The WHV Initiative was launched in 2008 to encourage young people to undertake concrete actions and to play an active role in the protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage sites. It consists of action camps organized by youth organizations or institutions in cooperation with multiple stakeholders and partners, which work all 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 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.


Organizations that wish to get involved in the WHV Initiative can apply for a one-year project in 2019.


Organizations that already applied in 2018 for a two-year cycle 2018-2019, can confirm their commitment for 2019.


How to apply?


Only Complete application will be considered.


Fill the online participation form on



13 January 2019 at midnight (Paris)


For more information, please visit


If you have difficulties accessing the online form, please request it in Word version from the regional coordinator: (for projects in Africa, Arab States and the Americas), or (for projects in Europe) or (for projects in Asia), with a copy to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (


For organizations that applied in 2018
for a two-year cycle 2018-2019

In order to renew your commitment for 2019,
you will receive an email from the regional coordinator
with a pre-filled application form, to be completed and returned.

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