"Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten e.V.", IBG for short, was founded in 1965 with the aim of contributing to peace and international understanding through international youth community services (workcamps). Since then, more than 1,500 international workcamps have been organized with more than 15,000 participants in Germany and other German-speaking countries, and far more than 10,000 volunteers have been sent to voluntary projects worldwide.
IBG is committed to international understanding, the promotion of respect and openness, the strengthening of democratic awareness through independent and responsible action, the overcoming of disadvantageous social conditions, as well as a lasting positive impact of workcamps on the local project communities. In our work as an organisation as well as in all of our local projects, we value sustainability, inclusion, equality and solidarity.
Organisation and Network
IBG is a non-profit association. In addition to some part-time employees, the organisation's work is supported by an honorary board, about 150 members and many indispensable dedicated volunteers. IBG is neither religiously nor politically bound and is recognized as an organisation of extracurricular youth education.
IBG is a member of the UNESCO's Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and the network of "Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations ". On a national level, IBG is a member of the Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Offene Jugendbildung (LAGO) Baden-Württemberg.
The workcamps in Germany are funded through grants from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as well as the Erasmus+ programme and the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) of the European Union. In addition, local sponsors support the projects.
IBG has five employees who are working mostly part-time for the IBG office.
Volunteers & Interns
Currently, Clara from Italy is supporting us as a European Solidarity Corps volunteer at the IBG office.
The honorary board of IBG meets regularly to exchange ideas and to decide on projects and the association's matters. Usually, the meetings are public and open to all interested members! Since the 2020 General Assembly of IBG, the organisation is represented by:
IBG is an association of and for volunteers. You want to get involved? Get to know the world of international volunteering as a participant of a workcamp, as a group leader of an international project in Germany, or support us as an intern in the office! You have already been volunteering with us and would like to further shape the organisation's life? Then support us in trainings or info events, meet other committed people in your regional group, or simply become a member! In two working groups, you can also exchange your experience and connect to other interested in the topics of inclusion or sustainability, supporting IBG's work in these areas.
Internship at the IBG office
You can also support us as an intern in our office in Stuttgart. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of international volunteering work, help us with project coordination, manage the applications for work camps, support the preparation and facilitation of seminars and trainings, or help with public relations and promotion. Requirements? Good English and German skills, experience in working with MS Office (Word, Excel), a sense of responsibility, good self-organisational skills and ideally own work camp experience.
Become a member of IBG
We are happy about each new member of IBG, because the organisation's members carry our work and determine the future direction! Members' newsletters and the annual general meeting bring you up to date with the organisation's activities; the board meetings are public. The membership fee is 18€ per year. How can you join? Just fill in the membership application and send it to our office in Stuttgart!
IBG is happy for every donation and support received! With your help, we can continue to realize great project ideas or support volunteers who would otherwise not be able to participate in a work camp. The donations are tax deductible in Germany. We will of course send you a donation receipt.
Our account details:
Vereinigte Volksbank Sindelfingen
IBAN: DE74 6039 0000 0041 1450 03