The UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers initiative was launched within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme with the aim to mobilise and involve young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion.
Within the frame of UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers, groups of international volunteers engage in projects at sites inscribed on the World Heritage List or the Tentative List of the particular country.
The projects combine practical work at the World Heritage Sites, hands-on training and workshops geared towards encouraging young people to acquire basic preservation and conservation skills. The activities are completed by lectures, guided tours and workshops which follow up the topics of World Heritage in general as well as the background of the particular site. The projects also include contacts and interaction with local initiatives, educational institutions and other local partners.
Since 2008, more than 200 projects at more than 130 sites situated in nearly 50 different countries throughout all five UNESCO regions have been organised, in which more than 3,500 volunteers from over 70 countries worldwide have taken part.
For more information about the UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers initiative, please, refer to the website of UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
The European branch of UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers is coordinated by European Heritage Volunteers. The regional coordination includes the preparation of the annual campaign at European level, the development of qualitative standards and networking with participating organisations, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers projects in Europe.