Our Association

History of our association

Our association has sprung from the association “Zugvögel – Aves de paso, South-North volunteer exchanges”, which was founded in March 2011 by weltwärts volunteers in Ecuador. The goal of the old association was to enable Ecuadorians to do a voluntary service in Germany.

The demand for a reverse volunteer program had also been formulated by participants in other countries. In Nepal a group of volunteers founded the association “Sathisanga. Nepalesian-German volunteer program”. In Uganda and Rwanda similar groups were formed.

In autumn 2011 first efforts were made to connect the existing groups. That had various reasons among them the wish to be able to take on bureaucratic challenges more easily, to benefit from shared experiences and to organize events together.

In January 2012 the first fusion meeting was celebrated in Berlin and on the 8th of January the new association “Zugvögel, interkultureller Süd-Nord-Austausch e.V:” was founded. The old Zugvögel association was dissolved in a reunion on the 14th of April 2012. The association's property was signed over to the new Zugvögel and the majority of the members of the former association are now involved in the new one. The new association also took over accompanying the two volunteers that had already arrived in Germany at that time.

Since then the association has been steadily growing and by now encompasses over 300 members in 22 regional groups all over Germany.

Group picture of the reunion in April 2012

Structure of our association

The heart of our association are the regional groups. They look for host families and projects in their region and accompany the volunteers that work in projects nearby. The regional groups also conduct donation and information events concerning the program or other topics relation to development politics. Temporary tasks such as organizing member reunions, seminars and flyer designs are assigned to the different regional groups in rotation.

The Orga-Team has no decision-making authority. It merely takes care of certain permanent tasks. It is composed of one responsible person for the finances of our association, one person to administrate the members, two responsible persons for judicial questions concerning the volunteer program, one person to coordinate political activities as well as one person for internal and external communication each.

The communication committee is solely a platform on the internet that facilitates the exchange between the regional groups as well as the coordination of upcoming tasks.


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