ASA program

Internships in development projects

The program:

The ASA program is a development policy learning and qualification program; it offers engagement spaces for young people who want to understand global connections, ask critical questions and campaign for a just world. Program participation includes three preparatory seminars, a follow-up seminar (RENew), and a three- to six-month project phase.

Program participants attend and organize seminars, work for several months in a project internship in Africa, Asia, Latin America or Southeastern Europe, and subsequently carry out some kind of action or campaign. An active alumni network also offers many opportunities to continue making contributions to a sustainable and caring society.

Who is funded?

Young people between the ages of 21 and 30 from almost all professions and fields of study can apply. The program is aimed at anyone who lives and studies in Germany or the German Community in Belgium or has completed dual vocational training. Holders of a bachelor's degree can also apply, provided the degree was awarded no longer than one and a half years ago.

What is being funded?

The ASA program encompasses two training seminars, one internship abroad and an intensive follow-up phase (evaluation seminar).

Duration: Within one year, 3 seminars of approx. 5 days each and an internship of 3-6 months.

Start: April (exact dates will be announced at the beginning of the application period).

The internship starts at the earliest after the second seminar at the end of July.

Seminars: Participants of the seminars deal with global contexts and develop innovative methods in development education in areas such as intercultural communication and anti-racism.

The project internship: During the three- to six-month project internship, the participants work in a partner organization. For example, they accompany young people in a film project about football in Togo, restore Buddhist temples in India or evaluate alternative cultivation systems in northern Brazil.

Participation opportunities: The ASA program lives from the volunteer work of current and former participants. In all areas, the ASA program is  shaped by volunteers. As a result, it is constantly evolving.

Where and when can I apply?
The application phase starts every year on November 20 and ends on January 10.

Applications are submitted via an online form at You can apply for one or two sub-programs as well as project internships. A first application round takes place until January 10. Out of all applications, three are selected per scholarship place. These are requested by email for a second application round. The final selection will take place at the end of February.


Mathias Bücken
Tel.: +49 421 218-60374
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