The programme is aimed at young people between 18 and 28 years of age who wish to do a voluntary service abroad. The organisations involved should be working within the development field. "welwärts" sends mainly young Germans to countries of the Global South.
However, since 2011, the South-North-component offers young people from countries of the Global South the opportunity to volunteer in Germany, too.
There are various steps in the application process. First, young people apply to KURVE Wustrow. They send in their CV and a filled-out application form. The deadline for the written application is about 6-8 months before the voluntary service starts between August and October.
Secondly, KURVE Wustrow invites the applicants for an orientation. During a weekend, they receive information on the programme, the partner organsiations, our security management, etc. Also, applicants have time to reflect on their motivation for a voluntary service and have one-on-one interviews.
After this, KURVE Wustrow selects possible volunteers and suggests a partner organisation to them. The volunteer writes a motivation letter for a specific partner and does a skype interview with the potential organisation.
When KURVE Wustrow, the partner organisation and the volunteer agree, the prepartion can start.
We currently send volunteers to our partners in Cameroon, Ghana, India and Macedonia and we also accept up to 4 volunteers at KURVE Wustrow. Postings depend on the current security restrictions of the German Federal Foreign Office.
KURVE Wustrow wants volunteers to stay active and engaged. We offer seminars for returneed volunteers to stay engageed after their volutary service. Further we support initiatives that our volunteers start. One example of returnee engagement is the Reverse Group. The group set up KURVE Wustrow's exchange programme to welcome international volunteers in Germany.