Seminar " Around the Globe - Volunteers on the move"

Thousands of young people have already completed a volunteer service in Tanzania. For 10 years now, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has been supporting the North-South volunteer programmes in numerous countries of the global South with its "weltwärts" programme. Due to considerable pressure from the civil society, the “weltwärts” programme is no longer a one-way street. Since 2014 volunteers from Tanzania and other countries of the global South are doing a federal volunteers service in Germany.

A volunteer service is a formative and life-changing experience, especially for young people. They get to know and reflect on life and the world, global opportunities and challenges, political contexts, social networks and economic dependencies. The majority of the returnees are committed to global justice and fight for a fairer world after their volunteer service.

The aim of the seminar is to share experiences, to present different perspectives and to reflect on them. The perspectives of the South-North volunteers, of returnees, of host organisations, and of state actors will be heard. Presentations, workshops and discussions provide insights from an academic and personal point of view: What can volunteer services achieve? Where are their limits?

Open Stage on Saturday evening

Your volunteer service has inspired you to write music, poems, thoughts or to something completely different? Here you can share your critical – creative work with others. If you have any questions or would like to participate, please send an email to kreativattanzania-network [dot] de by October 1st.


18:00 Dinner
19:00 Arrival - Getting to know each other - World Café
21:00 Social evening
09:30 Welcome and introduction
10:00 Workshops: Political objectives, colonial heritage and individual aspirations in volunteer services. Who benefits from this commitment? – Falling in love during a volunteer service - Theatre workshop: Images in our heads
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Workshops: Being at equal terms and postcolonialism - Between ideal and reality: South-North volunteers in Germany - Encounters with the unknown: processes of interaction and action
16:00 Break
16:30 Podium: Volunteer services – everything ok? State and civil society actors discuss the importance of volunteer services.
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Music, poems, thoughts ... - Performances by (former) volunteers
09:00 Workshop “idea mill”: volunteering – where do we go from here?
12:00 Prospects and recommendations
12:30 Lunch

After the lunch the general meeting of the takes place. It is open for all who are interested.


From beginning of September you can register online here.

Berlin (Alte Feuerwache)