Voluntary service in Germany for international volunteers

With the south-north component of the weltwärts programme, IN VIA Cologne has been able to invite young people from Argentina, Uganda and Tanzania to Cologne for a volunteer service in development policy since 2015. The volunteers look after children in after-school clubs, work in the international projects of IN VIA Cologne, with young women in a girls' residential home, in a home for the elderly, the travellers aid mission, the cycle station and in workshops for people with disabilities. Currently, 14 young people from Argentina and Uganda are performing a 12-month voluntary service in the Cologne area.

The goals of the South-North component are intercultural exchange and networking between countries of the Global South and the Global North, the personal development of volunteers and the strengthening of civil society, which benefits from the commitment of returning volunteers.

 

Application process:
The program is currently open for participants from Uganda, Tanzania and Argentina. For further information please contact our sending organisations in your home countries:

Below you will find a few videos with impressions of our work and an overview of the volunteer positions in Germany.




Hosting Organsiations

BAHNHOFSMISSION KÖLN / TRAVELLERS AID MISSION COLOGNE

The Travellers Aid Mission Cologne exists since 1899. Nowadays the Travellers Aid Mission does not only help travellers in need, but also offers help and services to anybody in need, e.g. homeless people. Because it is situated at the main train station many guests are international travellers and refugees.

  • Duration: 12 month
  • Field: social work
  • Location: Cologne
  • Languages: Good German & English
  • Accomodation: Residential home with other volunteers including shared kitchen, living rooms and bathrooms


CLARA-FEY-HAUS - WORKSHOP FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The Clara-Fey-Haus is a place providing a work environment for people with disabilities. The employees work in different fields like handicrafts, needlework and many more. The work processes are usually done in small groups led by social workers to give emotional, social and technical support. 

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Field: Social work for people with disabilities
  • Location: Cologne
  • Language: German
  • Accommodation: Residential home with other volunteers including shared kitchen, living rooms and bathrooms


GUT FROHNHOF - WORKSHOP FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The Gut Frohnhof is a place providing a work environment for people with disabilities. The employees work in different fields like handicrafts, needlework and many more. The work processes are usually done in small groups led by social workers to give emotional, social and technical support. 

  • Duration: 12 month
  • Field: Social work for people with disabilities
  • Location: Cologne
  • Language: German
  • Accommodation: Residential home with other volunteers including shared kitchen, living rooms and bathrooms


IN VIA INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

IN VIA International Projects are a sending and hosting organisation for international voluntary services.

 

Volunteers are working in the administration of the international volunteer programs, the educational preparation of our volunteers as well as the public relations.

  • Duration: 12 month
  • Field: Administrative Work and Public Relations
  • Location: Cologne
  • Languages: German & English
  • Accommodation: Residential home with other volunteers including shared kitchen, living rooms and bathrooms


IN VIA GIRL'S HOME - TERESA-VON-AVILA HAUS

The IN VIA Teresa-von-Avila Haus is a temporary girl's home for young women in the age of 15 to 27 years, some are unaccompanied minor refugees. Social workers help them to overcome personal and family related problems to  be able to live an independent life.

  • Duration: 12 month
  • Field: Youth welfare
  • Gender: Only female volunteers
  • Location: Cologne
  • Languages: German & English
  • Accommodation: Residential home with other volunteers including shared kitchen, living rooms and bathrooms


IN VIA AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS IN DIFFERENT SCHOOLS

The IN VIA after-school clubs offer a free afternoon program in primary schools after the regular school activities. Children between 6 and 12 years old have the chance to do various activities such as playing games, sports, music and creative projects. Some of the children have a migrant background.

  • Duration: 12 month
  • Field: Child Care
  • Location: Cologne
  • Language: German
  • Accommodation: Residential home with other volunteers including shared kitchen, living rooms and bathrooms


IN VIA RADSTATION / CYCLE STATION

The IN VIA Radstation / cycle station is an institution nearby the central station of Cologne with two further branches around the city. They mainly support clients with low employment chances. Together they offer general services of a cycle station like guarding bicycles, repairs, cleanings, insurance, transportation as well as selling and rentals.

  • Duration: 12 month
  • Field: Social Work and Workshops with unemployed people
  • Location: Cologne
  • Language: German
  • Accommodation: Residential home with other volunteers including shared kitchen, living rooms and bathrooms


ST. JOSEFSHAUS REFRATH - HOME FOR THE ELDERLY

St. Josefshaus is a residential home for the elderly, who are not able to live their life independently anymore and do not have relatives who are able to take care of them the whole time. In St. Josefshaus the elderly can socialize with others of their age group, they get prepared meals and are able to do various free time activities. They also receive care and medical support.

  • Duration: 12 month
  • Field: Care of the elderly, house technique and house keeping 
  • Location: Bergisch-Gladbach, small town nearby Cologne
  • Language: German
  • Accommodation: The volunteers live in St. Josefshaus in their own room with a shared bathroom and living room with other volunteers