What is VOICE?

VOICE, Voices Of Individuals Conveying Experiences,wants to project the voices of those people who dedicate their time to working or volunteering in a social, humanitarian or development field in their own country or region. Every day, these individuals engage in work that affects and changes the lives of the people around them. They experience happy and sad moments, ups and downs, overcome existing challenges and face new ones. Their stories are thought-provoking, touching, engaging and inspiring in many different ways. However, they are largely unheard of, and unavailable to the majority of people.


VOICE aims at changing that, by projecting the voices of these individuals conveying their daily experiences and making their stories available to readers. We hope that the VOICE stories will cause readers to pause and think, and to engage with, reflect on and challenge their own and others´ perceptions.


What is the story behind VOICE?

The project was founded in February 2016 by Annina Lux, following her experience of working in a rural hospital in Bolivia for half a year. After coming back to Europe, Annina shared her experiences with family, friends, and other interested people, but always felt that an important part of the "story" was missing - that of the Bolivian colleagues she worked with on a daily basis, and who continue their work every day - and that she could not tell their story for them. Realising that the stories of such individuals were generally unavailable in any context, she decided to try and change this by founding project VOICE. Thanks to the support of the amazing VOICE team the project is now steadily growing. To find out more about our team, click here.


Who are the VOICE writers?

Our writers are individuals from all across the world. They come from different countries, have different cultural backgrounds, and speak different languages. What they share is their passion and dedication to working or volunteering in a social, humanitarian or development field wherever they come from. This work or volunteering can take any or multiple forms. For more information on our writers, take a look at the Writer´s section.


What do VOICE stories look like?

Every VOICE story is different. There are no formal rules for writing VOICE stories. VOICE writers can write their story in any form they want in any length they wish. To help writers and answer general questions, writing guidelines are available for writers. However, these are not binding and are merely designed to support writers in writing their story. Consequently, each VOICE story is highly individual, and conveys both personal and also cultural perspectives, both of which are key to individual stories. As VOICE writers are encouraged to write in the language most comfortable for them, stories will be translated into English and German by the VOICE team.