ICJA Workcamps in Deutschland

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ICJA legt Wert darauf, Workcamps zusammen mit lokalen Partnern auszurichten, die inhaltlich interessante Projekte anbieten: praktische Friedensarbeit, Umweltschutz und nachhaltige Landwirtschaft, Kinder und Jugendarbeit, Aktivitäten zugunsten benachteiligter Menschen, Renovierung und Denkmalpflege.

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Vermittlungsgebühr bei uns: 77,- Euro
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  • ICJA01 University in Farmhouse Gossberg 01.07. - 15.07.18

    ICJA01 University in Farmhouse Gossberg 01.07. - 15.07.18

    Age: 18-26, Vols: 17
    Languages: English, German
    Project:
    The "University of the Farmhouse" is a center of education for nature, culture, youth work and sustainability. The aim of this project is to demonstrate different ecological cultivation methods and then to work with these methods independently.
    Work:

    In the last years with the help of several workcamps there was created a new seminar room and volunteers designed a nice courtyard for recreation and leisure time outside. This year it is planned to build a “campus for nature and youth”. Volunteers can help to set up different garden patches for cultivation and as well biotopes for nature conservation. Beside this it is planned to build several housings like a yurt, a tepee and hut in traditional loam construction.
    As every year, volunteers are invited to get to know the local Perma Culture garden and do some gardening there. While looking after the plants, there this the possibility to harvest fruits. Of course there is also the opportunity to get to know about the idea of a permaculture with its, plants, animals and environment.
    Therefore we are looking for motivated young people who are interested in handicrafts, living with nature and gardening/landscaping.
    Study part:
    How to create a productive garden which grows plants and feeds animals in a way that only a minimum input of energy and resources are required to achieve maximum sustainability to the environment? Interesting ecological and cultural projects/information from your country is very welcome.
    Leisure time:
    The afternoons and evenings, also weekends are free for personal use: sports, fieldtrips in the region and to Freiberg, swimming. There will be a group of around 5 local German volunteers participating in the workcamp. Good possibility to improve your German language skills. In the last weekend, volunteers will join the summer party of the University in the Farmhouse.
    Region:
    The project will take place in a famous river hill and cultural landscape in the middle of Saxony at the foot of the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains), 35 km from Dresden, 15 km from Freiberg.
    Accommodation:
    The participants are accommodated in the big seminar room. Food will be prepared together in the big kitchen of the seminar house.
    Remarks:
    Please bring a sleeping bag with you.
    Terminal:

    Freiberg

  • ICJA02 Ban Nuclear Weapons Mutlangen Buechel 07.07. - 22.07.18

    ICJA02 Ban Nuclear Weapons Mutlangen Buechel 07.07. - 22.07.18

    Age: 18+, Vols 15
    Language: English, German
    Project:
    Several organizations of the German peace movement are currently running a campaign to ban the last nuclear weapons which are stationed in Germany. In the eighties huge protests out of the civil society has been successful and most of the intermediate-range missile, called Pershing II, has been disarmed in Germany. But in our world there are still more than 14.000 nuclear weapons remaining!
    The organizations “International Fellowship of Reconciliation” and the “Friedenswerkstatt Mutlangen” invites international volunteers to support activities against nuclear weapons. The workcamp will start in Mutlangen, a former location of nuclear missiles 40 km east of Stuttgart. There the blockades against the missiles has been successful! In the second part we will move to the military airbase Buechel in the “Eifel”, where still nuclear weapons are stationed. (The workcamp will end when group is back in Mutlangen).
    You will get to know and discuss history and actual questions of nuclear disarmament and non violence.
    Twenty nuclear bombs are still kept in the airbase Büchel. They belong to the US Army and in case of war, they would be flown by German pilots. Instead of abolished, as the international law demands, these weapons are going to be upgraded. The campaign “Büchel is everywhere – Global Zero Now” demands the stop of the so called modernization of the bombs, the removal from Germany and a legal ban all nuclear weapons. The campaign is part of ICAN, (International Campaign to abolish Nuclear Weapons), which got the Novel Peace Prize.
    Work:
    Volunteers are invited to join our campaigns and activities for promoting peace during the time of the workcamp. You will help us through your participation and through some manual and artistic work: In Mutlangen you will create a wall painting promoting a peaceful world. In Büchel you will create an artistic installation for the so called “peace meadow” and support the campaign against the remaining nuclear weapons. In both places you will do garden work.
    We believe that campaigns for nuclear disarmament and non violence conflict resolution are messages worth to be spread in the media. We invite to you to learn from best examples in peace building and to help us to share these examples in social media.
    Leisure time:

    The participants can visit rural and urban attractions nearby.
    Study part:
    The participants will receive information about nuclear weapons, ongoing nuclear armament programs and efforts about disarmament and the ban of nuclear weapons. We will exchange information about our own experiences of non-violent forms of action.
    Accommodation:
    We sleep in tents. In Mutlangen in the garden of the “Pressehütte”. In Büchel in a peace camp on a field beside the military airfield. Sleeping pad and sleeping bag to be brought. Vegetarian Food will be prepared together.
    Remarks:
    You will need to pay additional fee of 50,- Euro. You will need sleeping bag and isolation sheet. Food will be vegetarian. The workcamp starts and ends in Mutlangen. Do not forget to bring a warm sweater and clothes, nights can be rather cold.
    A motivation letter is needed.
    Terminal:
    Train station Schwäbisch Gmünd

  • ICJA03 Muellerhof Mittweida 13.07. - 27.07.18

    ICJA03 Muellerhof Mittweida 13.07. - 27.07.18

    Age: 18-26, Vols 10
    Languages: English, German

    Project:
    The camp takes place at the “Müllerhof”, which is a reconstructed traditional half-timbered farmhouse. It runs a socio-cultural center of the local community which offers creative workshops and courses aimed to the personal development. Nearby is the so-called “garden of senses” which consists of a small park, a play area, trees for climbing and a natural stage for events with an 80 year old circus-wagon. It also has an area with herbal garden and berry bushes. Lots of workcamps helped to embellish the house and the garden.
    It is planned that you will work together with local students and pupils, good possibility to improve your German language skills.
    Work:
    This year is planned to renovate a stage made of wood and to embellish an old construction site trailer. This means to work with wood and to be creative with paints.
    The stage is located in our garden, after you changed some beams and planks of the construction, it can be used again for our events. The trailer needs to be prepared as tool shed and you are welcome to decorate him with a graffiti !
    Important as well is the work in the “Garten der Sinne”, which needs maintenance every year. Especially the tunnels made of wicker. Volunteers will be integrated into the household and are asked to cook for approximately 20 guests and stuff of the Müllerhof.
    In the end of the workcamp an international evening is planned as big party for the volunteers and guests of Muellerhof. You are invited to introduce your country and to offer typical food of our country. In addition there will be a band playing and a teacher will show how to dance traditional folkdances
    Study part:
    Volunteers can explore the possibilities and activities of the Müllerhof as an example of a socio cultural center.
    Leisure time:
    There is a range of possibilities for excursions and visits of interesting places:
    Guided tour through the University of Applied Sciences, visits to the town hall, museum and church of Mittweida. We will also offer outdoor activities and guided hiking-tours in the area (e.g. a hike to a dam, the fortress Kriebstein or the Rochlitzer Porphyrberg). It‘s also possible to visit the cities nearby: Dresden, Leipzig or Chemnitz.
    Region:
    Mittweida is surrounded by a nice landscape with nice places waiting to be visited. Next interesting cities are Freiberg, Leipzig, Dresden. There is a university for applied science with lots of international students.
    Accommodation:
    The participants will sleep in the big loft of the Muellerhof (80m²) which includes a shower and toilets.
    Special requirements:
    Please bring a sleeping bag and working clothes with you.
    Terminal:
    Mittweida near Dresden

  • ICJA04 Eilenburg 14.07. – 28.07.18

    ICJA04 Eilenburg 14.07. – 28.07.18

    Languages: English, German
    Age: 18-26 Vol 14

    Project:
    The small town Eilenburg provides a wide range of youth clubs. Host of this workcamp is the youth club Falle (“trap”) which is located in former Barracks. In the same building there are situated some more social, sportive and cultural projects.
    Work:
    After the successful workcamps of the last year, volunteers will again help in renovating some facilities in the town and in the local zoo. Beside this volunteers help is needed in the renovation of the surrounding of the local youth center. You can select from various tasks waiting: to set up benches, to renew a volleyball field, to repair different enclosures, etc.
    Study:
    Volunteers will learn about different types of youth culture in Germany
    Leisure time:
    The leisure time program will be organized together with the local Eilenburg youth groups and clubs. The focus lies here on the encounter and the exchange with local adolescents. Also there are sports activities such as soccer, volleyball, swimming and bowling. In addition there will be a cultural program. A trip to Leipzig and Dresden is scheduled. You can get to know the rich history of Eilenburg through guided tours in the museum and in the cellars, located in the hill in the center of the city.
    Region:
    Eilenburg is a small town with approx. 17 000 inhabitants, situated on the border of the „Dübener Heide“ and approximately 25km from the exhibition city Leipzig. Its rich history of over thousand years, makes it easy to call it one of the cradles of Saxony. The continuous rule of the Wettins-Dynasty beginning with the Earl of Ilburg in the 11th century was carried on until 1918. Part of their territory is the state of Saxony today.
    In medieval times and during industrialization Eilenburg was a rich city. At the time of Martin Luther its main business was brewery and in the 19th century it was a national center of textile industries. But Eilenburg also was devastated several times in its history. In April 1945, Eilenburg was almost completely destroyed.
    As the only evidence of former rich times remained the „Sorbenturm“ as a remaining part of the Ilburg. It was assumedly built in the 12th century at the highest part of the 220m x 150m plateau. A loop footpath outside the castle wall connects the „Sorbenturm“ with the „Amtshaus”(deanery), the former county court. This path has been renewed with the help of the volunteers in the last workcamps.
    Accommodation:
    The volunteers will live in the local youth center called „House IV“. The group can cook for itself in a modern kitchen.
    Remarks:
    Sleeping bags and camping mats should be brought by you, it is also necessary to bring work clothes, raingear and sturdy shoes.
    Terminal:
    Eilenburg via Leipzig

  • ICJA05 Heavens Rock Spangenberg 14.07. - 06.08.18

    ICJA05 Heavens Rock Spangenberg 14.07. - 06.08.18

    Age: 18-26, Vols: 15
    Languages: English, German

    Project:
    In Spangenberg. Spangenberg is a small village south of Kassel, in the middle of Germany. The „Himmelsfels“(Heavens rock) in Spangenberg is with 8 hectares attached to it. In Himmelsfels are embassies of different countries - caravans that have been modified artistically by international guests of the Himmelsfels. Every year in Himmelsfels there are events concerning art, culture, gospel music and several international youth camps.
    The volunteers of the workcamp will help to enrich the current youth camps by becoming part of our international staff and supporting the activities by working with kids and becoming international ambassadors for their own countries. This program includes a project of artistic decoration and renovation of our embassies (Caravans) of international friendship.
    The “Himmelsfels” foundation is a Christian organization which aims: to develop spaces for intercultural and ecumenical exploration, as well as to motivate people for a life characterized by equality and common values. The project is especially directed to young people who support and are eager to join the community of Christian spirituality. For more information please see: www.himmelsfels.de
    Work:

    Workcamp participants are invited to work in different fields: Manual, artistically, pedagogical. During the youth camps, you will have contact with kids from diverse background and join their activities as well. You are requested to be prepared as “ambassador” of the peoples living in your country. It would be helpful to be prepared to offer your own workshop artistically, musically or athletically at home and bring lots of ideas. In addition all volunteers will have the chance to introduce their country in an open evening. You should gather ideas at home and bring material for creating this evening. Further information will be provided after the placement in the workcamp. Beside the announced activities the volunteers will also need to take responsibility by leading groups of young campers in daily works like catering and cleaning.
    Leisure Time:
    The small town Spangenberg is situated between hills in a green countryside in the middle of Germany. Leisure activities will be arranged according the needs of the group. There will be the possibility to visit Kassel, town of the world wide know art exhibition "Documenta".
    Study part:
    The study part of this workcamp will be dominated mostly by the question about life between past and future, tradition and modernity, small-town-life and global correlations. Working on the “Himmelsfels“, always encourage encounters between people from different cultures and diverse background. Religion will be reflected by experience Himmelsfels as place of ecumenical Christian believes in diversity.
    Remarks:
    Basic knowledge in German language is helpful in the contact with the Kids. Volunteers with interest in performing arts are very welcome and it would be great if you are interested in Christian spirituality. After confirmation, you will have to sign a self-commitment statement in terms of legal protection for children and young persons. Please bring a sleeping bag. As some summer nights can get cold in Germany, please bring some warm clothes and raingear!
    Accommodation:
    There will be basic and simple accommodation. You will be sleeping in caravans. Please bring a sleeping bag. As some summer nights can get cold in Germany, please bring some warm clothes and raingear!
    Terminal:
    Melsungen train station, near Kassel.

  • ICJA06 Moehrenkamp - Hut Goslar 21.07.-04.08.18

    ICJA06 Moehrenkamp - Hut Goslar 21.07.-04.08.18

    Vol: 12, Age 18-26Languages: Englisch, German

    Project:
    The youth department of the town Goslar is using the so called Moehrencamp- Hut as location for its activities offered for classes, groups from Kindergarden and children play schemes. The hut is situated in the wood of the mountain Harz, near to a camping place.
    During the middle age Goslar was a very important city. Due to rich silver mines it became a mining town and according to its relevance for the German Emperors you can still find some remaining buildings of the medieval palace, nowadays called “Kaiserpfalz”. The former silver mine “Rammelsberg” and the historic center are even counted to the UNESCO world heritage sites. For further information see www.rammelsberg.de/en/. Many tourists like to enjoy the specific atmosphere of this town by strolling through the old part of the city and visiting museums, cafes and restaurants.
    Work:
    There are different projects where volunteers can help a lot. According to the skills of the volunteers and the interest of the group, your manual work can give valuable contribution. Work can be done like: to pave a new path through the wood to the hut, to build a new fence around the property or to construct an innovative toilette system.
    Study and Leisure time:
    The youth department will offer a range of activities as cultural programme: Volunteers can visit lots of the ancient places of interest in and around Goslar. It is also possible to hike through the picturesque nature of the “National Park Harz”. There is also the option to organize an intercultural party together with other youth groups, which will be visit Goslar at the same time. It will depend to the interest of the group.
    Accommodation:
    Volunters will be hosted in the Grammar school “Goetheschule” in the city of Goslar. You can use showers, a big kitchen and you will sleep in two classrooms, equipped with camp beds. Please bring sleeping bag and a pillow (if you need one).
    Remarks:
    Please bring sleeping bag and a pillow (if you need one).
    Terminal: Goslar

  • ICJA07 Asylum Centre Giessen 28.07. – 11.08.18

    ICJA07 Asylum Centre Giessen 28.07. – 11.08.18

    Age: 18-26, Vol: 15
    Languages: English, German

    Project:
    The Asylum Centres for asylum seekers in Hessen are located at the edge of the city Giessen. There are currently about 1 000 asylum-seekers hosted in two facilities. The refugees are in Germany because of various reasons, e.g. political, ethnic, religious, persecution or poverty. Usually they stay at the facility for few months until a decision has been made about their application. Sometimes they are sent to other centers or to other “safe countries” where they entered the European Union, or to their countries of origin. Most of the people living in the Asylum Centres in Giessen are from Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Eritrea and Balkan countries: Young men, women, children and older people. The asylum seekers live in simple conditions and are not allowed to work or leave the district in which they live. Their permission to stay in Germany often is limited and so is their contact with the locals living in the city. The international volunteers are invited to the Asylum Centre for two weeks to take part in the daily life of the refugees. In the study part of the camp, we want to discuss the situation of refugees in Germany and Europe, as well as the current developments in the area of Asylum-policies. We want you to get in contact with the residents of the Asylum Centre so that we can learn about their stories, difficulties and perspectives.
    Work:
    Together with the refugees we want to organize common activities, where the women and children are taken into consideration. In addition, our goal is to get in contact with the young members of the local protestant church to raise greater awareness for the refugees and to break the isolation of the refugees. We will prepare contact with students of the university that are willing to take care of the medical issues of the refugees and to pursue the legal issues of the asylum law. We will also get in contact with students of the University who medicate people without legal status. We especially invite volunteers to participate, who are able to speak Turkish, Arabic or Farsi. Besides organizing common activities with the refugees, we plan to construct some furniture made from old palettes together. They can be used outside, and will be nucleus of a meeting point of the inhabitants of the center.
    Environment:
    Giessen, a city populated mostly by students located in the mid-west of Germany. It is easy to reach via Frankfurt airport and Frankfurt Hahn airport.
    Leisure Time:
    There are plenty of possibilities for leisure time activities: playing football or canoeing as well as possibilities to visit some other cities. (e.g. Marburg, Frankfurt or Heidelberg).
    Accommodation:
    The workcamp will be hosted by a local protestant church which is already involved in working with the refugees. The premises of the church are plentiful and volunteers will have a lot of space for sleeping, cooking, dining, relaxing, and for indoor and outdoor activities.
    Remarks:

    Please bring sleeping bag, pillow (if needed), isolation sheet, work clothes, bathing suit, music, your talents and something specific from your country. After registration, we require a self-declaration concerning the children and youth protection. A motivation letter is needed.
    Terminal:
    Giessen

  • ICJA09 Peace Center Sievershausen 29.07. - 12.08.18

    ICJA09 Peace Center Sievershausen 29.07. - 12.08.18

    Vols: 20, Age: 18-26
    Languages: English, German

    Project:
    The Peace Studies Centre Sievershausen (Antikriegshaus Sievershausen) was established in the rooms of the Sievershausen Lutheran Church community almost 50 years ago. Those were the times when the Vietnam War escalated. Constant expansions followed, now there are several buildings, surrounded by a nice park, including a guest house and a museum with an assembly hall. The peace centre shows within its diverse program, that peace work has political, historical, pedagogical and cultural aspects. Through the year one can visit exhibitions, literary readings, lectures and many cultural events. In the seminar house students get trainings in nonviolent conflict resolution and every year an international workcamp is offered. For further information please visit antikriegshaus.de.
    Work:
    Volunteers are invited to decorate our seminar house. You will work on the interior using artistic means (i.e. fabric painting, painting on wood, …). Volunteers are welcome to show their talents in designing and handcraft. Participants who prefer to do manual labour, are invited to do some garden work or help with renovating another room in the center.
    Study:
    We will learn some essentials of peace work and get basic non-violent conflict management training. In the second week we will visit the former concentration camp of Bergen Belsen, and have some lessons on European history in the first part of the 20th century.
    Volunteers will have the opportunity to spend an evening in a German family and reverse, the group will invite the people of the village and region to an “Evening of encounter” (Abend der Begegnung) in the rooms of the Peace Center.
    Leisure Time:
    In the leisure time, the group can use facilities of the seminar house and make an excursion to Hannover or Braunschweig.
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation of the participants is carried out in rooms with 4 beds each.
    There are bed sheets available. Food will be prepared together in the kitchen of the seminar house.
    Region:
    The Peace Center is at the verge of a village with about 2500 inhabitants. The Peace Center is near the historical location where in 1553 a battle took place. Sievershausen lies 30 kilometers east of the Lower Saxony provincial capital Hanover on the freeway to Berlin.
    Terminal:
    Haemelerwald near Hannover (train from Hannover to Braunschweig).

  • ICJA10 Nature Discovery Park Prenzlau 06.08. – 18.08.18

    ICJA10 Nature Discovery Park Prenzlau 06.08. – 18.08.18

    Vols: 15, Age: 18-26
    Languages: English, German

    Project:
    Since many years now, the City Hall of Prenzlau is hosting successful workcamps. Prenzlau is the capital of one of the biggest counties in Germany. The historical name of this landscape is Uckermark. The town is located approximately 100 km north of the national capital Berlin, 50 km from Stettin in Poland and 80 km from the Baltic Sea. The area is surrounded by natural parks (for example Biosphere Reserve Schorfheide-Chorin) and large lakes. Near the lake „Unteruckersee“ you can find the nature discovery park (“Naturerlebnispark”) of Prenzlau. In this park visitors can learn a lot about nature. Kids are invited to get in contact with different farm animals. Adults can participate in workshops or inform themselves about ecological gardening, sustainable lifestyle and interesting natural phenomena.
    Work:
    Volunteers are invited to support this little park and its actual project called “accessible farm” (Begehbarer Bauernhof). This means mainly working with wood, for example to build wooden fences as protection area for the pets. Or another important task will be to decorate the facilities and the compound with artistic design. For more information please visit: www.naturerlebnis-uckermark.de
    Study part:
    Volunteers can learn about the concept of the nature discovery park. You will discover interesting details such as a house made of clay and bales of straw ore how to take care of bees and its hive. It would be great if you can report about similar projects in your country.
    Leisure time:
    There will be offered encounters with German groups of youngsters, for example visiting of the local youth club or a visit in a German school.
    In your free time, you can use the offers of the park, you can go swimming and excursions to local destinations will be offered.
    In the weekend, the group can decide to make a trip to Berlin or to Stettin in Poland or to the Baltic See.
    Accommodation:
    Accommodation will be offered in the compound of the park. There is one big wooden hut with several separate rooms which offer nice space for groups: Sleeping rooms and a recreation and cooking area. Toilets and showers are nearby. After a long day you can enjoy evening mood at the shore of the lake in few minutes walking distance. WiFi is available.
    Remarks:
    Solid footwear is required for all outdoor work in grounds. Volunteers should bring some warm clothing as the accommodation block is not heated and night time temperatures in August may drop to +12 degrees Celsius. Sleeping bag is needed.
    Terminal: Prenzlau. Next airport: Berlin.

  • ICJA16 VSS-Ilmenau 11.08.-25.08.2018

    ICJA16 VSS-Ilmenau 11.08.-25.08.2018

    Vols: 14,  Age: 18-26
    Languages: English, German

    Project:
    The Association for Sport and Experience-oriented Integrative Social Work VSS-Ilmenau  offers a variety of social, sporting and cultural projects for children and young people. This includes support for social work and family assistance, social meeting points such as the youth club "Oasis" and many sports and adventure-oriented activities for young people. Within the workcamp international volunteers can experience the social life of the association and help to beautify the green areas of the city.

    Work:
    The volunteers of the workcamp are invited to cultivate selected green areas. In the area of a former spa, you can help to preserve a river bank as a biotope and create a nice environment for recreation. This includes the cutting of trees and branches of hedges. You  can learn willow weaving in order to create fancy furniture from pastures. There is also a lot of gardening work to do in the outdoor area of the youth club: laying and harvesting of the raised beds, moving the compost, repairing a fence. The work always takes place outside and in a green surrounding!

    Studies and leisure time:
    The leisure activities are arranged together with the youth centers located in Ilmenau. There are many possible encounters with young people in the area; Common sporting activities such as swimming, football, billiards, summer toboggan-run, table tennis or climbing are possible. Volunteers can also get to know the diverse facets of Ilmenau: his historical testimonies as a former spa and health resort (The classical German author Goethe was a frequent visitor), his importance as a mining and university town and also the charm of his pond landscapes and biosphere reserves within the urban area. The history of Ilmenau can be explored by  visiting the local museum and the show mine. As cultural program, excursions to the local mountain “Kickelhahn” and Lindenberg, to Erfurt or Eisenach are possible.
    During the workcamp, there will be the traditional Kickelhahnfest with open air music, dancing and games.

    Region:
    The town of Ilmenau is located on the northern edge of the Thuringian Forest. It is surrounded by forests and is home to a technical university, which has some 6,200 students  enrolled. But it is also a sport city, especially in winter sports; Ilmenau even is home of Olympic champions. The main industry nowadays is mechanical engineering. In the past the mining industry (copper, silver and manganese) was also of great importance, since 1777 there was a significant porcelain industry. At the time of Goethe and in the following decades, Ilmenau was a popular tourist attraction and until the First World War it was a spa.
    Accommodation:
    Volunteers will be accommodated in a social center. Kitchen and showers can be used there.

    Remarks:
    After registration, we require a self-declaration concerning the children and youth protection. Please bring workwear and raincoats, sleeping bag, camping mat, bathing suit, music, your talents and something specific from your country.

    Terminal: Ilmenau train station

  • ICJA11 Farm Community Kotthausen 18.08. - 01.09.18

    ICJA11 Farm Community Kotthausen 18.08. - 01.09.18

    Vols 14, Age: 18-26
    Languages: English, German

    Project:
    The organic farm community “Kotthausen” consist of approximately 50 hectare farm and grazing land, woodlands, different farm buildings and 5 houses build in regional style. The community consists of a variety of people, with different abilities, wishes, dreams and special capabilities. Currently we have 11 children and 25 adults living in our village. Chicken, sheep, goats, horses, cats and dogs are an integral part of our community and part of our voluntary community work.  Inclusion with disabled people is part of our living and working within the community, farming as well as our organic food delivery organisation, “Biokiste”. For further information please see www.hof-kotthausen.de
    Work:
    This summer we would like to offer projects around all our animals of the farm. We would like to renew the fencing of some of the grazing fields. Another project will be creating a new open hut for the goats in their field. Our chicken houses will need more space and we will build a connection. And the sheeps stable also needs some tender loving care. If it is very hot a short walk to our wood stream Lohbach or a longer walk to the River Wupper will offer some cooling. A wonderful bathing lake is within a short car drive and perfect for an evening swim on those hot summer nights.
    Volunteers are invited to contribute peace signs in their language to our peace column. It also has become a tradition that some of you paint our benches and tables with sceneries from your countries. We love them all.
    Study:
    Participants will be part of the community on a day to day basis and especially some evenings when the summer evenings invite to BBQ gatherings. Organic Farm live and especially day to day animal care will be integral part of the project. Additionally, the participants will have the opportunity to see therapeutic riding and are invited to share their knowledge from their countries.
    Accommodation:
    The accommodation of the participants will be in bigger and smaller tents. In case of extended bad weather a big barn will also be available. A community kitchen with 2 showers and toilettes is close by. Please bring your own sleeping bags, sleeping mats (if possible) and towels. Please be aware that nights in this region can be quite fresh!
    Region:
    The farm village Kotthausen is 295 m above the sea level. Kotthausen has been mentioned first in medieval times around 1350. The region “Bergisches Land” is famous for its wet weather but has an amazing beautiful nature with stunning skies.
    Kotthausen is at the end of a small road tucked away from any big roads. The Jacobs pilgrim way passes through our lands. The nearest town is more than 6 km, but there is a small shopping centre a 15 minute walk away. And the best ice cream café is just a 30 minute walk away and worth the while. Close by is a beautiful castle, “Schloss Burg”, and Wuppertal with its cable railway is also a visit worth. Stunning big lakes invite for swimming break if the weather allows it.
    Remarks:
    After registration, we require a self-declaration concerning the children and youth protection. We ask for a respectful behavior towards the various people with disabilities of all ages and towards animals. The project gives a good opportunity to practice German language. Please note: Volunteer will sleep in tents. Please bring sleeping bag with you.
    Terminal:
    Train station “Remscheid-Lüttringhausen”, closest airports are Düsseldorf and Köln (Cologne)/Bonn.

  • ICJA12 Laakenhof Neu Beckum 18.08.-01.09.18

    ICJA12 Laakenhof Neu Beckum 18.08.-01.09.18

    Vols: 16, Age 18-26
    Language: English, German

    Project:Laakenhof is a small organic farm and a living community. Around 8 persons are taking care of cows, chicken and a cat. They produce cheese and grow vegetable and everything is sold directly to inhabitants of the region. Grassland, farmland and greenhouses are the basis for nature oriented lifestyle and human way of working.Currently the farm needs to move to another place which is just few kilometers far from the actual one. Volunteers are invited to help to run the farm and to build up the new farm and its facilities. Beside this, the community is engaged in promotion of sustainable lifestyle. For further information please visit www.laakenhof.de and Anders ackern e.V. www.laakenhof.de/anders.html

    Work:
    In the new farm, volunteer can support Laakenhof community in a wide range of manual work like building fences for the cows, working in the greenhouse, repairing a wooden barn, in the reconstruction of a stable and other farm duties.
    Study part:
    According to their interest, volunteers can learn about essence of organic farming and about how community live works: How does it work to make decisions in the spirit of consensus and how does a shard economy work? It is also possible to learn how cheese is produced.
    Accommodation and food:
    There are different options, where volunteers can stay overnight: Four rooms will be offered with four camp beds each and if weather is fine, you can sleep in tents. In addition, there is a living room to stay, a big kitchen and a nice place in the garden under beautiful old trees. Sleeping bags are needed. Volunteers will prepare food with fresh and organic products of the farm: vegetable, milk and cheese.
    Region & Leisure time:
    Laakenhof is situated in the region Muensterland, which is a flat area dominated by agriculture. Forests, Hedges and wide farmland are the characteristic attributes of this old cultivated landscape. There is always a broad view under big skies. In one hour you can reach Muenster a famous historical town. In next big towns, Beckum and Ahlen, there will be offered open air festivals in the market places. If weather is fine, we can go swimming in a lake nearby. All together we can spend evenings at camp fire with starry sky above us. Muensterland is known as region where people often use bicycles. Laakenhof will offer a nice bicycle tour to the volunteers.
    Terminal:
    Neubeckum, Next airports Duesseldorf and Hannover

  • ICJA13 Peace Barn Zempow (Friedensscheune e.V) 25.8. - 8.09.18

    ICJA13 Peace Barn Zempow (Friedensscheune e.V) 25.8. - 8.09.18

    Vols: 12, Age: 18-26
    Languages: English, German

    Project:
    The Peace Barn Association (Friedensscheune e.V.) was founded to preserve the knowledge about the successful struggle against the German federal army plans to use the military training ground called „Bombodrom“ (Russian for „Place of the bombs“). The Russian army trained there with infantry, tanks, artillery and Jets which dropped a lot of bombs, until they had to leave after 1990. In 1992, the German federal army stated that they wanted to continue training there, and invite troups from other EU and NATO countries to train there also. Immediately a citizens action group started to fight against this intention in many non-violent ways, and after 17 years of struggle, the minister of defense withdrew these plans.
    By installing a museum and an archive, we want to keep alive the knowledge about how to fight successfully on your behalf and about how to cooperate as a large group of different people. We also want to share the spirit of being confident in non-violent measures to reach your goals.
    Work:
    Volunteers are invited to help us renovate an old barn to make a step forward towards establishing a museum and archive there. The barn is quite old (built in 1892) and made in combination of bricks and rubble masonry. The fieldstone wall has to be repaired and it needs regrouting. There will also be some garden work and cooking for the group. Manual work may be physically demanding and includes standing on scaffolding.
    Study-Part:
    Ulrike Laubenthal, the first chairperson of the Peace Barn Association, is a trainer in nonviolent communication and nonviolent action. She will offer training for everybody who is interested. Additionally, she is very willing to present more detailed information about the history of the Bombodrom and the struggle against it. Depending on the wishes of the participants, Niels Detloff could offer a workshop in being critical with information offered by media.
    Leisure time:
    The venue itself is called Sichelschmiede. It is still kind of a farm, where inhabitants live together with 5 goats, 8 chickens and a cat. There is also a garden, where vegetables are grown for own use. Zempow is a very nice small village surrounded by forests. A beautiful lake is within reach. In the neighborhood one can find grazing land with horses and cattle … the region is quite beautiful ! We will spend an evening at the local organic cattle ranch and we will make a trip to the picturesque city of Rheinsberg with its castle. September 1st is Anti War Day / World Peace Day! We suggest to spend that day in Berlin together, which would give all those who want to an opportunity to participate in a peace demonstration.
    Accomodation:
    Volunteers can sleep either on mattresses in the attic of our house ore in a yurt on our meadow with a thick layer of straw. We have 3 bathrooms. Sleeping bags are necessary. WiFi is available in the house.
    Food:
    Food here will be mostly organic, and vegetarian except for one barbecue at the ranch. We are happy to accommodate specific dietary needs; please let us know in advance if you have any allergies or such.
    Remarks:
    Work may include standing on scaffolding. According to German safety regulations, it is obligatory to wear steel-toe-boots (S1 safety boots) during work in the barn. We will provide such boots for everybody, so please let us know your size (in cm!) with your application. Our preferred option would be that you contribute 10 € and then take the boots home with you in the end, but you are not obliged. If you already have such boots, please bring them and let us know in advance!
    We are part of the peace movement. We would appreciate if people joining the workcamp were interested in the peace movement, and we'd be keen to learn about activities of the peace movement in your countries.
    Most of the volunteers will sleep in a yurt. Sleeping bag is needed.
    Terminal: Rheinsberg. Wittstock also possible. Next airport is Berlin.

  • ICJA14 Youth Club Kelkheim-Ruppertshain 25.08. - 08.09.18

    ICJA14 Youth Club Kelkheim-Ruppertshain 25.08. - 08.09.18

    Vols: 12, Age: 18 – 26Language: English, German

    Project:
    The youth department of the city Kelkheim is currently running three youth clubs and offers various activities for kids in the region. One youth club is situated in the village Kelkheim-Ruppertshain. It is hosted in the building of the local sports club, called “Schönwiesenhalle”. This building is surrounded by a meadow, which is a popular meeting place for the youth.
    Work:
    In the first day volunteers will get some orientation about the project, the youth club and the surroundings. Together with youngsters of Kelkheim, you will help to redesign and embellish the outdoor area. One of the main tasks will be to construct a shelter and some seating arrangements. So you will help to create a popular spot for the inhabitants of Ruppertshain !
    During the time of your stay, the group will take part in an annual city festival called “you and me day”. This celebration is organized by various organisations of the local civil society and will bring together people with different cultural background.
    Volunteers of the workcamp are invited to give a contribution to this event as well.
    Study part / Leisure time:
    Volunters will learn about the concept of youth work in Kelkheim and the integration of inhabitants with various cultural and social background.
    Volunteers will get free entrance in the local swimming pool and will visit the castle of Koenigstein nearby. There will be a guided tour through Kelkheim and some information about the development of the first democratic institutions in Germany. Heinrich von Gagern, most famous son of Kelkheim, was the first president of the very first German national parliament in 1848. Therefore you will also visit the historic parliament in Frankfurt itself, nowadays it is called Frankfurter Paulskirche.
    Region:
    Kelkheim is a small town consisting of some small villages situated around the city center. The municipal area stretches from the plain of the river Main up to the edge of the Taunus mountain range. The village Ruppertshain, venue of the camp, is situated in the higher parts and surrounded by woody hills. Kelkheim ist part of the Rhine-Main Region, there are major cities like Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Mainz nearby.
    Accommodation:

    Volunteers will prepare and eat their meals in the youth club Ruppertshain and stay overnight in rooms of the former sanatorium for consumptives, called “Zauberberg”, in about 5 minutes walking distance. This building is about 130 years old and named like the sanatorium “Magic Mountain” in the famous novel by the German author Thomas Mann. Today for the inhabitants and visitors it offers space for a wide range of activities in the fields living, working, leisure and health. From the platform of the restaurant one can see big part of the Rhine-Main Region in a great panoramic view. Please bring sleeping bag and isolation sheet.
    Remarks:
    After registration, we require a self-declaration concerning the children and youth protection. Please bring workwear and raincoats, sleeping bag, camping mat, bathing suit, music, your talents and something specific from your country.
    Terminal:
    Kelkheim-Bahnhof Mitte

  • ICJA15 Bedheim Castle Bedheim 1.09. - 15.09.18

    ICJA15 Bedheim Castle Bedheim 1.09. - 15.09.18

    Vols: 12 Age: 18-26
    Languages: English, German

    Project:
    Bedheim castle was first mentioned in the year 1169 and was devastated and reconstructed several times in its long history. In the time of German Democratic Republic (GDR) it slowly rotted. Now renovation is done by the family of Ruehle von Lilienstern. A non-profit association is supporting the renovation work and using part of the castle for its own activities. Since 1992 this association has been organizing workcamps. Year by year new working fields has been developed: A social therapeutic nursery was added, the association is running an organic garden and since 2007 the castle also runs a garden café and a small castle museum where you can admire the bones of prehistoric dinosaurs, once living in this region.
    During the last 20 years the castle became a sociocultural center for this remote region: In the castle there is a perfect room for celebrations, around the castle one can find various types of gardens and meadow for goose and goats. In addition there are training courses and cultural activities available. The aim of this project is to create an atmosphere where people with or without disabilities may come, live and work together without any prejudice against handicap, nationality or religion. The website gives an impression about the specific and very nice character of this place schloss.bedheim.de.
    Inhabitants of the castle are looking forward to meet us, to work with us and hear our suggestions and ideas and to create a peaceful world together!
    Work:
    We are invited to help in the care and preservation of this ancient monument. We will work 6 hours daily, to do painting and cleaning inside or to maintain the garden around the castle. In the garden kind of work depends to the season, usually it is harvesting fruits, cutting trees, bushes and hedges.
    Every year Bedheim castle is part of the nationwide event called “day of the open monument”. The castle will be opened in the weekend for guests and we can support with doing some service and show an artistic performance. In the last years volunteers showed a dance and played piano music. There will be the possibility to take on day of during the week as compensation.
    Study:
    We may learn more about the following topics: natural beauty of the environment. We can make excursions to places of cultural and historical interest (e.g. Weimar, the city of Goethe and the concentration camp Buchenwald). We can have discussions and lectures about German history, society, culture and politics (the German East-West border was only 9 km away from Bedheim). There will be the possibility to encounter with young people of the region and getting to know more about the countries of the participants.
    Accommodation:
    Bedheim castle offers a simple group accommodation in seminar house. There are beds with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bag is needed. Meals will be prepared by the group (less meat but a lot of very good vegetables and fruits from the nursery). Warm water is provided from solar collector.
    Region:
    Bedheim castle is located in the west of Thuringia, close to the Bavarian border. Next bigger town is Coburg (28km away). Bedheim is surrounded by the extraordinary beautiful Franconian landscape.
    Remarks:
    Some basic knowledge of German or English is recommended. Please bring rain and working clothes as well as swim suits, a sleeping bag, slippers, towels and warm pullovers with you. You can also bring a map, pictures or special food items from your country.
    Terminal:
    Bedheim is 8km from the train station of Hildburghausen and 15km from the train station of Bad Rodach.

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