IB Freiwilligendienste - Information for partner organisations

Information for current and potential future partner organisations of IB VAP

The Internationaler Bund – short IB – is one of the biggest independent organisations committed to both youth and social work, as well as education and vocational training in Germany. Please klick here for further information about our organisation.

IB VAP stands for Volunteers’ Abroad Programs. Every year, the 3 IB VAP teams (one located in Nuremberg in the region of Franken = IB VAP Franken, one located in Kassel = IB VAP Kassel and one in Offenburg in the region  of Baden = IB VAP Baden) are sending out young German volunteers aged between 18 and 28 years to our partner organisations worldwide. You can get an impression of our partners worldwide here (the documents on each partner organisations so far are only available in German).

The volunteers are giving a helping hand in the areas of social care and education (working with children, adolescents, elderly people and people with disabilities), in the field of human rights, as well as in the area of protection of nature and animals.

They usually stay abroad for 12 months and help out in the daily work of their host organisation. The voluntary services are usually beginning in August/September and they are ending in July/August the following year.

Our current partners are located in several countries in South America, Africa, Europe, as well as in the USA, in Australia, New Zealand, India and in Israel.

On behalf of the German Government, we offer two programs to the volunteers: these are weltwaerts (partly funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ) and IJFD (International Youth Voluntary Service, party funded by the German Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth, BMFSFJ).

We also offer also our own voluntary service IB Volunteers (not funded by the German Government). Further information to this program are provided in GermanEnglish and Spanish.

We invite you to visit the official websites of the programs weltwaerts (information are available in EnglishFrench and Spanish) and IJFD (information are only available in English).

For more detailed information, please download the pdf in English (FAQ for current and potential partners_english) or Spanish (FAQ for current and potential partners_español).

Hosting an international volunteer will most likely contribute to a (more) multicultural atmosphere in your organisation, and to different visions of and approached to the daily work. It will also bring you in contact with a young person who is eager to learn and develop further. This means an exchange process both for the volunteer, for the host organisations - and also for us as your partner.

Here are voices of some of our partners:

 We very much enjoy working with your organization and look forward to our continued collaboration.  Thank you very much for your hard work and cooperation.” (Camphill Village USA Inc.)

 “El voluntariado de IB es muy importante para IPODERAC. Hemos tenido muy buenas experiencias de trabajo. Esperamos que podamos recibir más voluntarios de IB en nuestra institución.”(Instituto Poblano de Readaptación, A.C., Mexico)

“A mutual benefit for both – BSSK too acknowledges Volunteers greatly contribute towards the children in developing the social, emotional and communication skills of the children. And volunteers too gain knowledge about India, the culture and learn from their experience being with children with normal as well challenged children.” (BSSK India)

Picture: Partner-Dialogue 2014 Tanzania