The international work of the association is done by DVV International, the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association.
As the leading professional organisation in the field of adult education and development cooperation, DVV International has, for more than 45 years, been an advocate for Lifelong Learning and provides assistance worldwide for the development and expansion of structures for youth and adult education. Thus the Institute cooperates with more than 200 civil society, governmental and scientific partners in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
DVV International utilises the experience and expertise from the adult education centres for its international work and supports the exchange of experience between adult education centres and partner institutions worldwide through partnerships, study visits, expert missions and joint projects. At the same time, DVV International, through its project Global Education in the VHS, guarantees that the experience from its international work is brought back into the adult education centre structures.