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The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s international cultural institute and promotes cultural collaboration worldwide.

The Goethe-Institut promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. It conveys a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in the Federal Republic. The cultural and educational programmes of the institute encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. Doing this, the Goethe-Institut strengthens the development of structures in civil society and fosters worldwide mobility.

With a network of Goethe-Institutes, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, the Goethe-Institut has been the first point of contact with Germany for many people for over sixty years. The long-lasting partnership with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries creates sustained trust in the Federal Republic. The Goethe Institute is partner for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture.

Furthermore, the Goethe-Institut is, together with the German Academic Exchange Service, the Educational Exchange Service and the Central Agency for Schools Abroad part of the PASCH initiative "Schools: Partners for the Future". PASCH is interlinked with more than 1800 schools worldwide, at which the German language plays an important role. The network was started in 2008 by the Federal Foreign Office.


The cultural and educational programmes of the Goethe-Institut encourage intercultural dialogue.

Tasks for volunteers

Within the scope of kulturweit, volunteers can get involved in the work for divisions such as language, culture, information, library and administration, and can actively contribute to projects for the Goethe-Institut or respective Goethe Centres. Tasks of the volunteers include for example the support of members of staff with the planning, organisation and implementation of projects and events, administrative office work or assistance in work for the partner school sector. Furthermore, the typical assignment profile includes work in public relations, in particular in the fields of web application and direct marketing. Depending on the volunteer’s qualification, they assist in language classes, help with the preparation of teaching materials or are involved in the management of the library.

At Goethe-Institutes, volunteers assist with work in areas like language and culture, as well as library and administration.

kulturweit volunteers also work abroad for PASCH schools, which offer German language classes and which are managed by the Goethe-Institut. Volunteers can provide the students a closer look at Germany. They can promote cultural and geographical knowledge, pronunciation and motivation to learn the German language. Volunteers assist during German language classes and may come up with additional activities such as forming and working with project groups. They help the teachers with exam preparations, and tutor individual students during class. According to requirement, the kulturweit volunteers carry out projects for German language classes and accompany excursions and school trips.

The kulturweit volunteers assist in language classes at partner schools of the Goethe-Institut.