The main quality features of the weltwärts volunteer service are:
Approved host organisations
All weltwärts organisations must first undergo an extensive assessment to ensure that they comply with the quality standards for the programme and constantly develop their activities.
Registered places of assignment
Voluntary service can only be done at places of assignment that have already been registered for weltwärts. In the South-North programme, the volunteer service is run in cooperation with the Federal Volunteer Service (BFD). All of the places of assignment are therefore registered with and approved by the BFD too. The registration process is based on specified quality criteria. Your job at the place of assignment should neither over-challenge nor under-challenge you. A further requirement for approval as a place of assignment is that it has qualified staff to provide you with support and instruction.
Education and mentoring
Part of your weltwärts voluntary service is the accompanying educational programme of at least 25 days of seminars in Germany before, during and after your assignment. There are also preparation and follow-up activities in your home country, which may differ depending on the partner involved. These education and mentoring activities include organisational matters, information about the host country, opportunities to share experiences and think about other perspectives, plus a chance to develop global awareness and question global interrelationships. German lessons can also be part of the education and mentoring, which is carried out by the German implementing organisations with the organisations in the partner countries.
Mentors in Germany
In addition to the designated contacts at your implementing organisation and the people responsible for giving you instruction at your place of assignment, weltwärts provides you with a mentor to support your during your voluntary service in the country of assignment. For instance, your mentor might help you settle in and assist you with any questions or problems.