World Heritage Volunteers Initiative

24 April 2020

Within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Initiative was launched in 2008 in collaboration with the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) to mobilize and involve young people and youth organizations in World Heritage preservation and promotion.

During 11years of fruitful experience:

  • 3500 volunteers have worked with122 localorganizations and NGOs
  • 359action camps have been heldin61 countries around the world

Objectives of the Initiative:

  • To raise awareness among young people, volunteers, local communities, and concerned authorities of the need to protect and promote World Heritage
  • To get young people involved in World Heritage preservation through concrete projects at sites, allowing them to learn new skills and express ideas
  • Provide young people with opportunities to learn basic preservation and conservation techniques
  • Foster cooperation between youth organizations, communities, site management and authorities
  • Identify best practices and develop non-formal education tools to facilitate stakeholders participation in World Heritage education.

To learn more about the initiative and the opportunities of becoming a volunteer, please visit this page.

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