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Incoming Program

Federal volunteer service in Germany

The Incoming Program is designed for motivated, socially committed women and men of 18 years and up whose permanent residence is outside Germany.

For a voluntary service starting in February 2017 please apply from 1st May 2016 until 31st July 2016.

Applying for a voluntary from August 2016 is exclusively possible for applicants from European Union and countries without visa obligation for Germany.

Please note also, that the latest news and changes are only available in German language. Updates in English as well as other languages will follow as soon as possible.

The Incoming Program offers a wide range of voluntary services in different institutions and areas of work. Learn more...

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Application deadlines, important documents and more information is available  here.

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  • +++ 14.12.2015 +++

    Transcultural Education through International Encounters

    Incomings from Developing and Emerging Countries

    Every year around 180 people from around the world participate in the Incoming Programme of the Friends of Waldorf Education. The Incoming Programme offers foreign young people the opportunity to complete a voluntary service in Germany. Volunteers of all different ages learn and help in anthroposophical and Waldorf pedagogical host institutions throughout Germany. The Incoming programme is therefore an important contribution to global exchange and offers the framework for transcultural education by means of international encounters in the day to day lives of individuals.

    This has a special meaning for young people from so called developing and emerging countries. The international voluntary service offers them, in the context of diverse exchange, the opportunity for examination of similarities and differences in the social, ecological, economical, and political conditions of both countries. Likewise the service gives host institutions the opportunity for intercultural development and contributes to further awareness raising in Germany too.

    The project “International Incoming Volunteer Service“ provides for such an exchange: as a comprehensive programme based on the foundations of the volunteer service year, it is directed at young women and men from these specific countries and offer volunteers and host institutions extensive supportive measures provided by the National Ministry for Seniors, Women and Youth and the National Office for Familial and Civic Duties.

    Likewise supporting organisations and their worldwide partners are supported in their work towards education for sustainable development. Furthermore through the association “Learning and Helping Oversees” a diversified civic participation is ensured. After the pilot phase from August/September 2015, the Friends plan for further development of this new programme.

    Contact person for the international Incoming voluntary service:

    Raphael Kronwald


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Friends of Waldorf Education

Incoming program
Office Karlsruhe
Neisser Str. 10
76139 Karlsruhe
Tel. +49 (0)721-354806-100
Fax +49 (0)721-354806-181

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