What is a workcamp?

What to expect

  • Workcamps focus on voluntary service projects that  last 2-3 weeks on average.  Projects typically follow the themes nature/environmental protection, building and renovation, archeology, or social/artistic creation.
  • There are usually 10-20 volunteers taking part in one camp.  Volunteers are typicaly between 18-30 years old
  • Typically, volunteers in one camp come from different countries.
  • Volunteers are expected to work about 30 hours a week.
  • The work undertaken at camps should serve the local community or benefit the environment.
  • Free time is organised by the group, and can be spent relaxing, doing group activities, or exploring nearby areas of Germany. 
  • Accommodation in IBG camps is usually in a school, a youth centre or a similar public building with basic necessities.
  • The language spoken in camps is usually English.
  • Food and accommodation are provided free of charge.
  • You will only need money to cover travel costs, your application fee to your sending organisation, and some pocket money.

How can you participate in a workcamp?
If you want to take part in a workcamp and you are not a permanent resident in Germany you need to apply through a member organisation of the Alliance network in your country:

Please follow the link to find all the organisations around the world!

If there is no partner organisation in your country, you can apply directly to IBG (see How to apply).

If you want to know more about workcamps and the network of workcamp organisations, check the movie below: