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Holding Hands

Becoming a hosting organisation

 

“It was not lack of ability that limited my people, but lack of opportunity. ” Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, 1995

 

In a world where poverty and inequality touchthe lives of millions of people, a volunteer service abroad provides German Citizens with the opportunity to affectchange, think developmentally and critically, see the effects of structural inequality and to embrace diversity.

 

In addition, a volunteer service abroad strengthens individual characters through both a process of giving (skills, service, time, sacrifice and effort) and receiving (cultural education, being appreciated, being wanted, being needed and accepted). We believe that everyone has skills and talents that can be beneficial in a volunteer service.

 

NGO´s that provide services that are needed, effective and impactful have the possibility of partnering with us.

 

 

 

Project Description

  • As host organizations, the local partner organizations make a substantial contribution to the success of the volunteer service.

  • They ensure that volunteers are given proper induction and the opportunity to carry out their assignments, as well as support from the moment they arrive in the host country. The host organizations integrate the volunteers in their team.

  • They train them in their tasks and support the volunteers during the entire service.

  • At the same time, they ensure that no paid positions are replaced by the use of volunteers. As a rule, the volunteers accompany employees in the project, initially during their work, before a plan is developed and the volunteers assume their own responsibilities.

  • The host organizations also provide a mentor. These mentors are experienced people outside of the volunteer's place of assignment and provide support if the volunteer has any personal questions, possible conflicts, problems or falls ill. It is advantageous if the mentors already have experience in dealing with people from other cultural circles and are aware of intercultural differences and problems. The number of volunteers in a partner project is limited to two participants so that the volunteers can be ideally supported without too much effort, and simultaneously have a lot to do with people in their country of assignment.

 

You can get to know German culture more closely through the practices of daily life. This exchange program gives you a greater insight into the real lives of people in Germany and gain volunteer men power. Dealing with German culture also allows you to take a new, critical look at your own culture and personal habits.

 

Requirements to receive German volunteers

 

  • You are registered in a developing country as a non-profit. 

  • The places of assignment are suited for young people and do not over- or underwhelm the volunteers. There should be enough work for the assignment to correspond to a full-time activity. The volunteers' activity does not involve religious lessons, instruction in faith or the promotion of a certain world view. 

  • Safety-relevant general conditions such as work safety are met.

  • The assignment of volunteers may not replace any paid positions in the project that could be exercised by people who are available on the labour market. The volunteers' tasks should be supplementary or supportive. 

  • To have enough staff to guarantee: Weltwärts is a learning service. The place of assignment ensures training and continuous support on site through professional instruction. 

  • If volunteers live in faith-based communities at the partner organisations, they should be ready to integrate themselves there without being forced to perform religion-related activities. Tolerance and openness in the treatment of others should define the work and life together.

Responsibilities for hosting organisation

  • As host organizations, the local partner organizations make a substantial contribution to the success of the volunteer service.

  • They ensure that volunteers are given proper induction, opportunity to carry out their assignments, as well as support from the moment they arrive in the host country. The host organizations integrate the volunteers in their team.

  • They train them in their tasks and support the volunteers during the entire service.

  • At the same time, they ensure that no paid positions are replaced by the use of volunteers. As a rule, the volunteers accompany employees in the project, initially during their work, before a plan is developed and the volunteers assume their own responsibilities.

  • The host organizations also provide a mentor. These mentors are experienced people outside of the volunteer's place of assignment and provide support if the volunteer has any personal questions, possible conflicts, problems or falls ill. It is advantageous if the mentors already have experience in dealing with people from other cultural circles and are aware of intercultural differences and problems. The number of volunteers in a partner project is limited to two participants so that the volunteers can be ideally supported without too much effort and simultaneously have a lot to do with people in their country of assignment.

You can learn the German culture more closely through life.  This exchange program gives you more insight into the reality of people in Germany and gain volunteer men power. Dealing with German culture also allows you to take a new, critical look at your own culture and personal habits.

 

Benefits

 

Application

If you are interested in becoming a hosting organisation and to receive German volunteers, please send an Email to Xacvier: southafrica@visioneers.io