- Campleitung mit Führerschein gesucht:
IBG 16 Hoetensleben (Saxony-Anhalt) 14.07.-05.08.2017 ___RENO/STUDY___11vols
PROJECT: The village of Hoetensleben was situated directly on the Eastern side of the inner German border that was dividing Germany during the period of the Cold War. From 1952 to 1989, the village was part of an exclusion zone, created by the East German dictatorship all the way along the 1400 km borderline to prevent illegal border crossings. Walls and barbed wire fences, watchtowers, and command posts blocked the view and the streets to the West. Border guards, mines, and spring guns made sure that no one would try to flee East Germany. For the villagers, as for all people living in the 5 km exclusion zone, life was even more restricted than elsewhere in the country. Entering and leaving the zone was only allowed with special permission. Armed forces and state surveillance were ever-present. Still, many people died trying to escape.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the border fortifications were preserved by a local association, called Grenzdenkmalverein (Border Memorial Association). A section of 400 m of the former fortification system can still be visited today. The Border Memorial Hoetensleben depicts life at the former border - in East and West Germany, informs about the rigid border regime, and commemorates the victims of the German division. It belongs to the Marienborn Memorial to German Division.
WORK: The Border Memorial has landmark status. Working there will include maintenance and clearing of historical structures and areas such as the former "dog run", a fenced-in strip near the border, were guard dogs were positioned at frequent intervals to keep a round-the-clock watch. In the course of the workcamp, there will be several study parts, such as a two day History Lab at the Marienborn Memorial to German Division, located on the ground of the formerly most important border crossing between East and West Germany. You will go on excursions to learn more about the period of the German division, contemporary Germany and its people. The highlight of this historical part might be your excursion to Berlin, where you will visit the German Bundestag (German Parliament).
ACCOMMODATION: You will stay in the former village hall that is renovated now and gives enough room for everyone. There are different sleeping rooms with beds provided and a good equipped kitchen as well.
LOCATION: Hoetensleben is a little village with approx. 2,500 inhabitants. International workcamps have been taking place there for 20 years now, so local inhabitants are looking forward to welcome the volunteers. Many activities will be done together with local associations, e.g. the voluntary fire brigade of Hoetensleben. Since you will be taking part in the 20th Workcamp, there will also be a big party, celebrating the anniversary of work and exchange across borders.
Volunteers should be interested in German contemporary history since we will work at and visit historical places and commemoration sites that are related to Germany's history. Therefore, please add a short motivation letter to your application, describing your interest in this special project.
NEXT AIRPORT: Hannover, Berlin
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Helmstedt
Wie lief das Camp in der Vergangenheit? Erfahrungsbericht von 2015 (die Campsprache war Deutsch)
| |An der ehemaligen Grenzanlage 2016
IBG 18 Lauterbach (Baden-Wurttemberg) 16.07.-06.08.2017 ___ENVI___10vols
PROJECT: This is the 9th time that the community of Lauterbach invites a workcamp. Above all, the local host is very happy to be supported by a workcamp at different environmental and construction tasks in a nature protection area!
WORK: A variety of tasks are waiting for your help. One task will be the maintenance of a hiking trail in the forest. So-called "neophytes" (invasive non-native vegetation) need to be removed in the nature protection area. You will cut and clear those plants. Furthermore, cleaning and clearing of vegetation needs to be done in biotopes like ponds and tarns. You will, most likely, also repair fences and maintain grasslands around fruit trees. Be prepared for hard physical work! Due to working in damp and steep areas (ponds), rubber boots and/or sturdy shoes are necessary for working effectively!
ACCOMMODATION: The workcamp team will stay in a nice community house in the middle of the forest, where you can find sanitary facilities, showers and a good equipped kitchen. There are 4-bed-rooms for you. Due to the position of the house in a rural area, it is likely that there will not be access to internet and no coverage for mobile phones. Just be prepared to spend three wonderful, adventurous weeks away from your busy and usual everyday life!
LOCATION: Lauterbach is situated in the heart of the Black Forest nature park, close to Schramberg and the town Rottweil. There are many possibilities to hike and experience nature first hand. Just step out the door and find yourself surrounded by beautiful nature! On weekends, you'll have the chance to visit Rottweil or the university town of Freiburg.
NEXT AIRPORT: Stuttgart
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Hausach
Wie lief das Camp in der Vergangenheit? Erfahrungsbericht von 2016 + Erfahrungsbericht von 2013
Am Arbeiten 2016
|Youth Exchange: Mannebach 23.07 - 06.08.2017 STUDY/ENVI/TEEN 25 vols AGE: 16-22|
PROJECT: Mannebach is a small village with 350 inhabitants not far from Trier. In Mannebach you can find a local brewery, a cheese dairy and a pottery, but the community is without public transport, school or kindergarten and without shopping facilities. That's why the local mayor and his commune started various projects to improve the life and to ensure the future of the village. A group of 25 volunteers from France, Germany, Greece, Serbia and Poland, all from remote or rural areas, will come to Mannebach to discuss different realities on the countryside throughout Europe. The youth exchange will consist of a study part and a volunteering part, in which you will support Mannebach!
STUDY: Usually, young people from the countryside have fewer opportunities to join activities, travel in Europe or even gain IT and social media skills due to commonly bad internet connections. Therefore, this youth exchange wants to broaden your view, let you get familiar with different cultures and traditions and show you, how easy and cheap it can be to travel in Europe and meet new people! Besides, the internet and social media are great tools to learn, stay in contact and discover the world - if you know how to use it (and what to avoid).
In short, the study part will consist of these two main topics:
1) Intercultural learning and possibilities on how to discover Europe
2) IT and Social Media Competences
WORK: You will create a cottage garden with traditional flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruit. The garden will be used for educational projects with children, but also as a community garden where everybody is welcome to do some gardening. The work will be supervised by a local volunteer and you will use old materials and plants to create the garden.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be accommodated in tipis and tents on the leisure facility of the village which is 1km outside of Mannebach. What used to be a sportsground is now a comping area for youth groups and is equipped with toilets, showers, a kitchen, a barbecue hut and a wooden hut that can be used as living room. The living standard is basic but you can enjoy the evenings in the nature with campfires, different outdoor playing tools and there is a soccer pitch with floodlight. Also you can use the community hall in the village centre for group activities.
LOCATION: Mannebach is a small village 7 km from Saarburg, where you have all the shopping facilities you need, a train station, a public swimming pool and several touristic sights. On your days off you can go and visit Trier, the oldest city in Germany, which is 30 km away from Mannebach or explore the landscape which is dominated by hills, fruit orchards and forests. The area is famous for hiking and other outdoor activities.
NEXT AIRPORT: Frankfurt Hahn, Luxemburg
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Saarburg, Trier
REMARKS: IBG will host a special preparatory session that includes an intercultural and task-related preparation workshop.
IBG 35 Annaberg-Buchholz (Sachsen) 23.07.-05.08.2017 ___ENVI/MANU___10vols
PROJECT: After the success of last years' workcamps, the inhabitants of Annaberg-Buchholz are looking forward to interact with international volunteers again! This year you will do environmental work on a hill in the beautiful region of the nature park "Erzgebirge". This project is for everybody who likes nature and is curious to meet German youngsters! From your working place you can enjoy beautiful views.
WORK: The "Poehlberg", a hill in Annaberg-Buchholz, is shaped by lynchets. Through regular mowing the structure of the grassland and bushes is obtained. Because of its protection status, the topography and also its access, this can only be done by hand and therefore your help is needed. Please note that the work might be pretty hard, as in July it's likely to be hot and you are going to work outside in the sun!
ACCOMMODATION: You will stay at the cultural centre „Altes Brauhaus" (www.altebrauerei-annaberg.de) where you have access to a kitchen, beds and sanitary facilities. The centre will be open to the public as usual; therefore, you will have plenty of occasions to meet young people from Annaberg-Buchholz! The cultural centre is not far from the city centre.
LOCATION: Annaberg-Buchholz is a city of 21,000 inhabitants in the region of "Erzgebirge" (Ore Mountains), in the federal state of Saxony, and quite close to the Czech border. The region was important in the early stages of industrialization, as it was the centre of metallurgy and mining. Within the city and the surrounding region, you will find many traces of these former times. There are many things to do in your free time: You can go hiking in the Ore Mountains, visit a mine or take a day-trip to Chemnitz, Dresden or even to Czech Republic!
NEXT AIRPORT: Leipzig, Dresden, Nuremberg, Frankfurt
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Annaberg-Buchholz
| |Bei der Arbeit 2016
IBG 29 Schwanfeld (Bavaria) 13.08.-26.08.2017 RENO/ENVI 12vols
PROJECT: The community of Schwanfeld is the oldest village in Germany. Some years back, proof was found of a former Bandkeramik (Linear Pottery Culture) settlement outside of the present village from presumably 5500 B.C. Schwanfeld is happy to show their treasures of the golden days to international volunteers and invites the group to get to know more about the south of Germany. This is the 9th time a workcamp will take place in Schwanfeld - and all citizens will be very welcoming and excited to meet the new volunteers after the success of previous years. Invitations by local associations and the village youngsters have led to many cordial encounters and friendships in the past.
WORK: A variety of tasks awaits you! Depending on the weather, you will help out in the local museums (cleaning and restoration). If applicable, you will also help to renovate hiking trails, possibly set up signs for a nature trail, clean out a stream, or do similar renovation and landscape work to support the Municipal Maintenance Department.
Also, since there are school holidays in August, there is an annual holiday program for kids, in which you might help out supervising.
And finally, you will help out with the annual fair that will be taking place. You will work with locals to prepare the festival, provide a helping hand in the stalls during the fair, and assist in dismantling afterwards. This will give you the chance to get in touch with the people of the Schwanfeld community and learn more about local traditions!
ACCOMMODATION: The group will live in the local gym hall next to the school where they will have access to toilets and showers. The nearby community centre will provide a kitchen for you to use.
LOCATION: Schwanfeld is situated in the north-western part of Bavaria, in between the cities of Schweinfurt and Wuerzburg. Only about 2,000 people live in this small community. The very motivated and active major of the village is looking forward to accompanying the volunteers, showing them around and educating them about the historical and regional specialties of Schwanfeld. Aside from the village's own sights and events (museum, church, local annual fair which was the highlight of last year's workcamp) there is the ambient nature and nearby, larger cities like Wuerzburg to discover.
NEXT AIRPORT: Nuremberg
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Waigolshausen
IBG 36 Leipzig (Saxony) 14.08.-01.09.2017 CONS/ENVI 12vols
PROJECT: The local partner is an association aiming to revitalize derelict land, wasteland and gaps between existing buildings or to refurbish older properties in Leipzig. All these projects are realised with local volunteers and for the benefit of the citizens of Leipzig and the environment. One huge project is the "Buergerbahnhof Plagwitz". The area of this former train station and the former rail tracks is not in use any more. Nature already started to come back. The idea is to transform this area into a public green area including a huge adventure playground, an urban forest, a café, urban gardening places, an orchard, and huts for kids and youth initiatives. The playground "Bauspielplatz Wilder Westen" is already working.
WORK: You will support the local team by this transformation work. The concrete tasks will depend on the progress of the work during the next months; for sure there will be different kinds of construction and environmental work.
On three days you will run activities together with local pupils aged 14-16. So please be also prepared for this exchange and to present your country.
ACCOMMODATION: Basic accommodation in a youth club (to be confirmed).
LOCATION: Even although the place looks rural, you will be in the city of Leipzig and you have many opportunities. Leipzig has 560.000 inhabitants and was the centre of the peaceful revolution in Eastern Germany in 1989. Today it is called the "boomtown of the East", university and industry are growing, many artists live here and you can find plenty of clubs, social initiatives.... At the same time Leipzig is surrounded by small lakes where you can swim.
NEXT AIRPORT: Leipzig (LEJ), Berlin
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Leipzig
IBG 30 Heidenhem a. d. Brenz (Baden-Wurttemberg) 19.08.-02.09.2017 MANU 10vols
PROJECT: Your host is the Open-Air Theatre Heidenheim, the 2nd largest one of its kind in Southern Germany. It is situated on the "castle hill" of the town, surrounded by forests, and can accommodate 1100 spectators. The Open-Air Theatre is run by an association and they are very happy about your help!
The theatre season will last till the end of August. So during your first week there will still be performances and you will be able to get a taste of the theatre!
WORK: Last year, one part of the building of the Open-Air Theatre was torn down in order to build a new one. Therefore all the costumes and furniture had to be put in temporary storage. This year, the construction work will be finished in summer, and all the costumes and furniture have to be brought to the new building, in which they need to be assorted. Additionally, there might be further final tasks in the new building (e.g. painting) in case they don't manage to finish that in advance.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be accommodated directly on the project side: Next to the stage, there is huge building for administration, a workshop, a café ... here you will have two rooms for yourselves, showers, a kitchen and a common room. Please don't forget to bring a sleeping bag!
LOCATION: Heidenheim an der Brenz is a town with about 46.000 inhabitants. The area is rather rural with a beautiful countryside: since it is at the end of the Swabian Albs, there are many hills and forests. There is a castle and a wildlife park in Heidenheim, very close to your project. If you would like to visit a larger town, you may go to Ulm which is only 30km away. But also Stuttgart and Munich are just about 2 hours by train!
NEXT AIRPORTS: Stuttgart, Memmingen, Munich
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Heidenheim a. d. Brenz
IBG 31 Eislingen/Fils (Baden-Wurttemberg) 19.08.-03.09.2017 RENO/FEST 12vols
PROJECT: Every year, the youth centre in Eislingen organizes a Dirt Bike Contest with participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For the third time now, they will get the help of an international workcamp in the preparations and also the realization of this event. During the project you will be in close contact with local youngsters. We ask you to come with an open mind and bring some ideas how to spend the time together with them.
WORK: You will help to prepare everything for the Dirt Bike Contest which will take place on 2nd of September. Concrete tasks will be the reconstruction and renovation of the trail as well as the removal of greens. On the day of the event you will set up the stalls, sell drinks etc. During the two weeks you will also help out with the renovation work in the local youth centre. Apart from these main tasks there will be a lot of time which you will spend together with the youth. Please bring some ideas for activities with you! Keep in mind that these young people are teens who haven't had many possibilities to travel and meet new people from abroad yet. Communication might be difficult sometimes. However, they are looking forward to meeting you and making new friends around the world!
ACCOMMODATION: Volunteers will be accommodated in a school, directly in the centre of the town. The building provides a kitchen, a shower and lots of space (in the school itself as well as on the schoolyard).
LOCATION: Eislingen is a town in the German region Baden-Wurttemberg around 50km southeast of Stuttgart. It is located on the river Fils in beautiful nature. The region with its diverse landscape invites for hiking trips or other outdoor activities. There are good train connections to bigger cities nearby, e.g. Stuttgart or Ulm.
NEXT AIRPORT: Stuttgart
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Eislingen (Fils)
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers should be able to ride a bike!
Wie lief das Camp in der Vergangenheit? Erfahrungsbericht von 2016 + Erfahrungsbericht von 2015
Die letztjährige Gruppe auf dem Gelände des Dirt Bike Trails
IBG 32 Betzenstein & Plech (Bavaria) 20.08.-03.08.2017 RENO/ENVI 12vols
PROJECT: Betzenstein, a small Franconian town, is inviting an international workcamp for the fourth time this year. The municipality of Plech organize its second workcamp together with its neighbouring town Betzenstein. Various tasks await you in this project, since you will be working one week in Betzenstein and one week in Plech.
WORK: There are lots of different tasks awaiting you! For example: The village of Plech created a church of metal tubes on a hill in 2016, which is frequently visited by international travellers due to its location next to the motorway. Therefore, they want to build a stele of metal tubes at the entrance of the church with its blessings in many different languages! Additionally, it is necessary to clean the water area of the terrain and their paths around the church.
Another task is creating an "explorer forest track": The existing path needs to be improved and "activity stations" for old and young people are supposed to be installed.
In the second week you will have similar tasks in Betzenstein, such as improving hiking paths and some restoration work at a playground.
ACCOMMODATION: The group will be accommodated in the multi-purpose hall of Plech. Apart from the big hall, there are some smaller rooms which you can use for sleeping or eating, a kitchen, toilets and showers. In the basement there is a party room and you can use the sport facilities like table tennis.
LOCATION: The Bavarian region in which Betzenstein and Plech are located is called "Little Switzerland" - for one reason: Its beautiful surrounding invites to various adventures and hiking trips in the region. There are all kinds of trails and possibilities to experience the unique nature. On the weekends there are busses to nearby cities like Nuremberg or Pegnitz. Your hosts are happy to show you around and to get to know you throughout the two weeks!
NEXT AIRPORT: Nuremberg (30 km), Munich (150km), Stuttgart (200km)
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Pegnitz
IBG 33 Wangen (Baden-Württemberg) 26.08.-09.09.2017 KIDS 12vols
ALTER: 18-30 Jahre
PROJEKT: Nun bereits zum neunten Mal laedt die Stadt Wangen zu einem Workcamp ein, das die Ferienspiele fuer Kinder unterstuetzen wird. Waehrend der ersten Woche findet die Spielstadt „Mini-Wangen" statt: Hier sind Kinder im Alter von 7 bis 13 Jahren eingeladen, eine Woche lang verschiedene Berufe auszuprobieren: z. B: Buergermeister, Zeitungsreporter, Zirkusmitarbeiter ... Sie koennen ihre eigene Stadt aufbauen, gestalten und den Alltag in dieser leben. Neben dem Bauhof, der Schmueckerei, der Kueche und der Stadtverwaltung koennen die Kinder auch neue Bereiche eroeffnen. In der zweiten Woche findet mit dem gleichen Prinzip eine mittelalterliche Spielstadt fuer Kinder der gleichen Altersgruppe auf einer Burgruine in der Naehe statt.
ARBEIT: Die TeilnehmerInnen des Workcamps unterstuetzen die Kinder bei verschiedenen Aktivitaeten in der Spielstadt - in den Bereichen Sport, Spiel und Handwerk. Die Freiwilligen arbeiten gemeinsam mit lokalen Betreuern zusammen, um das Programm innerhalb und im Außenbereich des Jugendhauses und in der Stadt zu beaufsichtigen. Es werden neue Bereiche eroeffnet und begleitet und Auffuehrungen fuer das große Stadtfest am Donnerstag geprobt. Die Ideen kommen von den Kindern, aber auch die Freiwilligen duerfen und sollen ihre eigenen Erfahrungen, Hobbies und Vorschlaege einbringen. Ungefaehr 120 Kinder werden an „Mini-Wangen" teilnehmen.
Der Tag beginnt fuer die Helfer um 7.30 Uhr. In einer kurzen Morgenrunde werden anstehende Aufgaben besprochen. Um 8.00 Uhr treffen die Kinder ein und der Tag in Mini-Wangen startet. Um 14 Uhr endet fuer die Kinder der Tag in Mini- Wangen. Danach werden noch Aufraeumarbeiten durchgefuehrt. Mit einer kurzen Reflektionsrunde der ehrenamtlichen Mitarbeiter endet auch fuer diese der Tag um ca. 14:30 Uhr. In der zweiten Woche helfen die Freiwilligen bei dem mittelalterlichen Ferienprogramm auf der Burg mit.
UNTERKUNFT: Ihr wohnt in dem gut ausgestatteten Jugendwohnheim (Kueche und Sanitaeranlagen sind vorhanden) auf dem Grundstueck des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes nahe dem Stadtzentrum. Betten sowie alle saniteren Anlagen gibt es in der Unterkunft. Bitte bring deinen eigenen Schlafsack mit.
UMGEBUNG: Wangen ist eine sehr schoene alte Stadt in der Region „Allgaeu". Sie liegt in der Naehe der Alpen und der Laender Schweiz und Oesterreich. Die Umgebung ist vielseitig und laedt dazu ein, den Bodensee und die Alpen zu entdecken. Doch auch die Stadt Wangen selbst hat mit seinen Fachwerkhaeusern und der langen Geschichte, die bis ins Jahr 815 zurueckreicht, viel an Kultur und Sehenswuerdigkeiten zu bieten.
NAECHSTER FLUGHAFEN: Stuttgart, Memmingen, Muenchen
NAECHSTER BAHNHOF: Wangen (Allgaeu)
Wie lief das Camp in der Vergangenheit? Erfahrungsbericht von 2014
Mithilfe beim Zirkus der Spielstadt 2016
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