Information for the media
The most important facts and figures relating to the weltwärts programme are presented on this page. If you are writing about the North-South or South-North component of the weltwärts volunteer service or researching weltwärts Exchange Projects, you will find basic information and figures here.
Around 270 German non-governmental organisations are approved as implementing organisations for the weltwärts programme. Of those, 160 are currently active sending organisations in the North-South component. Information about the organisations can be found on their profile pages.
Young people’s interest in development volunteer service is high. Every year, approximately 3,500 volunteers take part in weltwärts and some 41,000 volunteers have gone on assignment abroad since 2008. Around 66 percent of the participants are women and the average age across all volunteers is 19.4.
To the sending organisations
Around 270 German non-governmental organisations are approved as implementing organisations for the weltwärts programme. Of those, about 70 host international volunteers in Germany as part of the South-North component of the volunteer service.
Since the end of 2013, more than 2,500 volunteers from countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Oceania have completed voluntary service in Germany. Approximately 55 percent of the volunteers are female and the average age is 23.2.
To the host organisations
Since its launch on 1 July 2016, weltwärts Exchange Projects has proved a very popular funding programme and a broad range of civil-society implementing organisations in Germany make use of it. By the end of 2019, funding had been provided for more than 80 projects involving 74 organisations and numerous partner countries. The projects focus on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and at least one per goal has already taken place.
Facts and figures concerning the North-South component of the volunteer service
Facts and figures concerning the South-North component of the volunteer service
Facts and figures concerning weltwärts Exchange Projects