03. April 2020

Volunteer from home

Join a workcamp despite travel bans and quarantine

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 our 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. 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. And there is a cool research project for Slovak and Czech speakers waiting.

Here you can find the online board where all recent projects and activities are presented 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!

We believe that especially in times as challenging as these, it is important to raise our voices for solidarity and international friendship.

This is a joint project of many workcamps organisations worldwide. 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.

How to apply

Apply for the virtual workcamp here.

For any question about the application process or the camp just contact Anna:

Send an Email: outgoing@ibg-workcamps.org
Call: 06022 / 279 38 51
Send a message (Signal, Telegram & WhatsApp): +49 1520 2185131