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Germany Germany: Berlin Renovation Camp (VJF24 3.2)

Dates

15/04/2024   -   25/04/2024

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Renovation
Construction

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Age
18 - 26
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
8
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Berlin (BER)
Nearest bus/train station
Tram 68: “Adlergestell / Vetschauer Allee”
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Work

During this camp we need to prepare our project centre for the next workcamp season.
Our main goal for the first week will be all about woodworking to prepare our project center for the upcoming workcamp season. This means we'll be busy building DIY furniture specifically designed for our outdoor areas. To make sure everyone learns the woodworking skills well, we've arranged for a skilled instructor to guide us through hands-on training sessions. Alongside woodworking, we'll also take care of other renovation tasks, like painting walls and fixing up small things indoors and outdoors. Since a lot of our work will be outside, it's essential for everyone to come prepared with waterproof clothing to handle any bad weather that comes our way.The centre needs some new colors on the walls, as well as some renovation work needs to be done. You will need waterproof clothes in case of bad weather, as you will be mainly working outside. Other small tasks during the camp may include maintenance or renovation works inside and outside.

Accomodation and food

Accomodation:
You will live at the training center in heated bungalows. Bed linen will be provided, so you don´t have to necessarily bring a sleeping bag with you. There is no washing machine and only limited internet access in the training center.
Food:
You will have the chance to prepare your own meals in a kitchen at the training center. Please bring recipes or even ingredients from your home country, so you can prepare some traditional meals and have a international cook out together.

Location and leisure

Location:
You will live at the "Projekt- und Begegnungsstätte" of the association of Young Volunteers (VJF). The small bungalow village is located directly on the banks at the lake "Langer See" in Berlin-Grünau. It's a quiet place, one hour away from the center of Berlin, but with great infrastructure. Leisure time:
The free time activities are determined by the participants at the beginning of the camp. Please research in advance what you would like to see in Berlin and make with your suggestions a contribution to the group activities.

Project hosted by

"Projekt- und Begegnungsstätte" of the Association of Young Volunteers
(Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V. (VJF))

Directions to meeting point

Projekt- und Begegnungsstätte der VJF Krimnitzer Weg 25 12527 Berlin Arrival time: Arrival day from 10am until 4pm. If your arrival time deviates, please let us know.

Additional comments

  • Pleae book refundable flight tickets in case the workcamp needs to be cancelled, due to lack of
    participants

    In addition please add to your packing list the following items:
    - a flashlight
    - warm clothes
    - towels and personal items
    - entertainment (music, games, instruments,...)
    - International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

Requirements

Please book refundable tickets

Also, dont forget to bring the following items:

  • a flashlight
  • warm clothes
  • towels and personal items
  • entertainment (music, games, instruments,...)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
Germany Germany: Spring cleaning close to Baltic Sea (ijgd 14036)

Dates

19/04/2024   -   04/05/2024

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Renovation
Manual Work
Construction
3
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full for < 18

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Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
14
Still room for
2 Male + 1 Female ( full for < 18)
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Hamburg (HAM)
Nearest bus/train station
nearest Airport: Hamburg, nearest train stations: Hamburg-Hauptbahnhof – Lübeck/Scharbeutz - Neustadt (Holstein) – Grömitz Lenster Strand Ferienpark Camaro. we would like to invite you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have the option to go by train, bus, or carshare that can be a great first step for you to become a climate steward.
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Work

Would you like to help children and young people have an unforgettable summer and get to know the Baltic Sea beach at the same time? Then help out with our spring cleaning at Brunswick’s children and youth camping site on the Lenster beach in Groemitz. Together with other young people from all over the world you support the staff of the campsite during various seasonal preparatory repairs on the entire site. Together you will set up and repair playgrounds and sports fields as well as barbecue and campfire sites, do painting and cleaning work, perform various maintenance work (gardening and earthworks), repair bicycles and set up tents. (Note: The actual work to be carried out may differ from that described here).
You will be living in basic 2 to 4-bed rooms in the main building of the campsite, which is located just a few metres away from the sandy beach.
For more information about the campsite (unfortunately only available in German), go to www.zeltplatz-lenste.de

Accomodation and food

You will be sleeping in 4-bed rooms in the main building of a child and youth camping site.
On working days you will be fully catered for (vegan, halal and kosher are not possible ). On the days off you will cater for yourself. Money for shopping on these days will be provided. Please state any intolerances during registration.

Location and leisure

The children and youth campsite is just a few metres away from the beautiful Baltic Sea beach. In April it will probably still be too cold to go swimming, but there will be bicycles available for you to use, so you can go on bike rides on the embankments along the Baltic coast!
There is a wide range of free-time activities available for you on the huge outdoor area of the campsite: several football pitches, a beach volleyball court, a beach football court, a beach handball court, a basketball court, a huge bouncy castle, a zip-line, several table tennis tables and giant chess. You can spend your evenings around the campfire.
On the free weekend, it’s also worth taking a trip to Hamburg (100km away) and/or Lübeck (50km away).

Project hosted by

Children's and youth campsite of the city of Braunschweig
The campsite at Lenster Strand in Grömitz on the Baltic Sea is mainly used for recreation by children and young people from Brunswick, but can also be used by other groups and families. It is primarily aimed at children and young people from lower-income families and thus makes an important contribution to their recreation and relief.

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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Directions to meeting point

Meeting point and time: at the accommodation; Arrival is possible either on Friday 19th of April between 15:00 and 19:30 or on Saturday 20th of April between 9:00 and 19:30 at the latest.
Directions to Meeting Point From Hamburg airport take S-Bahn S1 (direction Wedel or Hamburg-Blankenese) to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (Hamburg main train station, about 24 min travel time). The S1 is running every 10min.
At Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (Hamburg main train station) take (at least around 5pm) the train RE in direction Lübeck-Travemünde Strand or Puttgarden and get off at the station Lübeck Hauptbahnhof (main train station) (travel time 44-46min).
At Lübeck Hauptbahnhof (main train station) change to train RB in direction Neustadt (Holst) and get off at the last station Neustadt(Holst) (travel time 34-37min).
From Neustadt ZOB/Bahnhof take Bus 5800 in direction of „Grube Hauptstr./Friedhof“. Get off at the bus stop “Grömitz Lensterstrand Ferienpark Camaro” (travel time 26-30min).
From the bus stop “Grömitz Lensterstrand Ferienpark Camaro” walk 350m straight to reach the accommodation on the left side.
Check the website of Deutsche Bahn for the best times and to book your tickets: https://www.bahn.com/en.

Additional comments

Please note: There is a special Teenage Fee of 150€ for international volunteers who applied under 18 in this camp.

Requirements

You should be fit enough for physically demanding work and you should be able to ride a bike.
Arrival is possible either on Friday 19th of April between 15:00 and 19:30 or on Saturday 20th of April between 9:00 and 19:30 at the latest.

Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-being Reduced Inequalities
Germany Germany: Peatland protection Kell (IBG 02)

Dates

21/04/2024   -   04/05/2024

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3
Place(s)
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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
1 Male + 2 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Luxembourg (LUX)
Nearest bus/train station
Trier Bahnhof (Train Station) or Suitable international bus stops are in Trier, Saarbrucken and Luxembourg.
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Work

Active for climate protection and biodiversity – save the peatlands in the Hunsrück area!

You will actively contribute to protecting a special peatland called “Weyrichsbruch”. This area was drained more than 150 years ago for forestry use. Peatlands are a valuable and natural Co2 storage as well as an ecological habitat with a high and very specialized biodiversity. For these reasons, in the 1980s it was decided to revitalize a small part of the Weyrichsbruch. Now the regional authorities for nature protection want to revitalise a much bigger part and this is where you can help! Under the supervision of two experienced Park Rangers you will improve the water balance in this peatland in order to renature the bog, and help it to cope better with the consequences of climate change. Some of your tasks will be to undo the drainage of the area by blocking or filling ditches, or by building small wooden barriers. While working, you will be able to discover many rare species which have already returned. The park Rangers will be happy to explain to you the ecological background and the consequences of climate change and they will guide you to discover this special habitat and its species.
The Weyrichsbruch is bordering a well-known hiking trail. On that trail, it is possible to take a look inside the bog from a wooden plank path. In addition, various information boards have been placed around the area to convey the ecological background of the Weyrichsbruch and thus contribute to environmental education.
Attention: The work might be physically hard, the wheelbarrow becomes your daily companion and you will get wet and muddy for sure! Please bring hiking boots, rubber boots and suitable working clothes.

Accomodation and food

You will stay in the Educational Centre in Kell am See, which is an important place for youth work in the whole area around the city of Trier. This public and non-profit centre offers the opportunity for youth groups, associations and schools to spend some days or weeks here running a seminar or other projects.
You will stay in five wooden tepees for max. five persons each. Staying here, among pure nature and with the campfire in the middle of the tepees’ circle is a wonderful experience. You will sleep on mattresses inside the tepees. Close to the tepees, you will have access to your own kitchen including a dish-washer, to a living room and sanitary facilities, all inside the Educational Centre. In your free time you can use the different outdoor facilities of the centre like the campfire and the basketball, football and volleyball fields. Close to the centre, there is also a lake and hiking trails. Please be aware that the tepees have electricity but no heating, so it might be cold at night. The facilities in the centre (kitchen, living room and sanitary facilities) can be heated though.
Your group of volunteers will be responsible for grocery shopping and cooking together. The food will be bought with the camp budget and everybody will take turns for cooking, washing the dishes and cleaning. In order to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet, we encourage volunteers to reduce meat and try more sustainable dishes.

Location and leisure

The workcamp will take place in Kell am See, a village 30 km from Trier, not far from the border with Luxemburg. The landscape in this area is very beautiful! It is dominated by huge forests, steep hills, small brooks and ponds, rocks and marshes. Only small hamlets interrupt the nature, which makes it a perfect region for plenty of different species but also for hiking. You will really feel different here!
The area is well known for cycling, walking and other kinds of outdoor activities. There is a local holiday resort nearby the Education Centre, which offers more than 200 holiday bungalows next to a lake and locals love to come here for cycling (there is a 45 km cycling path on a former railway roadbed) or to spend a nice day outside. The region also offers plenty of historic sites (castles, museums….). In addition, you will have the opportunity to come in contact with local associations, e.g. the local voluntary fire brigade. Since there aren’t many public transportation means available around Kell am See, the number of excursions will be limited. However, you will have the chance to visit the city of Trier with its famous Roman sites, the cathedral and birth place of Karl-Marx

Project hosted by

This workcamp is based on the cooperation between IBG and the regional “Foundation for Nature and environment”. We have been working together since 2016, organising one or two international Workcamps per year in the field of nature protection

Directions to meeting point

You will be picked up from the bus stop in Kell am See. Please inform your campleader about your arrival time on Apr 21st . You can check for connections from anywhere to Kell am See on: www.bahn.com .

Additional comments

This is a special project for nature lovers and people interested in nature protection work. You will get wet and dirty. Please be prepared that April in the Hunsrück area can either be warm and sunny or quite fresh and rainy.

Requirements

Please be aware that ticks can be an issue when you spend a lot of time outdoors in natural areas in Germany - like in this camp. In our General Infosheet you will find suggestions on how you can protect yourself against them. You are also welcome to check whether a vaccination against the tick-borne disease TBE makes sense and is possible in your home country.

Germany Germany: Lights, Curtain, Action! Open-air Theater Heidenheim (IBG 03)

Dates

22/04/2024   -   06/05/2024

Feedback from 221 volunteers

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Construction
Cultural
Manual Work

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Armenia Italy Germany

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
3 Male + 3 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Stuttgart (STR)
Nearest bus/train station
Heidenheim an der Brenz Bahnhof (train station)
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Work

Lights, Curtain, Action! Are you ready to take part in the building of a theater set?

In this camp, you will help with the set construction for the Open-Air Theatre Heidenheim. During 2024, 2 plays will be performed here: 'Annie' – a red-haired orphan finds a new home with a wealthy businessman, under the care of his assistant, in her search to reunite with her biological parents - and 'Der Räuber Hotzenplotz' – the tale of Kasperl and Seppel, striving to capture the cunning robber Hotzenplotz to retrieve Grandma's stolen coffee grinder. The stage and set needs to be renewed accordingly: In the end, the scenery is supposed to look like New York and a small german village at the same time – a very interesting and challenging task! You will screw, nail, and paint. Smaller props will need to be built, too.

Apart from that, your work will also entail:
• Installing a wooden floor in the prop garage.
• Renewing the cover of the small wooden shelf storage.
• Restoring the seats in the “Klausen” garden.
• Cleaning stones around the cold storage with a pressure washer, possibly renewing or filling with gravel.
• Painting walls and repair cracks in the pavilion.

...and some other tasks as needed! Be prepared to always lend a helping hand.

There will be a professional stage builder who helps you with all tasks. For sure it is helpful though, if you have a bit of experience in manual/constructional work and have used tools like cordless screwdrivers before.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated directly on the project side: Next to the stage, there is building for administration, a workshop, a café …

Here you will have one big room for yourselves, showers, and a kitchen. Be aware that there is only one big room for sleeping available to all volunteers – no separation possible!

Your group of volunteers will be responsible for grocery shopping and cooking together. The food will be bought with the camp budget and everybody will take turns for cooking, washing the dishes and cleaning the accommodation. In order to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet, we encourage all volunteers to reduce meat and try more sustainable dishes.

Location and leisure

Heidenheim an der Brenz is a town with a bit less than 50,000 inhabitants in the southern region of Baden-Württemberg. The area is rather rural with a beautiful countryside: since it is at the end of the Swabian Albs – a mountain range of about 220km - there are many hills and forests.

Also in the town you will find the Hellenstein Castle, first built on the 12th century, and wildlife park with around 100 animals, very close to your project. If you would like to visit a larger town, you may go to Ulm which is only 30km away. Stuttgart and Munich are about 2 hours by train.

Project hosted by

Your host is the Open-Air Theatre Heidenheim, the 2nd largest one of its kind in Southern Germany. It is situated on the “castle hill” of the town of Heidenheim an der Brenz, surrounded by forests, and can accommodate up to 1,100 spectators.

The Open-Air Theatre is run by a non-profit association and they are very excited about hosting again a group of international volunteers. This project is perfect for everyone who is interested in theatres and wants to have a look behind the scenes! Have a look at the theatre here: www.naturtheater.de

The association was first founded by Gustav Müller over 100 years ago, after the first World War, in his quest of dedicating his life to something that would unite people: art. In 1919 not only did Müller materialize this idea, but also managed to host several productions at the concert stage.

Nowadays, with over 500 members of all ages, the 'Naturtheater Heidenheim' association is one of the most popular organizations in the city of Heidenheim and its surrounding area.

Directions to meeting point

The meeting point will be directly at the accommodation. The path between the place where you will stay and the train station is about 2kms long, so it should take you about 20 mins to get there.

Additional comments

Please be aware that ticks can be an issue when you spend a lot of time outdoors in natural areas in Germany - like in this camp. In our General Infosheet you will find suggestions on how you can protect yourself against them. You are also welcome to check whether a vaccination against the tick-borne disease TBE makes sense and is possible in your home country.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Germany Germany: German-Swiss sculpture trail Hohentengen (IBG 04)

Dates

19/05/2024   -   01/06/2024

Feedback from 221 volunteers

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Renovation
Art

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Details on the project

Age
18 - 40
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
5 Male + 3 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Zurich (ZRH)
Nearest bus/train station
Waldshut
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Work

Over water - over land: this is the name of Europe's first cross-border sculpture trail. You will take care of several sculptures on the German-Swiss sculpture trail and restore them to their original state. Weather and people have left their mark: The stone of the sculptures needs to be brushed to remove moss and lichen, and some sculptures are also sprayed with graffiti. For others, the subsurface needs to be renewed or maintained. The explanatory plates for the objects will also be replaced. In addition, you will completely renew the barbecue area, which is part of the 9km long trail. This area is intended to invite people to combine arts, nature and community.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in the local multipurpose hall in the centre of the village which is otherwise used for sports and events. This offers plenty of space, a small kitchen and enough sanitary facilities for everyone. Camp beds are provided. Please bring your own sleeping bag and pillow (if required).

Your group of volunteers will be responsible for grocery shopping and cooking together. The food will be bought with the camp budget and everybody will take turns for cooking, washing the dishes and cleaning. In order to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet, we encourage volunteers to reduce meat and try more sustainable dishes.

Location and leisure

Hohentengen am Hochrhein lies in the south of Germany, in a kind of bubble surrounded on three sides by Switzerland. Only the Rhine separates the village from Switzerland. The village offers unspoilt nature, numerous sports and leisure facilities (beach volleyball, swimming pools, water sports ...).

Mountain ranges on the northern edge of the municipality, the Rhine Valley opens up to the south, the Rhine glistens in the plain and the Alps in Switzerland greet you on the horizon when visibility is good. With its 3,600 inhabitants, Hohentengen offers the entire infrastructure you could wish for: supermarkets, shops, pubs and much more.

Project hosted by

In 2000, 12 internationally renowned artists realised ideas and thoughts on the theme of borders - dividing and uniting - in sculptures. Embedded in the marvellous landscape of the High Rhine, this path is a cultural symbol of friendship and connects the places on both sides of the river and the German-Swiss border. https://skulpturenweg.de/

Now, almost 25 years after its construction, the sculpture trail needs some maintenance. The citizens of Hohentengen would be delighted if this is done with the help of international volunteers completely in the spirit of the path's artistic message.

Directions to meeting point

First you have to travel to Waldshut. Please check www.bahn.com for a connection from anywhere in Germany or Switzerland. Here you will find bus No.7340 to Hohentengen. There is a bus every two hours on Sundays. The last bus leaves Waldshut on Sundays at 7.30 pm, please arrange your travel in a way to be on time for this connection.
Bus stop: Kath. Pfarramt, Hohentengen

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Good Health and Well-being
Germany Germany: Working in the castle forest directly at the beautiful Baltic Sea beach (ijgd 14023)

Dates

25/05/2024   -   08/06/2024

Feedback from 351 volunteers

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Environmental

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Vietnam France

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Free
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Details on the project

Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
3 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Hamburg (HAM)
Nearest bus/train station
Hamburg-Hauptbahnhof – Kiel Hbf – Eckernförde Bhf. We would like to invite you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have the option to go by train, bus, carshare or bicycle that can be a great first step for you to become a climate steward.
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Work

You can experience forestry work and relaxation in idyllic surroundings at this workcamp. You will live with 11 other young people from all over the world on the beautiful Noer youth campsite, which is located directly at the Baltic Sea. You will work at the Noer Castle, which is 1 km away, and will make the huge forest around the castle safe for traffic again by removing branches and undergrowth. You will also spend one day a week carrying out other small gardening and manual tasks.

Accomodation and food

You will stay in a very simple and sparse utility house on the Noer youth campsite directly on the beautiful Baltic Sea beach.
In the utility house, where the huge campsite kitchen for self-catering is located, you sleep in the small dining room and the former small kitchen on field/air beds and use the large kitchen for cooking, eating and for meetings. You cook together. Money for shopping will be provided. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any intolerances when registering.There are also two showers and two toilets in the house.
The campsite has a football pitch, a volleyball court and a table tennis table. You can also lie on the beach or swim in the Baltic Sea, which is still very cold at the time.
https://freizeit-am-meer.de/reiseziele/noer/zeltplatz

Location and leisure

The Noer youth campsite is located directly on the beautiful, unspoilt Baltic Sea beach and has a football pitch, a volleyball court and a table tennis table. You can also lie on the beach or swim in the Baltic Sea, which is still very cold at this time of year.
On the grounds of Noer Castle you can also play disc golf or use the barbecue hut.
Trips to Hamburg and Kiel are worthwhile at the weekend.

Project hosted by

The Society for Youth Facilities (Gesellschaft für Jugendeinrichtungen e.V.) has been running youth guesthouses on the North Sea and Baltic Sea since 1959. Under the brand "Leisure and Education by the Sea" (Freizeit und Bildung am Meer) the non-profit association pursues its educational mission in a very special way - because with the individually tailored programmes, young people and anyone else interested learn about the nature, culture and history of Schleswig-Holstein. The Noer youth campsite is located directly on the Baltic Sea beach and is mainly used by youth groups and for school trips. The Schloss Noer youth guesthouse is mainly used by choirs and orchestras, but also by families and youth groups.

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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Directions to meeting point

Meeting point and time: at the accommodation; on Saturday 25/05/2024 by 7:30pm at the latest Attention: The described connections runs only at 1:22 and 4:43 pm from Hamburg. There are also other (more difficult) connections, but not described here.
From Hamburg airport take S-Bahn S1 (direction Wedel or Hamburg-Blankenese) to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (Hamburg main train station, about 24 min travel time). The S1 is running every 10min.
At Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (Hamburg main train station) take the train RE 7 in direction Kiel Hbf. and get off at the last station Kiel Hbf. after 74mins.
At Kiel Hbf change to train NBE in direction “Eckernförde” or “Rieseby Schleibrücke Süd” and get off at the station Gettorf after 16-21 mins.
From Bahnhof Gettorf take the bus 747 in the direction “Surendorf” and leave the bus after 15mins at station Schloss Noer.
At the Schloss Noer bus stop, cross the road towards the houses and take the street "Zum Hegenwohld". Follow this road for approx. 400 metres and then turn slightly right into the street "Haffkamp". Follow this road to the end (approx. 700m) on the ground of the youth campsite. Your accommodation is on the right-hand side.
More Information about train and bus connections: www.bahn.com

Requirements

Please note: Teenage volunteers (u18) have to pay an additional teenage fee of 150€ to ijgd when they register for this camp

Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Action Life on Land
Germany Germany: Universitas in Farmhouse Gossberg (ICJA2401)

Dates

31/05/2024   -   14/06/2024

Feedback from 102 volunteers

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Agricultural
Construction
Study

Fee

Free
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 26
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
3 Male + 9 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Leipzig (LEJ)
Nearest bus/train station
Freiberg

Work

Volunteers are invited to continue the special project GARDEN OF ENVIRONMENT – FIELDS for PLAYING AND LEARNING at our gardening land. It will offer different stations where visitors can learn and experience about nature and sustainability … very creative, surprising and funny! – There will be physical work, using tools and working with materials like wood, rocks, soil. You will work outdoors most of the time. Volunteers who like to exercise can make firewood.
Every year, volunteers are invited to get to know the local Perma Culture garden and do some gardening there. While looking after the plants, there is the possibility to harvest fruits. Of course, there is also an opportunity to get to know the idea of a Permaculture with its plants and environment. Therefore, we are looking for 12 motivated young people who are interested in handicrafts, advanced training and gardening/landscaping.
Every year, volunteers are invited to get to know the local Perma Culture garden and do some gardening there. While looking after the plants, there is the possibility to harvest fruits. Of course, there is also an opportunity to get to know the idea of a Permaculture with its plants and environment. Therefore, we are looking for 12 motivated young people who are interested in handicrafts, advanced training and gardening/landscaping.

Accomodation and food

The participants are accommodated in the big seminar room. Food will be prepared together in the big kitchen of the seminar house.

Location and leisure

Leisure time: The afternoons, evenings and weekends are free for personal use: sports, fieldtrips in the region and to Freiberg, swimming.
In the last weekend, volunteers will join the summer party of the University in the Farmhouse: Youth Music Festival WILD ART with many musicians. If you are in the mood, bring an instrument with you – drums and guitars can be provided.

Project hosted by

The "Universitas in Farmhouse" is a center of education for nature, culture, youth work and sustainability. The aim of this project is to demonstrate different ecological cultivation methods. It is a long-standing partner of successful workcamps and a wonderful place to feel at home.
Region: The project will take place in a famous river hill and cultural landscape in the middle of Saxony at the foot of the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains), 35 km from Dresden, 15 km from Freiberg.
How to create a productive garden which grows plants and feeds animals in a way that only a minimum input of energy and resources are required to achieve maximum sustainability to the environment? Interesting ecological and cultural projects/information from your country is very welcome.

Additional comments

Please bring a sleeping bag with you and an isolation sheet. Gossberg is situated in a remote area; you can enjoy nature and countryside

Requirements

Please bring a sleeping bag with you and an isolation sheet. Gossberg is situated in a remote area; you can enjoy nature and countryside

Germany Germany: Nature conservation in Ammerland – Work and Study (ijgd 14002)

Dates

08/06/2024   -   22/06/2024

Feedback from 351 volunteers

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Environmental

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France Spain Italy

Fee

Free
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Details on the project

Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
3 Male + 3 Female ( full for < 18)
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Hannover (HAJ)
Nearest bus/train station
Nearest International airport: Hanover Nearest terminal (train or bus station): Augustfehn We would like to invite you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have the option to go by train, bus, or carshare that can be a great first step for you to become a climate steward.
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The Nordloh seminar house is a former, typical North German farmhouse. It is available for school trips, confirmation groups, camps, children's and youth work and other activities. In co-operation with the local citizens' association, the house is now also to become a meeting place for people in the surrounding area. The new ceramics workshop was recently inaugurated. Further activities, such as cookery courses, are to follow.
In the practical part of the work camp, you will create an organic garden to grow herbs and vegetables for the seminar house kitchen. You will also build compost bins for the garden and help build a green roof for the tool shed. The garden and the green roof are intended to ensure more plant diversity and provide a source of food for native and rare insects.
The study part on the topic of "Nature conservation - climate change - sustainability" takes you on (cycling) excursions in the Ammerland and Oldenburger Land region and to the Klimahaus in Bremerhaven, "a unique world of experience on the topics of climate, climate change and weather” (https://www.klimahaus-bremerhaven.de/en/). The excursions in your area will take you into the history of moorland cultivation and renaturalisation in the Oldenburg region. You will be surprised at what there is to discover in the surrounding area.
You will also organise part of the studio part yourselves by discussing how climate change is visible in your home countries and what states, but also each individual, can do to live in a sustainable and socially acceptable way so that the world has a future.

Accomodation and food

Overnight stay in shared rooms, seminar room with projector and cosy sitting area, conservatory, billiards, table tennis, table football, swimming pool with slide, football pitch, terrace, quiet enclosed courtyard, barbecue area, shared shower and WC. WiFi.
You cook together with your host in the large kitchen of the seminar house. You will be provided with money for shopping. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any intolerances when registering.

Location and leisure

The seminar house is in a very rural location, but surrounded by beautiful nature. Bicycles are available for excursions in the surrounding area - the house is located directly on the "Fehn-Route", a popular long-distance cycle route. 3 km away is the seafaring village of Barßel with shopping facilities and a harbour worth seeing. It is 16 km to the climatic health resort of Bad Zwischenahn with the Zwischenahner Meer. There is an outdoor swimming pool in Hengstforde, 6 km away. The towns of Leer, Emden, Oldenburg and Bremen are easy to reach by train. The trip to Bremerhaven to the Klimahaus is part of the study part of the project.

Project hosted by

  • Seminarhaus Nordloh
    - 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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Directions to meeting point

transfer from the railway station in Augustfehn to the accommodation at 16:00 and 18:00.

Additional comments

Please note: There is a special Teenage Fee of 150€ for international volunteers who applied under 18 in this camp.

Requirements

you need to be able to ride a bike, desire for country life and slowing down in beautiful nature, interest in the study part "Nature conservation-climate change-sustainability

Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Germany Germany: "The Dream Bird" - Discovering the world with children's theatre (ijgd 14009)

Dates

22/06/2024   -   06/07/2024

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Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
13
Still room for
6 Male + 7 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Hannover (HAJ)
Nearest bus/train station
Hanover, Nearest train or bus station: Ochtmersleben
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Work

The municipality of Hohe Börde, with 14 different districts, is located in a rural region 15 kilometres from Magdeburg. The work camp is designed to give young people the opportunity to make new international friends, practise their English and enjoy working creatively. Together with 15 young people from the community, you will spend the first week rehearsing the children's play "The Dream Bird", in which a little hedgehog meets a beautiful colourful bird, which he later can't find again and searches for all over the world. This story also introduces younger children to the cultural diversity of the world and the English language in a playful way. Your tasks are acting, making costumes and painting stage sets. The focus is on creativity, fun and socialising with others. In the second week, the play will be performed several times for pre-school children and the public. At the end of the project, a joint international closing party is organised.

Accomodation and food

The accommodation will be in the Kindergarden in Eichenbarlen. In a part of the building with its own entrance, you have a large, well-equipped kitchen and the assembly hall as a common room. Shared dormitory in the sports hall. There are shared showers and toilets separated by gender. You will sleep on air beds. Outdoor area with sports facilities and barbecue area.
A shared hot meal is provided at lunchtime. You prepare breakfast and dinner yourself and will be provided with money for shopping. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any intolerances when registering.

Location and leisure

Project Location City: Hohe Boerde, Saxony-Anhalt; Magdeburg 20 km, Göttingen 65 km, Hannover 80 km, Potsdam 130 km, Berlin 160 km
You can barbecue on the outdoor area and there is a football pitch. Footballs, volleyballs, badminton, darts and other items for leisure activities are provided. The supermarket is just around the corner and the Eichenbarleben castle park is just a few minutes' walk away. The surrounding area with its many fields, farms and nature is easy to explore on foot or by bike. Outdoor pool in Niederndodeleben, shopping centre with shopping facilities and restaurants in Hermsdorf. Bus and train connections to Magdeburg. A trip to Leipzig, Potsdam or Berlin is worthwhile at the weekend.

Project hosted by

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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Directions to meeting point

Meeting point and time: transfer from the railway station in Ochtmersleben to the accommodation at 16:15 and 18:15.

Additional comments

Please note: There is a special Teenage Fee of 150€ for international volunteers who applied under 18 in this camp.

Requirements

German and English language skills for childcare. You must be able to ride a bike.

Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education
Germany Germany: Adventure Land Lauchringen (IBG 05)

Dates

22/06/2024   -   06/07/2024

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
4 Male + 3 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Basel (BSL)
Nearest bus/train station
Lauchringen West (train station)
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Work

The Family Center and, more generally, the community of Lauchringen, are counting on your help to continue the work of previous Workcamp groups. You will work on improving the outdoor infrastructure of the "Adventure Land", an inclusive place for children and school groups. In addition, you will improve, maintain and beautify some of the town's public spaces.

In the Adventure Land, you will:
• Design a new stage set up for the natural stage in the Adventure Land’s garden. Your tasks will be also to build up raised garden beds, to take care of the vegetable garden, to weed and plant flowers.
• Build up some wooden huts, which will be used for the children’s holiday programme in the Adventure land.
• Do other building works, depending on the team’s plan. These will involve working with wood, nailing screwing, sanding down and painting.

In other parts of Lauchringen you will:
• Build a bench in the ‘’Generations Park’’ behind the Family Center. This bench will be there to promote social interaction while hiding the front of the underground parking lot, which is considered not very pretty by the residents of Lauchringen.
• Do other creative and supporting works, depending on the construction yard team’s needs.

The work will be led by a professional instructor, so no previous experience is needed. You will work around 30 hours per week, somewhere between 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday with a lunchbreak.

Accomodation and food

You will live inside the building on the “Adventure Land”: There are two big rooms with sleeping mats, a kitchen, and sanitary facilities. Please, bring a sleeping bag!

There is also a big common room that you can use for your activities. On most days, groups of children will come to the Adventure Land in the afternoon, and you will need to share the common room and the sanitary facilities with them. The two rooms for sleeping, however, are private and reserved only for your group.

In the Adventure Land, there is a washing machine, which can be used in agreement with the local workers, and there is Wifi. Your group of volunteers will be responsible for grocery shopping and cooking together. During the week, you will have a rapid cold lunch during your break. In the evening and at the weekend, you will have more time to cook warm meals from different countries.

Food will be bought with the camp budget and everybody will take turns for cooking and cleaning. In order to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet, we encourage volunteers to reduce meat and try more sustainable dishes.

Location and leisure

Lauchringen is small and pretty town in the very south of Germany. It is located inside the Black Forest, which means you will be surrounded by beautiful nature. In your free time, you can go on hikes and explore the Black Forest.

Lauchringen is very close to Swiss border and not far from places like Constance Lake, Rhein Falls or the university town of Freiburg. In Lauchringen itself, you can find everything you need for your everyday life: supermarkets, bakeries, cafés, etc...

Project hosted by

The community of Lauchringen is going to host an international Workcamp for the sixth time. The project will take place in cooperation with the “Familienzentrum” (Family Centre). The Centre offers various programs for people of all ages to meet, exchange and educate themselves. In 2018, they built the “Adventure Land”: A big house with sleeping facilities, a kitchen, sanitary facilities, a workshop space, and a big common room.

The place offers an afternoon program for children and youngsters and hosts groups during school holidays. The Adventure Land is a very special and inclusive place, from which everyone has something to learn!

Directions to meeting point

The meeting point will be directly at the accomodation. The path between the place where you will stay and the train staion is about 2kms long, so it should take you about 20 min to get there.

Additional comments

Please be aware that ticks can be an issue when you spend a lot of time outdooors in natural areas in Germany - like in this camp. In ou General Infosheet you will find a suggestion on how you can protect yourself against them. You are also welcome to check wheter a vaccination against the tick-borne disease TBE makes sense and is possible in your home country.

Germany Germany: Let´s beautify the city! With construction and art. (ijgd 24313)

Dates

26/06/2024   -   17/07/2024

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Bulgaria

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Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
3 Male + 5 Female ( full for < 18)
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Stuttgart (STR)
Nearest bus/train station
Train: Nürtingen Bus: Neckarhausen Rathaus We would like to invite you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have the option to go by train, bus, or carshare that can be a great first step for you to become a climate steward.
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Work

You support the youth department of the city of Nürtingen with several projects in different parts of the city. Creativity and manual skills are required. A few more projects are still being planned, so stay tuned!

Construction of a graffiti wall:
For 10 years, there has been a much-used, 23-meter-long wooden wall on which graffiti can be sprayed legally. This is now weathered. You dismantle the old one and erect a new one.

Refurbishment of a construction trailer:
There is a construction trailer at an elementary school in a suburb. This is used for childcare. You sand down the old paint and apply a new one.

Designing a corridor:
In the building of a social institution, you design a hallway under the guidance of an artist.

Designing a lizard mound:
On the grounds of your accommodation, you create a hill that serves as a habitat for lizards and other animals.

Accomodation and food

The Swabian Alb Association is nice enough to let you use its building on a hill in the Neckarhausen district. From the spacious grounds with an open-air stage, you have a wonderful panoramic view of the Swabian Alb.On the first floor you can use the large, light-flooded dining room. Behind it is a professional kitchen with a catering dishwasher. In the basement is the room where around ten people in your group can sleep on 10 cm thick insulating mats. If you wish, you can also lay out your mats in the garden in tents, in the shed or under the canopy. Please bring your own sleeping bag and pillow.We will set up an outdoor shower for you in a shower tent. Of course with hot water.

Location and leisure

Nürtingen has about 41,000 inhabitants and is located on the river Neckar near the Swabian Alb. You will be provided with well-maintained bicycles. Ride through the beautiful landscape, to nearby lakes, along the Neckar or explore the biosphere area at the foot of the Alb. You can reach the outdoor pool in eleven minutes, the city center in eight.

There is a direct train connection to the nearby student city of Tübingen with its numerous half-timbered houses. The train takes half an hour to the state capital Stuttgart. Many possibilities await you there: Museums, galleries, shopping, big zoo, planetarium, theater, clubs, vaudeville, etc.

The city of Nürtingen invites you to various activities. Among them is an excursion with minibuses. You will visit a castle on the Swabian Alb and make a cave crossing.
You will also meet young people from Nürtingen. The members of the youth council are eager to meet you. One evening you are invited to a barbecue in the youth center Roßdorf.

Project hosted by

Social Media Project Partner : https://www.instagram.com/nuertingen.de/?hl=de
https://de-de.facebook.com/Nuertingen.de/

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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Directions to meeting point

Meeting point and time: In the accomodation. We ask for an arrival until 6pm.
From the Stuttgart airport you can take the local train (S-Bahn) S 2, heading in the direction of Filderstadt and get off at Filderstadt. From here you change into the bus X4 or 74 heading in the direction of Nürtingen Bahnhof and get off at Nürtingen Bahnhof. Change here to bus 189 (headed to Altdorf) or 188 (headed to Schlaitdorf) and get off at Neckarhausen Rathaus, Nürtingen. From here you will be able to walk.

Additional comments

Please note: There is a special Teenage Fee of 150€ for international volunteers who applied under 18 in this camp.
You will receive more information after your confirming registration with the specigic infosheet for your project.

Requirements

You need to be able to ride a bicycle.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Life on Land
Germany Germany: Helping to build and maintain climate-stable forests of the future (ijgd 24325)

Dates

30/06/2024   -   13/07/2024

Feedback from 351 volunteers

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Environmental

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Germany Spain Italy Bulgaria

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Free
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Details on the project

Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
13
Still room for
3 Male + 6 Female ( full for < 18)
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Frankfurt (FRA)
Nearest bus/train station
nearest station: Frankenberg We would like to invite you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have the option to go by train, bus, or carshare that can be a great first step for you to become a climate steward.
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Work

Your help is needed with various forest and nature conservation tasks: Firstly, you will be informed about the ecological relationships between forests, wildlife and climate change. Climate change has already had a dramatic impact on the forest in recent years. Many trees have died due to drought, bark beetles and storms. To preserve the forests, many hundreds of thousands of young trees are planted every year. You will help to protect and care for these young trees, e.g. by pruning them, but also by helping to create irrigation opportunities and set protective gates. A second focus is on nature conservation work, be it the maintenance of forest meadows, the selection of habitat trees or the maintenance of forest edges.
Important: During the workcamp, the work in the forest may change depending on the weather.

Accomodation and food

Accomodation: community centre in Allendorf
Food: You cook together. Money for the food shopping is provided to you. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any allergies when registering.

Location and leisure

There are numerous excursion possibilities: The university cities of Marburg and Kassel, as well as the half-timbered towns in the surrounding area are also attractive for day trips. The Edersee region offers various leisure activities such as swimming in the natural outdoor pool, hiking in the primeval forest trail, climbing and archery. The Kellerwald National Park, including a visitor centre, is also in the immediate vicinity.

Project hosted by

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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Directions to meeting point

At the accomodation at the latest at 18 h. More details follow with the specific infosheet after your confirmed registration.

Additional comments

The camp is organised with the kind support of Fingerhaus company.

Requirements

The work is physically demanding. You must bring sturdy shoes and weatherproof work clothes for the activities in the forest! Safety instructions for working in the forest must be observed

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Germany Germany: Horb - Make public spaces beautiful (IBG 06)

Dates

30/06/2024   -   14/07/2024

Feedback from 221 volunteers

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
6 Male + 6 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Stuttgart (STR)
Nearest bus/train station
Horb
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Work

The community of Horb is counting on your help to extend and improve some of its public infrastructure like benches, urban gardening, and probably also the skate park of the town.

Your concrete tasks will be:
• Building raised beds for schools and kindergartens: Together with municipal employees, you will help create 10 raised beds for various social institutions in the city, which will then be made available for children, young people, and adults to plant herbs and vegetables.
• Restoring benches in the city and installing new ones. Many benches in Horb urgently require restoration to be used by citizens again. These, along with the raised beds, will beautify the outdoor area and enhance its utility for residents. Additionally, 6 new wooden benches for pedestrians will be built along the Neckar river.
• Craftsmanship for maintaining play equipment: This involves sanding and painting some play equipment in children's playgrounds and renewing or repairing wooden elements in the skatepark next to the youth center and on a "Trimm Dich Pfad" in a district.
• Revamping community gardens to make them more functional and attractive. The garden will be open to all interested citizens who do not have a garden at home.

The work will be led by a professional instructor, so no previous experience is needed. You will work around 30 hours per week, somewhere between 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday with a lunchbreak. You will also be divided in smaller groups throughout the days to do most of the work.

Accomodation and food

You will be staying at Horb’s youth house, known as Marmorwerk ("marble factory" in German). The Marmorwerk features a fully equipped kitchen, communal rooms where you will sleep on camp beds (please bring your own sleeping bag!), toilets, and a spacious outdoor area. WiFi is also available at the accommodation. For shower facilities, you will need to walk approximately 4-5 minutes to the town’s indoor swimming pool.

The central location of Marmorwerk means it's only a 5-7 minute walk to the supermarket and train station.

Food will be purchased using the camp budget, and everyone will take turns cooking and cleaning. To reduce our carbon footprint, we encourage volunteers to consume less meat and try more sustainable dishes.

Location and leisure

Horb am Neckar is a beautiful town with 25.300 inhabitants, located on the banks on the Neckar river and surrounded by green hills. Horb is about 900 years old! You will feel its long history when exploring the town center. Between the church overlooking the town, the half-timbered houses, the old towers and gates and the narrow paved alleys, you will find many interesting and pretty sights there.

At the weekend you will be able to visit further places in the region. Horb is located on the slopes of the Black Forest, which means that you can easily go for hikes there. With regional trains, you can reach cities like Tübingen (35min) or Stuttgart (50min) or even reach Lake Constance (2h to 2h30), the biggest lake in Germany. Plus, the locals have plenty of ideas and recommendations and they would be happy to spend time with you also during your free time, to make you discover their lovely region.

Project hosted by

This project is the second collaboration between the Youth Department of the town Horb and IBG. Following the success of last year's camp, the community of Horb has enthusiastically decided to host another group of international volunteers.

This project has been developed in partnership with the the youth council, and municipal employees. Your efforts will significantly contribute to the well-being of the local population by renewing, expanding, and enhancing the outdoor infrastructure in Horb’s town center.

Directions to meeting point

Please try to arrive between 1pm and 7pm at Horb train station. You can check for connections from anywhere to Horb on www.bahn.com/en or https://www.thetrainline.com/

Germany Germany: Nature Lovers Island in the Berlin environs (VJF24 2.9)

Dates

01/07/2024   -   12/07/2024

Feedback from 118 volunteers

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Construction

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Age
18 - 26
Max number of volunteers
9
Still room for
4 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Berlin (BER)
Nearest bus/train station
S-Bernau
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Work

You will contribute to sustaining the ecosystem of Liepnitz island and the forests around the island. You get to help the local foresters with various environmental works in the woods. Next to that, you will also help with renovation and construction works on the island and in the forests around the island. Possible tasks include removing bushes and invasive small tree species, helping sustain the ecosystem of the moors, collecting rubbish and wood, repairing tasks and so on. Your work days will be 6 hours long and the weekends are free.

Accomodation and food

The accommodation is located on the Liepnitz Island, surrounded by the forests and a picturesque lake called Liepnitzsee. Your accommodation and the infrastructure on the island will be very basic. There are three large tents with camp beds to sleep in, and you make use of ecofriendly compost toilets. There is no electricity, heating or warm water on the island, so be prepared for refreshing cold showers! The foresters of the project have built a nice and comfortable block house where the group can meet, cook and eat together. A small kitchen with fridge is available and food can be cooked on a gas hob cooker. Everyday, there will be a kitchen team of two volunteers to prepare food for the group. We encourage you to bring some recipes and special ingredients from your home country to share with the other volunteers!

Location and leisure

The Liepnitz Island is situated in the picturesque lake Liepnitzsee in the north of Berlin. Outside the island you are surrounded by beautiful landscapes with many forests and several lakes. Swimming is allowed, so don't forget to bring your swimwear with you! There are lots of opportunities for outdoor sport activities like soccer, table-tennis and volleyball, or have a walk through nature. There will also be other vacation campers on the island during your stay, with which you engage respectfully. To spend your freetime on the main land around the island, or to visit Berlin, you cross the lake by ferry between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m..

Directions to meeting point

You have to travel by Bahn or train from Berlin to S-Bernau. There you will meet our project partner. The foresters will take you by car to the camp site. You can also travel to a different S-Bahn. Wherever you arrive in Berlin, the trip takes 50-60 min to get to the island.

Additional comments

You have to be able to swim, as a safety guarantee.
Please be prepared for 2 weeks without internet. Cell phones can be charged on the main land during the working hours, but you can bring a powerbank if you need to charge it more often.
German language skills will be appreciated because the foresters you will work with are
speaking only little English.
As it is a nature camp during summer, be prepared for mosquitos.

Requirements

Volunteers must know how to swim and be prepared for a "digital detox" (no wi-fi).

Germany Germany: Camp Village Bergheim 1 (IBG 07)

Dates

06/07/2024   -   28/07/2024

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
6
Still room for
3 Male + 1 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Koeln (Koln/Cologne) (QKL)
Nearest bus/train station
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Paffendorf NEXT INTERNATIONAL BUS STOPS: Suitable international bus stops are in Cologne, Düsseldorf or Bonn.
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Work

Come and volunteer in a summer village for different (age) groups! 3 weeks of various activities await you while you assist in a summer camp for children, teenagers and young families near Cologne! The summer village does start on the 7th of July. Prior to that, the local team has already built up the infrastructure of the area. All the tents, sanitary facilities and common areas are mostly set up on your arrival. You might be asked to lend a hand in the very final stages of preparation. Your job then will be to work together with the local team and provide different types of activities and workshops for the participants. The children should be able to try out different types of sport, creative (group) activities, do arts and crafting or simply chill or play games. In the first week (KidZ 8.-13.) the program caters for children aged 7 to 12. The second week (TeenZ 14.-22.) consists of a program for teenagers and the last part (GentZ 23.-27.) is dedicated to families and presents a mix of generations from parents to small children everything in between. Aside from helping with the program, there will also be “backstage” tasks, such as going grocery shopping or cleaning. Another responsibility is the night duty: Since the participants are under-age, someone always needs to stay awake. Don’t worry, you won’t need to stay up the whole night and you won’t need to do it alone. It can easily turn into a nice long campfire-evening with friends. It is very important to the local team that you feel and become part of one big group of teamers.

Accomodation and food

You will sleep in big group tents on the camp village site. Camp mats will be provided, but please bring your own sleeping bag! There are showers and sanitary facilities available, but the accommodation itself is quite basic. There will be no need for cooking since you will be eating together with the local team and the participants, so everything will be provided, but of course it is expected that you may help with cleaning and so on. You can get a glimpse of the project area on the homepage of the association, where you can find pictures from the previous years: https://www.woanders.org/fotos/

Location and leisure

The camp village is situated on a meadow surrounded by trees a bit outside of the town of Bergheim. In Bergheim, you can find different shops and cafés, and Bergheim itself is only 20km away from Cologne. On your days off you can therefore visit Cologne, which is the fourth most populous city of Germany, famous for its cathedral and the Roman-Germanic museum. You can also go on trips to other nearby towns, for example to Bonn.

Project hosted by

Woanders e.V. is a non-profit organization which wants to reach people of all ages, support cross-generational interaction and contact between people from different areas of life. Their work intends to reduce fear of contact and support tolerance and curiosity for other people, by strengthening the team-spirit “We”. Each summer for over a month, they organize a camping village full of activities for different age groups: This year the program starts a week of kids-program for children aged 7 to 12. It does continue with a week of camping for teenagers (12-15 years old), then followed by a long weekend for adolescents (14+) and a week of family camp. (After the end of this workcamp the program does continue with a second week of camping for children (7-12 years old), followed by a week dedicated to children and young people with or without mental disabilities. The young people might be older (up to 18), but the developmental age is up to 12. If you want to stay for the whole duration, you are welcome to apply also for the second camp IBG ESC 1, which is organized as ESC volunteering team and is ending on the 17th of August.

You can find the camp village schedule here: www.woanders.org/zeltstadt/
Participants usually stay there for a full week, most of them will stay overnight in tents and have their meals there as well. It is a project aimed mostly towards children and teens with fewer opportunities but it is open to people from all backgrounds. Priority is given to participants from nearby communities. Since 2020 we successfully support this project with small groups of international volunteers and the local team is looking forward to meet new international friends. By volunteering in this project, you are contributing to a sustainable and inclusive community (UN SDG 11).

Directions to meeting point

You have to arrive in Paffendorf train station. Please check for connections from anywhere to Paffendorf www.bahn.com/en from there it is only a 15 minute walk to the camp village. There will be someone waiting to accompany you.

Requirements

We ask for a motivation letter to be sent with the application! Since the project involves children, you need to provide a certificate of good conduct before the start of the project.