Seventeen young German volunteers arrived in Namibia last week for their yea-long mission of service to rural outposts across the country. They were hosted by the Councillor for Development Cooperation, Stella Seibert-Palascino at a function at the German Embassy where they were joined by the group of Namibian volunteers on their way to Germany as part of the reciprocal exchange programme. The places for these volunteers are made available and financed by the German Red Cross. The German volunteers serve at the Red Cross Society in various regions and at selected NGOs. The Namibian volunteers serve at the Red Cross regional offices in Gelsenkirchen, Witten, Bochum and Siegen. During their first week all volunteers participate in an introductory seminar in either Windhoek or Münster.