Peace Services

International Volunteers

EIRENE - Committed to Peace

Lots of people get involved in EIRENE. They help to build peace and justice all over the world, including in Germany. We have volunteers supporting partner organisations in 14 countries around the world - in the global North as well as in the global South. They discover different ways of looking at life and thinking about their own future. And they learn new skills too. And we have peace workers working together with partner organisations on joint projects. This service for peace is made possible by volunteers, paid staff, and a large number of supporters.

What is Peace?

To us, peace means more than just the absence of war and armed violence. It means a world in which everyone - including future generations - can enjoy a good life. Peace means well-being for each and every human being, for each human society, and for our one world as a whole. We cannot imagine this kind of peace without social justice or without care for the environment, bearing in mind that the planet has limits.

The Challenges of our Time

We are a long way from attaining this ideal vision of a just and peaceful world. But we refuse to be discouraged by injustice and exclusion, hatred and violence. Instead we are moved to take action. "The opposite of war is not peace, but service for peace," according to the historian and theologian Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. For peace is not a static condition. It is a dynamic process, to which everyone has a contribution to make. And we must strive towards it every day. We see working for peace as a holistic task which requires a great deal of persistence.

What is required for Peace

Service for peace needs committed people who work together in international teams which are characterised by mutual trust. Service for peace is neither easy nor comfortable and there are no stock answers. Nonviolence demands creativity, courage, and perseverance.

Volunteers all over the world

Every year EIRENE enables around 70 people - mostly young people from Germany - to undertake voluntary service with one of our partner organisations in Africa, America or Europe.

Volunteers in Germany

Every year about 15 people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Uganda, Bolivia and Nicaragua get the chance through our International Peace Service in Germany to participate in a 13-month voluntary service programme with our partner organisations in Germany.

International peace workers

EIRENE maintains long-term partnerships with organisations which engage, as we do, in a nonviolent and yet forceful struggle for justice and peace. National and international peace workers work together in joint projects, creating knowledge and structures which help to build positive peace.
Nachdem unsere Tochter als EIRENE-Freiwillige in Uganda war, war es wunderschön im Jahr darauf eine junge Frau aus Uganda in unsere Familie aufzunehmen. Das war sehr bereichernd für unsere Familie. Denn gegenseitiges Verständnis braucht Begegnungen!
Christiane Bals, Lehrerin
Heute ist es umso wichtiger, dass die ökumenische Friedensorganisation EIRENE das verkörpert, wofür die Friedensgöttin EIRENE 400 vor Christus stand: für einen Frieden als Basis von Wohlstand für alle; als Grundlage einer gerechten Gesellschaft; als Gegenmodell zu einer hochmilitarisierten Welt.
Wolfgang Kessler, 20 Jahre Chefredakteur von Publik-Forum, heute freier Publizist
Weltwärts mit EIRENE in Marokko – für unsere Tochter Thekla ein Jahr mit vielen Herausforderungen, vor allem aber mit Gewinn für ihre spätere berufliche Orientierung. In dem Projekt mit Geflüchteten wussten wir sie jederzeit gut aufgehoben und von den EIRENE-Fachkräften intensiv begleitet.
Tobias Schwab, Journalist
EIRENE gibt jungen Menschen Gelegenheit - ich wähle Worte von Papst Franziskus - , "Beschützer und nicht Räuber der Welt zu werden, Schönheit zu säen..., zu erkennen, dass wir zutiefst mit allen Geschöpfen verbunden sind auf dem Weg in Gottes unendliches Licht".
Johannes Meier, Professor für Katholische Theologie
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