The ASA-Program promotes exchange and learning about our One World through personal experience. It supports young and dedicated people to expand their skills and to contribute to sustainable global development based on respect for human rights and cultural differences.
The ASA-Program offers a learning cycle consisting of training seminars, a practical phase and a follow-up phase including a global activity. In the seminars, which are held prior to, and after their three-month internship abroad, the participants learn about global interdependencies and international development. During the seminars they develop and try out new skills and new methods and get prepared for their internship abroad. During the practical phase a team of two or three participants take part in a development project for three months. The projects take place within organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America or South Eastern Europe. After their time abroad the participants organize a global activity (e.g. a photo exhibition or a workshop at a school) in Germany or Europe to pass on their experience.
Every year, the ASA-Program enables up to 250 young people from Europe to take part in its learning and qualification program dedicated to development education.
The ASA-Program is a very diverse program addressing different target groups and fields of activities. No matter what program, the participants are obliged to attend all seminars. Overall, the ASA-Program offers four subprograms. For a detailed description click here.
Who are the ASA participants?
The ASA participants are students of any field of study and young employees who have completed a professional training. People from 21 to 30 years can apply for the ASA-Program. When they apply, they are not experts in development cooperation, but they are socially committed and eager to get involved in fair and sustainable development. The wide majority of our participants are very motivated and commit a lot of time and energy to their work. Nevertheless, please do not expect fully skilled professionals.
Who are the ASA partner organizations?
ASA works with a wide range of different organizations. From a media organization in Nairobi to a school for homeless children in Kathmandu, to a football project in Buenos Aires to name just a few. ASA aims to cooperate with organizations which act in a socially responsible and sustainable way. We are always looking forward to getting in contact with organizations that share our vision and have social, ecological or cultural objectives. If you are interested in working with us, please have a look here.