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weltwaerts Partner Conference 2016 for Southern Africa

The weltwärts Partner Conference 2016 for Souther Africa took place from April 13th through 16th in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The South African German Network e.V. (SAGE Net) invited 70 wetlwärts partner organizations and other participants linked to weltärts from Souther African...read more...

2015/2016 volunteers gather at Wortelgat Campsite for mid-term seminar

Six down, another six to go: 39 young German met up at Wortelgat Campside close to Cape Town, South Africa in the end of March for the mid-term seminar of their 12-months voluntary service, reflecting on their experiences so far...read more...

We are certified!!! Quifd gives us the certificate for voluntary services

We are certified !!! Quifd gives us the quality certificate for voluntary services   - SAGE Net e.V. has received in September 2015, the "quality seal for sending organizations" of Quifd, the Agency for Quality in volunteer services. For...read more...

Team South Africa

The SAGE Net SA Team - Back: Thomas Meisterknecht, our mentor for the volunteers, Birgit Schweizer, supervisor Front: Marguerite du Toit, volunteer and Dambisa Dube, administrator. We welcome Thomas (started in Aug. 2014), Marguerite who started in March...read more...

Digital map of alumni bases

Digital map of SAGE Net alumni bases - Finally! Now we have an interactive alumni map. It offers our alumni the opportunity to network with each other, to exchange experiences or to find lost friends. The reason for this is...read more...

SAGE Net alumni

SAGE Net alumni - Since last year, both alumni board members (Samuel Jung and Marie Rüdiger) try to involve our alumni more into the SAGE Net. Meanwhile there are over 100 ex-volunteers — a huge potential! In cooperation with...read more...

The Mid Year Seminar of 2015

The Mid-Year Seminar of 2015 - Attendance at a mid-year seminar is one of the requirements that weltwärts volunteers have to fulfill on when participating in this programme. It has to be set app 6 months after the volunteers...read more...

weltwärts South-North component: Sarah and Manelisi arrived in Germany

weltwärts South-North component: Sarah and Manelisi arrived in Germany - After an intensive Interview process with 40 applicants from different organisations in South Africa, Sarah Fina and Manelisi Billy were over the moon to be the first two delegates...read more...

Survey on the needs of solidarity and partnership working in South Africa

Survey on the needs of solidarity and partnership working in South Africa - In Germany are a variety of initiatives, organisations, institutions and individuals that deal with the country of South Africa. Coordination of Southern Africa (KOSA), successor to...read more...

weltwärts Selection Days 2014 and 2015

weltwärts Selection Days 2014 and 2015 - Springtime! Apart from weather-changes and new beginnings, for SAGE Net that also means that we are putting together a new group of volunteers to go to South Africa in September. After going through...read more...

South African arts and crafts on the Rixdorfer Christmas Market 2015

South African arts and crafts on the Rixdorfer Christmas Market in Berlin in December 2015 - The German spring barely arrived and already we are busy with the preparation for the next christmas market! Since last year’s stall...read more...

Returnee Seminar 2014

Returnee Seminar 2014 - From 26 till 30 November 2014 we had our annual Returnee Seminar with the volunteer generation of 2013/14. After five intense days in Eschwege (northern part of Germany) we welcomed 30 new alumni to SAGE...read more...

SAGE Net at Christmas Market

SAGE Net at Christmas Market - With the Christmas approaching, on the 5—7 December 2014, we organised our first Christmas charity at the 42nd Alt-Rixdorfer Christmas Market in Berlin-Neukölln. Different charitable organisations and NGOs annually turn this very special...read more...

South African volunteers are going to Germany 2015

South African volunteers are going to Germany 2015 - We are delighted to announce that we are in the middle of the preparations for our first 2 South African volunteers to spend a whole weltwärts year in Germany. Very...read more...

weltwärts Partner Conference 2014

Weltwärts Partner Conference 2014 - One of our major highlights this year has been the organisation of weltwärts 2nd Partner Conference for Southern Africa, which took place from 12—15 November 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. With the logistical...read more...

South African German interns at SAGE Net Berlin

South African German interns at SAGE Net Berlin - SAGE Net (Germany) always have interns. This term 2014/15, the office has two volunteers. Both are furthering their studies here in Germany; one being a born and bred South African...read more...

Changes of weltwärts mentors in South Africa

Changes of weltwärts mentors in South Africa - Goodbye Sadly, Mira Kremers had to say goodbye to the SAGE Net team after only one year of working as a weltwärts mentor in Cape Town. Mira stated that, “I have...read more...

Farewell to weltwärts generation 6

Farewell to weltwärts generation 6 - The sixth group of weltwärts volunteers has left the country and their mentors are more than proud of their enormous development. In the first few weeks still a bit shy and reserved, we...read more...

Preparation Seminar 2014

Preparation seminar 2014 - Our 2014/2015 new volunteers were immensely trained and motivated from July 1st up until July 9th. The seminar team included Jennifer Schmieder (SAGE Net Operation Manager weltwärts) and Marie Rüdiger (SAGE Net Board member). The...read more...

Marie elected as new board member

Marie elected as new board member - During the SAGE Net last board meeting, Marie Rüdiger was elected as a board member, and she is in charge of the Alumni pool. She is a SAGE Net alumna herself since...read more...

Happy to be 10 years old: SAGE Net anniversary

Happy to be 10 years old: SAGE Net anniversary - 10 years ago SAGE Net was established as an NGO, although the history of SAGE Net began much earlier. Already in 1997 the "Project Group South Africa" was...read more...

Workshop Beyond Painting Classrooms

Workshop “Beyond Painting Classrooms” - In March this year, Birgit Schweizer (SAGE Net Volunteer Manager in South Africa) attended a workshop titled “Beyond Painting Classrooms”. The objective of this conference was to share the concept of skills-based volunteering and...read more...

All years again - Returnee Seminar 2013

All years again – Returnee Seminar 2013 - This September, a new squad of SAGE Net volunteers returned to Germany and brought a whole lot of memories, stories, experiences and pictures to this year’s returnee seminar in Baitz, Germany. Two...read more...

SAGE Net part of new pilot volunteer programme

SAGE Net participates in weltwärts pilot „Reverse“ - For the first time during weltwärts history, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has started a new component of volunteer service for young people from abroad. German...read more...

ASA project goes on!

ASA project goes on! - After reporting in our summer newsletter about the visit of South African Taryn Feinberg in Germany, our ASA ladies started in mid-September with round two of the ASA North-South-project in South Africa (www.asa-programm.de). The...read more...

Welcome Mira - our new volunteer mentor in Cape Town

Welcome Mira! Our new volunteer mentor in Cape Town - Mira about herself: My name is Mira Kremers and I have taken over Lena's role as the new mentor for this year’s weltwärts volunteers. I had the chance to...read more...

SAGE Net staff member Elke nominated for German Prize for Civic Engagement 2013

      Elke has been nominated for her extraordinary commitment in HIV/Aids prevention at our weltwärts preparation seminars for the German Prize of Civic Engagement 2013! Her comment on the nomination: "I am very happy that other people have the same...read more...

SAGE Net volunteers 2013/14 – ready for take-off!

SAGE Net volunteers 2013/14 – ready for take-off! - After two selection days in December and February and additional interviews in our Berlin office it is done: A new group of 29 weltwärts volunteers went through their preparatory seminar...read more...

SAGE Net's "Train the Trainers" Seminar

SAGE Net’s “Train the Trainers”-seminar - For the first time, in February 2013 SAGE Net started a three-part training course for returnees on the subject of educational support for international volunteer programmes. Three different seminar leaders on three different...read more...

South-North exchange: Taryn from South Africa in Berlin for 3 months

South-North exchange: Taryn from South Africa in Berlin for 3 months - On the photo – back (from left): Taryn Feinberg, Carola Blendermann (SAGE Net); front (from left): Lynn Eun-Kyung Driller, Timo Holthoff (ASA-Programm) Taryn Feinberg and her German “counterpart”...read more...

New South African partner organisations

New South African partner organisations - In March, Donald Vogel and Carola Blendermann from the Berlin office carried out a project trip to South Africa in order to personally get acquainted with SAGE Net’s new partner organisations in the...read more...

Selection of new volunteers

Selection of new volunteers - For the selection of this year’s new volunteers we went through a very long and intense period of social competence-trainings and interviews. This year we received about 130 applications, thus it was not easy to...read more...

Alumni meeting in Tübingen

Alumni meeting in Tübingen - In April the SAGE Net alumni meeting took place in the beautiful little student town of Tübingen, which is located in the southern part of Germany. Ten alumni from all four volunteer years of...read more...

JiVE. Youth Work International – Experiencing Diversity: 3rd Coaching

JiVE. Youth Work International – Experiencing Diversity: 3rd Coaching - JiVE is a youth policy initiative to help disadvantaged young people, regardless of their background, to enjoy the same opportunities in life as everyone else. Since January 2012 SAGE...read more...

2013 General Meeting | 13 April 2013

2013 General Meeting | 13 April 2013 - This year’s General Meeting took place on 13 April in Bonn with 13 members attending. In addition to a review of the organisation’s activities and future prospects, it was agreed to...read more...

External weltwärts mid-year seminar in Oudtshoorn | 28 February – 5 March 2013

External weltwärts mid-year seminar in Oudtshoorn | 28 February – 5 March 2013 - SAGE Net offered a second weltwärts mid-year seminar for volunteers from other sending organisations. It was facilitated by one SAGE Net mentor and a co-facilitator...read more...

Food Gardening Workshop | 25–26 February 3013

Food Gardening Workshop | 25–26 February 3013 -  “UNDERSTANDING HOW PERMACULTURE CAN HELP TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE FOOD GARDEN SYSTEMS FOR EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT WORK – A TWO DAY COURSE.” This Workshop was organised by SAGE Net in cooperation with OwnGrown...read more...

Farewell Miriam and Judith

Farewell Miriam and Judith - A quick but heartfelt farewell lunch was held at our Cape Town office before our two ASA volunteers who have been a tremendous help for the past months left South Africa on 27 February...read more...

Weltwärts mid-year seminar in Port St. Johns | 17–22 February 2013

Weltwärts mid-year seminar in Port St. Johns | 17–22 February 2013 - Our 24 weltwärts volunteers came together for the weltwärts mid-year seminar in the Eastern Cape this year. Two mentors facilitated the seminar and one volunteer from a...read more...

SAGE Net Open-Day | 16 February 2013

SAGE Net Open-Day | 16 February 2013 - Partner organisations, friends and interested parties joined us on that special day at our Cape Town office in Observatory to get to know SAGE Net better, to present their organisation, to...read more...

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