Gerónimo Vera, Asociación de Usuarios de Manglar Cerrito de los Morreños, Ecuador
"It would be very impressive if our dedicated young people could also have the experiences of a volunteer service in Germany! They could gain impressions of the culture, values and also economic aspects in Germany and bring these back to their countries of origin."
"I love my role here in day-care and spending my time with children. I find education here rather interesting because the children here are so free to decide what they want to do - and I like that."
Michael Steiger, Pfadfinderbund (scout association) Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.
"Our volunteers were often invited. And now we have the chance to give back a little, to give a good account of ourselves but also, at the same time, to learn a huge deal about the home countries of the volunteers who come to Germany."
"After I arrived in Germany, I had an intensive language course, workshops and discussions on the country and its people, Germany’s history and on the subject of post-colonialisation."
Sending volunteers to Germany
The South-North component
Since 2013 volunteers from developing and emerging countries have also been able to take part in development volunteer service in Germany. This intensifies the exchange between people from these countries and Germany and promotes the networking of all volunteers and partners in the weltwärts programme. Weltwärts continues to be built out as a programme for global learning. The places of assignment benefit from the work of motivated volunteers that can shed new light on things and can also strengthen intercultural understanding.
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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: #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: Invitation: 4th weltwärts Partner Conference in Nagpur, India in February 2019
On behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Programme Steering Committee as well as on behalf of their Cooperation Partners volunta gGmbH (Frankfurt), Internationaler Bund Südwest gGmbH (Kassel) and bezev e. V. (Essen) and their Indian Partners Ecumenical Sangam (Nagpur) and Dream School Foundation (Bangalore) Deutsch-Indische Zusammenarbeit e.V. is happy to invite to the 4th weltwärts Partner Conference in Nagpur / India for Asia from 19th to 22nd February 2019. Partner organisations from India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, The Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, East-Timor, Sri Lanka and Laos are invited.
News: Cross-organisation partner conferences in 2019
Since 2012, partner conferences have been held in the countries of the Global South as part of the weltwärts programme. These conferences give the German organisations’ partners an opportunity to discuss current developments at weltwärts, play an active role in designing the programme and to network with other organisations. Four conferences are planned for 2019: three in the Global South and one in Germany.
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
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.
Global partners look back on lessons learned so far
From 9 to 13 May, 60 stakeholders from 26 nations came together in Berlin to discuss their experiences with the weltwärts South-North component. The guest list included sending organisations from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe plus German host organisations and places of assignment. At the event, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development held out the prospect of a continuation of the component.
Through the "weltwärts" accompanying measures, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is promoting measures which encourage the quality of the "weltwärts" programme and raise its profile as a development learning service. For example, it is designed to encourage training courses for mentors or networking between host and sending organisations.