13. April 2021

Join a Volunteering Team in Bergheim

Together with the non-profit Woanders e.V., we are organizing two volunteering team projects near Cologne this summer.

Every summer Woanders e.V. organizes a tent city in Bergheim, close to Köln. It's a whole month full of activities for different age groups: It starts with two weeks of children's programs, followed by a week for young teenagers (12-15 years) and a week for teenagers (14+) and ends with a week's family camp. You can find the schedule for the tent city 2021 here.

It is a project that is mainly aimed at disadvantaged children and young people, but it is open to people from different backgrounds. In 2020, a small group of international volunteers took part in the project for the first time, and we want to build on this successful collaboration.

What will you be working on here?

The project consists of two successive teams of volunteers funded by the European Solidarity Corps. This covers the entire duration of the holiday program in Bergheim and supports the setting up, taking down and cleaning up of the tent city. You are of course invited to take part in both volunteer teams, but you can also stay for just three weeks.

The first group helps set up the site for a few days and supports the local team in running the tent city from July 4th.

This includes assisting with different types of workshops where the children can try sports, practice arts and crafts, or just play. Apart from the support in the program, there will also be “backstage” tasks, such as B. Shopping or cleaning. Another responsibility is the night shift: Since the participants are minors, someone has to stay awake at all times. But don't worry - you don't have to stay up all night or do it alone. Here you can register as a volunteer for the first three weeks in the tent city in Bergheim.

After three weeks the second group of volunteers will arrive.

The program for the following week includes activities for young people from the age of 14. The last week is reserved for families with (small) children. It is very important for the local team that the international volunteers feel comfortable and become part of the large group of team members. On August 7th, all participants of the tent city will leave and you and the local team will start to dismantle everything and save things for the next year. This part of the job will be physically demanding, but at the same time this week should give you and the local team members some more time together to finally say goodbye. Here you can register as a volunteer for the last three weeks in the tent city in Bergheim.

Sign up now

You can apply to join either one or both of the volunteering teams easily through our database. Applications are possible as long as there are still vacancies.

Volunteering teams are part of the European Solidarity Corps. For your work in a volunteering team, your travel expenses can be reimbursed and you will receive a small pocket money. There are a few bureaucratic requirements to be met and there is a strict age limit of 18 to 30 years.

Any questions about the individual projects or the registration process? Clémentine will be happy to help you:

Send an email: incoming@ibg-workcamps.org
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Coronavirus / Covid-19: Current exemptions for placement in international workcamps

Are you interested in joining a workcamp, but wondering whether and how the spread of the new corona virus SARS-CoV-2 will affect your travel planning? We have put together a few helpful links for you to find out about current travel conditions. In addition, we adapt our placement conditions for international workcamps to the current circumstances. Here you will find the most important information.