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Join the World Heritage Volunteers Campaign 2021 ‘Fostering Youth Commitment towards World Heritage’

Tuesday, 1 September 2020
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World Heritage Volunteers project at Tsavo Parks and Chyulu Hills Complex, Kenya © KVSO Kenya

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the Call for Projects for the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Campaign 2021 ‘Fostering Youth Commitment towards World Heritage’.

This Call is an invitation for all interested organizations and institutions to apply for the WHV 2021 Campaign with their proposed projects, and join the selected organizations/institutions of the WHV 2020 Campaign which was postponed to 2021, in light of the global health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the WHV Initiative?

The WHV 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.

Join the Campaign

To empower the Commitment to World Heritage, the World Heritage Centre invites 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 in 2021. Please refer to the Call for Projects document for more information about the selection criteria and timeline.

How to apply?

In order to get involved in or renew your commitment to the protection and preservation of World Heritage through voluntary action and non-formal education, fill in the online application form.

Please submit your application by
30 September 2020 at 23:59 CET (Paris Time),
at the latest.

Application Form

If you experience difficulties in accessing the online form, please download the application from the following link: English / French
and send it to secretariat@ccivs.org (for projects in Africa, Arab States and the Americas), to info@heritagevolunteers.eu (for projects in Europe) or francesco@1.or.kr (for projects in Asia), with a copy to the World Heritage Centre (i.yousfi@unesco.org).