Six Months Or Longer Abroad
With ijgd you can also go abroad for a longer period of time. Usually our voluntary services abroad have a duration of 10 to 12 months, while the minimum amount of time spent abroad is six months.
Young people between the ages of 18 and 26 can take part in an international voluntary service for young people. They can work abroad in a social or cultural establishment for a year. Volunteers there will get involved in common welfare and thereby make intercultural, sociopolitical and personal experiences. The formation of a supporting initiative is necessary for the participation of the IJFD.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) offers a chance for young adults between the age of 18 and 30 to become involved in social, cultural or ecological institutions in Europe. This programme is an initiative of the EU, put in place to promote solidarity, active European citizenship as well as a mutual understanding between young people.
"weltwärts" (world-bound) is a voluntary service concerned with development policies. This voluntary service is not a form of development aid, but rather a learning service giving young people an intercultural exchange and enabling insight into the interrelations between development policies. Young people aged 18 to 28 will receive an insight into global dependencies and inter-dependencies.
In the context of "weltwärts" as a voluntary service concerned with development policies, the ijgd also connects with deployment projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The service usually lasts for 12 months. "weltwärts" aims to promote commitment for the "One World" through the support of deployment sites and local projects, as well as through development education in Germany.
By the way: often we are contacted by interested persons who would like to participate in a voluntary social year (FSJ) abroad. However, we do not offer these anymore, as we now have the above mentioned voluntary services, which are explicitly designed for projects abroad. The voluntary social year is a programme for deployments within Germany.