The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the Call for Projects for the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Campaign 2018. This Call welcomes the participation of all interested organisations and institutions. In addition, it offers a new opportunity to apply for not only one-year cycle, but also two-year cycle process, with the aim to foster and encourage the commitment to World Heritage.

Join the World Heritage Volunteers Campaign 2018!
“Empowering the Commitment to World Heritage”

Please refer to the call for projects document for more information about the selection criteria and timeline.

What is the WHV Initiative?

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 initiative consists of action camps organized by youth organizations or institutions in cooperation with multiple stakeholders and partners, which work 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 WHV 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.

Join the Campaign!

To empower the Commitment to World Heritage, the World Heritage Centre invites all youth organisations, 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 in 2018.

Please refer to the Call for Projects document for more information about the selection criteria, timeline and the two-year cycle process.

How to apply

In order to get involved or renew your commitment to the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative, please fill in the on-line application.

Please submit your application at the latest by
14 January 2018 at Midnight (Paris Time)


If you have difficulties accessing the online form, please download the application form and send it to (for projects in Africa, Arab States and the Americas), to (for projects in Europe) or (for projects in Asia), with a copy to the World Heritage Centre (