weltwärts in Germany

Voluntary service "weltwärts"

The development voluntary service weltwärts was founded in 2008 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since 2013, young people from emerging or developing countries can do a funded "weltwärts" volunteer service in Germany.

Weltwärts is a learning service. During the voluntary service you can improve your language skills, gain work experience and acquire intercultural competences. This allows you to meet people from other cultures as equals. At the same time, you work for a German non-profit organisation.

You volunteer for 6 to 24 months at a local partner organisation in education, health, environment, agriculture, culture or human rights field.

Further requirements for the participation are:

  • Between 18 and 28 years old
  • School degree, completed vocational training or comparable experience
  • Residency permit for limited time and visa ('nationales Visum-D')
  • Basic knowledge of the German language
  • Interest in other cultures as well as dedication

Since weltwärts is funded by the BMZ, you will not have any costs for your voluntary service. However, in some cases your sending organisation will expect you to collect a small amount in donations, since the host organisations in Germany must fund at least 25 per cent of the costs from their own resources.

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