What is the Bremen Mission South-North Volunteer Programme?
The South-North Volunteer Programme of Bremen Mission is an intercultural learning and exchange program. It gives young adults from Ghana and Togo the opportunity to participate in a one-year voluntary service in Germany. The South-North volunteers get to know another culture, encounter life in a foreign cultural context, and are exposed to and work in an environment different to one’s own.
Bremen Mission invites up to 8 young people to participate in the South-North volunteer programme. The participants are selected by the member churches in Ghana (EPC) and Togo (EEPT). 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, contribute and strengthen the existing partnerships between the Bremen Mission member churches. After their voluntary service, the returnees can share what they have learnt 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 Volunteers will work in a church-related field, but not in a missionary context. Placements might be in kindergartens, congregations, youth centres, schools or in organisations with a focus on disabled people, adult education or elderly people.
The focus of a volunteer service in Germany is to assist where help is needed. No prior professional training is necessary to start a volunteer service. All work related skills will be acquired during the stay. This also means that it is most likely for volunteers to work in a field different from their learnt profession. Volunteers need to be ready to give their time and dedication for the benefit of others, while engaging in a multi-layered learning experience.
All South-North volunteers of Bremen Mission participate in the weltwärts programme. It is the programme by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which contributes funding to the programme.
The South-North Volunteer programme runs annually from April to end of March. Applicants should be available from January 2022 to prepare for their service and attend a German language course if necessary.
What are the volunteer requirements?
What is the programme schedule?
How to apply?
If you are interested in participating in the South-North Volunteer program, please contact your local presbytery or your local volunteer coordinator.
You will need the following documents for your application:
The deadline for the Presbyteries for submitting applications to the local volunteer coordinators is October 2022. Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview to the head office of your church in November.
Bremen Mission does not accept applications by individuals submitted directly to our German office.
What to expect?
Read about the experiences of former South-North Volunteers:
Eric Edem Dedjoe-Djokotoe (2017/2018)
Bismark Komla Osiakwa (2018/2019)
Adzoto Nutifafa Germaine Kpelly (2018/2019)
For further information, please read our Call for Applications