Going weltwärts - step by step
So you’re considering a weltwärts volunteer service? Good choice! Be sure to start gathering information about Germany, possible volunteer projects and requirements at an early stage. Think about why you want to go abroad and what you want to achieve.
Your application is not addressed to weltwärts directly, but to the sending organisation in your country that participates in the weltwärts programme. Once you have chosen a sending organisation, inform yourself of the process you need to follow.
The sending organisations will invite applicants to a selection interview. Should you be successful, your sending organisation will let you know. You then sign a volunteering agreement.
A foreign volunteer service requires thorough preparation. That is why weltwärts holds preparatory seminars for all volunteers. Your own preparations are important, too. For instance, take some time to learn about Germany or even some basic German.
All preparations have to come to an end at some point. Then it’s time to pack your bags and leave! Maybe you’ll be travelling with other volunteers. Either way, there’s plenty of excitement up ahead.
Most volunteer assignments last for around one year. While you are abroad, there’s a lot of learning to do and cultural experiences to be had. A mid-term seminar is a welcome opportunity for volunteers to discuss their experiences to date with their peers.
For sure you’ll be returning from your assignment with lots of new impressions and experiences. Now is the time to reflect and process – ideally, by attending the returnee seminar offered by your sending organisation.
Staying involved upon return
Your volunteer assignment may be over, but you can continue to contribute at home. Did you come to feel strongly about certain issues you encountered during your stay abroad? Remember you can stay involved after your return, too!
Formal and personal prerequisites
- You are between 18 and 28 years of age. In exceptional cases participants aged 29 or over may be admitted.
- You are in good enough health to complete a volunteering assignment abroad.
- You have a school-leaving qualification, a vocational qualification or equivalent work experience.
- Your country of residence appears on the DAC list of the OECD.
- You are a team player and open-minded.
- You are enthusiastic about social engagement and development issues.