News: 03.04.2018

News: Positive findings once again

Following the 2013, 2014 and 2015 surveys, the fourth survey looked at the weltwärts volunteers who returned from assignment in 2016. The findings corroborate the previous years’ results for the most part, with 94% of volunteers again stating that they were satisfied with their time on the weltwärts programme. A particular pleasing result was that the volunteers’ overall satisfaction with places of assignment was higher than ever before (86%).

News: 21.02.2018

News: Help is available if you experience sexual violence

The flyer provides advice for volunteers who have experienced sexualised violence. It contains information on how sexualised violence is defined, its impacts and consequences, medical care options and, most importantly, various organisations to which victims can turn for advice.

News: 04.08.2017

News: weltwärts partner conference in Georgia

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service and their Georgian partner organization CENN - Caucasus Environmental NGO Network are pleased to invite the weltwärts partner organizations in Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the partner conference in Georgia.

News: 19.07.2017

News: Registration Opportunity for Partner Organisations

The partner organisations in the countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe are important actors of the weltwärts programme. Together with the German sending organisations, they carry out the volunteer service. Effective immediately, partner organisations have the opportunity to present themselves with their profile and contact information on the weltwärts website.

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.