The ijgd has been organising volunteer service programmes since 1949. We are an independent, non-profit association for international youth work, a recognised independent youth welfare organisation, and one of the largest and oldest workcamp organisations in Germany. Each year, we assist around 5,000 young people into volunteer work in Germany and abroad. We give them the opportunity to be creative, act in solidarity, take responsibility for themselves, and discover their own true potential and strengths. Our principles: Ecological learning, voluntary contribution, self-organisation, social development, intercultural learning, gender equality, anti-racism/anti-discrimination and political education.
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The State Office for Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas (Landesamt für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume) is a higher state authority in the portfolio of the Ministry for Energy Transition, Agriculture, the Environment, Nature and Digitalization (Ministerium für Energiewende, Landwirtschaft, Umwelt, Natur und Digitalisierung) of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Six so-called Integrated Stations are locally active institutions for the implementation of nature conservation goals in particularly significant natural areas of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. They combine ideas from the fields of nature conservation, agriculture, regional development and "soft tourism" and thus bring together various locally active stakeholders. Each year, the ijgd run a workcamp with a different Integrated Station - in 2022 with the Integrated Station Unterelbe, which is also responsible for the North Sea island of Helgoland, among other places.
For 114 years, the Jordsand Association (Verein Jordsand) has been committed to the protection of seabirds and coastal birds as well as to nature conservation on the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts and in the greater Hamburg area. It is resonsible for many nature reserves in Schleswig-Holstein and also the nature reserves on Helgoland.