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The South-North Program is the developmental volunteer service for young people from South Africa in Germany.

The South-North Exchange, an extension and component to the weltwärts program, gives young people from the Global South the opportunity to volunteer with a non-profit organization in Germany. This promotes equal exchange between partners from the Global South and the Global North and strengthens the partnership.

The South-North Volunteer Service is supported and largely financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ). The host organization’s own contribution is 25%. Furthermore, the legal provisions of the Federal Volunteer Service (BFD) apply.

In January 2016, we enabled two volunteers from the environment of our South African partner organization TLF to do a voluntary service for the first time. You can read a report about a short trip to Germany, which Dimakatso and Innocent undertook together with volunteers from friends, here.

Through our South-North program we promote

  • the partnership on eye level and friendship between TLF and Friends e.V.,
  • the personal development of the volunteers in a non-formal learning process,
  • the strengthening of civil society in Germany and South Africa through multiplier effects and the commitment of the volunteers before, during and after their voluntary service, and
  • set impulses for the development policy work in Germany, because through the exchange with volunteers from the global south, the confrontation with development policy contexts is achieved

We support and encourage our South African volunteers through the educational accompaniment of their learning service, interpersonal encounters, intercultural exchange as well as knowledge and experience transfer.

The introduction of the South-North component gives weltwärts an expansion, which emphasizes the developmental claim of the exchange service even more clearly. The idea of equal partnership between civil society organizations of the global South and the global North is strengthened sustainably and new impulses for mutual and global learning are set.

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Soon you will find more information about our volunteers and volunteer positions.

If you would like to financially support the South-North-Program in the form of a donation or for example a monthly ticket for the public transport, we would be very happy about it. As an honorary association we depend on donations to be able to realize the exchange.

Do you have any questions? Or are you interested in making a small contribution as a donor? You are welcome to contact us by email and we will answer your request.