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country Germany: Virtual Workcamp - Volunteer from h IBG 00
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1/06/2020 - 30/06/2020
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Environmental
Educational
98 volunteers (49Male / 47female still needed)
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Maybe you were prepared to join an environmental workcamp and work in nature for two weeks. Maybe you wanted to help renovate an old castle or build a playground. Maybe you wanted to support a non-profit festival or a social project. You were probably looking forward to learning new skills and meeting new friends. At this moment, however, due to the spread of the new coronavirus, borders are closed, flights are suspended and entire countries are in lockdown. That means, of course, that it is impossible for many volunteers to travel. It also means that workcamps which were planned for the next weeks have to be cancelled. But let’s look on the bright side – it is still possible to meet people from all over the world online! So join this virtual workcamp and volunteer in a different way! What will we be working on together? Many workcamp organisations started finding meaningful tasks that can be done together online: There are different “Do it yourself” projects ready where you can learn how to make Eco friendly cleaning products, natural cosmetic products, a home gardening project as well as a Recycling Club The Presporkovo Family Centre in Slovakia wants to provide a meaningful program for families with children. They are looking for volunteers who can help online by creating short educational language videos. And there is a cool research project for slovak and czech speakers waiting. There are “Virtual Speaking Clubs” waiting for volunteers to learn and practice different languages like English, German, Greek, Portuguese and Russian in a fun and non-formal way Also there are different workshops, quizzes and fun free time activities in preparation. Here you can find the online board where all recent projects and activities are presented https://de.padlet.com/projekte6/virtualcamp and new ones will be added. You should at least join one, but you can of course participate in more, if you like. And of course, you can exchange ideas, experiences, language, music, recipes and much more with the other online volunteers, just as in a real workcamp. Bring your own ideas and let’s be creative together!

Accomodation and food

Your own home. It might not be a brand new experience, but hey, you might be missing out on sleeping on hard field beds, sharing a room with the whole workcamp group or having to make a schedule for the showers. Is that really so bad...? Plus, in our virtual workcamp, you might have a chance to see how different homes all over the world look like!

Location and leisure

This workcamp will be taking place entirely online. It is accessible to everybody with a working internet connection. No borders, no visa, no need to travel, so you are saving CO2-emissions which is really nice for our beautiful planet! While it is important to keep physical distance at the moment, we can create social proximity in the digital world.

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This is a joint project of many workcamps organisations worldwide. We believe that especially in times as challenging as these, it is important to raise our voices for solidarity and international friendship. International workcamps were created 100 years ago to work towards mutual understanding, peace and solidarity beyond borders. Let’s keep this spirit and find new ways to get to know and support each other. This virtual workcamp is organized by different workcamp organisations worldwide as an effort to keep up international volunteering, even if most of us cannot travel right now.

Additional comments

There is no application fee for this workcamp, but you are of course welcome to support our work financially on a voluntary basis. When your application gets accepted, you will receive an invitation for the Virtual Workcamp common area on Slack and you will need to create an account for it, which is free as well.

Requirements

Internet connection
Organization IBG (Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten) Age 16 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Germany: Drumfestival RAKATAK & youth club M VJF 3.5
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15/06/2020 - 4/07/2020
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Festival
Renovation
15 volunteers (7Male / 6female still needed)
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During the 1st week, you will help to prepare and run an international drumming festival for children, youngsters and families called RAKATAK. It will be run 20June2020. 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. Info: www.rakatak.de (only German) Another task of this project will take place in the youth club MAXIM after re-building the Festival. The main work will be designing the façade of the youth club. One task will be support in the music project. Your help will be also needed to renovate and maintain the building and its surrounding grounds, like painting inside or outside. Please be prepared for hard physical work from time to time! For RAKATAK work can also be longer, than usual. Therefor in MAXIM working ours can be less and the group can have more freetime.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation: During the festival time you will sleep in tents on your foam mattress in your sleeping bag, so please do not 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. If you want, you can bring recipes and special ingredients from your country.

Location and leisure

Berlin is one of the cultural centres of Germany. The freetime activities will be decided according to the wishes of the group. Of course we will enjoy the sights and culture of Berlin (theatre, clubs, concerts...).

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The MAXIM youth club is situated in the city district Weissensee in the north-eastern part of Berlin. It is 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. Info: www.im-maxim.de (only German)

Meeting point

During 15.06.2020, from 10 am in the youth club

Additional comments

Acceptance is subject to change! All applicants will get information about the status of work camp (it’s taking place or cancellation because of Coronavirus) on 4th May. We kindly ask do not buy any tickets until 4th of May. We ask the volunteers to make sure that their travel is compatible with the most recent recommendations of health authorities with regards to the spread of the Coronavirus. In case you are travelling from or recently travelled through a higher risk area, please check the health recommendations of the country where the project takes place, as restrictions may apply (e.g. ban, quarantine, isolation). We will take the necessary health precautions for our projects, but please contact your sending organisation to get more information in case you have any concerns.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Life on Land
Organization VJF (Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V.) Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Berlin main train station Languages spoken English
country Germany: MARBURG STADTWALD PRO-A5
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21/06/2020 - 4/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 160
Manual Work
Language
10 volunteers (5Male / 5female still needed)
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Participants will be doing various manual works to prepare the area (youth-holiday-camp for (or after) youth 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 Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Accomodation and food

Participants will live in a house with shared 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 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 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.

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Host organization is the municipality of Marburg. It is a workcamp including German language training. In general i also during excursion i there will be focus on language and culture/history of Germany/Europe. Lectures will be two hours per day / 18 hours in total (excluding Saturday and Sunday). The training content: Conversation training, Intercultural Diversities, History of Germany/Europe and Indo-European languages ( word-nests ), Grammar.

Meeting point

Marburg train station

Requirements

As the language training is not for absolute beginners, participants must be able already to communicate in German, at least on a level which ensures daily communication (B1). Participants also must be willing to communicate with each other during the whole project in German language only. This is one important part of the concept in order to allow a big step in knowledge of language.Because of the concept there is an extra-fee of 160,00 EUR to be paid upon arrival (or to be transferred in advance). A certificate for participating in the language-course will be given at the end of the camp.
Organization Pro International A Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Marburg Languages spoken German , German
country Germany: Eschenhof Groß Ruenz ICJA01
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27/06/2020 - 11/07/2020
Additional host fee 0
Agricultural
Manual Work
Environmental
12 volunteers (3Male / 9female still needed)
Agricultural
Manual Work
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The volunteers are welcome to help the association with revitalizing a piece of abandoned land and make it viable for sustainable gardening. Together you will create garden beds and afterwards plant herbs, vegetables, shrubs and trees. Later on, this area will also be used for social purposes and as a meeting place. There will be all kinds of gardening work to do, sometimes physically demanding (for the ones who like to use their personal strength!). During your volunteering, you can learn a lot about “Perma-Culture”, a concept where selected plants are cultivated together in a way that only needs a minimal amount of energy and fertilizer. The inventor of this cultivation method won the Alternative Nobel Prize! You will learn gardening work by practicing it. It is a great chance to get experience in the agricultural area, learn about permaculture and sustainable use of nature. At the same time, you can see the association as a good example of an alternative and very social way of producing and consuming food. As there will be close contact with German native speakers, this workcamp is a good possibility to improve your German language skills.

Accomodation and food

You will live on the Eschenhof farmland. We will build up a small campground. You can choose between camping in big tents and sleeping in single or double tents. Therefore, it is a simple but good life. There is a shelter with tables and benches, where you can eat and play together, a bar and a fireplace, as well as many beautiful areas for relaxation. We will do the cooking in a rather professional kitchen. It would be great if you could bring some musical instrument you can play. There will be plenty of time in the evening to sing and dance all together. There is a supermarket nearby where you can buy all the essential things, or you just harvest it freshly from the garden.

Location and leisure

Groß Ruenz is a small village located in the Northwest-Mecklenburg region, which is famous for its beautiful alleys and lakes. In about 5 km distance, you can find a beautiful place for swimming. The medieval town of Luebeck, with its numerous sights, is about 23 kilometers away. The Baltic Sea with its nice beaches and coves is not far either. A visit to selected places of the nature reserve is also planned. There will be a joint decision regarding which places the group will visit.

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Situated in the beautiful landscape of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee, the members of association “Eschenhof – Gardening together” aim to run an organic farm together. Since 2015, the members plant and grow different vegetable crops, potatoes and herbs in foil tunnels and in the field. There is also an orchard with trees, shrubs and berries and you can find cozy little spots where members socialize together and kids can familiarize themselves with the surrounding nature. Working together is closely connected to the name of the association – “Gemeinsam Gaertnern” - Gardening together: The essential aspect of the farm is combining social commitment with an alternative way of producing and consuming food; acting in an ecological, climate-friendly and sustainable manner. For further information about Eschenhof please visit http://eschenhof-verein.de/ .

Meeting point

There is no public transport to the camp, pickup from main station Luebeck will be arranged. The nearest railway stations are Rehna, Schoenberg or Ratzeburg. You will get the contact details of the camp leader a few weeks before the workcamp starts.

Additional comments

Volunteers will need sleeping bag, towel and swimming apparel. For gardening, please bring sturdy shoes and working clothes. As the region is rural, it is possible to make cycling trips. Everyone is welcome to bring a music instrument, since some friends of the association are musicians and would be happy to perform together with foreign musicians.

Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible Consumption and Production Life on Land
Organization ICJA Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Luebeck Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: Holidays for Kids (Moers) DE-SCI 7.18
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27/06/2020 - 11/07/2020
Additional host fee 0
Kids
12 volunteers (5Male / 5female still needed)
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Organising leisure activities for children and supporting the staff responsible for the groups.

Accomodation and food

In the premises of the SCI: Moers on cozy camp beds; please bring your sleeping bag. Shower, toilet, large kitchen and lounge are available. Lunch in the respective groups, self-catering in the kitchen of the SCI: Moers

Location and leisure

The City of Moers is located on the border of the Ruhrgebiet (Ruhr District) between Duisburg and Düsseldorf and is known for the tradition of mining. Sights of the city are the castle of Moers with a big park, the historical old town, an old watermill belonging to SCI:Moers and a petting zoo.

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For more than 30 years the SCI:Moers has been active in many areas to support the youth in Moers. SCI:Moers started working in the “Ganztagsbetreuung” (full-time supervision) of children in preschools. “Ganztagsbetreuung” creates a learning environment for preschoolers, to cover the time between the end of school and 4pm. This summer SCI:Moers will offer a program designed for children aged 6-10, who are not going on vacation during their summer holidays. Children from different areas are put into groups of up to 15 people to get engaged in various games, sports and free time activities. Trips, sightseeing tours, art projects and visits to the swimming pool and much more will be part of the whole program from Mondays to Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm.

Additional comments

[Motivation letter](https://www.sci-d.de/file/movitationsletter0718moersodt) is required.

Requirements

Motivation to work with, realizing own ideas for games activities (please bring games and songs from your country). The children speak primarily in German hardly in English. The communication between you will be mostly none verbally about geabout gesture and mimic in the first days. You will be surprised how well it goes.

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Organization SCI - Deutscher Zweig e. V. Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Germany: Never Forget #1: What happened in S VJF 2.3
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29/06/2020 - 18/07/2020
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Study
Environmental
15 volunteers (6Male / 7female still needed)
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Study part: The study component will be an important part of our project. Volunteers will learn a lot about the time of National Socialism, the Holocaust and also something about the period after World War II especially the Soviet camp Sachsenhausen until 1950. Guided tours in and around the memorial site Sachsenhausen and excursions to different memorials and places of earlier German history are planned. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work in the exhibitions and in the library of the memorial site. Furthermore there will be several discussions with employees who perform guided tours and are involved in historical research. The international volunteers with their different backgrounds will inform the group about the memories and commemoration in their countries. Work part: The common learning at the historical site of Sachsenhausen shall be supplemented by manual work which constitutes the participant´s contribution to the maintenance of the memorial. This part will be rather small. All participants should have a very good knowledge of the English language and should be very interested in history and the present problems of neo-fascism and racism.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in a youth hostel. The building is on the grounds of historical Sachsenhausen concentration camp complex, and was built in 1938 as the official residence of the Concentration Camp Inspector, 2 km away from the memorial centre. In the hostel there is a big kitchen for the group. The volunteers will cook for themselves, they will buy food together with the budget that will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own ingrendients.

Location and leisure

Sachsenhausen is a part of Oranienburg, ca. 33 km to the north of Berlin.

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Sachsenhausen was one of the earliest concentration camps in Germany, built in 1936. For example German people who were in opposition to Nazi policy, homosexuals, so-called asocials, criminals, Jews, and during the war especially people from occupied countries were imprisoned, forced to work and a lot of them were murdered. Between 1945 and 1950 a part of this area was used as a so-called Special Camp of the Soviet Secret Service. Now it is a place for studies and to commemorate the victims: the memorial site Gedenkstätte and Museum Sachsenhausen (Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen). Please inform yourself before the camp on this site: www.sachsenhausen-sbg.de

Meeting point

during the arrival day in the accommodation

Additional comments

Acceptance is subject to change! All applicants will get information about the status of work camp (it’s taking place or cancellation because of Coronavirus) on 4th May. We kindly ask do not buy any tickets until 4th of May. We ask the volunteers to make sure that their travel is compatible with the most recent recommendations of health authorities with regards to the spread of the Coronavirus. In case you are travelling from or recently travelled through a higher risk area, please check the health recommendations of the country where the project takes place, as restrictions may apply (e.g. ban, quarantine, isolation). We will take the necessary health precautions for our projects, but please contact your sending organisation to get more information in case you have any concerns.

Requirements

Important! For this project it is necessary to have good or very good English skills!!! German skills are beneficial. Volunteers have to be able to ride a bike, because you go by bike to the work place and various shorter and longer bicycle-tours are planned! Please prepare a short presentation about your country, including the history of your home country and the view on German history, at home.

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Organization VJF (Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V.) Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal S Oranienburg Languages spoken English
country Germany: Never Forget #2: What happened in S VJF 2.4
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29/06/2020 - 18/07/2020
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Environmental
15 volunteers (6Male / 7female still needed)
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Study part: The study component will be an important part of our project. Volunteers will learn a lot about the time of National Socialism, the Holocaust and also something about the period after World War II especially the Soviet camp Sachsenhausen until 1950. Guided tours in and around the memorial site Sachsenhausen and excursions to different memorials and places of earlier German history are planned. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work in the exhibitions and in the library of the memorial site. Furthermore there will be several discussions with employees who perform guided tours and are involved in historical research. The international volunteers with their different backgrounds will inform the group about the memories and commemoration in their countries. Work part: The common learning at the historical site of Sachsenhausen shall be supplemented by manual work which constitutes the participant´s contribution to the maintenance of the memorial. This part will be rather small. All participants should have a very good knowledge of the English language and should be very interested in history and the present problems of neo-fascism and racism.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in a youth hostel. The building is on the grounds of historical Sachsenhausen concentration camp complex, and was built in 1938 as the official residence of the Concentration Camp Inspector, 2 km away from the memorial centre. In the hostel there is a big kitchen for the group. The volunteers will cook for themselves, they will buy food together with the budget that will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own ingrendients.

Location and leisure

Sachsenhausen is a part of Oranienburg, ca. 33 km to the north of Berlin.

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Sachsenhausen was one of the earliest concentration camps in Germany, built in 1936. For example German people who were in opposition to Nazi policy, homosexuals, so-called asocials, criminals, Jews, and during the war especially people from occupied countries were imprisoned, forced to work and a lot of them were murdered. Between 1945 and 1950 a part of this area was used as a so-called Special Camp of the Soviet Secret Service. Now it is a place for studies and to commemorate the victims: the memorial site Gedenkstätte and Museum Sachsenhausen (Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen). Please inform yourself before the camp on this site: www.sachsenhausen-sbg.de

Additional comments

Acceptance is subject to change! All applicants will get information about the status of work camp (it’s taking place or cancellation because of Coronavirus) on 4th May. We kindly ask do not buy any tickets until 4th of May. We ask the volunteers to make sure that their travel is compatible with the most recent recommendations of health authorities with regards to the spread of the Coronavirus. In case you are travelling from or recently travelled through a higher risk area, please check the health recommendations of the country where the project takes place, as restrictions may apply (e.g. ban, quarantine, isolation). We will take the necessary health precautions for our projects, but please contact your sending organisation to get more information in case you have any concerns.

Requirements

Important! For this project it is necessary to have good or very good English skills!!! German skills are beneficial. Volunteers have to be able to ride a bike, because you go by bike to the work place and various shorter and longer bicycle-tours are planned! Please prepare a short presentation about your country, including the history of your home country and the view on German history, at home.

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Organization VJF (Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V.) Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal S Oranienburg Languages spoken English
country Germany: Weisbach Village VJF 6.2
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1/07/2020 - 24/07/2020
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Renovation
7 volunteers (3Male / 4female still needed)
Renovation
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The volunteers are asked to help in the village of Weisbach. You will help the inhabitants with maintenance and construction works, like painting or building works. It is possible that your help will be need as well on the excavation ground of the fortress Wysburg or another place with building work, repairing and painting walls, carrying stones or cleaning. Other tasks can be removing of bushes, clearing paths, making signs etc.. Please be open and prepared for any work outside that will help the village and possibly another village of the area.

Accomodation and food

You will live in a community house in the village of Weisbach, with toilet and shower facilities. All bed linen is provided. The group will cook for themselves. Volunteers will buy their food with the budget that will be provided for them. You are welcome to bring your own ingredients with you.

Location and leisure

Please be prepared to live and work in a very remote area! We ask the volunteers to make sure that their travel is compatible with the most recent recommendations of health authorities with regards to the spread of the Corona virus. In case you are travelling from or recently travelled through a higher risk area, please check the health recommendations of the country where the project takes place, as restrictions may apply (e.g. ban, quarantine, isolation). We will take the necessary health precautions for our projects, but please contact your sending organisation to get more information in case you have any concerns.

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Weisbach is a very small village in the mountains of Thueringen, surrounded by beautiful countryside with mountains, green valleys, forests, and meadows. A fortress was built on a hill near the village in the 11th century but it was destroyed during the following century. Pictures www.weisbach.info/bilder/bilder-von-weisbach, www.wysburg.de

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Will be announced later

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Organization VJF (Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V.) Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Jena, Saalfeld, Weimar Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: MARBURG STADTWALD PRO-A6
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5/07/2020 - 18/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 160
Manual Work
Language
10 volunteers (5Male / 4female still needed)
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Participants will be doing various manual works to prepare the area (youth-holiday-camp for (or after) youth 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 Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Accomodation and food

Participants will live in a house with shared 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 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 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.

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Host organization is the municipality of Marburg. It is a workcamp including German language training. In general i also during excursion i there will be focus on language and culture/history of Germany/Europe. Lectures will be two hours per day / 18 hours in total (excluding Saturday and Sunday). The training content: Conversation training, Intercultural Diversities, History of Germany/Europe and Indo-European languages ( word-nests ), Grammar.

Meeting point

Marburg train station

Requirements

As the language training is not for absolute beginners, participants must be able already to communicate in German, at least on a level which ensures daily communication (B1). Participants also must be willing to communicate with each other during the whole project in German language only. This is one important part of the concept in order to allow a big step in knowledge of language.Because of the concept there is an extra-fee of 160,00 EUR to be paid upon arrival (or to be transferred in advance). A certificate for participating in the language-course will be given at the end of the camp.
Organization Pro International A Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Marburg Languages spoken German , German
country Germany: Building Weeks - Rathewalde - Carpe OH-B15
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5/07/2020 - 17/07/2020
Additional host fee 0
Construction
10 volunteers (5Male / 5female still needed)
Construction
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Carpentry - Restoration of the roof of the Youth Accommodation House The roofing of Rathewalde Youth Accommodation Houses is by now fifty years old and has been renewed. Under the professional guidance of a carpenter the participants of the Building Week will finish the reparation of the roof construction. Although the roofing is not a traditional one, the works will be very interesting because the combination of the different roof constructions of the different parts of the house dating back to different times will generate the need to find intelligent detail solutions. Because it will be sometimes not possible that the whole group will work on the roof at the same time the other volunteers will in these times carry out renovation works at the house.

Accomodation and food

Shared rooms with 4 - 6 beds, limited 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

Rathewalde Youth Accommodation House is situated at the traditional health resort Rathewalde in Saxony. The building is located at the end of the village, directly at the border of the National Park Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland). The mountains are famous for their typical formations of sandstone with lots of small caves and overwhelming views from the tops of the mountains. The National Park offers various possibilities of hiking and climbing tours of different levels. The house was originally built around 1880, in the following decades it had been extended step by step. When Open Houses overtook the responsibility for the house it was partly in a really bad condition; during the past years countless volunteers restored and renovated the building. The house is surrounded by a beautiful garden with old rhododendrons. From the garden there is a fascinating view into the neighbouring valley and rock formations. This stunning landscape invites the visitors who are craving for adventure to explore its tracks. The amazing natural sites located right at the doorstep of the volunteers’ accommodation will certainly provide with enough material for an unforgettable summer discovering wild Saxony. 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. Usually average temperatures in Germany during the summer time are about 20º C to 30º C; during the night it will get colder. It is possible that there may be three weeks of non-stop sunshine, but every day rain is not impossible either. In September and October it's about 8º C to 18º C.

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The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people began to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The initiative to save these buildings brought together people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided, bringing life again to these places in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen's work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by a camp fire. Today, spaces free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; nonetheless, it is now rare to find places where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of prejudice 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. We want to be those who propose vision of initiating a new change in perspective while still being aware of the need to rely in 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

Detailed information will be provided on the infosheet to be sent to the selected volunteers.

Additional comments

Volunteers should bring: -sleeping bag -stable work boots, really appropriate for practical work -appropriate clothes, waterproof coat -mosquito protection lotion -Dictionary -typical recipes, sweets, music, instruments and games from the participants' home country for group activities -More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet

Requirements

-Motivation letter related to the project and CV + photo required -Passport -Insurance Certificates (EU-members should bring their European Health Insurance Card; those which have an individual travel insurance should bring the certificate)
Organization Open Houses Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Next towns: Pirna (15 km), Dresden (25 km) Region: Saxony TERMINAL: Next bus station: Rathewalde Next railway station: Pirna (15 km) Next airport: Dresden (DRS, 30 km) Languages spoken English
country Germany: Lohra Castle - Work Camp - OH-W03 OH-W03
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5/07/2020 - 18/07/2020
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Renovation
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22 volunteers (11Male / 11female still needed)
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Project Descriptions The projects of Open Houses are based on sustainable principles. Therefore the activities at Lohra Castle combine aspects of cultural heritage preservation and aspects of natural heritage preservation. The participants of the Workcamps carry out works in the green areas and the forests around the castle, restoration work and collaboration in renovation works. W03 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. Additionally, the participants of the project will support the work on renovations on the Castle grounds.

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. 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 site is located near a small village in rural Thuringia, 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. Usually average temperatures in Germany during the summer time are about 20º C to 30º C; during the night it will get colder. It is possible that there may be three weeks of non-stop sunshine, but every day rain is not impossible either. In September and October it's about 8º C to 18º C.

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The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people began to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The initiative to save these buildings brought together people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided, bringing life again to these places in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen's work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by a camp fire. Today, spaces free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; nonetheless, it is now rare to find places where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of prejudice 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. We want to be those who propose vision of initiating a new change in perspective while still being aware of the need to rely in 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

Detailed information will be provided on the infosheet to be sent to the selected volunteers.

Additional comments

Volunteers should bring: -sleeping bag -stable work boots, really appropriate for practical work -appropriate clothes, waterproof coat -mosquito protection lotion -Dictionary -typical recipes, sweets, music, instruments and games from the participants' home country for group activities -More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet

Requirements

-Passport -EU-members should bring their European Health Insurance Card; those which have an individual travel insurance should bring the certificate
Organization Open Houses Age 18 - 35 Age
Nearest terminal LOCATION: Next towns: Bleicherode (6 km), Nordhausen (20 km), Erfurt (75 km) Region: Thuringia TERMINAL: Next bus station: Großlohra, Friedrichslohra/Wartehalle Next railway stations: Gebra/Hainleite (5 km), Wolkramshausen (12 km). Languages spoken English
country Germany: Camp for Nature Lovers #2 VJF 2.8
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6/07/2020 - 17/07/2020
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10 volunteers (4Male / 5female still needed)
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The main works will be done in the wood. The volunteers will do various environmental works as well as renovation and construction works on the island and in the forests around the island. Possible tasks are removing bushes and invasive small tree species, collecting rubbish and wood, repairing works and so on. Volunteers should be prepared to be flexible and take part in any work that will support the foresters.

Accomodation and food

Your accommodation will be very basic. You will sleep in three large tents on camp beds. The infrastructure on the island is very basic without electricity and warm water, not even a warm shower. There is no heating in the tents and on the island you have to use compost toilets. Even in summer, nights can be very cold. Please bring warm cloths and underwear with you and take care, your sleeping bag is warm enough (or bring an additional blanket). The accommodation is quite isolated so volunteers should come with ideas about how to entertain themselves in the evenings! The foresters of the project have built a nice and comfortable block house where the group will meet and eat. The group will cook for themselves. Volunteers will buy their food with the budget that will be provided for them. You are welcome to bring your own ingredients with you.

Location and leisure

The island is very isolated, and you have to be a real nature lover to participate in this project. You must use the ferry (and it stops running about 8 p.m.) and will row a boat every day. Please be prepared to not be able to visit Berlin very often! LIEPNITZSEE is one of the cleanest lakes in Brandenburg. Info: Info: www.liepnitzinsel.de

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The forestry office holds 7 forester's ranges with ca. 8.500ha woodland area. The terretory extends from the north of Berlin until Wandlitz in Brandeburg. To the muncipality Wandlitz belongs the lake LIEPNITZSEE and the forest around.

Meeting point

Will be announced later

Additional comments

CORONA-UPDATE: For safety and logistic reasons our project partner needed to cancel the 1st project (2.8 Nature Lovers #2) which was planned for June. For Nature Lovers #3 we need to wait, what the German government decides and how the pandemic is developing with the measurements. We will inform you as soon as we know any information. On the island live many permanent campers during the summer. Please respect them. During the hot season the danger of forest fires can be very high. Please be aware of it and take care while smoking cigarettes, having BBQ, leaving glass bottles outside... We ask the volunteers to make sure that their travel is compatible with the most recent recommendations of health authorities with regards to the spread of the Coronavirus. In case you are travelling from or recently travelled through a higher risk area, please check the health recommendations of the country where the project takes place, as restrictions may apply (e.g. ban, quarantine, isolation). We will take the necessary health precautions for our projects, but please contact your sending organisation to get more information in case you have any concerns.

Requirements

You must be able to swim!

Sustainable Development Goals

Life on Land Climate Action
Organization VJF (Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V.) Age 18 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Bernau Languages spoken English , German
country Germany: Holiday fun for children and Upcycl ijgd 70120
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11/07/2020 - 1/08/2020
Additional host fee EUR 300
Kids
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13 volunteers (2Male / 2female still needed)
Already accepted: Germany-flag Italy-flag Greece-flag France-flag
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Diversity and fun are guaranteed in this camp! The Pegasus culture and leisure centre is located in the middle of the small town of Senftenberg and is the biggest centre for children and young people in town. During the summer holidays in Brandenburg, week-long theatre and media camps for children aged 7 to 12 are arranged every year: it will be your task to support these camps with your creativity, fantasy and a little hand for children. Your ideas and ingenuity are required for the content, method and design implementation of the respective workshops. In the second part of the camp you will be able to further develop your manual and creative skills, since you will be working according to the sustainable principle of upcycling. This means that you will build something new out of old wooden pallets, in this case nice furniture for the outdoor area of the leisure centre. You can find ideas on how to create something like this on the following website: https://netzflutr.de/10-geniale-upcycling-ideen-aus-europaletten/. You will also be helping to renew a graffiti wall. In the first week of the camp there will be an intensive German language course in the afternoons (2 x 90 min. per day) in order for you to learn conversational German used in everyday situations as well as develop a better idea about the German language in general. There will be both beginners and advanced courses, which means that all language levels are welcome. If German is your first language, you will not have to pay the 300 € extra fee for the language course, and during the first week you will be supporting the international members of your group by acting as a German Language Mentor!

Accomodation and food

You will be staying inside the Pegasus culture and leisure centre on mattresses or camp beds. There is a large outdoor area with a sports pitch, basketball hoops and a play area on the grounds of the accommodation. The group will prepare and cook meals together.

Location and leisure

The grounds of the leisure centre offer the chance to play various sports and games e.g. there is a sports pitch with basketball hoops. Besides this, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden and even Prague are easily reachable via train and are good destinations for a weekend trip. Please transfer the 300 € fee 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: Sprachkurs 70120, your first and last name Under exceptional circumstances for those who are unable to complete a bank transfer, this money can also be paid to the ijgd office after the start of the camp!

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Additional comments

For international participants there is an extra fee of 300€; there is no extra fee for people who can already speak German fluently.

Requirements

For international participants there is an extra fee of 300€; there is no extra fee for people who can already speak German fluently.

Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education Sustainable Cities and Communities
Organization IJGD Age 16 - 26 Age
Nearest terminal Senftenberg Languages spoken English
country Germany: Back to the Roots I (Bernkastel-Kue DE-SCI 11.40
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11/07/2020 - 26/07/2020
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13 volunteers (5Male / 5female still needed)
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Depending on the weather conditions: working in the fields (cultivation, weeding); construction of the house - with loam and straw and other manual work

Accomodation and food

Living room, spring water and a telephone are available; You will be accommodated in the barn, have a kitchen to cook; Compost toilet Only vegetarian food!

Location and leisure

Bernkastel-Kues is located in the Hunsrück Mountains at the Mosel River in the west of Germany between the cities of Koblenz and Trier.

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In the age of climate change and global injustice, we ask ourselves if we have to change our consumption-oriented and resource-wasting lifestyle. A person who practices a consistently natural life is Friedmunt Sonnemann. He owns 4 hectares of land, situated in a forest near the small wine and tourist town of Bernkastel-Kues. He cultivates plants which are threatened or endangered and sells the seeds to various garden plot holders. The hut where he resides has neither a water pipe nor electricity, and the road leading to it is not paved. Life in this remote area (it is a one-hour walk uphill from the village) is not suitable for everyone, so the volunteers must be able to adapt to simple living conditions, live an organic lifestyle and be willing to avoid waste. Challenge accepted?!

Additional comments

Leave your phone at home and experience life without internet access and a permanently tinkling device! Please carry a backpack instead of a trolley case, since you walk 1 hour to your camp.

Requirements

Ability to adapt to very basic conditions; to work physically 6 hours per day

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Organization SCI - Deutscher Zweig e. V. Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Germany: Sun + Wind = Power I (Glücksburg ne DE-SCI 11.52
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11/07/2020 - 25/07/2020
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13 volunteers (3Male / 3female still needed)
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Planting on a roof, maintenance work in the energy and climate infotainment “Powerpark”, working at a water reservoir, weed the garden

Accomodation and food

Simple in big tent (please bring along isolating mat and warm sleeping bag), toilet (compost toilets) and shower (solar shower) facilities nearby Cooking together with the group in the kitchen inside or in the solarkitchen outside

Location and leisure

Glücksburg is a small city northeast of Flensburg near the border to Denmark located near the Baltic Sea.

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The artefact centre which is located in Gluecksburg/Baltic Sea is a centre for sustainable development. This non-profit organisation runs a guesthouse built in an organic style of architecture with a renewable energy supply. The ‘Powerpark’, an energy infotainment site for tourists, conducts project activities for young people as well as specialist seminars for adults on renewable energy, building and water management. In order to keep up its attractiveness as a destination for training and tourism, installations on the site need to be improved. For further information please see: http://www.artefact.de/

Additional comments

Please bring along a warm sleeping bag, a camping mat and waterproof working clothes. As Denmark is not far away and has its very own culture and traditions, a visit to Germanys neighbour country would be very interesting (inform yourself about the conditions of entry!). Trips to Glücksburg’s famous castle, the city and port of Flensburg, Baltic and North Sea coast possible.

Requirements

Interest in the topic ‘renewable energies’ and basic living conditions will be expected, manual skills preferable

Sustainable Development Goals

Affordable and Clean Energy Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Organization SCI - Deutscher Zweig e. V. Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
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