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weltwärts is a development policy volunteer service of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. With weltwärts, young people can spend 12 to 24 months in a country of the Global South or the Global North. weltwärts is global learning, development policy engagement and intercultural exchange.

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Our volunteers

I was immediately fascinated by South Africa and was excited about life in Cape Town from day one. My weltwärts year had a lasting influence on me because it opened my eyes to many global issues such as poverty and inequality.
Tina Papenfuß
North-South volunteer 2013/14
If they ask me about my biggest achievement so far? Being selected as a South African Ambassador by SAGE Net ... I'll forever be greatful for the experience and the growth that came with it.
Nokuthula Lehlongwa
South-North volunteer 2018/19
Spending a year in Germany projected my personal and professional growth exponentially. Going abroad to volunteer as a young professional allowed me to nurture existing skills and develop a whole new set of skills and knowledge base.
Musiegh Madatt
South-North Volunteer 2018/19
When I think back to my voluntary service in South Africa, I feel a lot of joy, happiness and gratitude.
Johanna Gehrmann
North-South volunteer 2016/17