World Heritage Volunteers 2023 Campaign

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the selected projects of the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) 2023 Campaign, under the theme of ‘World Heritage Volunteers 2023 - Working on the Future’.

76 action camp projects will be implemented from April to December 2023 at 69 World Heritage properties and sites on the Tentative Lists, by 58 organizations in 33 countries around the globe. 

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, the WHV 2023 projects will involve young people, communities and site managers in building new, inclusive societies together where World Heritage is a source of resilience, humanity and innovation. National and international volunteers will work together with the local communities to preserve our common cultural and natural heritage, through concrete hands-on and awareness-raising activities, which will provide empowering and enriching opportunities to young people and enable them to go beyond the constraints of geography to some of the most outstanding places in the world.

Volunteering for World Heritage preservation is a unique experience! Come join us in the WHV 2023 Campaign!

What is the WHV Initiative?

The WHV Initiative was launched in 2008 to encourage young people to undertake concrete actions and play an active role in the protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage. It consists of action camp projects organized by organizations or institutions, involving national and international volunteers in awareness-raising and hands on activities. These projects are implemented in cooperation with multiple stakeholders and partners, including the local communities, who work together towards the preservation of our common cultural and natural heritage.

The World Heritage Volunteers Initiative is led by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in collaboration with Better World.

How to become a Volunteer?

To become a volunteer, please refer to the list of selected projects of the World Heritage Volunteers 2023 Campaign, along with the brief descriptions of the selected projects, below. You may choose a project of your interest, based on the activities, duration and timeline of the project. 

Please note that the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the regional coordinators are not responsible for the selection of individual volunteers. As such, you will need to contact the organizations implementing the chosen projects directly, so that they may be able to provide you with details regarding the application procedure, and other necessary information. The contact details are available in the brief descriptions below.

Selected Projects:
  • Download link to the full list of selected projects for the World Heritage Volunteers 2023 Campaign:

Join us:
The brief descriptions of the selected projects in two Asia-Pacific countries: China and the Republic of Korea can be downloaded here:*Please note that the implementation of the projects and their dates may be subject to change in case of extenuating circumstances. This list will be updated regularly to reflect any such changes. You may also contact the organizations directly for further details on the projects and their timelines.

  • WHV – Dong Villages - Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute, Institute for Historic and Cultural Cities
  • WHV - Historic Centre of Macao - Macau New Chinese Youth Association (MNCYA)
  • WHV - Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang - Northeast Yucai Beihong School of Fine Arts
  • WHV - Silk Roads: The Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor /Silk Roads: Zarafshan-Karakum Corridor - ICOMOS International Conservation Center - Xi’an
Republic of Korea
  • WHV - Getbol, Korean Tidal Flat (Docho, Shinan) - International Workcamp Organization (IWO)
  • WHV - Getbol, Korean Tidal Flat (Bigeum, Shinan) - International Workcamp Organization (IWO)
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