The World Heritage Volunteers Initiative was launched in 2008 to encourage young people to undertake concrete actions and to play an active role in the protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage sites. It consists of action camps organized by youth organizations or institutions in cooperation with multiple stakeholders and partners, which work all together for the state of conservation of World Heritage sites.
The initiative mobilizes national and international volunteers through hands-on and awareness-raising activities for the conservation of our common cultural and natural heritage.
In the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the initiative is led by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) in collaboration with the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), European Heritage Volunteers (as a branch of Open Houses) and Better World.
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Please note that, in order to make the Initiative more sustainable and reinforce the commitment of the organizations, a two-year cycle process was put in place. This process provides the opportunity for all interested organizations to implement projects not only for a one-year cycle, but also for a two-year cycle. The current two-year cycle is from 2018-2019. The next two-year cycle will be 2020-2021.
Organizations that wish to get involved in the WHV Initiative can apply for a one-year project in 2019.
Organizations that already applied in 2018 for a two-year cycle 2018-2019, can confirm their commitment for 2019.
Please submit your application at the latest by 13 January 2019 at midnight (Paris Time)
If you have difficulties accessing the online form, please request it in Word version from the regional coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org (for projects in Africa, Arab States and the Americas), or email@example.com (for projects in Europe) or firstname.lastname@example.org (for projects in Asia), with a copy to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (email@example.com).