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weltwärts is as colourful and lively as the diversity of its civil society partners who implement the programme. Every individual place of assignment owes its existence to the commitment and partnership spirit of organisations in Germany and in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania and Eastern Europe
DRK Volunta in Hessen and Partnership Rhineland-Palatinate & Rwanda organise the forth cross-organisation partner conference in East Africa. Members of the implementing organisations and partner organisations from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda as well as members from the Programme Steering Committee will be invited.
The sending organisation Jesuit Volunteers was founded 35 years ago and has organised assignments for around 100 weltwärts volunteers to date. Rather than applying to be sent to a particular country, interested candidates apply to the programme as a whole. In this interview, we find out more about the organisation itself and its volunteer programme, as well as what it looks for in its volunteers.
In October, a weltwärts partner conference was held for the first time in Eastern Europe. In Sarajevo, Bosnia, weltwärts partner organisations from the region met with their German implementing organisations and members of the Programme Steering Committee. One main subject of the conference was building peace in the Balkans.
In September, the weltwärts partner organisation in the countries of the Andes met with their German implementing organisations and members of the Programme Steering Committee in Villa de Leyva (Colombia). The focus of the five-day conference was on the mentoring of volunteers and how to act in crisis situations.
We spoke with Edmérçio Ricardo about the PFIF volunteer representation. Edmérçio completed his volunteer service at Welthaus Bielefeld in 2017-18 as a South-North volunteer and has been working since then in health care and care for the elderly in Germany. He has been working in the Political representation group of volunteers in international volunteering services (PFIF) since the onset of 2022 and was elected to the Programme Steering Committee (PSC).
Whether you need an application for a federal grant, a call for funds form or a template interim proof-of-use report, our Document Centre contains all the important forms and documents that you may need in connection with the weltwärts volunteer service.
Is your organisation thinking about sending volunteers to Germany? Or would you like to start hosting volunteers from Germany? To get involved as a weltwärts partner organisation, you need to establish a partnership with an approved German implementing organisation.
The Programme Steering Committee, the highest-level decision-making body in the weltwärts programme, consists of 15 members who represent state and civil society stakeholders. The BMZ occupies two seats, while the weltwärts Coordination Unit (wCU) of Engagement Global has three. The German implementing organisations are divided into four shared-interest groups, who share eight seats. Finally, two seats are occupied by the political representation group of volunteers in international volunteering (PFIF).
Where necessary, the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) can form working groups that draw up proposals on specific issues. Based on these proposals, the PSC takes decisions on the continued development of the programme. In the past, working groups have been formed to work on the introduction of the South-North component, amendments to the general quality criteria, or inclusion.