Founded in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO is a specialised agency of the UN.
CCIVS is in official partnership with UNESCO – associate status and is engaged in the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee holding various positions over the years (President, Vice-President, active member). Through this partnership UNESCO can take advantage of CCIVS’ specific competences on particular issues, such as non-formal education, intercultural dialogue, youth, sustainable development. It also means that CCIVS can practically contribute to the development of UNESCO’s programme.
The World Heritage Volunteers
Launched in collaboration with the UNESCO in 2008, within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative aims to sensitize and develop appreciation of World Heritage values through concrete hands-on activities, awareness raising campaigns and skills training.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is responsible for the overall World Heritage Volunteers Initiative by direction and supervision of the whole coordination. The Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) is responsible for the global coordination of the initiative and in charge of regional coordination in Africa, the Arab States and Latin America and the Caribbean.
European Heritage Volunteers, as a branch of Open Houses, has been in charge of the regional coordination in Europe since 2014 and Better World has been in charge of regional coordination in Asia since 2015.
The project explores opportunities for a dynamic dialogue between volunteers and youth groups and heritage & education experts involved in the promotion and protection of the selected World Heritage sites. It demonstrates the merits of non-formal education as an approach to disseminate the heritage values and expertise to a large public and to young people in particular.
Each project is organized by a local organisation, which could be a youth organization, NGO, site manager etc. They determine the project goals and activities in collaboration with the partners (the local community, site management, and local authorities and stakeholders), train work camp leaders and host international volunteers. Activities themselves are undertaken by volunteers, coming from different countries.
The action camps generally last between two to four weeks and accommodate between ten to thirty volunteer participants; they involve young people to undertake concrete action and to play an active role in the promotion and preservation of World Heritage.
To know more about the World Heritage Volunteers campaign visit the website