Deadline: 30 November 2016
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, are seeking projects for its “World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Initiative” within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme.
The WHV initiative was launched in 2008 to encourage young people to undertake concrete action and play an active role in the protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage sites.
The WHV initiative celebrates 10 years in 2017. This year the motto of the campaign is “Heritage in our Hands”.
The World Heritage Volunteers 2017 campaign shall aim to:
- Raise awareness among young people, volunteers, local communities, and concerned authorities of the need to protect and promote World Heritage.
- Involve young people in World Heritage preservation through concrete projects at sites.
- Empower young people allowing them to learn skills, basic preservation and conservation techniques and raise their capacity as future decision-makers and global active citizens.
- Strengthen sustainable cooperation between non-profit organisations, site management, communities and authorities.
- Identify best practices and develop non-formal education tools to facilitate stakeholders’ participation in the World Heritage education.
- Mainstream gender equality in all stages of the projects and geographical diversity among the World Heritage properties where the action camps take place.
- Should be legally registered as a public or private organization or institution in the country where the project takes place.
- All activities of the organization related to WHV should be no profit. All local, national and international partnerships developed by the applicant in the framework of the WHV should be submitted for approval to the WHV coordinators.
- First time applicants should submit two letters of support from recognized organisations and/or institutions recommending the applicant on the basis of past or current proven cooperation.
- First time applicants should submit a copy of their Constitution / Bylaws and of their most recent activity report in one of the UN official languages.
- All youth organizations, NGOs, institutions, and public authorities that wish to involve young people in World Heritage preservation through the implementation of action camps at World Heritage sites are eligible to apply.
How to Apply
Projects must be submitted online via given website.
For more information, please visit UNESCO.