The volunteer service "Practice in Global Learning for Teachers" makes an effective contribution to development policy information and education work in terms of "global learning". It enhances intercultural understanding and helps to increase awareness and acceptance within society of how development policy issues impact on our future. In addition to acquiring knowledge of foreign languages and of specialist development topics, the volunteers will also learn about intercultural communication, socio-cultural cooperation and social responsibility, all valuable skills in an increasingly globalised learning and working environment. The volunteer service will also help to reinforce civil society structures in the developing countries and in Germany. Germany has a broad range of established aid and sending agencies which already have flexible, non-bureaucratic schemes for development-oriented volunteer work. The current concept is therefore for a volunteer service that will be implemented through existing agencies, without special legislation, using simple procedures.
For the volunteer service to be successful, it is vital that the partner side's views and requirements are taken into due consideration. In particular, the local project executing agency must have an express need for temporary volunteers with a clear timeframe and goals for the work to be done. The volunteers' contribution must be valued; they must be given proper induction, work and support. Paid positions must not be replaced by volunteers (if appropriate a tandem solution can be adopted). This service aims at exchanging German and Tanzanian teaching methods and assistance on education at Tanzanian schools. Furthermore it shall broaden the knowledge of the next generation of teaching staff members in the field "Global Learning". The service is called weltwaerts. On Zanzibar a mentor is working within the project.
The local partner organisations will make a substantial contribution by providing proper induction, work and support for the volunteers. For this they will allocate to each volunteer a mentor who has experience of dealing with volunteers and is able to give the volunteer comprehensive support. The support provided by the mentor will cover a wide array of aspects, ranging from collecting e.g. the volunteers from the airport to their induction and work in the assignment location, to training them and keeping in touch with past volunteers. The mentors should not be members of staff who will be working directly with the volunteer. The partner organisations will also work in close cooperation with the sending agencies – on the basis of clear agreements and goals. Particularly when difficulties emerge or emergencies arise, the respective organisations, together with the sending agencies, will take any necessary steps without delay.