Registering or updating assignments for volunteers
To obtain funding for a volunteer service as part of the weltwärts programme, the assignment in question – in other words, the specific project for which the volunteer will be deployed – needs to be registered with Engagement Global before it is due to start. Only projects that meet the quality and security requirements of the weltwärts programme can be registered. On this page, you can find information about the criteria and process involved.
What is a weltwärts assignment?
Not all projects are suitable for a development-related volunteer service. Volunteers can only be deployed as part of assignments that are geared towards the common good and engage with development policy issues. This means that the assignments involve working with marginalised target groups, focus on environmental sustainability or explicitly engage with other development-related topics covered by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The implementing organisations are tasked with implementing the programme and, by extension, are responsible for the safety of the volunteers. They must ensure that the volunteers are not sent to countries, regions or provinces that have been issued with a travel warning or which weltwärts has been barred from sending people to.
If two assignments need to be registered in the same place of assignment, they both need to be registered independently, as each will be allocated its own assignment number.
Requirements for a weltwärts assignment
The detailed requirements for assignments are laid out in the binding “Catalogue of quality requirements in the weltwärts programme”.
The basic regulations set out in the guideline for implementing the weltwärts development-related volunteer service and the current security notices for assignments, which can be found further down this page, also apply.
Catalogue of quality requirements in the weltwärts programme (PDF, in German)
How are assignments registered?
To register an assignment, implementing organisations use the “Registering an assignment” form. Once this form has been completed and saved, it is then submitted to Engagement Global using the “Send by email” button.
The form must be submitted to Engagement Global by no later than three months before the assignment is due to be allocated. Once this has been done, the implementing organisation receives an electronic confirmation of receipt containing an assignment number.
Registering an assignment (PDF, in German)
Random check of assignment registrations
Incoming assignment registrations are checked by Engagement Global at random or on an ad hoc basis. If there are any questions or remarks about potential quality issues, Engagement Global contacts the implementing organisation to clarify any points of uncertainty or to enable potential issues to be resolved.
Once the assignment has been successfully registered, the implementing organisation is notified – and the assignment can now be allocated. After a few days, the registered assignment will automatically appear in the “Application and selection process” section on the website.
To the “Application and selection process” page
Validity and updating of assignments
An assignment’s registration is valid for up to two years. The registration must be updated by the implementing organisation no later than six months before it is due to expire, or even earlier if there are any changes to the assignment information.
To update an assignment, implementing organisations use the same form as the one used to register a new assignment. Once the update has been completed, the implementing organisation receives an automatic email containing the new expiry date of the assignment.
If an assignment is to be permanently discontinued, the implementing organisation notifies Engagement Global of this informally by email, with reference to the assignment number.
Travel and security notices
The list of barred countries is not exhaustive. Assignments cannot be allocated in countries and regions subject to a travel warning from the German Federal Foreign Office. Volunteers are not permitted to make private trips to countries and regions that are barred for weltwärts.
You can find out more about global travel and security notices on the Federal Foreign Office website.
To the Federal Foreign Office website (in German)
Current security notices for assignments
The current security notices must be taken into account before registering or updating any assignments.
The following countries are currently barred for weltwärts:
Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Libya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Yemen
Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela