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weltwärts

Reports on experience

Here you can find all the pieces from volunteers reporting on their project or their experiences in Germany or in their host country. Read all about how exciting volunteering can be, the challenges with which volunteers are confronted and the experience they take home with them

Mozambique often goes unnoticed, but that's why I'm here

Francisco | Reutlingen, Germany

Francisco Abilio from Mozambique spent a year working as a volunteer at the Eduard Spanger Comprehensive School in Reutlingen. He is among the first volunteers who came to Germany on the weltwärts programme. Francisco supports teachers in lessons and extracurricular activities such as school excursions or the school's farm project.

Going to India made me grow!

Luise | Pondicherry, India

Living in a foreign country? Getting to know a different culture and how development cooperation works? That sounded good to me and so I applied for ‘weltwärts’ and left Germany for India shortly after my high school graduation.

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It makes me happy when the children smile at me in the morning

Ambika | Kassel, Germany

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. She looks after children with disabilities at the school. She talks about her experiences in an interview.

The world doesn’t end in Argentina!

Irena | Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Argentine Irena Balbuena took part in the South-North component of the weltwärts volunteer service. For her assignment with the Evangelical Church of Westphalia, she was posted to the parish of Hassel-Lukas in Gelsenkirchen. She worked with people from a wide variety of age groups – the focus being on “learning from each other”. In our interview, she tells us all about her time as a volunteer.

Very, very good friends

Bettina | Kassel, Germany

Bettina from Cameroon was one of the first people to take part in the new South-North component of the weltwärts programme. As a volunteer with the Internationalen Bund Kassel, she is looking after children with learning difficulties. In the interview, we asked her about her experiences.

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