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Hosting volunteers from Germany

Becoming a host organisation

The host organisations integrate the volunteers in their team. They train them in their tasks and support the volunteers during the entire service. At the same time, they ensure that no paid positions are replaced by the use of volunteers. As a rule, the volunteers accompany employees in the project, initially during their work, before a plan is developed and the volunteers assume their own responsibilities.

The hosting of volunteers from Germany in a project is only possible in cooperation with a German sending organisation. In our database you can find all the weltwärts sending organisations.

News: 05.05.2020

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: 07.08.2019

News: Invitation to the weltwärts partner conference in Botswana

Registrations possible until 30th August 2019

All weltwärts-partner organizations from Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and Malawi as well as the German organizations sending volunteers to these countries can participate in the conference.

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: 03.04.2018

News: weltwärts volunteer service gets high ratings

Report on fifth volunteer survey published

Following the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 surveys, the fifth survey looked at the weltwärts volunteers who returned from assignment in 2017. 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. 85% were very or quite satisfied with their place of assignment.

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: 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.

Report on second volunteer survey published

The results of the volunteer survey are out

For the fourth time there has been an independent survey among all the weltwärts volunteers of one year group travelling from Germany.

The results show that volunteers are, on the whole, satisfied with the development volunteer service and they also show where there is still room for improvement.

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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.