What’s so special about weltwärts?
weltwärts is all about engagement in development issues, global learning and interacting as equals. It brings people together in and from Germany, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Eastern Europe. The programme focuses on non-formal learning on a mutual basis and strengthening of international partnerships.
The programme, whose name translates as “worldwards”, was launched in 2008 by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support young people looking to take action for the good of our One World. Since then, going “worldwards” has been possible through the programme’s development volunteer service and, since 2016, through “weltwärts – Extracurricular exchange projects in the context of Agenda 2030”.
Each sub-programme has a comprehensive quality system and receives 75% of its funding from the BMZ. The remaining share comes from the civil-society organisations that implement the service. The administrative and financial coordination of the programme is carried out by Engagement Global’s weltwärts Coordination Unit.
The weltwärts volunteer service is a joint operation run by the BMZ, civil-society organisations and past volunteers, with decisions regarding the steering of the programme taken jointly.