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country Germany: ADVENTURE LAND LAUCHRINGEN IBG 03
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4/05/2019 - 18/05/2019
Additional host fee EUR 0
12 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Construction
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The building itself is already finished; however, thereaeuros still work to do in the surrounding garden area. Your main task will be the renovation of an old construction trailer: On the outside, you will add timber cladding and set up a terrace. Inside, a new floor is needed, and the walls need to be covered. Also, you will set up a ramp that allows people in wheelchairs to access the construction trailer. Once it is finished, it will be used by children to play in, and occasionally as a small aeurooebackstage areaaeuro for bands that perform in the aeurooeAdventure Landaeuro.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in the aeurooeAdventure Landaeuro itself: There are two big rooms with sleeping mats, a kitchen, and sanitary facilities aeuro( everything you need. Have a look at pictures of the new building and area here: http://faz-hochrhein.de/abenteuerland/category/blog/

Location and leisure

Lauchringen is a small and pretty town in the very South of the Black Forest. It is just a stoneaeuros throw away from the Swiss border and not far from places like Lake Constance and the university town of Freiburg. Lauchringen itself offers everything you need: shopping facilities, cafEs, bars and much more.

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The community of Lauchringen is going to host an international workcamp for the second time. The project will take place in cooperation with the aeurooeFamilienzentrumaeuro (family centre), an organisation that offers various programs for people of all ages to meet, exchange and educate themselves. In 2018, they built an aeurooeAdventure Landaeuro: A big house with sleeping facilities, a kitchen, sanitary facilities, a workshop space and a big common room. This place is going to host groups during school holidays and offer an afternoon program for children and youngsters.

Requirements

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Organization IBG (Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten) Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Lauchringen Languages spoken English
country Germany: Berlin Still Spring: winter sleep i VJF 3.4
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6/05/2019 - 17/05/2019
Additional host fee 0
10 volunteers
2 Male / 0 female still needed
Manual Work
Renovation
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During this camp we need to prepare our centre for the next workcamp season. The centre needs cleaning works like raking dead leaves, cleaning the yard or piling up the leaves. You will need waterproof clothes in case of bad weather. Other small tasks during the camp may include maintaining or renovation works inside and outside.

Accomodation and food

You will live at the centre in bungalows. You won’t bring a sleeping bag with you, bed linen will be provided. There is no washing machine and only limited internet access in the centre. You will have the chance to prepare your own meals in a small kitchen at the centre. Please bring your own recipes for our international evenings.

Location and leisure

You will live in the „Projekt- und Begegnungsstätte“. This is the meeting and project centre of the Union of Young Volunteers (VJF). It is situated in a forest on the banks of the lake „Langer See“ in Berlin. It’s a quiet place, a bit far from the centre of Berlin (but there are good public transport connections). The centre is used for our own or partners seminars and workshops, as accommodation for different groups of young people and a sort of holiday resort for school classes. This will be decided in accordance with the group’s wishes. You can use the facilities at our holiday centre to play sports (volleyball, table tennis). Of course you will be able to enjoy the sights and culture (theatres, clubs...) of Berlin and go for an excursion to Potsdam.

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The VJF (Union of young volunteers) was founded in March 1990 and is an officially recognised non-profit association for organising youth works, with the aim to expand the idea of international voluntary movements. The Association organises international youth meetings with short-term projects (workcamps) and long-term projects (European Solidarity Corps, weltwaerts) and takes part in the responsibility considering the engagement in the Voluntary Ecological Year within a period of one year. More to that, the VJF covers a project and meeting place/ seminar centre in the outskirts of Berlin, where this workcamp will be accomodatet and work. Every year we organise around 30-35 international workcamps and bilateral projects in Germany.

Requirements

Don’t forget to bring strong shoes, working clothes, working gloves, lots of warm clothes (it might still be cold in Berlin), towels and toiletries and anything for entertainment. Please also bring a torch with you. This will be necessary for the path to the Krimnitzer Weg. You don’t have to bring a sleeping bag, a roll mat or bed sheets! Please be aware that the place is a bit far away from the city and it won’t be possible to go to the city every day!!! (For individual trips you have to pay yourself!) It is advisable to have International Student card (ISIC) to get reductions on local transport, museums, etc.
Organization VJF (Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V.) Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal green line S8 - station Grünau tramline 68 - station Adlergestell/ Vetschauer Allee Languages spoken English
country Germany: Vogelsang NIG01
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16/05/2019 - 3/06/2019
Additional host fee 0
10 volunteers
3 Male / 4 female still needed
Cultural
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The aim is to have young people actively involved with culture. After an introduction in detail the first days will be focused on the Victorian-Variete from Viena first and a Horsefestival the following weekend. We need helping hands to prepare the house and the garden for the events. The main tasks will be spring-cleaning and decorating. During the festival the volunteers may take part in the cultural programme (decorating, helping hands, maybe performing). The programme of the festival consists of kinds of Horsemanship, of concerts and workshops and readings. The time between the evens the participants will work in the manor.and stabbles. They will help out with the necessary tasks that have to be done – like helping in the garden or maybe painting. The exact tasks that will be undertaken will vary and volunteers are expected to be flexible in the work they do and be prepared to participate in all of the tasks fully.

Accomodation and food

The volunteers will live in a small flat inside the manor house. Food is included, bute meals have to be prepared by the volunteers.

Location and leisure

Excursions like swimming or visiting nearby towns 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 Sphinx Rostock, an organisation for combining the fast pace in Science and economics with the preservation and look at ancient traditions in the fields of art and culture. Their goal is to live innovative ideas without neglecting traditions.

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Requirements

Please bring a sleeping bag, working clothes (gloves), a mattress pad and motivation.
Organization N.I.G Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Lalendorf Languages spoken English
country Germany: GRIMBURG CASTLE IBG 04
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27/05/2019 - 6/06/2019
Additional host fee EUR 0
10 volunteers
0 Male / 1 female still needed
Renovation
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Come to Grimburg Castle, enjoy living on the castle and support the maintenance of the castlesaeuro grounds There will be two parts of work: 1. Maintenance of the castleaeuros grounds: Usually local volunteers care for the maintenance of the castle but due to the enormous workload, they really need your help. You will do various works: cut bushes and grass, protect the masonry, maintain the historic mediaeval herb garden and do some cleaning work in the castleaeuros and witches museum. The work will depend on the weather conditions. 2. Support the castleaeuros festival on May 30th: You will be involved in the local team of volunteers, help with the setting up, sell food and drinks and wash up dishes. Of course you will also celebrate together with the local volunteers. A second huge topic is your support in the preparation and organisation of the castlesaeuro festival. You will become a part of the local festival team and of course celebrate together with them.

Accomodation and food

Your group will stay in one of the small towers of the castle aeuro( you will feel a bit like you are living as former inhabitants of the castle did. At night you will have the castle for your own; you can make a campfire and enjoy living in the nature. The conditions are basic; you will use the first floor for sleeping (bunk beds) and the ground floor for cooking and eating. There is electricity but no running water in the tower itself. Toilets and a shower are within 50m. Of course, there is also no internet available. Please bring a sleeping bag and a flashlight.

Location and leisure

The castle Grimburg is overlooking the forests and valleys of the region called aeurooeHochwaldaeuro (aeurooehigh forestaeuro). The castle is quite isolated; the next village (the name is also Grimburg) is in a 2km distance, the next shops are in Hermeskeil (10km). The castle is surrounded by nature and you will have the chance to enjoy it (just go for a walk...). Nevertheless you will also meet local people and share time with them or make an excursion to Trier, the oldest German city with 100,000 inhabitants. Here you can find many historical sights from the Roman period, many clubs and events (as it is a university town) and all other facilities.

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For the 7th year, a workcamp will take place at the castle Grimburg. Built by the Trier archbishops around 1190, the castle has been destroyed and reconstructed several times. Awakened from its centuries-long sleep in 1978, a local group of volunteers started to reconstruct the castle again, including work on the very impressive castle keep. However, most parts are still a ruin and in the past years, efforts have been made to increase the castleaeuros accessibility and attractiveness of this unique site. Today, the castle is still maintained by an association run by local volunteers. It has become a popular destination for hikers, as well as a site used for weddings, youth activities, historic markets and knightsaeuro festivals. During the workcamp the local association will organise a small festival on the castle on May30th where they also need your help. www.burg-grimburg.de

Meeting point

Hermeskeil bus stop, May27th in the late afternoon

Requirements

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Organization Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten Age 18 - 30 Age
Nearest terminal Grimburg Languages spoken English
country Germany: Kindolstadt – International, Inclus ijgd 29312
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1/06/2019 - 22/06/2019
Additional host fee EUR 50
15 volunteers
3 Male / 4 female still needed
Kids
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The Kindolstadt in Ingolstadt is going into its second round – and you can take part! Kindolstadt is a ‘city’ for children between 6 and 14 years old in the “Nordwest” district of Ingolstadt. Most children and young people in the area live in this part of town, with up to 70% of them having migrant backgrounds from more than 120 countries. This year, the motto of the children’s city is “international/language and intercultural learning”. That’s where you and your abilities come in! Your job will be to support the initial set up of the children’s city during the first week of the camp, and then for the following two weeks to help supervise certain stations within the city (from Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 16:00). You are asked to draw upon your own backgrounds and international experience when working with the children. You should enjoy working with youngsters and be a creative person. What is a ‘children’s city’, exactly? Simple: for 3 weeks, children will design their own community and everything that comes with it: bakery, hospital, fire station, tools, their own currency and even taxes. Adults are not allowed and will need a visa to enter, which the children will be happy to provide for you!

Accomodation and food

You will be sleeping on camp beds in large tents (4 – 6 people per tent) on the grounds of the Kindolstadt. There is also a large kitchen tent and a leisure tent, plus a shower and portable toilet. You will cook together in small groups. From Monday to Friday, during working hours, lunch will be provided.

Location and leisure

The fortress town of Ingolstadt lies on the river Donau and has many historical sights to offer. The old town has churches, castles and houses, there are also museums and a zoo. You can go swimming in the outdoor swimming pool near the “Fronte 79” youth centre, which is in the town centre. There you can also get to know young people from the area after 16:00 as well as make use of the table football, pool table, and internet available (www.sjr-in.de/index_fronte). Excursions to Nuremburg, Munich and the Alps are possible. In the relaxation resort at Baggersee lake there is mini golf, boats for hire, a climbing centre, an animal enclosure and archery area.

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You should enjoy working with children, speak foreign languages, good handiwork for helping set up the city, skills/knowledge of particular stations in the city are an advantage. There is a fee of 50 EUR for participants who are not from Germany.

Requirements

You should enjoy working with children, speak foreign languages, good handiwork for helping set up the city, skills/knowledge of particular stations in the city are an advantage. There is a fee of 50 EUR for participants who are not from Germany.
Organization IJGD Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Ingolstadt Languages spoken English
country Germany: MARBURG MARBACH PRO-NF03-19
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2/06/2019 - 14/06/2019
Additional host fee EUR 160
20 volunteers
8 Male / 8 female still needed
Environmental
Language
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Main work will be in the forest, as maintenance of the area where the site of the Nature Friends is located, or in the house itself. Participants will be doing various manual works to prepare the area and the house 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 group excursions are free as well as pedagogical materials.

Location and leisure

The camp is located on a wooded-hill less than 3 km from the city centre. Marburg is an historical, picturesque university town, 100 km north of Frankfurt am Main. Among the ca. 82.000 inhabitants, 25.000 or more are students from all over the world.

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Host organization is a 70 years old environmental organization: Nature Friends of Marburg. They have already been organizing international workcamps for many years. The camp includes an interactive 18-hour German language training, based on the needs and requests of the participants in order to improve their already existent language skills. Volunteers will be also involved in daily actions (simulations, role plays, seminars, discussions...) on the topic culture of peace , in cooperation with the BIPPI initiative (www.bippi.net).

Requirements

The project is not conceived for absolute beginners. Participants must be already able to communicate in German at least for daily needs. They also must be willing to communicate with each other only in German all along the camp and not only during the lessons. Extra-fee of 160euro to be paid upon arrival. A certificate for participating in a project with 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: BLACK FOREST VILLAGE GRAFENHAUSEN IBG 05
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4/06/2019 - 18/06/2019
Additional host fee EUR 0
12 volunteers
2 Male / 0 female still needed
Renovation
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This year, you will work mostly at the local elementary school: Its playground needs to be refurbished. You will work with wood, remove old parts, install new equipment and paint it. The school is right in front of your accommodation, so youaeuroll have a very short way to the work site. During the first few days (as long as school holidays havenaeurot started yet), youaeuroll help out with various other tasks in the community. Thereaeuros always a lot to do, so just prepare yourself to work outside manually, fulfilling constructional / renovation / environmental tasks.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in a beautiful group house where showers and a kitchen are provided. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The group house is in the middle of the village, so you can easily walk to a bakery/cafE and the local supermarket.

Location and leisure

Grafenhausen is a very nice village within a beautiful landscape. The surrounding area is perfect for hiking trips: There are lakes close-by and it is not even half an hour by car to the Feldberg (the highest German mountain outside of the Alps). Also, the famous beer Tannenzaepfle is brewed in Grafenhausen and you might be able to visit the brewery. Furthermore, there are regular train connections to Freiburg (a university city with lots of students) and Lake Constance. However, the village is in a very rural area. The community will lend you a bus to make shopping and excursions easier, nevertheless, be prepared for two calming weeks in the Black Forest and far away from big city life.

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The community of Grafenhausen, located in the Black Forest, invites an international workcamp for the 4th time. It is a village with about 2.100 inhabitants in the South of Germany that has a lot to offer: e.g. the very interactive Black Forest Museum , a public pool, and a sculpture park (where the international group of 2015 worked). Grafenhausen is located at about 1.000 meters altitude; therefore the weather in spring is still unpredictable: Be prepared for warm and sunny temperatures, as well as coldness and rain.

Requirements

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Organization IBG (Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten) Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Grafenhausen Languages spoken English
country Germany: Open yourself to new worlds - Berli ijgd 79101
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8/06/2019 - 30/06/2019
Additional host fee EUR 100
10 volunteers
5 Male / 4 female still needed
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You’ll be working with your team for the foundation Sozialstiftung Köpenick, in establishments for people with disabilities. The daily working time is around 4 hours. The highlight will be a communal summer festival. Your main task will be helping to prepare for the festival. Here you can be creative and contribute your own ideas and interests, by doing things such as making decorations for the festival or running small musical or theatrical projects. During the third week, a day trip is planned both for people with and without disabilities. Please transfer the 50 € for the public transport ticket to the following bank account: Name of Account Holder: ijgd Berlin Name of Bank:Bank für Sozialwirtschaft Berlin BIC: BFSWDE33BER IBAN: DE94 1002 0500 0003 1175 00 Reason for Payment: Cityticket 79101, your first and last name This money can also be paid to the ijgd office after the start of the camp!

Accomodation and food

FEZ Berlin Bungalow village. You will receive lunch from the Bungalow village during the week. All other meals will be prepared and cooked by the group.

Location and leisure

Berlin offers a wide range of free-time opportunities for any time of day. In order to accommodate the many different interests of your team, you’ll receive a ticket which can be used for all public transport across Berlin, valid for the duration of the camp.

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Additional comments

There is a fee of 50 € for the public transport ticket in Berlin. There is an additional fee of 50 € for participants from abroad. Knowledge of German would be an advantage.

Requirements

There is a fee of 50 € for the public transport ticket in Berlin. There is an additional fee of 50 € for participants from abroad. Knowledge of German would be an advantage.
Organization IJGD Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Berlin Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: Technical leading OH-C06
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10/06/2019 - 21/07/2019
Additional host fee 0
1 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Organising and leading an international Workcamp is an interesting challenge for those who enjoy working together with young people from all over the world and which are willing to take over responsibility. For young and older people more interested in the technical side of the works than in the organisation of the social life Open Houses offers the possibility to support the technical leading of Workcamps and Building Weeks in the framework of Mid Term Volunteering. This could be an interesting task for those which have own manual experiences and interest in activities related with the environment or for those which want to train their organisational skills. The leading of the technical side of the Workcamps lies in the hands of one of Open Houses' technical leaders. The volunteer who supports him can overtake a part of the technical leaders' responsibility. Depending on the wishes, the skills and the experience of the volunteer this can be the organisation of the schedule of the working day, the responsibility for tools and material, the leading of a smaller group of volunteers or more special tasks. For students of architecture, building engineering and similar fields this kind of voluntary service can be recognized as internship for their studies. Open Houses will offer the necessary certificates. For each camp leading of two weeks the volunteer receives 150 € pocket money. S/he does not have to pay for food and accommodation and can take part in all cultural activities and excursions of the camps. After two or three camps, is highly reccomended that the volunteer takes a break. S/he have the right to stay as a participant in a project. In that case, the food, accomodation and insurance is covered but the volunteer will not receive pocket money.

Accomodation and food

ACCOMODATION In Lohra castle: Shared rooms with 2 - 5 beds in 3 guest houses, warm shower (limited hot water), 1 camp kitchen (cold water), coal-burning stoves. The camp leader can also go to other camps with similar accomodation conditions, but this will be previously agreed with the participant. 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

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.

Project hosted by

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.

Meeting point

More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet

Additional comments

The beginning dates are fixed because of the introduction course. The technical leader can apply for longer than the dates above mentioned, but not less then the time slot above mentioned.

Requirements

-Good English -Motivation letter related to the project -CV + photo
Organization Open Houses Age 20 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Next bus station: Großlohra, Friedrichslohra/Wartehalle Next railway stations: Gebra/Hainleite (5 km), Wolkramshausen (12 km). Next airports: Leipzig/Halle (LEJ, 155 km), Frankfurt/Main (FRA, 280 km), Berlin (TXL, SXF, 300 km) Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: Camp leading OH-C02
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10/06/2019 - 21/07/2019
Additional host fee 0
3 volunteers
1 Male / 2 female still needed
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Organising and leading an international Workcamp is an interesting challenge for those who enjoy working together with young people from all over the world, which are willing to take over a big responsibility and who look forward to a great summer in Germany. The camp leader's role lies in building a bridge between the participants of the Workcamp, the organisation as well as the technical leaders who guide the practical part of the camp. S/he supports the group of volunteers from a social and intercultural point of view. Open Houses is looking for people who are highly motivated and responsible, open minded and which already have some experiences in handling with other people. The main tasks are to organise the social life for all volunteers during the camp period. The leader will welcome the volunteers and make them familiar with the camp site. S/he will prepare the daily schedule, indicating the working and eating times including breaks and will furthermore be responsible for organising the cleaning and cooking teams, alternating within the group. The camp leader will buy the food for the group, having an eye on the everyday changing cooking teams with their individual dishes. Additionally, s/he organises leisure activities after the working days and is welcome to prepare campfires, barbecues, games or other group activities. For the weekends the camp leader should be ready to plan little trips to bigger cities nearby or other activities. A camp leader has rarely time for personal things during the Workcamp. S/he is always the person in charge of everything and contact person in any questions and needs of the volunteers. This should be clear to all applicants. It is also important that the camp leader stays in close contact to the technical leaders, who are organising the working groups and know which work has to be done. It is helpful to support the technical leaders by taking over the responsibility for a working group, if there are no other works to be done for the camp leader. At some camps, especially in environmental camps, it can happen that the functions of camp and technical leaders are running more together. So it is good to be prepared also to organise a little bit the working part. The camp leader is also responsible for managing the deduction and finances of the camp and to take care of the documentation – writing down what has been done, taking pictures and leading the evaluation of the camp. It is important to do this documentation with a certain care, so that the camp leader which will lead the following camp will know what happened in the past and doesn't need to look for the same information or to do the same mistake a second time. The camp leader has to be able to work independently as well as in a team. Since most of the camps are organised by several camp leaders (one or two and one or more technical leaders) it is necessary to agree upon several issues in a team. All in all, leading a camp means a lot of work and empathy as well as a lot of fun. Open Houses gives the camp leaders the opportunity to be creative and to take over responsibility for their own work. Of course, they will not be left alone in their role. Before getting active as a camp leader s/he will take part in one camp as a volunteer, parallel to the introduction as camp leader. It will be a good experience to be an “ordinary participant” for one or two weeks and to get to know the camp leader's tasks from the participants' point of view. After experiencing the atmosphere of the first camp and after Open Houses and the potential camp leader have gotten to know each other better, Open Houses will decide if s/he will be able to lead camps or not or if s/he would need an additional introduction time. During the summer season Open Houses organises a lot of Workcamps in different places in Germany. Depending on the camp leader's interests and abilities Open Houses and the potential camp leader will decide together where s/he will lead camps. In general, Open Houses offers two possibilities: The volunteers can lead several successive camps in one place (at Lohra Castle) or can lead different camps at various places. For each camp leading of two weeks the volunteer receives 150 € pocket money. S/he does not have to pay for food and accommodation. The camp leader will receive the pocket money after the camp, when all the camp documents will be checked by the office staff and everything will be fine. After two or three camps, is highly reccomended that the volunteer takes a break. S/he can stay as a participant in a project. In that case, the food, accomodation and insurance is covered but the volunteer will not receive pocket money.

Accomodation and food

ACCOMODATION In Lohra castle: Shared rooms with 2 - 5 beds in 3 guest houses, warm shower (limited hot water), 1 camp kitchen (cold water), coal-burning stoves. The camp leader can also go to other camps with similar accomodation conditions, but this will be previously agreed with the participant. 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

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.

Project hosted by

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.

Meeting point

More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet

Additional comments

The beginning dates are fixed because of the introduction course. The camp leader can apply for longer than the dates above mentioned, but not less then the time slot above mentioned.

Requirements

-Good English -Basic German -Motivation letter related to the project -CV + photo
Organization Open Houses Age 20 - 35 Age
Nearest terminal Next bus station: Großlohra, Friedrichslohra/Wartehalle Next railway stations: Gebra/Hainleite (5 km), Wolkramshausen (12 km). Next airports: Leipzig/Halle (LEJ, 155 km), Frankfurt/Main (FRA, 280 km), Berlin (TXL, SXF, 300 km) Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: Workcamps - Lohra Castle OH-W01
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10/06/2019 - 22/06/2019
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7 volunteers
4 Male / 3 female still needed
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The castle is surrounded by a vast green area and the volunteers will help in the maintenance of it, The tasks will be mowing and collecting the grass.

Accomodation and food

ACCOMMODATION: shared rooms with 2 - 5 beds in 3 guest houses, warm shower (limited hot water), 1 camp kitchen (cold water), coal-burning stoves 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

Lohra Castle is situated in the heart of Germany in Northern Thuringia. The castle, which is surrounded by a scenic hilly landscape, is located on the edge of a nature reserve area. Being one of the largest castles in Thuringia, the history of the castle Lohra begins in the Middle Age. The castle is more than 1,000 years old. Today, it includes twenty buildings from different times: medieval fortifications, remnants of a tower from the 11th century, a Romanesque chapel, a manor house from the Renaissance period as well as stables and granaries from the 19th and the early 20th centuries. The ensemble is situated in the centre of a beautiful forest. For years Lohra Castle was vacant. In the 1990s Open Houses started to restore the castle and to revive it by cultural activities. Since that time, a large number of Workcamps, Building Weeks, exhibitions, concerts and other activities with international participants took place in the castle. 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.

Meeting point

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Organization Open Houses Age 18 - 35 Age
Nearest terminal Next bus station: Großlohra, Friedrichslohra/Wartehalle Next railway stations: Gebra/Hainleite (5 km), Wolkramshausen (12 km). Next airports: Leipzig/Halle (LEJ, 155 km), Frankfurt/Main (FRA, 280 km), Berlin (TXL, SXF, 300 km) Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: Drumfestival RAKATAK and youth club VJF 3.5
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10/06/2019 - 29/06/2019
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15 volunteers
5 Male / 0 female still needed
Festival
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During the first week, you will help to prepare and run an international drumming festival for children, youngsters and families called RAKATAK. It will be run 16June 2019. In the previous years, 7000 visitors were present at the festival. Your help will be needed to prepare, to run and afterwards to clean the site. Another task of this project will take place during the 2nd week in the youth club MAXIM. The main work will be designing the façade of the youth club. Your help will be also needed to renovate and maintain the building and its surrounding grounds, like painting inside or outside, digging, gardening in the climate garden or re/constructing. Please be prepared for hard physical work from time to time!

Accomodation and food

Accommodation: During the festival time you will sleep in tents on your foam mattress in your sleeping bag, so please don’t forget them! In the youth club there will be 2 rooms available. You will sleep on the floor on a mattress in your sleeping bag. Your quarters will be very modest, but of course there is a kitchen and bathrooms. However, the youth club is a nice place to work, live and party. Food: During the project, all volunteers will share the responsibilities for shopping, cooking and cleaning the dishes. Please don’t forget your recipes and special ingredients from your country.

Location and leisure

This will be decided according to the group’s wishes. Of course we will enjoy the sights and culture of Berlin (theatre, clubs, concerts...).

Project hosted by

Berlin is not a place that should be characterised. The town is one of the cultural centres of Germany. The MAXIM youth club is situated in the city district Weissensee in the north-eastern part of Berlin. It’s a house for kids and teens with a lot of opportunity to explore interests and to put them into practice. It is a place for work, for fun, a place to relax, to make music and enjoy concerts. The house is surrounded by a large garden.

Meeting point

During the day, from 10 am
Organization VJF (Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V.) Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Berlin main train station, Languages spoken English
country Germany: Camp leading OH-C01
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10/06/2019 - 25/10/2019
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1 volunteers
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Organising and leading an international Workcamp is an interesting challenge for those who enjoy working together with young people from all over the world, which are willing to take over a big responsibility and who look forward to a great summer in Germany. The camp leader's role lies in building a bridge between the participants of the Workcamp, the organisation as well as the technical leaders who guide the practical part of the camp. S/he supports the group of volunteers from a social and intercultural point of view. Open Houses is looking for people who are highly motivated and responsible, open minded and which already have some experiences in handling with other people. The main tasks are to organise the social life for all volunteers during the camp period. The leader will welcome the volunteers and make them familiar with the camp site. S/he will prepare the daily schedule, indicating the working and eating times including breaks and will furthermore be responsible for organising the cleaning and cooking teams, alternating within the group. The camp leader will buy the food for the group, having an eye on the everyday changing cooking teams with their individual dishes. Additionally, s/he organises leisure activities after the working days and is welcome to prepare campfires, barbecues, games or other group activities. For the weekends the camp leader should be ready to plan little trips to bigger cities nearby or other activities. A camp leader has rarely time for personal things during the Workcamp. S/he is always the person in charge of everything and contact person in any questions and needs of the volunteers. This should be clear to all applicants. It is also important that the camp leader stays in close contact to the technical leaders, who are organising the working groups and know which work has to be done. It is helpful to support the technical leaders by taking over the responsibility for a working group, if there are no other works to be done for the camp leader. At some camps, especially in environmental camps, it can happen that the functions of camp and technical leaders are running more together. So it is good to be prepared also to organise a little bit the working part. The camp leader is also responsible for managing the deduction and finances of the camp and to take care of the documentation – writing down what has been done, taking pictures and leading the evaluation of the camp. It is important to do this documentation with a certain care, so that the camp leader which will lead the following camp will know what happened in the past and doesn't need to look for the same information or to do the same mistake a second time. The camp leader has to be able to work independently as well as in a team. Since most of the camps are organised by several camp leaders (one or two and one or more technical leaders) it is necessary to agree upon several issues in a team. All in all, leading a camp means a lot of work and empathy as well as a lot of fun. Open Houses gives the camp leaders the opportunity to be creative and to take over responsibility for their own work. Of course, they will not be left alone in their role. Before getting active as a camp leader s/he will take part in one camp as a volunteer, parallel to the introduction as camp leader. It will be a good experience to be an “ordinary participant” for one or two weeks and to get to know the camp leader's tasks from the participants' point of view. After experiencing the atmosphere of the first camp and after Open Houses and the potential camp leader have gotten to know each other better, Open Houses will decide if s/he will be able to lead camps or not or if s/he would need an additional introduction time. During the summer season Open Houses organises a lot of Workcamps in different places in Germany. Depending on the camp leader's interests and abilities Open Houses and the potential camp leader will decide together where s/he will lead camps. In general, Open Houses offers two possibilities: The volunteers can lead several successive camps in one place (at Lohra Castle) or can lead different camps at various places. For each camp leading of two weeks the volunteer receives 150 € pocket money. S/he does not have to pay for food and accommodation. The camp leader will receive the pocket money after the camp, when all the camp documents will be checked by the office staff and everything will be fine. After two or three camps, is highly reccomended that the volunteer takes a break. S/he can stay as a participant in a project. In that case, the food, accomodation and insurance is covered but the volunteer will not receive pocket money.

Accomodation and food

ACCOMODATION In Lohra castle: Shared rooms with 2 - 5 beds in 3 guest houses, warm shower (limited hot water), 1 camp kitchen (cold water), coal-burning stoves. The camp leader can also go to other camps with similar accomodation conditions, but this will be previously agreed with the participant. 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

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.

Project hosted by

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.

Meeting point

More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet

Requirements

-Good English -Basic German -Motivation letter related to the project -CV + photo
Organization Open Houses Age 20 - 35 Age
Nearest terminal Next bus station: Großlohra, Friedrichslohra/Wartehalle Next railway stations: Gebra/Hainleite (5 km), Wolkramshausen (12 km). Next airports: Leipzig/Halle (LEJ, 155 km), Frankfurt/Main (FRA, 280 km), Berlin (TXL, SXF, 300 km) Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: Technical leading OH-C05
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Organising and leading an international Workcamp is an interesting challenge for those who enjoy working together with young people from all over the world and which are willing to take over responsibility. For young and older people more interested in the technical side of the works than in the organisation of the social life Open Houses offers the possibility to support the technical leading of Workcamps and Building Weeks in the framework of Mid Term Volunteering. This could be an interesting task for those which have own manual experiences and interest in activities related with the environment or for those which want to train their organisational skills. The leading of the technical side of the Workcamps lies in the hands of one of Open Houses' technical leaders. The volunteer who supports him can overtake a part of the technical leaders' responsibility. Depending on the wishes, the skills and the experience of the volunteer this can be the organisation of the schedule of the working day, the responsibility for tools and material, the leading of a smaller group of volunteers or more special tasks. For students of architecture, building engineering and similar fields this kind of voluntary service can be recognized as internship for their studies. Open Houses will offer the necessary certificates. For each camp leading of two weeks the volunteer receives 150 € pocket money. S/he does not have to pay for food and accommodation and can take part in all cultural activities and excursions of the camps. After two or three camps, is highly reccomended that the volunteer takes a break. S/he have the right to stay as a participant in a project. In that case, the food, accomodation and insurance is covered but the volunteer will not receive pocket money.

Accomodation and food

ACCOMODATION In Lohra castle: Shared rooms with 2 - 5 beds in 3 guest houses, warm shower (limited hot water), 1 camp kitchen (cold water), coal-burning stoves. The camp leader can also go to other camps with similar accomodation conditions, but this will be previously agreed with the participant. 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

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.

Project hosted by

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.

Meeting point

More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet

Requirements

-Good English -Motivation letter related to the project -CV + photo
Organization Open Houses Age 20 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Next bus station: Großlohra, Friedrichslohra/Wartehalle Next railway stations: Gebra/Hainleite (5 km), Wolkramshausen (12 km). Next airports: Leipzig/Halle (LEJ, 155 km), Frankfurt/Main (FRA, 280 km), Berlin (TXL, SXF, 300 km) Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: Performing Peace Project / Blomberg ICJA01
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10/06/2019 - 23/06/2019
Additional host fee EUR 150
15 volunteers
2 Male / 4 female still needed
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ICJA – Performing Peace Project: What is your contribution to peace? Are you interested in participating in a unique intercultural learning experience? Do you embrace the idea of promoting peace among young people? Would you favor learning more about the fields of peace and conflict resolution and theater pedagogy? Are you willing to develop a joint performance and show it in public during the German Protestant conference – Kirchentag? If so, you will definitely benefit from our Performing Peace Project and we would be more than happy to receive your application! During the Kirchentag, the tasks will be to support the exhibition booth of ICJA, inform visitors about our workcamp activities and to perform small theater scenes. In addition, you will have the opportunity to join concerts, meditation sessions, and various panel discussions with personalities from the world of politics, science, art, business and the church. Most importantly, you can get in touch with many representatives of different organizations and visitors of the Kirchentag! Moreover, the activities during the workcamp will be documented (photos and videos) for public relations work of different organizations dedicated to peace work in Germany.

Accomodation and food

In Blomberg, you will be accommodated in a holiday homes, including beds, cooking (self-catering!) and sanitation facilities. During the Kirchentag in Dortmund, you will be accommodated in a school or community center. Volunteers will get breakfast and vouchers for meals. Please note that you need to bring a sleeping bag and a sleeping mat!

Location and leisure

Blomberg has about 16.000 inhabitants and is situated in the eastern part of North Rhine Westphalia, a region which is characterized by farms, hills (up to 500 meters) and plenty of forests. Blomberg has a beautiful old town area with half-timbered houses and old alleyways. The old town is also home to a historical castle which now is established has a hotel.

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This workcamp is a very special one. Instead of doing manual work, volunteers will get a two-day personal training in conflict resolution and a four-day training in theater and performance. The overall idea is to invite international young people to discuss the topic of peace with them and to train them to become young activists for peace. The workcamp starts in the small town Blomberg: Living in former holiday apartments, the volunteers will join interactive workshops and prepare a performance. Finally, the group will move to Dortmund and participate actively in the German Protestant Kirchentag presenting their performance. Literally translated, Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag means German Protestant Church Day and it is a nation-wide German church festival which attracks all kind of visitors, Christian and non-Christian. It also can be seen as kind of fair or festival, where you will have the opportunity to get to know a wide range of social commitment and civil society initiatives and organizations in Germany. We would like to point out that applications of all applicants are welcomed, regardless of their religious affiliation

Meeting point

Schieder train station, in the afternoon of 10.06.19

Additional comments

Good knowledge of English language and interest in the topic is needed! Please send us a short motivation letter where you underline your motivation together with your application. Due to additional costs for the trainers, the entrance to the Kirchentag and the shift to Dortmund, we ask for a contribution towards the cost of 150, - Euro. If you are not able to afford the amount, please contact us. The work camp starts in Blomberg 10.06.19 and ends in Dortmund 23.06.19. Please, bring clothing also for cold and wet weather, sportive clothes for theater training and dancing, musical instruments and please, do not forget your sleeping bag and sleeping mat!
Organization ICJA Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Arrival: Schieder train station, Departure: Dortmund train station Next airport Duesseldorf, Cologne / Bonn, Hannover Languages spoken English , German
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