Call for Projects: World Heritage Volunteers 2017 by UNESCO
Deadline: November 30, 2016 | Views: 3,447
Over the past nine years, the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Initiative has grown tremendously due to increasing interest and appreciation for World Heritage protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage sites. Celebrating 10 years of the initiative, UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the Call for Projects for the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Campaign 2017.
Join the Campaign to celebrate 10 Years of the WHV initiative
The WHV initiative celebrates 10 years in 2017. This year the motto of the campaign is “Heritage in our Hands.” 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.
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 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
30 November 2016 at Midnight (Paris Time)
Apply here: http://bit.ly/2cQ1HLa
If you have difficulties accessing the online form, please download the application form and send it to [email protected] (for projects in Africa, Arab States and the Americas), to [email protected] (for projects in Europe) or [email protected] (for projects in Asia), with a copy to the World Heritage Centre ([email protected]).
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.
For selection, proposed projects must fulfil the set of criteria below (mandatory):
- Should be organised in immediate connection to a property inscribed on the World Heritage List or a site inscribed on a Tentative List [Reference: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list; http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists ];
- Should have a minimum 10 day duration (excluding arrival and departure dates);
- Should include the same group of people for a minimum 10 day duration, consecutive or not;
- Should start after the 15 May 2017 and end by the 30 October 2017;
- Should involve as much as possible international volunteers;
- Should include awareness activities, practical hands-on activities and skills related to World Heritage sites where the action camp will be conducted (detailed definitions of hands-on activities and skills in Annex below);
- Should be developed in consultation with site managers and local authorities in planning details of the activities;
- Should include practical hands-on skills training activities as well as reflection on issues related to
- Should involve the community in order to deepen their knowledge around issues related to World
Heritage and the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative;
- Should respect participants’ gender equality (ideally equal number of male and female) and
geographical diversity (ideally from different countries and regions).
- Should be legally registered as a public or private organisation or institution in the country where
the project takes place;
- All activities of the organisation related to WHV should be no profit. All local, national and
international partnerships developed by the applicant in the framework of the WHV should be
submitted for approval to the WHV coordinators;
- First time applicants should submit two letters of support from recognised organisations and/or
institutions recommending the applicant on the basis of past or current proven cooperation;
- First time applicants should submit a copy of their Constitution / Bylaws and of their most recent
activity report in one of the UN official languages.
- Organisers engage themselves to implement their project as per approved proposals and to submit a full activity report (including images, videos and other results) demonstrating the concrete engagement of young volunteers in the field of World Heritage. UNESCO shall use these for promotional purposes, among others publication in UNESCO’s website, the World Heritage Review, for information to the different States Parties and concerned governmental agencies.
- Each organisation is eligible to apply for a maximum of 4 projects to be carried out at different sites (you may apply to run several projects on the same site; or to run several projects on the same theme but on different sites. This will be counted as one project).
- The evaluation report of previous World Heritage Volunteers projects done by the same organisation has to be submitted in order for the new proposals to be considered.