🇩🇪 Senior Experten Service
Senior Experten Service (SES), the Foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation, is Germany’s leading volunteering placement organisation for experts and executives who are either retired or taking some time off work. It is a nonprofit organisation providing help for self-help: it has been helping people to help themselves since 1983 – all around the world, in every industry and sector. SES’ headquarter is based in Bonn; it is manned with ca. 130 employees and 90 volunteers.
At present, SES has access to the knowledge and experience of ca. 12,000 experts from almost all professional spheres. Since 1983, it has completed more than 60,000 voluntary assignments in over 160 countries, with approximately a third of them in Germany.
In 2019 almost 5,600 missions have been carried out in Germany and over 2,200 abroad (Asia, Africa and Latin America).
The young division of SES is Weltdienst 30+. This service enables specialists and executives from Germany to share their know-how in developing and emerging countries. The Weltdienst 30+ experts use sabbaticals to assist organisations in their industry abroad in a voluntary capacity and pass on their knowledge. They come from all professional specialisations, have at least eight years of relevant professional experience, are in the prime of their working life and possess up-to-date specialist knowledge.
SES is supported by the main associations representing German business: the Federation of German Industry (BDI), the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), the Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) and the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH).
The activities of SES abroad are funded partly by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Projects in Germany are supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).