Guidelines - Responsible Exchange and Volunteering 2018

German Exchange Platforms and Programs – Engagement Global Exchange and Volunteering Programs

As a political initiative on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the African Union, the African-German Youth Initiative has been promoting exchange between young people in African countries and Germany since 2016, and with it also promoting a common future. Engagement Global gGmbH – Service for Development Initiatives is the central contact agency in Germany for development policy initiatives and takes the key role on behalf of the BMZ in coordinating the AGYI. Furthermore, with it´s programs ASA and ENSA, the South-North component of weltwärts and weltwärts extracurricular group exchange Engagement Global offers various possibilities of youth exchange activities and volunteer service. Weltwärts – Development Volunteer Service The development volunteer service weltwärts was founded in 2008 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Weltwärts focuses on joint intercultural learning. The funding by the BMZ gives young people between the ages of 18 and 28 the opportunity to participate in the learning service. They volunteer for six to 24 months at a local partner organization in education, health, environment, agriculture, culture or human rights. Since 2013, the weltwärts program developed a South-North component which promotes and finances a volunteer service of young adults from the Global South in Germany. The aim of the South-North component is to promote interaction, on an equal footing, between partners from the Global South and Global North, and thus strengthen existing partnerships. Another aim is to strengthen civil society and especially the partner organizations in the South, which benefit as returned volunteers tell others about their experience and continue to be active in civil society.

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