Think global - act local

One year abroad in Africa, Asia or Germany: We offer a chance for a one-in-a-lifetime-experience not only for young Germans. Our South-North Volunteer Programme is open for young adults from Africa and Asia.



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Lisa Bergmann
South-North Volunteers Programme
Rudolfstr. 137 42285 Wuppertal Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)202 89004-387
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Thea Hummel-Reimers
Assistant Training & Empowerment Tel.: +49 (0)202-89004-383
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Erika von Ehren
Assistant South-North Volunteers Programme Tel.: +49 (0)202 / 890 04-384
Fax: +49 (0)202 / 890 04-179

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Programme 2019/20

The South-North Volunteer Programme of United Evangelical Mission

The volunteer programmes of United Evangelical Mission are a chance for young people to get to know other cultures, encounter life in a foreign cultural context, and expose and work in an environment different from one’s own. Since 2002, United Evangelical Mission is inviting young people from Africa and Asia to participate in the South-North volunteer programme. Volunteers have the chance to grow personally in an informal learning process during their one-year-voluntary service in Germany, establish cross-cultural competence and intercultural leadership skills by working alongside those with a different background and viewpoints. They can learn about and contribute to existing partnerships and build up new ones. After their voluntary service, the returnees can share what they have learned during their service with their own communities and networks at home. Host institutions in Germany get the chance to receive highly motivated volunteers that may bring in a new, different understanding of every day working culture, new perspectives and insights.

The South-North Volunteer programme runs annually from April to end of March. Applicants should be available from January to prepare for their service and attend a German language course if necessary.

What is weltwärts?

Since 2016, all South-North volunteers of UEM participate in the weltwärts program, a program by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Please note: since all South-North Volunteers are taking part in weltwärts, our South-North Voluntary program is a development service, it is not a missionary! All volunteers will be placed a church-related work field. Our placements might be in youth centres, in schools, in kindergartens or in organisations with a focus on disabled people, adult education, working with refugees or elderly people. within civil society organisation doing secular community based work.

For more information about weltwärts, please also check:

Who is financing the South-North Volunteer Programme?

UEM is covering the costs for the application of Visa, travel expenses during Visa Application (flight, bus, taxi), a German Intensive Language Course (4 months maximum) between December 2017 and March 2018 and flight ticket to/from Germany. During their stay in Germany, all Volunteers receive a monthly pocket money and are part of social security (health security e.g.). South-North Volunteers receive free accommodation and food allowance in their placements. UEM is asking all Volunteers to take part in the fundraising programme “United Action for Volunteers”.

For more information about the United Action for Volunteers campaign, please visit:

Interview with South-North-Volunteer Edith

Edith talks about the latest protests in Hongkong. The 25 year old volunteer works currently in Germany for one year. Find the interview here.

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