The weltwärts Coordination Unit at Engagement Global advises organisations on all aspects of the weltwärts programme. Would you like to know more about applications, approval, implementation or interim proof of use? Contact the Coordination Unit for free advice. Get in touch!
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
Germany’s Federal Foreign Office has revoked its global travel warning with effect from 1 October 2020. As a result, provided compliance with specified strict criteria is ensured, it is now again possible to send volunteers from Germany on assignment to countries that are not subject to a travel warning or restrictive security guidance.
weltwärts cross-organisation partner conferences are to be held again, between October 2021 and April 2022. Implementing organisations have until 18 September 2020 to submit an expression of interest in managing a conference.
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.
There are currently over 700 Global South volunteers on assignment in Germany. They work in a wide variety of 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.
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 the vast majority of volunteers has been brought back to Germany.
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.