Together we connect people in the One World so they can learn from each other.
You’re just one step away from your gateway to the world. Go weltwärts!
Switching perspectives, joining forces: Youth groups go weltwärts.
Working together in partnership for sustainable development.
Contribute your experience and skills to make a real difference – for greater global equality.

Questions on weltwärts?

Are you interested in the weltwärts programme and funding options? Get in touch – we’re happy to help. We are available Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.

Working together for the One World

weltwärts brings people from Germany, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Eastern Europe together through volunteering and exchange projects. weltwärts is all about mutual learning and stronger international partnerships. weltwärts stands for development engagement, global learning and equitable encounters.

weltwärts – one step further

  • Experiencing and understanding global interdependencies
  • Contributing to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Experiencing the world off the beaten track
  • Public-sector funding and civil society initiatives
  • Quality and security
Portrait of Dr Gerd Mueller

Thanks to weltwärts, the global village comes to life. Young people from Germany and our partner countries join forces to promote sustainable development and a more equitable coexistence in our One World. I am certain that the problems in our world today can only be solved together. The weltwärts programme is the embodiment of this philosophy.

Federal Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller

Portrait of Astrid Neumann

Working together in partnership is a vital aspect of the weltwärts programme. Implementing weltwärts in Germany and worldwide would not be possible without this approach and collaborative expertise.

Astrid Neumann, head of the weltwärts Coordination Unit

Portrait of Dr Jens Kreuter

Participating in the weltwärts volunteer service or a weltwärts exchange is a truly extraordinary experience that broadens your horizons, has a lasting impact and is always a major learning experience.

Dr Jens Kreuter, Managing Director of Engagement Global gGmbH

Portrait of Barbara Kerime

We are all learners. As the programme evolves, all of us continue to learn and to grow within it.

Barbara Kerime, member of the Programme Steering Committee of the Catholic Federation of Volunteering Schemes

Portrait of Lourens de Jong

The great potential offered by weltwärts lies in the collaborative effort to promote development volunteering worldwide.

Lourens de Jong, member of the Programme Steering Committee of the quality association ventao

Portrait of Rolf Witte

weltwärts exchanges allow participants to see global issues and challenges from a completely different angle. Through this intense exchange across continents, the participating young people and experts reflect on and critically engage with their own situation.

Rolf Witte, head of international cultural education at the Federal Association of Cultural Youth Education (BKJ)

Illustration of a woman

The success of the North-South Component has been achieved through the very good working relationship with all stakeholders..

Mara Feulner, civil society coordinator of the Programme Steering Committee and representative of the quality association weltoffen

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