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country Germany: Workcamp - Klein Dammerow OH-W23
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19/08/2019 - 30/08/2019
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12 volunteers
6 Male / 6 female still needed
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The former park surrounding the manor house had been unused and abandoned for decades. Year by year, Open Houses brings back to life another part of the huge garden area. Also this year the gardening and cleaning works at the historical park will be continued. The participants will mow the lawn, cut bushes and trees and reconstruct paths. In the back part of the park that is still an inaccessible wilderness they will sort out stones to use them later for walls or paths and level the ground. In addition they will replace the old, broken fence by a new one. Beside that the volunteers will carry out small handcraft works as repair a storage house for fire wood, paint fences and similar tasks.

Accomodation and food

common sleeping room with mattresses, warm shower and toilets FOOD The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.

Location and leisure

Dammerow Manor is located between Berlin and the Baltic Sea and surrounded by nature reserves with many fields, woods, ponds and rivers. The Manor is a very interesting brick building from 1892/93 with a beautiful interior. The walls are covered with clay and painted with lime casein paint. The historical wooden floor planks are revealed and renovated. Most of the rooms are equipped with historical furniture, what gives the house a magnificent attraction. The manor house is surrounded by a huge former park with old trees. A stone-oven invites to experience conventional bakery and the fireplace assures nice evenings in the nature. The sports area with a football-ground and volleyball-net is just beside. The participants can also enjoy their leisure time discovering the Mecklenburg Lake District. This place is ideal for having a great summer. LEISURE TIME The camp places are mostly situated in small villages in rural areas, so the participants should not expect busy places and normal city activities for the leisure time during the working days. Small trips in walking distance are possible in the afternoon. On the weekends it is possible to organise an excursion to nearby cities or to have other leisure activities.

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The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people started to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The engagement for these buildings united people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided and who filled these rooms with life again in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen's work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by the camp fire. Meanwhile, rooms free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; however, places have become rare where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of nepotism and the exclusion which it produces. What should be easy – to go somewhere in order to meet people and to work together – has become difficult. The tightrope walk between, on the one hand, public activities in a monetary and functional sense, and the retreat into private life on the other, is very difficult, and it requires a lot of power and permanent efforts to tackle red tape and financial restrictions. Free spaces are less and less understood as common property, and are permanently being cut back. The idea of public property seems to have gone out of fashion, and places of common responsible work have become rare. Open Houses Network tries to create and protect such spaces. In this process, we do not want to be the do-ers, but be people who have a vision, who want to initiate something, but who also are aware of depending on the co-operation of others. We understand our projects and events as offers – as offers to create space for commitment, for changes, for meetings.

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Organization Open Houses Age 18 - 30 Age
Nearest terminal Region: Mecklenburg-West Pomerania TERMINAL: Next bus station: Klein Dammerow bei Retzow Next railway station: Parchim (20 km) Next airports: Berlin (TXL, SXF, 160 km), Rostock (HRO, 120 km) Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: Peenemünde III NIG13
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19/08/2019 - 8/09/2019
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10 volunteers
4 Male / 3 female still needed
Archeology
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In this Camp, the Volunteers will maintain ancient monuments on the area of the Historic Technical Museum. The most important monument to be preserved is an old bunker which was build in the second world war. There, 35 people (women, men and two children) survived a bombing in 1943. Also the volunteers will maintain an old underbridge.

Accomodation and food

The volunteers will stay in trainers at a youth hostel. Full board is included. There will be someone cooking for the participants.

Location and leisure

Excursions can be planned, short trips to nearby towns, swimming.

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This project is organized by NiG e.V., a german non-profit and non-government organization. In this project we work together with the historic technical museum of peenemünde. The Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum is working on the history of the creation and use of weapons during World War II. The exhibitions document who worked in Peenemünde, how people lived and why the enormously elaborate weapon projects were carried out.

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Will be send to the volunteers with the travel information.

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Requirements

Please bring a sleeping bag, a mattress pad, working clothes and motivation.
Organization N.I.G Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Peenemünde Languages spoken English
country Germany: Upahl - Lenzen II NIG12
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19/08/2019 - 1/09/2019
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10 volunteers
2 Male / 0 female still needed
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This work camp is for nature lovers, since the work will be mainly outdoors. There is a lot of work around the natural reserve. Since it’s not possible to use common agricultural techniques, volunteers have to do everything manually. More over every meadow around has to be cut and the grass have to be put aside. The aim of this project is to help to protect this unique reserve through your contribution. This project will be done in cooperation with environmental agency of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Accomodation and food

The volunteers will stay in a kindergarden. Food is included, but meals have to be prepared by the volunteers.

Location and leisure

Excursion (swimming, short trips) can be planned.

Project hosted by

This project is organized by NiG e.V., a german non-profit and non-government organization. In this project we work together with the local agency for agriculture and environment.

Meeting point

Will be send to the volunteers with the travel information.

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Requirements

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Organization N.I.G Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Guestrow Languages spoken English
country Germany: Peenemünde IV NIG14
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19/08/2019 - 8/09/2019
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This work camp is for nature lovers, since the work will be mainly outdoors. The volunteers will work in a nature park on the island “Usedom” located in the Baltic Sea. Typical for the region are salt and orchid meadows. There is a lot of work around the natural reserve. Since it’s not possible to use common agriculture techniques, volunteers have to do everything manually. More over every meadow around has to be cut and the grass has to be put aside. The aim of this project is to help to protect this unique reserve through your contribution.

Accomodation and food

The volunteers will stay in trainers at a youth hostel. Full board is included. There will be someone cooking for the participants.

Location and leisure

Excursions can be planned, short trips to nearby towns, swimming.

Project hosted by

This project is organized by NiG e.V., a german non-profit and non-government organization. In this project we work together with the historic technical museum of peenemünde. The Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum is working on the history of the creation and use of weapons during World War II. The exhibitions document who worked in Peenemünde, how people lived and why the enormously elaborate weapon projects were carried out.

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Will be send to the volunteers with the travel information.

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Requirements

Please bring a sleeping bag, a mattress pad, working clothes and motivation.
Organization N.I.G Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Peenemünde Languages spoken English
country Germany: Get ready for Life (Berge) DE-SCI 7.21
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19/08/2019 - 6/09/2019
Additional host fee 0
14 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Agricultural
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In small groups, in the stables and the garden, kitchen work, wood work and harvesting, together with the young people from the project. You will work for 8 hours per day on 4 days a week, no work on Fridays and the weekends!

Accomodation and food

In two rooms in the seminar-house of the project on camp-beds. Meals are provided by the youth centre on the 4 work days, self-catering in the evenings and on the free days.

Location and leisure

Berge is located close to Berlin, the capital of Germany. There are a lot of free-time activities in and around the city. Berlin is definitely worth to visit, considering its important function during the Second World War and during the time of the Berlin wall.

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The [Brandenburg Youth Centre](https://www.jugendhof-brandenburg.de/) is a development facility for underprivileged young people from 13 years onwards, some of whom refuse to go to school, were in trouble with authorities or suffer from psychological problems. The project offers them the opportunity to (re)integrate into society. They live in family-like structures and are being prepared for jobs through development programmes on ecological farming and construction, kitchen work and in a wood workshop. Therefore the Youth Centre includes an ecological farm with grain farming, meadows, constructed wetland, wind power station and various biotopes that need taking care of. An environmental education seminar house,a multipurpose hall and various sports facilities are also part of the project.

Additional comments

Alcohol and drugs are forbidden in the project! Many free time facilities: swimming, horseback riding, tours by bike, football, basketball, trips to Berlin and Potsdam are possible. Further information [here](https://www.jugendhof-brandenburg.de/).

Requirements

Interest in contact and common free-time activities with the youth! Knowledge of German is useful but not necessary.
Organization SCI - Deutscher Zweig e. V. Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Germany: Yurt Building - for Ecological and DE-SCI 10.24
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24/08/2019 - 7/09/2019
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10 volunteers
3 Male / 3 female still needed
Agricultural
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Together the volunteers will build a yurt out of natural resources. You will cut the rods for the yurt at a close spawn pond. The pond is protected, since it hosts rare animal and plant species. You will help taking care of the pond to maintain its biodiversity. Furthermore, together with the members of the community-supported agriculture you will work on the farmland and so will get in touch with local residents. You will also get to know the cows of the farm.

Accomodation and food

You will sleep in the straw. Sanitary facilities are close to the house. Please bring sleeping bags with you. Food will be prepared together by the volunteers. The provided ingredients will consist of the current harvest of the [farm](https://hanferhofgemuese.de/). You will see your food grow on the field, harvest and then cook it.

Location and leisure

Hanf is a district of the city of [Hennef (Sieg)](https://www.google.com/maps/place/53773+Hennef/@50.7547402,7.1934987,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47bee8056b47f5c5:0xf2cd3de7b6d82333!8m2!3d50.760274!4d7.3465066) in the Rhein-Sieg district in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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An ecological farmyard with cows and vegetable cultivation is waiting for you! You will be helping building a yurt and learn a lot about the concept of community-supported agriculture, where all parties are sharing the harvest and the responsibility. The certified farm is located in the beautiful [Hanfer Hof](https://www.facebook.com/HanferHof/) near the cities Bonn and Cologne. The farmer is committed to nature conservation and to climate protection and runs his farmyard ecologically. Here, cows are pasturing in the grassland as much as possible and are allowed to keep their horns, and the members of the community-supported agriculture harvest the vegetable, which later lands on their plates. The farmyard consists of grassland, farmland and woods as well as various conservation areas.

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Trips to close nature conservation centres and to the cities Siegburg, Cologne and Bonn are possible. You can find more Information about the farmyard on this [website](http://www.bauerbernd.de/) (in German).

Requirements

You should be interested in ecological agriculture and in physical garden work and constructional work.
Organization SCI - Deutscher Zweig e. V. Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Germany: Camp for Nature Lovers #2: Protect VJF 6.1
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24/08/2019 - 7/09/2019
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12 volunteers
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In the first week you will work with local foresters in the wood of Jena. You tasks will include various environmental works, e.g. maintaining foot paths, lookout points and shelters. Your help will be needed for different nature protection projects. Please be prepared for environmental works to help the rangers only outside. In the second week, the volunteers will help the environmental organisation Fuchsturmgesellschaft to chop down trees for a better visibility and let a bright landscape appear from the way leading to the tower and maintenance work in the flora-fauna habitat. Your help will be needed in the Education Path, also huts need renovation or maintenance. This is a camp for nature lovers! Work can be physically challenging at times.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in an isolated hostel on a hill in the Western part of Jena. Each room has 4-6 beds and your only neighbours will be the woodland animals. There will be no internet access in the accommodation. Food: Full board, you will get the possibility to cook traditional meals occasionally. Please be prepared for typical German food, which includes a lot of bread. You will have cold breakfast and supper (bread!) and a warm meal for dinner.

Location and leisure

Please notice that Jena city is far away from your accommodation, so better be ready to spend lots of time by yourselves, enjoying games / sports and outdoor activities. We can go hiking and have cycling tours in this beautiful area. We can also make trips to other cities, for example we can travel to Weimar, which is well known as the workplace of the poets Goethe and Schiller. You will be able to learn more about history, as we could visit the former concentration camp Buchenwald. The student city of Jena offers many cultural possibilities to explore. Free-time activities will mainly depend on your ideas and wishes.

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Jena is with about 100.000 inhabitants the 2nd biggest city in Thueringen and is situated on the banks of the river Saale, surrounded by white and grey calcite mountains in the eastern part of Thueringen. Jena is famous for the high-tech Zeiss Optical Instruments, the Schiller University and the Zeiss-Planetarium, which is the oldest continuously operating planetarium in the world. The city of Jena and its surroundings present many good opportunities for recreation and relaxing.

Additional comments

This camp is not suitable for Vegetarians / Vegans!
Organization VJF (Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V.) Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Jena Paradies Languages spoken English
country Germany: KINDERDORF WANGEN IBG 28
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24/08/2019 - 7/09/2019
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12 volunteers
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Die Teilnehmenden des Workcamps unterstutzen die Kinder bei verschiedenen Aktivitaten in der Spielstadt - in den Bereichen Sport, Spiel und Handwerk. Die Freiwilligen arbeiten gemeinsam mit lokalen Betreuern zusammen, um das Programm innerhalb und im Aussenbereich des Jugendhauses und in der Stadt zu beaufsichtigen. Es werden neue Bereiche eroffnet und begleitet und Auffuhrungen fur das grosse Stadtfest am Donnerstag geprobt. Die Ideen kommen von den Kindern, aber auch die Freiwilligen durfen und sollen ihre eigenen Erfahrungen, Hobbies und Vorschlage einbringen. Ungefahr 120 Kinder werden an Mini-Wangen teilnehmen.Der Tag beginnt fur die Helfer um 7.30 Uhr. In einer kurzen Morgenrunde werden anstehende Aufgaben besprochen. Um 8.00 Uhr treffen die Kinder ein und der Tag in Mini-Wangen startet. Um 14 Uhr endet fur die Kinder der Tag in Mini-Wangen. Danach werden noch Aufraumarbeiten durchgefuehrt. Mit einer kurzen Reflektionsrunde der ehrenamtlichen Mitarbeiter endet auch fur diese der Tag um ca. 14:30 Uhr. In der zweiten Woche helfen die Freiwilligen bei dem mittelalterlichen Ferienprogramm auf der Burg mit.

Accomodation and food

Ihr wohnt in dem gut ausgestatteten Jugendwohnheim (Kuche und Sanitaranlagen sind vorhanden) auf dem Grundstuck des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes nahe dem Stadtzentrum. Betten sowie alle sanitaren Anlagen gibt es in der Unterkunft. Bitte bring deinen eigenen Schlafsack mit.

Location and leisure

Wangen ist eine sehr schone alte Stadt in der Region Allgau . Sie liegt in der Nahe der Alpen und der Lander Schweiz und Oesterreich. Die Umgebung ist vielseitig und ladt dazu ein, den Bodensee und die Alpen zu entdecken. Doch auch die Stadt Wangen selbst hat mit seinen Fachwerkhausern und der langen Geschichte, die bis ins Jahr 815 zuruckreicht, viel an Kultur und Sehenswurdigkeiten zu bieten.

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Nun bereits zum elften Mal ladt die Stadt Wangen zu einem Workcamp ein, das die Ferienspiele fur Kinder unterstutzen wird. Wahrend der ersten Woche findet die Spielstadt Mini-Wangen statt: Hier sind Kinder im Alter von 7 bis 13 Jahren eingeladen, eine Woche lang verschiedene Berufe auszuprobieren: z. B: Burgermeister, Zeitungsreporter, Zirkusmitarbeiter ... Sie konnen ihre eigene Stadt aufbauen, gestalten und den Alltag in dieser erleben. Neben dem Bauhof, der Schmuckerei, der Kuche und der Stadtverwaltung konnen die Kinder auch neue Bereiche eroffnen. In der zweiten Woche findet mit dem gleichen Prinzip eine mittelalterliche Spielstadt fur Kinder der gleichen Altersgruppe auf einer Burgruine in der Nahe statt.

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German speaking camp German motivation letter

Requirements

Camp language is German. German Motivation Letter is required
Organization IBG (Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten) Age 18 - 30 Age
Nearest terminal Wangen Languages spoken German , English
country Germany: NATIONAL PARK HUNSRUECK IBG 29
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25/08/2019 - 14/09/2019
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15 volunteers
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The main task will be in the moor: Under the supervision of several Park Rangers you will realise different measures to keep the water in the moor. The area was drained more than 100 years ago for forestry use. You will undo the drainage of the area by blocking or filling ditches or by building small wooden barriers. You will be able to discover many rare species which already returned. In addition you will work on the game park of Wildenburg Castle. Here you can find wolves, deer, wild boars, wildcats, mouflons and many other animals. Your task will mainly be to renew wooden fences and elements to protect small trees from damage through the animals. Are environmental protections tasks are added. Attention: The work might be physically hard and you will get wet and muddy for sure Please bring hiking boots, rubber boots and working clothes.

Accomodation and food

You will stay in the community centre of Deuselbach. The accommodation is spacious, has a huge kitchen including a dish-washer and a living room, toilets and showers. There is one big sleeping room with camping beds.

Location and leisure

The workcamp will take places in the western part of Rhineland-Palatinate. You will stay in Deuselbach, a small village with 160 inhabitants. The local villagers are very much interested to welcome you, many parties and events will happen. Deuselbach has a pub but no shops. The next bigger village (Thalfang) is 4km far, here you can find everything you need (shops, swimming pool-). There are also many tourists in the area as it is well known for hiking all over the year and for skiing in winter. The next bigger city it Trier (40 km), the oldest Germany city with many Roman sights, a huge cathedral and plenty of this to do (vineyard, shopping, clubs-). You will do several excursions with the support of the Park Rangers, e.g. to Trier, the oldest German city with many famous sights.

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The National Nature Park Hunsrueck-Hochwald is the newest German National Park to protect the nature. The park was just founded in 2015. The landscape is dominated by huge forests, steep hills, small brooks and ponds, rocks and marshes. Only small hamlets interrupt the nature, a perfect region for plenty of different species but also for hiking. Within this National Park you will work under the supervision of several Park Rangers to care for special moors situated on the slopes of the hill. These moors are an important and valuable natural CO2 storage. Most of them were drained with ditches in the last century to use it as forests. The rangers use different measures to bring back the special character of this place and keep the water in the marshes. Many different species (especially amphibians and special plants) already returned. This workcamp will continue this mission and will take place in cooperation with the National Nature Park Hunsrueck-Hochwald and the Foundation for Nature and Environment Rhineland-Palatinate. As second task you will support the maintenance of the game park situated in this National Nature Park and other environmental protection tasks. Attention: You can arrive either on the 24th (at 7.30 pm) or on the 25th (at 1.30pm) to Neubruecke(Nahe).

Additional comments

This is a special project for nature lovers and people interested in nature protection work. You will get wet and dirty. Also, please note: You can arrive either on the 24th (at 7.30 pm) or on the 25th (at 1.30pm) to Neubruecke(Nahe).

Requirements

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Organization IBG (Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten) Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Neubruecke (Nahe) Languages spoken English , English
country Germany: MARBURG MARBACH PRO-NF09-19
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25/08/2019 - 6/09/2019
Additional host fee EUR 160
20 volunteers
3 Male / 3 female still needed
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Main work will be in the forest, as maintenance of young stands, field mapping of new trees, planting of rare trees, searching and marking of habitat trees, waters care. Participants will also be doing various manual works to prepare the area around the house of the nature-friends for leisure activities of groups coming from the city. Time of work will be 5-6 hours daily, excluding Saturday and Sunday.

Accomodation and food

Participants will live in a house with several-bed-rooms, kitchen, bathroom, showers. Cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. will be done by the group itself. Like in each workcamp, accommodation, food and travel-costs for excursions are free as well as materials/copies needed for the lectures.

Location and leisure

Marburg is a historical and picturesque old university town, 100 km north of Frankfurt/Main. It has 82.000 inhabitants, including 25.000 students. The camp is located approx. 2 km away from the city centre.

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Host organization is an environmental organization: Nature Friends of Marburg. They have already been organizing international volunteer camps for many years. It is a workcamp including German language training. The lectures will be daily, two hours per day (excluding Saturday and Sunday when the group will go on excursions). Bigger groups will be generally divided in two classes, depending on level of knowledge. One topic during the lectures will be intercultural diversities. So, the basis of the lectures will be firstly communication and secondly grammar. The teachers will be native speakers, partly trained teachers, partly students. The language-course won t have the same standard as a professional language-school, but past experiences with this concept have given very good results. In total it will be 18 hours for lectures.

Requirements

As the language course is not for absolute beginners, participants must be able already to communicate in German, at least on a level which ensures simple communication (A2). Participants also must be willing to communicate with each other during the camp in German and not in English or in their own mother tongue for the whole time, not only during the lectures. This is one important part of the concept. Because of the language-course there is an extra-fee of 160,00 EUR to be paid upon arrival. A certificate for participating in the language-course will be given at the end of the camp.
Organization Pro International Age 16 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Marburg Languages spoken German , German
country Germany: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE KELL IBG 30
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28/08/2019 - 11/09/2019
Additional host fee EUR 0
12 volunteers
2 Male / 2 female still needed
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All the tasks are related to the revaluation of the green area around the regional educational centre. You will cut grass and bushes and clean the ground of the centre. But you will also continue the creation of an outdoor kitchen. The workcamp last year already set up a pizza- and bread-oven. You will construct a barbecue and a place to prepare food. The outdoor kitchen will be used for different educational actions with youngsters. In addition you will support the open-doors-day of the centre on Sep 7th.

Accomodation and food

You will stay in several wooden tepees for five persons each. Mats are provided. In the centre you will have your own kitchen and living room and sanitary facilities. For the free time you will find perfect conditions: billiard, plenty of outdoor facilities (campfire, basketball, football, volleyball-). The public swimming pool is just nearby.

Location and leisure

Kell am See is a village 30 km from Trier in a beautiful landscape. The area is well known for cycling, walking and other ways of outdoor activities. The local holiday resort offers more than 200 holiday bungalows next to a lake (close to the educational centre). But also people from the area 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-.). You will also get the opportunity to come in contact with local associations as e.g. the local voluntary fire brigade. But public transport is poor during the weekend, so the number of excursions will be limited. But for sure Trier with the famous Roman sites, with the cathedral and birth place of Karl-Marx can be visited.

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Kell am See is a touristic village not far from Trier, the oldest German city. The regional youth department runs an educational centre in this village, which offers different environmental educational activities for youth groups and school classes. Also school classes or youth associations can come here for several days and run own seminars or trainings. The centre was just renovated a couple of years ago and different new outdoor and training facilities were installed.

Additional comments

You absolutely have to arrive before 7 p.m. in Trier to catch the last bus to the campsite

Requirements

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Organization IBG (Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten) Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Trier Languages spoken English , English
country Germany: AWO adventure farm: Animals, kids a VJF 2.2
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30/08/2019 - 15/09/2019
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12 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Renovation
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Different works are to be done to maintain the place. Your help is needed to paint, to build, to repair, to do anything what is necessary on the farm. Please be open for any work! It is very important to bring wet weather clothing as volunteers will work only outside! Please be prepared for any work on the farm to support it.

Accomodation and food

You will live in rooms with 4-6 people. You won’t bring a sleeping bag with you, bed linen will be provided. You will have the chance to cook for yourselves. The group will have its own kitchen. Please do not forget your recipes and special ingredients for cooking.

Location and leisure

Beeskow is situated not too far from Frankfurt/Oder and 60 km south of Berlin. It is surrounded by lakes and forests. Beeskow is a rather small place not far away from the famous Spreewald. There is a lot to keep you busy during your free time. This could include for example: Swimming, playing volleyball or football. You can rent bicycles, boats, and sport and leisure equipment. Visit to Frankfurt/Oder, perhaps Poland (please check beforehand if you will need a passport!) or Berlin. BBQ, campfire and night hiking.

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The AWO Kinder- und Jugendhof is a farm for children and teenagers. Groups and families can go there on holiday, for school trips etc. There is a wide variety of sporting and creative activities and many other activities such as baking bread, rallies, campfires, etc. On the farm there are animals like a pony, sheep, donkeys, bees etc. More information: www.awo-erlebnishof-beeskow.de/erlebnishof/unser-hof.html

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Organization VJF (Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V.) Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Beeskow Languages spoken English
country Germany: Discover diversity in the “OASE” - ijgd 79123
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31/08/2019 - 14/09/2019
Additional host fee EUR 50
10 volunteers
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The “Kuttenbach” conservation area is part of “Kuttenbach-Mooseheide-Vordere-Aue” FFH-area. “Kuttenbach” counts as one of the particularities of the NSG. It's a semi-natural stream with its source areas. But there are also areas of moorland, wetland meadows, tall forb communities, alpine meadows, mat grass grasslands and dwarf shrub communities. The aim of the project is to help tend to the biotopes and set up measures to restore parts of the landscape. You will be helping with the mowing and clearing out of biomass in the area. Your accommodation is an open youth centre, where you'll find many opportunities to bring local kids and young people together in order to enjoy the sports and games on offer, or even just to hang out and chat. In our buildings and on our grounds, however, smoking and alcohol consumption is not permitted, since young people should have access to a substance-free zone. More info at www.oaseloessnitz.de or on Facebook

Accomodation and food

You will be staying in the “OASE” youth centre. Please bring a sleeping bag with you! The group will prepare and cook meals together.

Location and leisure

There are many interesting ways to spend you free time and to discover the region, both inside the “OASE” youth centre itself and through excursions to the “Erzgebirge” (Ore Mountains). For example, you can experience true nature, historical towns and mines, and also take trips to Dresden and Leipzig, etc. https://www.stadt-loessnitz.de https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachsen

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Additional comments

There is an additional registration fee of 50 € for participants who are not from Germany.

Requirements

There is an additional registration fee of 50 € for participants who are not from Germany.
Organization IJGD Age 16 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Aue/Sachsen or Lößnitz Languages spoken English
country Germany: Castle Bedheim ICJA16
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31/08/2019 - 14/09/2019
Additional host fee 0
12 volunteers
0 Male / 1 female still needed
Renovation
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Work

Volunteers are invited to help in the care and preservation of this ancient monument. We will work 6 hours daily, to do painting and cleaning inside or to maintain the garden around the castle. In the garden kind of work depends to the season, usually it is harvesting fruits, cutting trees, bushes and hedges. Encounters with kids and people of the region are foreseen. Every year Bedheim castle is part of the nationwide event called day of the open monument. The castle will be opened in the weekend for guests and we can support with doing some service and show an artistic performance. In the last years volunteers showed a dance and played piano music. You can develop something according your talents. There will be the possibility to take on day of during the week as compensation. Study: We may learn more about the following topics: natural beauty of the environment. We can make excursions to places of cultural and historical interest (e.g. Weimar, the city of Goethe and the concentration camp Buchenwald). We can have discussions and lectures about German history, society, culture and politics (the German East-West border was only 9 km away from Bedheim). There will be the possibility to encounter with young people of the region and getting to know more about the countries of the participants.

Accomodation and food

Bedheim castle offers a simple group accommodation in seminar house. There are beds with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bag is needed. Meals will be prepared by the group (less meat but a lot of very good vegetables and fruits from the nursery). Warm water is provided from solar collector.

Location and leisure

Bedheim castle is located in the west of Thuringia, close to the Bavarian border. Next bigger town is Coburg (28km away). Bedheim is surrounded by the extraordinary beautiful Franconian landscape.

Project hosted by

Bedheim castle was first mentioned in the year 1169 and was devastated and reconstructed several times in its long history. In the time of German Democratic Republic (GDR) it slowly rotted. Now renovation is done by the family of Ruehle von Lilienstern. A non-profit association is supporting the renovation work and using part of the castle for its own activities. Since 1992 this association has been organizing workcamps. Year by year new working fields has been developed: A social therapeutic nursery was added, the association is running an organic garden and since 2007 the castle also runs a garden café and a small castle museum where you can admire the bones of prehistoric dinosaurs, once living in this region. During the last 20 years the castle became a sociocultural center for this remote region: In the castle there is a perfect room for celebrations, around the castle one can find various types of gardens and meadow for goose and goats. In addition there are training courses and cultural activities available. The aim of this project is to create an atmosphere where people with or without disabilities may come, live and work together without any prejudice against handicap, nationality or religion. The website gives an impression about the specific and very nice character of this place http://schloss.bedheim.de. Inhabitants of the castle are looking forward to meet us, to work with us and hear our suggestions and ideas and to create a peaceful world together!

Meeting point

Workcamp (Bedheim Castle) around 5 pm on the 31st of August.

Additional comments

Some basic knowledge of German or English is recommended. Please bring rain and working clothes as well as swim suits, a sleeping bag, slippers, towels and warm pullovers with you. You can also bring a map, pictures or special food items from your country.
Organization ICJA Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Bedheim is 8km from the train station of Hildburghausen and 15km from the train station of Bad Rodach. Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: MARBURG STADTWALD PRO-ST07-19
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Additional host fee EUR 160
10 volunteers
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Work

Participants will be doing various manual works to prepare the area (youth-holiday-camp for (or after) the summer leisure activities of the municipality. It means for example clearing the place, gardening, painting, building up/taking down tents. Time of work will be 4-5 hours on four days per week, excluding Saturday and Sunday.

Accomodation and food

Participants will live in a house with several-bed-rooms, kitchen, bathroom, shower. Cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. will be done by the group itself. Like in each workcamp, accommodation, food and travel-costs for excursions are free as well as materials/copies needed for the lectures.

Location and leisure

Marburg is an historical and picturesque old university town, 100 km north of Frankfurt/Main. It has 82.000 inhabitants, including 25.000 students. The camp is located on a wooded hill named Stadtwald , in a youth-holiday-camp 5 km far from the city centre. A good bus-connection allows to go to downtown.

Project hosted by

Host organization is the municipality of Marburg. They have already been organizing international volunteer camps for many years. It is a workcamp including German language training. The lectures will be two hours every day (excluding Saturday and Sunday when the group will go on excursions). The main topic during the lectures will be intercultural diversities. So, the basis of the lectures will be communication first and grammar second. The teachers will be native speakers, partly trained teachers, partly students. The language-course will not have the same standard as a professional language-school, but past experiences with this concept have given very good results. In total it will be 18 hours for lectures.

Requirements

As the language course is not for absolute beginners, participants must be able already to communicate in German, at least on a level which ensures simple communication (A2). Participants also must be willing to communicate with each other during the camp in German and not in English or in their own mother tongue for the whole time, not only during the lectures. This is one important part of the concept. Because of the language-course there is an extra-fee of 160,00 EUR to be paid upon arrival. A certificate for participating in the language-course will be given at the end of the camp.
Organization Pro International Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Marburg Languages spoken German , German
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