VOLUNTEERS are paid in six fingers…… S.M.I.L.E.S __ Gayla LeMaire

Weltwarts

Supported by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

There is a great deal of interest among young people in working as a volunteer in a developing country. For society, it is good that young people want to work in developing countries and acquire some international experience and qualifications that will be of help to them in their future lives, while choosing a career.

There are currently more young people looking for opportunities to work in abroad as volunteers.. The existing voluntary service opportunities offered by private organizations using their own funds frequently involve high costs for the volunteers. We want young people from lower income groups also to have opportunities to do volunteer work in abroad.

That is why the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as initiated this volunteer service involving assignments in developing countries, which is financing from public funds. The idea behind the volunteer service is the successful formula of “learning by serving” and its aims are : to achieve added developmental value for the partner projects in terms of help towards self-help, and to seek new interest in development issues in Germany.

The new volunteer service will make an effective contribution to development policy information and education work in terms of “global learning” and towards nurturing a new generation of development workers. It will enhance intercultural understanding and help to increase awareness and acceptance within society of how development policy issues impact on our future. In addition to acquiring knowledge of foreign languages and of specialist development topics, the volunteers will also learn about intercultural communication, socio-cultural cooperation and social responsibility, all valuable skills in an increasingly globalized learning and working environment. The volunteer service will also help to reinforce civil society structures in the developing countries and in Germany.

ICDE-India has been hosting volunteers on this programme since 2008 in association with our partner organization ICJA, Germany. For more information on this programe visit : www.icja.de