Update from 05.11.202: Due to the corona pandemic, we are postponing the conference planned for December to autumn 2021. All those who have registered so far will also receive more information by email.
In December 2020, IBG is organizing a conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of international workcamps.
International workcamps and volunteering teams are more than just looking across the border and finally using the foreign languages from school lessons: Young people are encouraged in their development, their self-confidence, self-confidence and their independence are strengthened, as well as intercultural understanding and cooperation in international teams. This experience is fun and a formative experience for many young people. A good reason to facilitate access to international work camps. These can also be integrated into long-term learning processes at school, during training or studies as exciting building blocks.
The conference offers approaches as to how organizations and institutions that organize learning and educational processes for young people can profitably integrate international projects.
For municipalities, international workcamps and other forms of international youth work offer positive interconnections with other fields of activity: with municipal youth work, village development, tourism promotion, nature and landscape protection, monument preservation and others. Planned projects can be implemented or started cost-effectively with the support of volunteers and driven forward with greater public awareness and acceptance. Especially with international projects in rural regions, new intercultural influences come into the place and the host role strengthens a sense of community and commitment. In projects abroad, participating young people get the chance to have a formative and development-promoting experience.
The conference shows ways in which international youth work projects can be included in the development of communal projects and in what form they can be easily implemented.
The complete program of the conference can be found here (in German).
Friday, December 4th, 11 am-4pm
Seminar house of the workers' education center, Stuttgart
Who can participate?
We expect around 30-35 workers from municipalities, youth and handicapped aid, educational institutions, science, etc.
Anyone interested can register directly online using this link. Registration closes on November 13th, 2020. Due to the corona, the number of participants is strictly limited; the date of the registration may decide in case there are not enough free places.
The health department has given the green light for events in the workers' training center for up to 50 people in accordance with the hygiene concept. IBG will limit this to 40 people. The morning will take place in the hall, the afternoon in small groups in five different rooms.
Even if we definitely do not want to hold the conference digitally, we are of course aware of our responsibility and will deal with it responsibly. If the development of the infection continues so rapidly, we reserve the right to cancel and postpone it to autumn 2021. We therefore recommend that you do not buy tickets to travel to Stuttgart yet. On November 16, we will make a decision and then send further information (travel description, updated program, etc.).
The conference is kindly supported by the European Solidarity Corps and the Baden-Württemberg Foundation. A registration fee is therefore not applicable. Travel costs are to be covered by participants themselves.