Your feedback on weltwärts – Tell us what you think!

Your chance to help weltwärts evolve

Your experience of the weltwärts volunteer service plays an important role in the continuing development of the programme. Our annual online volunteer survey is a chance for all returnees in the South-North and North-South components to help shape the programme by providing direct feedback.

Tell us what you think!

A few months after you’ve finished your weltwärts voluntary service, you’ll receive an email with a link to a questionnaire in which we ask you to rate your weltwärts experience. This is an opportunity for you to give us feedback on your weltwärts assignment and how you developed personally during it, the education and mentoring provided by your sending organisation and other topics. Since autumn 2013, the survey has been conducted and evaluated in anonymous, online form by uzbonn, an independent institute. 2019 saw the South-North volunteers included in the survey for the first time, giving them the chance to share their opinions too – and to help weltwärts evolve for the future. Our goal is for all returnees to participate in the survey so that the results are as meaningful as possible. So – tell us what you think!


What happens to my feedback?

The findings from the volunteer survey are a key pillar in weltwärts’ quality development. uzbonn evaluate your ideas and experiences and they are then examined and discussed at length by all stakeholders within the weltwärts joint operation. Feedback has a direct impact on the evolution of the programme. For instance, if the survey shows a particular issue has been mentioned by a number of volunteers, it will be looked into further. It was feedback in the survey that resulted in a flyer on what to do if you witness or experience sexualised violence yourself, for example.

In addition, the findings provide the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with evidence of how effective weltwärts is – but also of where there is room for improvement. The positive results in recent years reveal high levels of programme effectiveness and volunteer satisfaction. They were therefore also key to ensuring that weltwärts is held in high regard and continues to receive funding from the BMZ.

Did you know?

In the 2020 survey, 94% of the North-South volunteers stated that participating in the weltwärts programme had had a positive effect on their global awareness.

Findings of the last North-South volunteer survey

97% of the South-North volunteers stated that they had developed personally and improved their global awareness. Findings of the latest volunteer surveys.

In 2020, overall volunteer satisfaction with their time on the weltwärts programme remained similarly high to previous years despite the extraordinary circumstances in which the programme had to be implemented because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 94% of the North-South respondents were quite to very satisfied with their voluntary service, with the ratings for preparation and support reaching record levels. Take a look at the findings of last year’s survey to find out how many respondents would recommend weltwärts to their friends and acquaintances, how satisfied they were with their places of assignment and the education and mentoring activities and how weltwärts has affected them in terms of future career choices.

Findings of the 2020 weltwärts programme volunteer survey (North-South)

Despite the pandemic, the findings of the 2020 South-North volunteer survey reinforce those of the pilot survey. 94% of respondents were satisfied with their voluntary service and record figures were achieved in the areas of working relationship with the place of assignment and volunteers’ social integration. The very positive results confirm that the weltwärts programme meets the needs of young adults even in difficult times and that the organisations responsible in Germany and abroad implement the development volunteers’ service to optimum effect. The findings of all the previous years’ surveys are available in our “Publications” section.

Findings of the 2020 weltwärts programme volunteer survey (South-North)

The findings from previous years are available in our “Publications” section.