As described here, weltwärts is a volunteering programme for young adults from Germany who want to get engaged for one year in the Global South.
From the beginning, this „one-way street“ arrangement has been criticised by volunteers as well as by sending organisations in Germany. weltwärts was seen as a continuation of colonial structures and demands for an equal exchange on an eye-to-eye level grew ever louder.
Weltwärts South-North is the answer to these demands. In a pilot phase since 2013, the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) enables young adults originating from the Global South to do a voluntary service in Germany. The pilot phase ends in 2016 and the BMZ decided to increase the number of South-North voluntary services.
You can find more Information about weltwärts South-North on www.weltwärts.de.
How weltwärts South-North works with us
At KURVE Wustrow, the reception of volunteers via weltwärts is organised by the Reverse-AG, a group of former KURVE volunteers committed to breaking up the one-sidedness of weltwärts. They cooperate with our partner organisations in India, two of whom function as sending organisations. The Reverse-AG has worked out the addmission process and organised the placements for the volunters.
The volunteers arrive in Germany at the end of September / in the beginning of October and stay for one year. Like weltwärts North-South, they take part in several serminars some of the which take place in their own country and some in Germany. The Reverse-AG takes a lot of responsibility in this process, be it helping volunteers with administration issues, looking for mentors and tutors or supporting the seminars as co-teamers and cooks.
Our political aims for weltwärts South-North
Through the volunteers' social, political and cultural engagement and the encounter with people of different backgrounds we want to contribute to a more peaceful and just world and a dialog between the cultures.
We want to promote the development of a common and mutual learning process between the participating volunteers and participating organisations, particularly with regard to sustainable development.
Through the experiences the volunteer gathers here we want to contribute to the creation of civil society engagement in the partnering country.
We want to decrease the Globals North's educational privileges and work towards a higher equality of opportunities.