Voluntary Services | Emergency Pedagogy
+49 (0)721 20111-0
Waldorf Worldwide | WOW-Day | Sponsorships
+49 (0)30 617026 30
Home: Freunde Waldorf

100 Years of Waldorf Schools

This year we celebrate the centenary year 2019: 100 years of Waldorf Education. It began as a school for the children of the workers of the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory and became a worldwide school movement, very soon after the founding of this first Waldorf School in Stuttgart: A Waldorf School was founded in The Hague in 1923, a school in London in 1925, then in Basel, Budapest, and Oslo in 1926. In 1928 the first Waldorf School was founded in New York - so it took less than 10 years for the movement to expand beyond the confines of the European continent.

The founding of the schools was driven by the desire for a good school that provided a respectful and loving education based on the children’s needs and developmental steps. The Friends of Waldorf Education have been accompanying and supporting the founding of schools all around the world for over 40 years. We are constantly witnessing the special energy with which people are founding schools and kindergartens all over the world to give children a safe place to learn and grow. We would like to express and honor this energy in two books that we will be publishing on the occasion of the centenary. (Read more here.)

Without this energy, the strong global network of Waldorf schools would not exist. In the anniversary year 2019, we will also be duly celebrating this network. On the following pages, as part of our special topic "100 Years of Waldorf", you can find out more about the many activities and projects that are traversing the borders of countries and continents.

100 Years of Waldorf Schools: Two Books by the Friends of Waldorf Education

The great centenary is a welcome opportunity to reflect on what Waldorf education has accomplished over the course of a century. The Friends of Waldorf Education have therefore decided to publish two books on the worldwide Waldorf School movement.

Learn more

#waldorfweltweit: The exhibition accompanying our books

The book "Insights Worldwide" will be accompanied by the exhibition #waldorfweltweit,

Learn more

Mail from the Waldorf World

In spring 2017, the team of Waldorf-100 sent each Waldorf School a package with about 1,200 postcards. Each card carries the address of some other Waldorf School. And so it began.

Learn more

The World was our Guest: Looking back at the anniversary festival September, 19 2019

The anniversary year reached a successful culmination with a wonderful festival at the Tempodrom in Berlin.

Learn more

Learn to Change the World – The Waldorf 100 Films

After the great success of part 1 of our film "Learn to Change the World", the second part deals with encounter, engagement and inclusion: learning that goes beyond merely accumulating information can be understood as an individual way to seek the...

Learn more
Empower & donate now
Empower & donate now
Wir schauen nach vorne!

Bleibt optimistisch und macht mit.

Sicher fragen sich gerade viele von euch, wie ein Freiwilligendienst ab Herbst 2020 möglich sein wird. Wir bleiben zuversichtlich und arbeiten intensiv an Lösungen. Deshalb gilt: Bewerbt euch weiter und denkt positiv! Alle, die sich weltweit sozial engagieren wollen und optimistisch nach vorne schauen, werden gerade jetzt besonders gebraucht. Unsere Einsatzstellen freuen sich auf euch. Gemeinsam werden wir es schaffen, den Weg in euren Freiwilligendienst zu ermöglichen.

Apply for a voluntary service

Liebe*r Bewerber*in,

wir können derzeit nur Bewerbungen aus der Europäischen Union annehmen.

Aufgrund der aktuellen internationalen Reisebeschränkungen können wir momentan leider keine Bewerbungen von Freiwilligen außerhalb der EU annehmen. Sobald die Reisebeschränkungen aufgehoben werden, ist eine Bewerbung wieder möglich.

Dear Applicant,

Currently we can accept applications from the European Union only.

Due to current international travel restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to accept applications from volunteers outside the EU at this time. As soon as the travel restrictions are lifted, applications will be possible again.

Chère candidate, cher candidat,

Nous ne pouvons actuellement accepter que les demandes émanant de l'Union européenne.

En raison des restrictions de voyages internationaux, nous ne pouvons malheureusement pas accepter pour l'instant les candidatures de volontaires en dehors de l'UE. Dès que les restrictions de voyage seront levées, il sera à nouveau possible de présenter une demande.

Estimado solicitante,

actualmente sólo podemos aceptar solicitudes de la Unión Europea.

Debido a las actuales restricciones a los viajes internacionales, lamentablemente no podemos aceptar en este momento solicitudes de voluntarios de fuera de la UE. Tan pronto como se levantan las restricciones de viaje, las solicitudes serán posibles de nuevo.