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Germany Germany: City Forest Nature Protection (ijgd 02214)

Dates

13/08/2022   -   27/08/2022

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Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
2
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Hannover (HAJ)
Nearest bus/train station
Hamburg or Hannover, next train station: Wolfsburg Bus station: Detmeroder Markt (Bus 202). We would like to invite you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have the option to go by train, bus or carsharing. That can be a great first step for you to become a climate steward.

Work

Your place of work will be in the Wolfsburg Urban Forest. The forest is very popular amongst the local population of Wolfsburg, who like to jog, cycle, walk, or simply enjoy the nature there. Besides this, the forest is a habitat for various (rare) species of plants and animals, such as orchids, wildcats, and kingfishers. You will be supporting the state forest with several different activities in various departments:
• Nature conservation: constructing a breeding ground for stag beetles, maintaining orchid meadows, removing alien plants, waste collection campaign
• Forest maintenance: removal of fences, maintenance of young trees, clearing of water
• Relaxation for forest visitors: cutting free forest paths, possibly building a viewing platform
• Working in the workshop: building nesting boxes for songbirds or bats; cleaning and painting work in bad weather.
Besides all of this, you will also get in an insight into the diverse tasks of a state forestry office as well as into the ecosystem of the forest.

Accomodation and food

The group will be staying in the youth accommodation in the St. Stephen’s parish hall. There are two large rooms available to you as sleeping space, a large common room and a kitchen. You will be sleeping on air beds (thick air mattresses). The parish hall is located by the marketplace in the Detmerode district. You can reach any shops you might on foot. 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

The best known attractions in Wolfsburg are the castle, the art museum, the “Autostadt” (car city) and the Volkswagen Musem, the VfL Wolfsburg football team and the “Phaeno” experiment landscape (science museum). The VW-Pool is the most beautiful outdoor swimming pool in the region. The Allerpark is a big recreation area with a bathing lake, beach and high rope course.
You can find more information about the town of Wolfsburg and its diverse leisure activities here:
https://www.wolfsburg.de/tourismus/wolfsburg-erleben/sehenswuerdigkeiten-a-z
https://living-in-wolfsburg.de/en/

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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

The group will meet inside the accommodation, the local parish hall. Please try to arrive by 18:00.
Directions to Meeting Point: Take the number 202 bus (in the direction of Detmerode), which leaves from stand 3, until you reach the “Detmeroder Markt” stop. From here you need to walk back a little bit and then go up the steps. At the top of the steps, continue straight ahead and you should see the church and the parish hall on your right.

Additional comments

You will need to be physically fit to for the sometimes demanding work in the forest. You will be working for 7.5 hours per day, 4 days per week. Fridays will be free.
Please note: There is a special Teenage Fee of 150€ for international volunteers who applied under 18 in this camp.

Requirements

Covid Rules (may change depending on the course of the pandemic): 3G+: Participation possible for vaccinated, or recovered or fresh tested persons. ALL participants must arrive with an official negative rapid test (not older than 24 hours) or PCR test (not older than 48 hours). On arrival we will ask again to do a self-rapid test. Thereafter, the entire group must perform a rapid self-test at least every 72 hours. We will provide self-rapid tests for the arrival and the whole camp period! Subject to changes! You will receive more detailed information after confirming your registration and at least 3 weeks before the start of the camp with the specific info sheet for your camp.

Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Action
Germany Germany: Support for habitats in the nature park (ijgd 72120)

Dates

14/08/2022   -   02/09/2022

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Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
13
Still room for
2
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Berlin (BER)
Nearest bus/train station
Berlin, Next Trainstation: DB Müncheberg (Dahmsdorf), Buckow, Markt (bus station) We would like to invite you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have the option to go by train, bus, or car share that can be a great first step for you to become a climate steward.
Wi-Fi
Yes

Work

The nature park Märkische Schweiz is 40 km east of Berlin and offers its unique natural and cultural landscape as well as the backdrop for our project in and around the environmental education center "Drei Eichen". (“three oaks”) Through the cooperation with the nature park administration, we will not only get to know the nature park and its surroundings together, but also actively help to shape it. Young people from the surrounding area are also invited to help.
We offer this work camp because it is fun to have young people from all over the world with us and because for some work we simply need many hands!
On the grounds of the environmental education center ”Drei Eichen” people and pets live together – and we often have many guests: children, families, seminar groups.
Currently, we also want to reintroduce wild honey bees, which originally lived in caves in old trees, to our nature park. We will show you how to build caves in tree trunks for this purpose.
In order to be able to store material for this old form of beekeeping (called Zeidlerei in German) in a dry place, we have started to build a shelter - we will continue to work on this with you.
For activities in between, “Drei Eichen” with its grounds offers many opportunities to learn about plants and animals, nature conservation and alternative ways of life and to actively participate.
At different locations in the nature park Märkische Schweiz, we will work together on several days to carry out various landscape conservation activities in different natural areas. The goal is to protect or promote either dry or wet sites, their soil and the native plants that grow there. Historically, these sites were created and maintained through a lot of manual labor - mowing adapted to the season and grazing by sheep and goats. Today, we help with that. We also help resurface sections of trails.
All work, whether in landscape maintenance, handicraft or creative-design, takes place outdoors.

Accomodation and 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.
You will sleep in simple shared bedrooms in the environmental education center “Drei Eichen” (Three Oaks), located in the middle of the forest, 4km from Buckow.

Location and leisure

Educational Activities: You can do GPS tour(s)inf the nature park, go on a guided walking tour on the topic of “biological diversity”, visit the local bat museum, go swimming in the various nearby lakes, visit local cinemas and the local pub "lokal". In Buckow, there is a campfire place where you can sit around at night, a climbing wall and also a canoe hire in the nearby area.

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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Project Partner: www.dreichen.de

Directions to meeting point

On site in Drei Eichen or bus stop Buckow "Markt".
From there we organize a shuttle, probably at 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm.
Take the train to Müncheberg (Mark); continue by bus to the stop Buckow, "Markt"

Additional comments

Work can be physically demanding. Please bring weatherproof working clothes (with long sleeves and full-length trousers) with you, since you’ll be working outdoors.
Please note: There is a special Teenage Fee of 150€ for international volunteers who applied under 18 in this camp.

Requirements

Covid Rules (may change depending on the course of the pandemic): 3G+: Participation possible for vaccinated, or recovered or fresh tested persons. ALL participants must arrive with an official negative rapid test (not older than 24 hours) or PCR test (not older than 48 hours). On arrival we will ask again to do a self-rapid test. Thereafter, the entire group must perform a rapid self-test at least every 72 hours. We will provide self-rapid tests for the arrival and the whole camp period! Subject to changes! You will receive more detailed information after confirming your registration and at least 3 weeks before the start of the camp with the specific info sheet for your camp.

Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action
Germany Germany: Peace of Mind – Erasmus+Youth Exchange (ijgd-YE 22321)

Dates

15/08/2022   -   26/08/2022

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Age
18 - 30
Max number of volunteers
26
Still room for
11 Male + 10 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
Köln/Bonn, next train station: Achen main station, bus: Rohren-Kirche, Monschau

Work

+++++ only open for participants from Germany, Serbia, Estonia and Portugal +++++
The youth exchange "Peace of Mind" deals with different aspects around the topic: "Self Care". Workshops will be offered in the areas of self-development, meditation and mindfulness, among others, to address one of the biggest challenges facing society and young people in particular: the lack of self-care tools and mechanisms needed to enhance our own well-being, empower us and enable us to prevent burnout and emotional breakouts.
You will have 2 sessions of 1.5hr workshops in the morning and another 2 sessions in the afternoon. In between there will be a long lunch break.

Accomodation and food

+++++ only open for participants from Germany, Serbia, Estonia and Portugal +++++
You will cook breakfast and dinner together. Lunch will be prepared by a cook. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any allergies when registering.

Location and leisure

+++++ only open for participants from Germany, Serbia, Estonia and Portugal +++++
Monschau is a beautiful medieval town with old half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and a castle. It is right on the Belgian border and only 30 minutes from Aachen. During the youth exchange, you will be offered three programme points: Since you won't be staying in Monschau, there will be an excursion to Monschau, where you can marvel at the scenery or take a trip to the mustard museum. There you will find the best mustard in the region 😉 You will also be able to make an excursion to Aachen and one evening there will be a barbeque.

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+++++ only open for participants from Germany, Serbia, Estonia and Portugal +++++
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

Please come directly to the accomodation by 6 pm.

Additional comments

+++++ only open for participants from Germany, Serbia, Estonia and Portugal +++++
This is a youth exchange supported by the Erasmusplus Youth programme of the European Union. You do not have to pay any fees to participate in the project. Particpants from Serbia, Estonia and Portugal please apply through their respective organisations.
Covid Rules: 3G+: Vaccinated and recovered persons must arrive with an official negative rapid test or PCR test, take a self-rapid test on arrival and then a self-rapid test at least every 72 hours. We will provide self-rapid tests for the arrival and the whole camp period!
Subject to changes! You will receive more detailed information after confirming your registration and at least 3 weeks before the start of the camp with the specific info sheet for your camp.

Requirements

+++++ only open for participants from Germany, Serbia, Estonia and Portugal +++++

Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education Good Health and Well-being
Germany Germany: Recreation center 1 (VJF/ESC 2.1)

Dates

19/08/2022   -   05/09/2022

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Age
18 - 30
Max number of volunteers
20
Still room for
6 Male + 1 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Berlin (BER)
Nearest bus/train station
bus stop: Neubrück, Hölzerner See or Weg zum Hölzernen See

Work

International and national volunteers are invited to improve the grounds of the centre. Tasks are likely to include construction, gardening, maintenance and renovation works. It is planned to create corners relaxation, to paint playground equipment, to maintain the water playground and similar tasks. Other environmental and construction works are possible. Please be aware that you will not work with children!

Accomodation and food

Accommodation:
You will live in small bungalows. Bed linen will be provided. The sanitary track with showers, toilets is situated next to the bungalows. Close to the sleeping place you will have your own meeting room, a place to meet and relax in the evening.

Food:
All meals will be provided in the centre. The catering is well organised, with set meal times for the different groups accommodated at the same time.

Location and leisure

Area:
The "KiEZ Hölzerner See" is situated at the shore of the Lake “Hölzener See” in Dubrow in the south of Berlin. The "KiEZ" is a recreation centre for children and teenagers, young adults, groups, choires, sport organisations, ...
You will live and work in a place with many groups. If you smoke, please ask the host or leader where you are allowed to smoke. Please refrain from smoking in front of children. Please check with the host regarding alcohol consumption and if you choose to drink please be responsible and only do so during free-time.
You can find more information and pictures of the centre: www.hoelzerner-see.de.

Leisure Time:
There are bicycles and boats which you can use. There is minigolf, beach volleyball, football, basketball, outdoor tabletennis and a table tennis hall.

The group will visit together:
· Capital city Berlin
· Potsdam with castle park of Sanssouci
· Klein Köris - 2000 year old village

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Additional comments

Prepare at home information about your home country to inform at an evening-event at the workcamp. Your presentation: approx. 30 minutes. Besides your presentation you could bring things for visualization or small souvenirs for every participant.

Requirements

This project is composed of a volunteering team, supported by the European Solidarity Corps program of the European Union. Compared to the usual workcamp participation scheme, some main financial and administrative differences must be underlined:

ATTENTION PLEASE: This project is open to all volunteers that fit the ESC criteria presented on the ESC webpage: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/mission_en

  • Volunteers do not have to pay any fee (no sending, nor participation fee) to attend the project
  • Volunteers need to enroll in the PASS, the European Solidarity Corps Portal; We will organize your matching in the portal with the volunteering project.
  • Volunteers will receive pocket money, calculated on basis of the rate of Germany: 5€/day, once they arrive on the project in Germany
  • Volunteers will receive a financial support for their travel, according to a maximum amount established in accordance with their travel distance and upon the presentation of original tickets.
  • Volunteers will have to complete a participation report, submitted online through the portal.

It is needed to have basic knowledge of english and/or german language.

Please be fully vaccinated (2 to 3 shots of one of the following vaccines: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson&Johnson) or recovered (date of infection must be min. 28 days old and max. 90 days old).

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Life on Land
Germany Germany: Never Forget: Buchenwald (VJF/ESC 6.3)

Dates

21/08/2022   -   03/09/2022

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Age
18 - 30
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
1 Male + 1 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Leipzig (LEJ)
Nearest bus/train station
bus station the Buchenwald Memorial/ Gedenkstätte Buchenwald
Wi-Fi
Yes

Work

Work:
The volunteers will work at the memorial site of the former concentration camp
of Buchenwald. It is located upon a hill around 10 km from Weimar, the city
where Goethe and Schiller worked and lived, but also where the Nazi movement
had already in the 1920’s a lot of supporters. Today the site of the Memorial is at
the same time a cemetery, an evidence for the crimes which were committed in
Buchenwald, a place of grief and commemoration for the victims and a place of
historical and political education and information outside the school-system.
The main project for the practical work will be on the “Buchenwald Railway
Memorial Trail” where you will work for the preservation and maintenance of the
former railway path. In addition, you will take part in a remembrance project
when you produce memorial stones that commemorate children and young
people who were deported to the concentration camp of Auschwitz and
murdered there.

Study part:
The program will focus on the National Socialist history (i.e. on the
concentration camp system, the NS ideology and the NS society) and its effects
and consequences until today. The responsible pedagogical assistant of the
Memorial will show you the remains and history of the former camp, step-bystep, through different tours on the site. Moreover, you will visit exhibitions and
watch documentary movies, and those who would like may work with materials
of the library or the archive. If you like we can deal with the memorialization in
Germany and your countries and exchange country-specific perspectives on
historical events, also on those beyond 1945. Open spaces can be organized for
your interests, for example to discuss current social issues like racism or neofascism. In an excursion you will discover the history of the city of Weimar.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation:
You will stay in the International Young People’s Centre, situated on the area of
the former concentration camp. You will have to share the room with 2
volunteers. Sanitary facilities including showers are in the rooms. You do not
need a sleeping bag or bed linen. You can use a washing machine for a small fee.
There is internet access in the accommodation.
More information: https://www.buchenwald.de/en/130/

Food:
Food will be provided. There will be no possibility to cook.

Location and leisure

Leisure time:
The free time activities will be decided by the groups interests and wishes. That
depends of course on the group. And this year it also depends on the specific
situation and limitations due to the Corona virus. Weimar is a student and tourist
city and has many leisure facilities. There are some possibilities to go out in
Weimar, such as going to the theatre, exhibitions or to concerts. The city is
famous for its museums of German cultural history, including those about the
famous poets Goethe and Schiller and about the Bauhaus architecture or the
Weimar Republic. There is the possibility of going for walks in the woods, go
swimming etc. In the Youth Center you can also use the Hi-fi and video
equipment and the volunteers can do handicrafts in the arts room. In the building
we have table tennis and table soccer.

Requirements

For this Workcamp it is necessary to have very good English skills as we will get
a lot of information about the time of Second World War!


This project is composed of a volunteering team, supported by the European Solidarity Corps program of the European Union. Compared to the usual workcamp participation scheme, some main financial and administrative differences must be underlined:

ATTENTION PLEASE: This project is open to all volunteers that fit the ESC criteria presented on the ESC webpage: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/mission_en

  • Volunteers do not have to pay any fee (no sending, nor participation fee) to attend the project
  • Volunteers need to enroll in the PASS, the European Solidarity Corps Portal; We will organize your matching in the portal with the volunteering project.
  • Volunteers will receive pocket money, calculated on basis of the rate of our country: 5€/day, once they arrive on the project in Germany
  • Volunteers will receive a financial support for their travel, according to a maximum amount established in accordance with their travel distance and upon the presentation of original tickets.
  • Volunteers will have to complete a participation report, submitted online through the portal.

Please be fully vaccinated (2 to 3 shots of one of the following vaccines: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson&Johnson) or recovered (date of infection must be min. 28 days old and max. 90 days old).

Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education
Germany Germany: Your summer in a green oasis II (ijgd 72121)

Dates

21/08/2022   -   11/09/2022

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Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
2 Male + 1 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Leipzig (LEJ)
Nearest bus/train station
Leipzig or Berlin, next Trainstation: Calau We would like to invite you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have the option to go by train, bus, or car share that can be a great first step for you to become a climate steward.
Wi-Fi
Yes

Work

If you want to spend your summer in a very special place surrounded by greenery, then come to the Old Brickworks Gahlen: There you will find the integrative environmental education institution Interforum e.V. It is a meeting place and action space for various target groups. Your task will be to take care of this special place. There will be a variety of tasks depending on your needs and interests. Possible tasks are e.g. helping with construction projects to beautify the area in the field of garden and landscape art = LandArt or with renovation work, but also nature-related work such as the care and harvesting of the many gardens.
This project exists for many years and has therefore been co-created by many volunteers before you, so there are some days when you can come up with small projects together as a group and share your ideas and develop more actively together.

Accomodation and food

You sleep in small, very simple bungalows on the premises. In the main house there are sanitary rooms with toilets and showers. The kitchen is in a separate small house
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

You will spend your work camp in the middle of nature on the paradisiacal grounds of the old brickyard. You are invited to try out everything you can do outdoors: swimming in the lake or in the small pool, biking, playing soccer and table tennis, and in the evening sitting around the campfire and looking at the stars.
By bike you can quickly reach a swimming lake. In addition, there are dogs, cats and sheep, with which you can possibly even go for a walk! And of course you can also bike to the nearby small towns of Calau or Gahlen or go on weekends to Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig or even Poland and the Czech Republic.
Camplocation: Gahlen, 32km to Cottbus, Brandenburg

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.
Follow us on
Instagram ijgd_workcamps
Facebook @ijgd.workcamps

Directions to meeting point

Train station Calau. From there you will be picked up and taken to the camp site.
Time: tba

Additional comments

Please note: There is a special Teenage Fee of 150€ for international volunteers who applied under 18 in this camp.
Bring warm clothes, a warm sleeping bag and bug spray.

Requirements

Covid Rules (may change depending on the course of the pandemic): 3G+: Participation possible for vaccinated, or recovered or fresh tested persons. ALL participants must arrive with an official negative rapid test (not older than 24 hours) or PCR test (not older than 48 hours). On arrival we will ask again to do a self-rapid test. Thereafter, the entire group must perform a rapid self-test at least every 72 hours. We will provide self-rapid tests for the arrival and the whole camp period! Subject to changes! You will receive more detailed information after confirming your registration and at least 3 weeks before the start of the camp with the specific info sheet for your camp.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production
Germany Germany: Spruce up the Ponds! Heidesheim (IBG 22)

Dates

21/08/2022   -   03/09/2022

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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
2 Male + 3 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Frankfurt (FRA)
Nearest bus/train station
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Heidesheim (Rheinhess) NEXT INTERNATIONAL TRAIN STATION: • Mainz - from Mainz main station, it takes 15mn and it costs about 5€ to get to Heidesheim. You can buy your ticket at the main train station. • Frankfurt am Main - from Frankfurt main station it takes about 1h and it costs about 20€ to get to Heidesheim.

Work

Come to the Lenneberg forest and help to restore biodiversity in the area of the “seven ponds”! The area of the “seven ponds” (“sieben Weiher” in German) is located about 2 km away from the hiking club’s house. For years, it was left unattended and the ponds were not in a good condition. Fishes were supposed to live in the ponds but there was almost none to be found. Also, many hikers complained about the state of the ponds. Many knew the area from before and said it used to be very beautiful. This is when the hiking club decided on a new project: sprucing up the ponds! In 2014 a first workcamp supported the hiking club in the seven ponds area and this year, they are again counting on your help to:
• Remove woody plants and excessive vegetation;
• Cut the paths and the lakes free to make it accessible for visitors.
Before this project, nothing was growing in the ponds anymore: The grown vegetation was blocking the light from reaching the plants in the water. If the plants in the water die, then oxygen is missing and the ecosystem deteriorates. With the help of local and international volunteers, new species came back. Therefore, your work will help sustain biodiversity in the ponds and the area around them. In addition, the people of the hiking club need your help for another project:
• planting trees!
Because of the many periods of drought in the past years, many trees died. In order to keep the forest alive, new ones that are suitable for the changing climate need to be planted.

Accomodation and food

Your group will stay in a sports hall in Heidesheim. You will sleep on gym mats in one big open room. In the building you will have access to sanitary facilities with several showers and toilets. Both can be separated by gender. In the accommodation there is no washing machine, but if you need, the local hosts will drive you to a washing salon in Heidesheim. It’s not sure if the Wi-Fi works inside the sports hall but you will have Wi-Fi access for sure on the work site, where the hiking club’s house is. On working days, you will take your breakfast and lunch on the work site. For dinners and weekend meals, you will be able to use the kitchen of the hiking club’s house, which is located at your working place. For the transport from the sports hall to the work place/kitchen, bicycles will be arranged (it’s a 10 minutes ride). The 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

Heidesheim is a community with approximately 7600 inhabitants. It is located near the well-known river Rhine. You can go hiking or cycling and enjoy the famously beautiful Rhine valley with its picturesque towns and castles. Heidesheim is only 10km from Mainz, the state capital and university town with many cafés, restaurants and clubs. During your free time, the local hosts will try to arrange a small bus (9 seats) and a car, so that you can go about and visit this beautiful region!

Project hosted by

The Wander- and Lennebergverein “Rheingold” Mainz (hiking club of Heidesheim for short!) is one of the oldest hiking clubs in the city of Mainz. For 140 years now, they have been pursuing the same goals:
• to protect and maintain the Lenneberg forest close to the city;
• to open it up and preserve it for those seeking recreation.
The association’s area is huge, it covers 752 hectares. Every year, they organise activities for children, hikes, action days and festivals for young and old! This year, the hiking club of Heidesheim is inviting international volunteers for the fourth time and they are looking forward to meeting you. By participating in this workcamp, you are actively supporting biodiversity (UN SDG 15) and help us work against climate change (UN SDG 13).

Directions to meeting point

Please, try and arrive at Heidesheim(Rheinhess) train station between 1pm and 7pm on August 21st. Find the best connection on the German railway company's website: https://www.bahn.com/en

Additional comments

• You should be able to ride a bike!
• On the last day you need to leave the accommodation at 4 pm at the latest.

Requirements

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers need to be either fully vaccinated (at least 2 shots of one of the vaccines recognized by the World Health Organisation: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Serum Institute of India, Novavax, CanSino, Bharat BioTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac) or recovered (date of infection must be at least 28 days old and max 90 days old).

Germany Germany: Care for the „Schachten-meadows” in Gumpenried (IBG 28)

Dates

23/08/2022   -   02/09/2022

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
9
Still room for
1
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Nuernberg (Nurnberg/Nuremburg) (NUE)
Nearest bus/train station
Next international train/ bus station or airport: Nuremberg or Bayreuth Closest train station to the project: Gumpenried-Asbach

Work

Get active for the mountain pastures in the Bavarian Forest and help to protect these ecosystems and their valuable biodiversity!

You will work mainly on the slopes of the Arber, the highest mountain in the Bavarian/ Bohemian Forest. The mountain pastures here have an important meaning for the animal and plant life. The savannah-like landscapes and light, structurally rich forests are a legacy of earlier times on which many of today's animal and plant species, such as the capercaillie or the Hungarian gentian, depend. For example, wood ants settle in bright, sunny spots, which in turn are an extremely important food source for the capercaillie chicks.

Some of the conservation work you will be doing is in line with the European nature protection guidelines (Fauna, Flora, Habitat Directive; FFH). The work includes:
1. Brightening up the forest and thinning out the older, dense woody growth (especially spruce trees).
2. Removal of young woody growth (especially spruce) on the pastures.
3. Thinning out old, woody blueberry stands by mulching once.
You will also work with the forestry department and pasture experts on the “Schachten” pastures). The work here includes:
1. Protection of the Hungarian gentian – Install wooden fencing to protect against bites of wildlife.
2. Planting of willow trees: - Planting of field maple and beech as pasture trees – Install wooden fencing to protect against bites of wildlife.
The work will be led by forest workers and rangers, so no previous experience is needed. Some days, you might be split up in smaller groups to do different tasks. You will work around 30 hours per week, somewhere between 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday with a 1-2 hour lunchbreak. To get to work transport vehicles are provided.

Accomodation and food

During the two weeks you will be living in one of the forestry department’s huts close to a small village with a train station, “Gumpenried-Asbach”. The forestry hut Gumpenried is located in the middle of a forest and very close to the river “Schwarzer Regen”. Not altered a lot by humans, the river is freely winding through the forest. The region around Gumpenried is therefore also called Bavarian Canada.

The accommodation is simple and cosy and delivers a real forestry atmosphere. Did you ever wanted to try living off grid? Then this might be a good opportunity: Electricity only runs with photovoltaic panels and there are additional gaslights! In case of emergency there is also a generator that runs with fuel. The heating works with a central wood oven. For cooking there is a gas stove. The accommodation has two levels with a community space, a kitchen, toilets and a bathroom. There is hot water, but it remains exciting for you to find out how many showers are enough. There are three dorm rooms with space for 15 people.

The location is ideal to explore the nature of the surroundings. With the train station in reach you are also able to explore the greater region within your free time.

Location and leisure

Excursions will be mainly to explore the nature – some of them under the professional guidance of rangers. Hiking will be an essential part. Excursions to bigger cities will not be possible due to the isolated location in the middle of the Bavarian forest. This is however a great possibility to stay in the middle of the forest for two weeks and enjoy your time in the international group with a beautiful nature surrounding you.

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This workcamp is part of the 2022 IBG agenda: “Let’s take action for climate protection – volunteering for forests and peatlands”.

In this project we cooperate with the Nature Park “Oberer Bayerischer Wald” (Upper Bavarian Forest) and the local forest administration.
The “Schachten” are the traditionally used mountain pastures in the Bavarian Forest. Although many former pastures have been abandoned in the past, some of the grassland remains managed until today. In the huge forest area, the “Schachten” are almost the only open spaces and often offer wonderful views of the Bavarian Forest. Individual shelter trees remained on the meadows to provide shady resting places for the animals. These solitary trees are often ancient and marked by wind and weather. However, many of the former meadow trees have already disappeared. The “Schachten”, which are mainly covered with mat grass, are now increasingly overgrown with other types of grass or blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. A few still contain botanical rarities such as Hungarian gentian, arnica and various types of monkshood.

Today the traditional pasture management with animals is getting less profitable. This causes abandonment and leads to overgrowth of the pastures and ultimately to the establishment of a forest. Today, conservation management is often done by volunteers. In this case you will be actively supporting the conservation of these threatened cultural landscapes.

The ecological enhancement is intended to increase the nature conservation value, focus on traditional grazing and raise awareness to the public. In this project you will support conservation efforts for the traditional pastures in cooperation with the local nature protection agencies, the forestry department and the local nature protection caretaker. Apart from them, the nature reserve of the Bavarian Forest as well as the local villages and experts for pasture management are also involved in this project.

By volunteering in this project, you are actively protecting nature and biodiversity (UN SDG 15).

Directions to meeting point

Meeting point: train station Gumpenried-Asbach at 17.08h on Aug 23rd.
From Nuremberg main train station (Hauptbahnhof) you can take a connection to Gumpenried-Asbach train station that will arrive exactly at 5:08 pm. The departure in Nuremberg is at 2:31 pm! With this connection you need to change two times: in “Plattling” and “Gotteszell”. The journey lasts about 2 ½ hours. From here you can walk to the forestry hut in Gumpenried.
Check the website of Deutsche Bahn for the best times and to book your tickets: https://www.bahn.com/en.

Tickets from Nuremberg to Gumpenried-Asbach cost 34 Euros one way. We will send you an info sheet with all important information and contact details for your workcamp 4-8 weeks before the camp starts.

Additional comments

By joining this project you are making your own small contribution for climate and nature protection. Your active commitment will also have a symbolic meaning: Let’s demonstrate that although nature and climate protection takes place at the local level, it always has an international dimension and impact.

As part of the campaign “Let’s take action for climate protection” 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.

Requirements

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers need to be either fully vaccinated (at least 2 shots of one of the vaccines recognized by the World Health Organisation: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Serum Institute of India, Novavax, CanSino, Bharat BioTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac) or recovered (date of infection must be at least 28 days old and max 90 days old).

Germany Germany: Landscape Art Installation (ijgd 02211)

Dates

27/08/2022   -   10/09/2022

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Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
2
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Hamburg (HAM)
Nearest bus/train station
Hamburg or Hanover Next Trainstation: Soltau We would like to invite you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have the option to go by train, bus or carsharing, that can be a great first step for you to become a climate steward.
Wi-Fi
Yes

Work

The Springhornhof foundation in the Lüneburg Heath is one of the most pathbreaking landscape art projects of Europe. Since the 1970s, famous international artists from all over the word have been building an artistic landscape with over 40 installations. During the camp, your group will be helping with the restoration and maintenance of some of these installations: painting, cleaning, cutting shrubbery, repair.
You will also take part in the development and building of an experimentell multipart room installation of the artist groups Kinderhook & Caracas, Kreuzberg Pavillon and The Mycological Twist. You can be creative and bring your own ideas to this work – the result will be open and surprising. Your project will be presented at a vernissage at the end of the camp.
http://www.kinderhook-caracas.com/
https://kreuzbergpavillon.tumblr.com/
http://themycologicaltwist.info/

Accomodation and food

You will stay at the Springhornhof: in guestrooms and the guest studio. There will be a common kitchen and a garden.
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

Neuenkirchen has 5.500 residents and is located in the center of the nature park Lüneburg Heath, a unique cultural landscape and one of the most popular destinations for trips in Germany. There is an outdoor swimming pool, an ice cream parlour and you will have the opportunity to go horseback riding or visiting a sheep farm. Apart from that, you will have bikes provided, which you can use for trips into the Heath. Bigger cities like Hamburg, Hannover and Bremen can be easily reached by train and on top of that you are close to the adventure park Heidepark Soltau, a kart track, the Serengetipark (Animal Park), a bird park and a climbing park.
Where: Lower Saxony; 85km from Hamburg, 90km from Hanover, 15km from Soltau

Project hosted by

Springhornhof Art Association and Foundation
https://springhornhof.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

At the train station in Soltau (Han). Somebody from the Springhornhof will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your accommodation at 16:58 and 18:58, when the train arrives.

Additional comments

You should be able to ride a bike, since the working sites are at different locations in the local area and you will cycle to each one. Please note: There is a special Teenage Fee of 150€ for international volunteers who applied under 18 in this camp.

Requirements

Covid Rules (may change depending on the course of the pandemic): 3G+: Participation possible for vaccinated, or recovered or fresh tested persons. ALL participants must arrive with an official negative rapid test (not older than 24 hours) or PCR test (not older than 48 hours). On arrival we will ask again to do a self-rapid test. Thereafter, the entire group must perform a rapid self-test at least every 72 hours. We will provide self-rapid tests for the arrival and the whole camp period!
Subject to changes! You will receive more detailed information after confirming your registration and at least 3 weeks before the start of the camp with the specific info sheet for your camp.

Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible Consumption and Production Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Germany Germany: Growing plants for future generations (ijgd 22317)

Dates

27/08/2022   -   10/09/2022

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Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
0 Male + 3 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
Munich, next station: Benediktbeuern

Work

You are involved in a project of the Bavarian state government's mountain forest offensive. The protective function of mountain forests against natural hazards is particularly important and future generations should also benefit from this. You will plant young firs, sycamores and beeches in particularly sensitive mountain forest areas so that a new generation of mixed forests can grow up. Therefore, you will also spend some days cutting small trees with a hand saw so that the better developed ones can grow well. You will be accompanied by experienced foresters from the Bavarian Forestry Administration. You will gain an insight into the interrelationships in the mountain forest ecosystem and the sustainable management of natural resources. You will be driven to the workplaces for about 15 to 30 minutes. The foresters will provide you with work tools and gloves. You must bring sturdy ankle-high mountain boots with a stable sole, rainwear and sun protection!!!

Accomodation and food

You are accommodated in a mountain hut of the Forest Management. It is located in the middle of the forest between Benediktbeuern and Benediktenwand. There is NO electricity and water from a well in front of the door. You will cook your own meals together. You will plan the meals, go shopping for ingredients, cook and clean after yourselves.

Location and leisure

You will be in the most popular holiday region of Bavaria! You can go on hiking trips or go swimming in the Kochel Lake. You can also take trip to Munich. More ideas: a trip to the Walchen Lake or stroll through the old town in Bad Tölz. Your supervisors are happy to offer a guided tour, where you can learn a lot about the topics of forest management, organization of forestry work in Bavaria, climate protection and protective forest.

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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.Follow us onInstagram ijgd_workcampsFacebook @ijgd.workcamps

Directions to meeting point

At the train station. You will be picked up by the group leaders. We ask for an arrival until 6pm
From the airport in Munich, you should take the S1 or S8 train to either München-Hbf or München-Pasing and change their to the RB66 train to "Kochel" and get out at "Benediktbeuern". From there you will be picked up.

Additional comments

You will be working in an area with steep ground and the work is physically demanding. It is very important that you bring rain gear, sun protection and mountain boots!
Please note: There is a special Teenage Fee of 150€ for international volunteers who applied under 18 in this camp.

Requirements

Covid Rules (may change depending on the course of the pandemic): 3G+: Participation possible for vaccinated, or recovered or fresh tested persons. ALL participants must arrive with an official negative rapid test (not older than 24 hours) or PCR test (not older than 48 hours). On arrival we will ask again to do a self-rapid test. Thereafter, the entire group must perform a rapid self-test at least every 72 hours. We will provide self-rapid tests for the arrival and the whole camp period!
Subject to changes! You will receive more detailed information after confirming your registration and at least 3 weeks before the start of the camp with the specific info sheet for your camp.

Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Action Life on Land
Germany Germany: Nature conservation on island Helgoland (ijgd 02233)

Dates

27/08/2022   -   10/09/2022

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0 to be paid now.
EUR 95 is to be paid after acceptance.

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18 - 26
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
1
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
Hamburg, Nearest terminal (train or bus station): Hamburg-Hauptbahnhof – Hamburg-Landungsbrücken

Work

Helgoland is located 65km from the mainland and is one of the most extraordinary places in Germany. Nowhere else nature, culture and history can be experienced in such a small space. The island is a very popular destination, so every year thousands of visitors come to Helgoland by ferries.
Helgoland consists of two islands - the main island, where all the main facilities such as the harbor, supermarkets, etc. are located, and the dune, which was separated from the main island by a high tide in 1721. On the dune there is a small airport, a camping site, a small bungalow village, a swimming beach and a beach area where seals and grey seals stay and wading birds and seagulls breed. You will stay on the main island at the hostel and do the conservation work mostly on the dune. An area will be cleared of invasive plant species, especially potato rose, which overgrows and displaces natural vegetation. The plants are mowed down, raked and removed from the area. To a lesser extent, other conservation work takes place on the main island in cooperation with the Jordsand Nature Conservation Society. On 3 to 4 days trash is collected in the Lummenfelsen nature reserve. This work takes place every few years in an area that is normally not accessible.
During the work you will be supervised by two experienced staff members of the State Office for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (Landesamtes für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume), who have already accompanied many ijgd-workcamps.
But you will not only work practically, you will also learn a lot about nature and history of the island. There will be guided tours by the nature conservation association Jordsand and the municipality of Helgoland, where you will visit the breeding bird colonies as well as the grey seals and seals. There will also be lectures by experts on Helgoland's eventful history (extreme bombing during and after World War II) and its importance today as a peace island.

Accomodation and food

You will stay at the youth hostel Helgoland in rooms with 3/4 beds and receive full board. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any intolerances when registering.

Location and leisure

You work and live on Helgoland and thus in the middle of the vacation paradise, which is visited by thousands of people every year. In your free time you can explore the main island and the dune by hiking. But you can also play mini golf, jump on the trampoline, go to the cinema, swim in the North Sea every day and watching beautiful sunsets on one of the sandy beaches every evening.

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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.

Directions to meeting point

on Saturday 27.08.2022 at 8:30am at Hamburg-Landungsbrücken
Directions to Meeting Point:
From Hamburg Airport take the local train (S-Bahn) S 1 heading in the direction of Wedel oder Hamburg-Blankenese and get off at Hamburg-Landungsbrücken (travel time 32min). The S1 runs every 10min. From Hamburg-Hauptbahnhof (main station) take the local train (S-Bahn) S3 heading in the direction of Pinneberg or S1 heading in the direction of Blankenese and get off at Hamburg-Landungsbrücken (travel time 6 respectively 7min). The S1 and S3 run every 2 to 8min. More Information about train and bus connections: www.hvv.de or www.bahn.com
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.

Additional comments

You should have a good level of fitness as some of the work could be physically demanding. You should be able to swim. You should be sure to bring work clothes and (water)sturdy shoes (ideally rubber boots); crossing to Helgoland will be by catamaran from Hamburg (tickets will be paid, more information after registration).

Requirements

Covid Rules (may change depending on the course of the pandemic): 3G+: Participation possible for vaccinated, or recovered or fresh tested persons. ALL participants must arrive with an official negative rapid test (not older than 24 hours) or PCR test (not older than 48 hours). On arrival we will ask again to do a self-rapid test. Thereafter, the entire group must perform a rapid self-test at least every 72 hours. We will provide self-rapid tests for the arrival and the whole camp period!
Subject to changes! You will receive more detailed information after confirming your registration and at least 3 weeks before the start of the camp with the specific info sheet for your camp.

Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Action Life Below Water
Germany Germany: Nature Lovers 1 (VJF 1.1)

Dates

29/08/2022   -   11/09/2022

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Age
18 - 26
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
2 Male + 6 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Berlin (BER)
Nearest bus/train station
bus station Krakow am See
Wi-Fi
Yes

Work

Your work will include different activities in a natural park like to build an apiary, to help farmers or similar works. Your help is also needed for maintenance works, e.g. on orchid meadows, in forests or on a bird island.

This project is especially for nature lovers. Please be prepared to work 5-6 hours a day. Volunteers should come prepared for light or heavy work and be motivated for anything to help the rangers of the Nature Reserve.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation:
You will live on a camping site close to a very nice lake. You will sleep in tents (2 persons per tent) on camping beds with mattresses. Please bring a sleeping bag and bed linen. If it will
rain you can sleep in a building. A kitchen, sanitary facilities and a big meeting room are provided on the camping site. A washing machine can be used. Please be aware, that there is only limited
internet connection!
You will live on a camping site close to a very nice lake. You will sleep in a 2-person tent equipped with a camping bed with a mattress. Please bring a sleeping bag and bedding. In case of rain there will be a possibility to sleep in the main building, which is located on the same property.
On the campsite are available: a kitchen, sanitary facilities, a washing machine, a large meeting room and a roofed terrace. Please note that there is limited internet connection!

Food:
The volunteers will prepare their own meals. It would be nice, if you bring some recipes and maybe special spices for easy cooking from your home countries.

Location and leisure

Area:
The project is located in the nature reserve "Nossentiner Schwinzer Heide" in the northeast of Germany. You can find many beautiful lakes and dense forests there. The nearest bigger place is Krakow am See. The place is remote, but the surrounding nature is beautiful. Be prepared to spend two weeks in nature without shopping opportunities.

Leisure Time:
The nature reserve can be explored on foot, by bike or by boat. In the area there are many beautiful lakes where you can swim. There is a possibility to participate in guided tours through the forest or learn about the endangered animals of the region. Also a trip to a bigger city or to the Baltic Sea can be planned. The activities are discussed in the group and will be decided together.

Additional comments

Only limited Wi-Fi available.

Requirements

Please be fully vaccinated (2 to 3 shots of one of the following vaccines: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson&Johnson) or recovered (date of infection must be min. 28 days old and max. 90 days old).

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Life on Land
Germany Germany: Old Brickworks Mainz (IBG 23)

Dates

04/09/2022   -   18/09/2022

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
1 Male + 3 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Frankfurt (FRA)
Nearest bus/train station
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Mainz NEXT BUS STOP: “Alte Ziegelei, Mainz” NEXT INTERNATIONAL TRAIN STATIONS: Mainz, Frankfurt

Work

Come to Mainz to actively support the association that is in charge of maintaining and running the historic site of the “Old brickworks”. Your tasks will be:
• Landscape maintenance work: The orchard meadows on the area have to be maintained by removing bushes and shrubs (Cornus commonly known as dogwoods) that are threatening to overgrow this specific eco-system. This is physically quite demanding and hard work – especially during the hot summer period.
• Mark out a nature trail with signage nature trail;
• help with restoring historic shutters (removing, painting, reinstalling) and various renovation works on the grounds of the Old Brickyard.

Accomodation and food

The accommodation is quite basic. You will be staying in a building on the area. On the first floor you will have several rooms for sleeping. Camping beds will be provided, but you need to bring a sleeping bag. Kitchen, showers and toilets are on the ground floor and you will be able to use the outdoor area. Be aware that the old brickworks is a busy place, so there will be lots of other people around and you will have the opportunity to get to know many local people! 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

Mainz is the capital of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, with over 2000 years of history. Since the middle Ages it was the seat of the archbishop and previously it was a Roman fort city. It is located on the banks of the Rhine River. Mainz is a very beautiful and interesting city. It is known for its old town with its half-timbered houses and medieval market squares.

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The „Alte Ziegelei“(Old Brickworks) in Mainz is a former brickyard founded in 1900 to produce bricks in industrial manners with big ovens and technical machines. The factory was closed in 1972 and it provides a good insight into European Industrial culture. An association was founded in 1985 by members of the citizens' initiative for the preservation of the old brickworks. The aim and purpose of the association is to preserve the area as an industrial monument and at the same time, to develop it as a non-commercial, educational, leisure and cultural centre for all. The focus is not perfection but improvisation.
The outdoor area was redesigned, taking into account the old clay pits and natural specifications. Following ecological aspects, a near-natural system of woods, fruit trees and meadows was created, alternating with areas used for agriculture. 250 different plant species and more than 30 different bird species are currently native to the area. After many years of expansion, development and numerous activities the Old Brickworks are now accommodating the historic brick works museum, a drama school, a kindergarten, an environmental NGO office, refugee accommodations, artists' studios and educational institutions. The place can be used by the general public for festivals, theatres, having barbecues and celebrating parties. The use of the brickyard is free of charge. By participating in this workcamp, you are actively supporting biodiversity (UN SDG 15 Life on Land) and to a sustainable and inclusive community (UN SDG 11 sustainable communities).

Directions to meeting point

You have to arrive in Main main station. From there you can take a bus to the Alte Ziegelei. Find the best connection for trains and buses on the German railway company's website: https://www.bahn.com/en

Additional comments

BASIC CONDITIONS!

Requirements

• You need to be able to ride a bike!
• The project is not suitable for people who are allergic to bees.
• We ask for a motivation letter to be sent with the application.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers need to be either fully vaccinated (at least 2 shots of one of the vaccines recognized by the World Health Organisation: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Serum Institute of India, Novavax, CanSino, Bharat BioTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac) or recovered (date of infection must be at least 28 days old and max 90 days old).

Germany Germany: Living Utopia! Renovating a traditional german house (ijgd 22315ESC)

Dates

10/09/2022   -   24/09/2022

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Age
18 - 30
Max number of volunteers
15
Still room for
7 Male + 8 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Hannover (HAJ)
Nearest bus/train station
Hannover, next trainstation: Einbeck Salzderhelden

Work

The K20 is a self-organized project and seminar house. Around the house a group of people organizes itself on different topics of social transformation. In addition to educational work and nationwide engagement, we try to create utopian free spaces together on site and to live new self-evident things already today. K20 stands for:
- Utopian free space for self-organization and living other self-evident things.
- Political action workshop for the creation of campaigns, projects and actions
- Uncommercial, self-managed & minimalist seminar place for networking and mutual education
- Empowering meeting place between learning space and safe space
Together we want to develop the attic of the listed half-timbered house! We also want to avoid hierarchies on the construction site. Participants will be guided and the people on site will think about a framework program, but as soon as the project starts, everyone is invited and asked to get involved and help shape the project. Together we will test our strengths and abilities and make the attic the most beautiful room in the whole house!
You can find more information on the website: k20-projekthaus.de (in german)

Accomodation and food

You will live in the K20 project house in Salzderhelden, a district of Einbeck. www.k20projekthaus.de (in German). An old half-timbered house that has become a great meeting and learning place. You will sleep in 2 rooms with 7-8 beds each.

Location and leisure

Salzderhelden is a district of Einbeck, a former Hanseatic city in Lower Saxony. On site there is a small train station with which you can easily go to Göttingen (about 20 min), Hildesheim or even Hanover (about 1 hour). Of course there is also a lot to discover on site. Salzderhelden is located directly at a landscape conservation area. There are many possibilities to hike, but also to swim. But also a city tour through Einbeck is recommended.

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

In the accomodation. We ask for an arrival until 6pm.
From the airport you can take the local train (S-Bahn) S5 to Hannover central station. Please change here to a regional train RE2 headed to Göttingen and get off at "Einbeck Salzderhelden". From here you will be able to walk.

Additional comments

It is an ESC project, more precisely a volunteer team supported by the European Solidarity Corps program of the European Commission. Compared to the usual workcamp, there are some important financial and administrative differences to be highlighted: PLEASE NOTE: This project is open to 18-30 year old participants* from Germany as well as ESC partner countries - You do not have to pay any (participation) fees to participate in the project - You have to be present for the whole duration of the camp to get your pocket money (5€/day) reimbursed for common leisure activities as well as travel expenses. The maximum amount of financial support for your travel expenses depends on the travel distance as well as the presentation of original tickets. - Volunteers must fill in a participation report, which will be submitted online via the ESC portal.

Requirements

3G+: Vaccinated, recovered (max. 90 T.) or freshly tested can participate in the camp. All participants (including boostered) must arrive with official negative rapid test (not older than 24h) or PCR test (not older than 48h). Upon arrival, this must be presented, as well as a self rapid test (will be provided). Thereafter, the entire group must perform a self-rapid test at least every 72h. Subject to change without notice! You will receive more detailed information after confirmation of your registration and at least 3 weeks before the start of the camp with the specific info sheet for your camp. This project is supported by the European Solidarity Corps of the European Commission.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production
Germany Germany: Peatland and Wildlife Conservation - Weißenstadt (IBG 24)

Dates

11/09/2022   -   24/09/2022

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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
4 Male + 3 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Wunsiedel Holenbrunn NEXT INTERNATIONAL TRAIN/ BUS STATION: Nuremberg or Bayreuth NEXT AIRPORT, in case you really need to fly: Nuremberg (EDDN)

Work

Help to protect one of the biggest raised bogs in the north of Bavaria and support the forestry department with wildlife conservation work! The Zeitelmoos is one of the biggest peatlands in that region. A big problem in peatland is the growth of woody plants such as shrubs and trees. The trees were able to spread because the peatland was damaged in the past. Trees have a negative effect on the availability of water and the amount of carbon that can be stored. You will therefore:
• clear the shrubs and trees, that don’t belong in the peatland;
• collect the removed vegetation and stack it on piles out of the bog or move it directly out of the forest.
Besides of the work in the peatland you will help to protect the Capercaillie, a local bird species, in its natural habitat at the “Schneeberg”, the highest mountain in the region. In order to bring more light into the dense forest, you will create open spaces and gaps at certain places so that more light can reach the forest floor. In this way you helpthe Capercaillie since it is a realtively big bird that needs some space in between the trees to move around. Besides this, the vegetation on the forest floor is changes with more light available on the forest floor and therefore more herbs and small shrubs. In this way wild blueberries can grow again – one of the Capercaillie’s favourite snacks. Finally, by creating bigger gaps you also help the birds perform their specific mating ritual under the best circumstances. In this ritual, the male birds make a big show raising their tail feathers, moving and singing in order to impress the females.
The work will be led by forest workers from the forestry department, so no previous experience is needed. Some days, you might be split up in smaller groups to do different tasks. You will work around 30 hours per week, somewhere between 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday with a 1-2 hour lunchbreak. To get to work transport vehicles are provided by the forestry department.

Accomodation and food

During the two weeks you will be living in one of the forestry department’s huts close to Weißenstadt. The hut is in the middle of the forest and in an area that has been a big peatland in historic times. A nearby hamlet is therefore called “Torfmoorhölle” which means something like “peat-bog-hell”. This may give a hint on how the people back in the days have perceived the swampy and inhospitable wetlands. The accommodation is close by and part of an old abandoned village called Hühnerhöfen that has quite some history you may find out about.
Your accommodation is the last farm building left in the abandoned village. It is cosy and spacious, with several dorm rooms, a community room, a kitchen as well as showers and toilets. Please, bring your own sleeping bag! You will buy food from your camp budget and share cooking duties with all other volunteers - a great possibility for you to try many different international dishes. In order to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet, we encourage volunteers to reduce meat and try more sustainable plant-based dishes.

Location and leisure

The Fichtel Mountains feature scenic landscapes with lush forests, granite rock formations and small scattered rural villages. The nature park is well known for hiking and other outdoor activities. Directly from the accommodation you can access a hiking route that connects several springs of larger streams in the area. The granite rock formations already inspired the German author and nature scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The mineral springs are also used for thermal baths in the region. For instance, in Weißenstadt you can relax and recover from work in the Siebenquell a local thermal bath. If you want to simply further explore the nature in that area after work you certainly have a lot of options to find out more about the plants in the peatland or the different tree species in the forest.

Project hosted by

This workcamp is part of the 2022 IBG agenda: “Let’s take action for climate protection – volunteering for forests and peatlands”. The biggest peatlands in the north of Bavaria are located in the Fichtel Mountains. Peatland are wetlands which are characterized by living moss plants. Peatland arises because of incomplete decomposition of organic material, usually litter from vegetation, due to water-logging and subsequent lack of oxygen. Therefore, big layers of undecomposed organic material (mostly mosses), the so called peat is accumulating. In this way a big amount of carbon is stored within these soils.
Peatlands are real climate heroes: On average, peatland stores about 700 tons of carbon per hectare, six times more than one hectare of forest. Around 150 to 250 million tons of carbon dioxide are trapped worldwide in the peat that is newly formed every year and is thus permanently removed from the atmosphere. This is twice the amount agreed by the contracting states in the Kyoto Protocol as a worldwide reduction target. So the more intact peatlands we have, the better it is for our climate. Besides being real climate heroes, peatland is also featuring a rich biodiversity with rare plant and animal species. A very important species in the region is the Capercaillie or wood grouse. It is a large bird that is threatened in Germany and of special conservation interest.
In this project you will take action for climate protection and help the forestry department of “Selb” in their efforts to protect the remaining active peatland in that region. Besides the work in the peatland you will also support the forestry department in their conservation efforts for the wood grouse. The local hosts are very happy to be supported by a workcamp to protect the important peatlands and wildlife! Not only is your help valuable to them but they are also very happy to share their knowledge about forest preservation to foreign volunteers. By volunteering in this project, you are actively supporting climate action (UN SDG13) as well as protecting nature and biodiversity (UN SDG 15).

Directions to meeting point

From Nuremberg main train station (Hauptbahnhof) you can take a train to Wunsiedel Holenbrunn train station. The journey lasts about 1 ½ hours. From here a shuttle will be provided to the accommodation in Weißenstadt. Check the website of Deutsche Bahn for the best times and to book your tickets: https://www.bahn.com/en.

Additional comments

Please bring a sleeping bag, sturdy working shoes and clothes as well as sun and rain protection.

Requirements

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers need to be either fully vaccinated (at least 2 shots of one of the vaccines recognized by the World Health Organisation: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Serum Institute of India, Novavax, CanSino, Bharat BioTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac) or recovered (date of infection must be at least 28 days old and max 90 days old).