Key publications relating to the weltwärts programme are presented on this page, including, for example, the guidelines for the volunteer service and for weltwärts Exchange Groups, information material and evaluation reports.
The guideline describes the key objectives, legal and financial aspects and other elements of the framework in which the North-South component and South-North component operate, plus the accompanying measures for the weltwärts volunteer service.
The guideline describes the key objectives, legal and financial aspects and other elements of the framework in which weltwärts Exchange Projects operates in order to implement youth-exchange projects, accompanying projects and activities and pilot projects.
In 2018, Engagement Global published a brochure to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the weltwärts development volunteer service. In it, the various stakeholders on the programme relate their weltwärts experiences. The brochure is available in English, German, French and Spanish.
This report presents the findings of the first annual volunteer survey for the South-North component of the weltwärts programme. The survey, conducted by Umfragezentrum Bonn, was aimed at all volunteers who had completed service in Germany between 1 January 2019 and 15 November 2019. The positive findings indicate a very high level of satisfaction with the programme on the part of South-North volunteers. 97% of respondents were satisfied overall with their voluntary service This very good result confirms that the weltwärts programme continues to meet the needs of young adults and that the organisations responsible in Germany and abroad implement the development volunteers’ service diligently.
This report presents the findings of the seventh annual volunteer survey for the weltwärts programme (North-South). Following the surveys of the 2013 to 2018 returnees, this survey looked at the volunteers who returned from service in 2019. The survey was again conducted by Umfragezentrum Bonn. The findings of the latest survey again corroborate the previous years’ positive results, with 94% of the respondents stating that they were satisfied overall with their voluntary service.
This report presents the findings of the sixth annual volunteer survey for the North-South component of the weltwärts programme, which looked at the volunteers who returned from assignment in 2018. The survey was again conducted by Umfragezentrum Bonn.
This report presents the findings of the fourth annual volunteer survey. Following the surveys of the 2013 to 2015 returnees, this survey looked at the volunteers who returned from service in 2016. It is thus now possible to compare the findings for four years of the weltwärts programme.
The volunteer survey was first introduced in 2013 and has been conducted annually since then. This year’s survey addressed all participants who returned to Germany in 2015. The findings were extremely positive overall, with 94% of respondents expressing satisfaction with their volunteer service and three quarters stating that they would recommend the weltwärts programme to their friends.
In 2017, the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) published the results of its comprehensive study on the effectiveness of the weltwärts programme’s North-South component. One of the study’s findings was that volunteers continue to benefit from their experience long after their assignment and that their new knowledge, skills and outlook also have an effect on their families and friends.
Between 2015 and 2017, Syspons GmbH evaluated the South-North component of the weltwärts volunteer service on behalf of the BMZ. The aim was to conduct an independent, external assessment of the component’s design, implementation, impacts to date, lessons learned, organisation and quality management. The results include specific recommendations that will be incorporated as the South-North component is developed further.
An executive summary of the key findings of the pilot-phase evaluation of the “weltwärts extracurricular exchange projects in the context of Agenda 2030” funding line has been compiled by the Institut für Sozialforschung, Praxisberatung und Organisationsentwicklung GmbH. It highlights where optimisation is needed and where there is potential for development and can be found here.
Working in an outdoor daycare centre, Maria from Ecuador is learning new educational methods. In turn, her colleagues appreciate the new ideas she contributes thanks to her cultural background. Because the presence of international volunteers in Germany is such a success, the programme is being expanded further.
”Now I’m a real global citizen!“
Arnold completed a volunteer service at a German YMCA and worked in a children’s café. Now back in Togo, he likes to think back to everything he experienced in Germany. “Now I’m a global citizen!” he says.
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