ICJA Workcamps in Deutschland

Die Workcamps von ICJA für den Sommer 2020 !
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.

Coronavirus: Auswirkungen auf die Workcamps !
Du würdest gerne im Sommer an einem Workcamp teilnehmen und fragst dich, ob das trotz den Auswirkungen des Coronavirus möglich sein wird?
Derzeit werden international, soweit möglich, die Planungen für den Sommer aufrecht erhalten. Tatsächlich ist es für alle schwer vorherzusagen, wie sich die Lage in den nächsten Monate entwickeln wird. Wir versuchen hier eine aktuelle Übersicht zu Entwicklung zu geben.

Lust auf virtuelle internationale Kontakte? Angesichts der weltweiten Kontaktbeschränkungen wurden kurzfristig virtuelle Workcamps entwickelt und nun angeboten. Weiteres erfährst du hier.

Bedingungen zu Teilnahme:
Vermittlungsgebühr bei uns: 77,- Euro
Reisekosten: entsprechend deinem Reiseziel.
Weitere Kosten fallen in der Regel nicht an oder werden in der Ausschreibung deutlich benannt

If you like to apply from foreign country for workcamps you need to apply through an organisation in your country. We can help you to find this organisation. Just send a mail to workcamps.in(at)icja.de 

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  • ICJA01 Eschenhof Groß Rünz 27.06. - 11.07.2020

    ICJA01 Eschenhof Groß Rünz 27.06. - 11.07.2020

    AGRI/ MANU/ ENVI/ STUDY
    Vols: 12
    Age: 18 – 26
    Language: English, German

    Project:
    Situated in the beautiful landscape of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee, the members of association “Eschenhof – Gardening together” aim to run an organic farm together.
    Since 2015, the members plant and grow different vegetable crops, potatoes and herbs in foil tunnels and in the field. There is also an orchard with trees, shrubs and berries and you can find cozy little spots where members socialize together and kids can familiarize themselves with the surrounding nature.
    Working together is closely connected to the name of the association – “Gemeinsam Gärtnern” - Gardening together: The essential aspect of the farm is combining social commitment with an alternative way of producing and consuming food; acting in an ecological, climate-friendly and sustainable manner. For further information about Eschenhof please visit eschenhof-verein.de .

    Work:
    The volunteers are welcome to help the association with revitalizing a piece of abandoned land and make it viable for sustainable gardening. Together you will create garden beds and afterwards plant herbs, vegetables, shrubs and trees. Later on, this area will also be used for social purposes and as a meeting place.
    There will be all kinds of gardening work to do, sometimes physically demanding (for the ones who like to use their personal strength!).

    Study part:
    During your volunteering, you can learn a lot about “Perma-Culture”, a concept where selected plants are cultivated together in a way that only needs a minimal amount of energy and fertilizer. The inventor of this cultivation method won the Alternative Nobel Prize!
    You will learn gardening work by practicing it. It is a great chance to get experience in the agricultural area, learn about permaculture and sustainable use of nature.
    At the same time, you can see the association as a good example of an alternative and very social way of producing and consuming food.
    As there will be close contact with German native speakers, this workcamp is a good possibility to improve your German language skills.

    Region & leisure time:
    Groß Rünz is a small village located in the Northwest-Mecklenburg region, which is famous for its beautiful alleys and lakes. In about 5 km distance, you can find a beautiful place for swimming. The medieval town of Lübeck, with its numerous sights, is about 23 kilometers away. The Baltic Sea with its nice beaches and coves is not far either. A visit to selected places of the nature reserve is also  planned.
    There will be a joint decision regarding which places the group will visit.

    Accommodation:
    You will live on the Eschenhof farmland. We will build up a small campground. You can choose between camping in big tents and sleeping in single or double tents. Therefore, it is a simple but good life. There is a shelter with tables and benches, where you can eat and play together, a bar and a fireplace, as well as many beautiful areas for relaxation. We will do the cooking in a rather professional kitchen. It would be great if you could bring some musical instrument you can play. There will be plenty of time in the evening to sing and dance all together.
    There is a supermarket nearby where you can buy all the essential things, or you just harvest it freshly from the garden.

    Remarks:
    Volunteers will need sleeping bag, towel and swimming apparel. For gardening, please bring sturdy shoes and working clothes. As the region is rural, it is possible to make cycling trips. Everyone is welcome to bring a music instrument, since some friends of the association are musicians and would be happy to perform together with foreign musicians.

    Terminal:
    Luebeck, nearest airport Hamburg or Hannover. There is no public transport to the camp, pickup from main station Luebeck will be arranged. The nearest railway stations are Rehna, Schönberg or Ratzeburg. You will get the contact details of the camp leader a few weeks before the workcamp starts.

  • ICJA05 Social Centre Upsala Berlin 12.07. - 26. 07.2020

    ICJA05 Social Centre Upsala Berlin 12.07. - 26. 07.2020

    Vols 20:  10 international -10 local
    Age 18 - 26

    Project:
    The "Freizeitzentrum Upsala" is a big cultural and social centre for children aged 0-13 years and their families as well. It is an open institution, which addresses children, their families and their environment as well as senior citizens. “Upsala” is located in the south of the Berlin-Pankow district, where you can find many other social institutions in the neighbourhood including kindergartens, primary schools, a secondary school and a high school. Kids and students of these establishments are frequent Freizeitzentrum visitors.
    The surrounding residential area consists of renovated apartments in old buildings, as well as some new buildings and is characterised by diversity, consisting of many families with children and older citizens.
    The program of “Upsala” covers a wide range of encounters, playing games and sports. Beside this, visitors can join workshops like doing crafts, being creative and enjoy musical education. The icing on the cake are the seasonal festivals and trips of the facility. For more details see: fz-upsala.de


    This workcamp is part of INVOLVE
    It is a joint effort of 3 voluntary service organisations in Italy (Legambiente), France (Solidarités Jeunesses) and Germany (ICJA) that promotes and enhances the inclusion of migrants in 7 local communities. The project aims to contribute to creating more sustainable, cohesive and inclusive societies. Therefore, the main project activities are focused in the areas of environmental protection and social and cultural heritage. The objective is to demonstrate that performing voluntary activities together provides opportunities for social exchange, civic engagement and for learning and growing as a community and society.
    Involve Workcamps will also be held in five other project locations, three in Italy and two in France, in cooperation with the respective municipalities. Each workcamp will bring together a total of 20 participants with very different cultural, social and economic backgrounds. In Berlin, the international group will be composed of 5 old Berliners (long-term residents in Berlin), 5 new Berliners (newcomers to Berlin) and 10 participants from the project locations in France and Italy and also from other countries worldwide.
    The European cooperation project INVOLVE runs from January 2019 to June 2021 and is co-funded by the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMIF). For further information, please visit:  www.involve.blog

    Work:
    Volunteers are requested to help with the renovation and maintenance of the facilities both indoors and outdoors. In general, it is mainly about doing gardening and renovation work.
    Within the scope of garden design, we want to build a wild bee hotel in cooperation with regional beekeepers as well as the repair and extension of our small nature path.
    The maintenance (inside) includes the annually recurring tasks of painting the premises as well as small repairs.
    The maintenance (exterior/facade) has the same scope and is intended to provide a painting ground for the future design of the facade, which we want to create with children. We endeavour to support all tasks with professionals.

    Study part/ Leisure time:
    We are happy to introduce the volunteers to the concept of the "Freizeitzentrum Upsala" and the work connected with it as well as some legal bases of child and youth work.
    Berlin is a well-known and attractive city. It offers many opportunities for interesting and diverse leisure activities. Therefore, we will prepare some possibilities (with regional scope) and furthermore we will familiarise ourselves with your ideas and wishes.
    This workcamp offers a good basis to use or even improve already existing knowledge of the German language.

    Accommodation:
    "Our" house offers many different rooms with multifunctional possibilities, which can also be used for overnight stays. The house is about 70 years old and was built to be used as a big Kindergarten. Its current use as children’s and youth leisure facility began in the 1990s.
    Please bring your own sleeping bag and insulating mat!
    Within 5-10 minutes of walking distance, you can reach all the important public transportation methods (tram, subway, bus).

    Remarks:
    You will definitely need a sleeping bag and a sleeping mat. Please bring work clothes and work shoes. Your health and safety is important to us.

    About the region:
    Berlin is the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany and one of its states. With around 3.6 million inhabitants, the city of Berlin is the most populous and, with 892 square kilometres, the largest municipality in Germany. It forms the centre of the Berlin/Brandenburg metropolitan region (about 6 million inhabitants). The city-state consists of twelve districts. In addition to the rivers Spree and Havel, there are smaller watercourses as well as numerous lakes and forests in the city area. Berlin is a fascinating centre for politics, culture, science and business in the broadest sense.

    Terminal:
    Berlin Central Railway Station “Berlin-Hauptbahnhof”. Airports: Berlin has two airports: Airport Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) and Airport Berlin-Tegel "Otto Lilienthal" (TXL)

  • ICJA09 Heavens Rock Spangenberg 27.07. - 17.08.2020

    ICJA09 Heavens Rock Spangenberg 27.07. - 17.08.2020

    Age: 18-26, Vols: 10
    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, christian gospel music and youth Encounter. This summer season, there will be several international youth camps and a special camp with about 150 young people from various countries.
    The volunteers will help to enrich the current youth camps by becoming part of our international staff and supporting the activities for the youth. The program will take place on the “Himmelsfels” itself.
    The “Himmelsfels” foundation is a christian organization, which aims: to developing spaces for intercultural and ecumenical exploration, as well as to motivating 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 people living in your country. It would be helpful to be prepared to offer your own workshop artistically, musically or athletically at home and bring many ideas. In addition, all volunteers will have the chance to introduce their country. You should gather ideas at home and bring material for a creative presentation including pictures, food, common games dances or other typical things from your country. Further information will be prepared 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.

    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.

    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".


    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 with more people in one room. 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. (Melsungen Bahnhof)


    Next airport:
    Frankfurt/Main. Please note: Airport Frankfurt Hahn is about 150 km distance from Frankfurt.

  • ICJA13 PEACE IN THE WORLD – Workcamp Frankfurt / Oder – 01.08. – 14.08.2020

    ICJA13 PEACE IN THE WORLD – Workcamp Frankfurt / Oder – 01.08. – 14.08.2020

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

    Project:
    “Pewobe” is a local registered organization in the youth welfare service in Frankfurt / Oder. Since 1996, Pewobe is running kindergartens, youth clubs, assisted living for youngsters, the child emergency service as well as assistance for families in need. All projects of this association aim to have an international orientation and promote education for tolerance. They already have established many contacts for international cooperation in several countries. Since 1999, Pewobe host in their own facilities, international youth meetings where young people from Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice (situated in Poland, the town next to Frankfurt) are volunteering to make these projects a reality.

    Work:
    During the 14 days of the workcamp the volunteers will participate, organize and implement several activities around the topic of Peace. The workcamp will be part of an campaign called “Frankfurt macht Frieden” – translated as Frankfurt creates peace: www.facebook.com/FFmachtFrieden/
    In order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two larger events are planned that will be supported by the workcamp volunteers. Together with our local team, the volunteers will help with all the preparation for the two events and organize their own side activities and small workshop in different institutions, like Kindergarten, day care center, etc. One of the main events will be on 6th of August; a German-Polish Peace Festival for families where we will celebrate together with the inhabitants, bring together people with different backgrounds and organize activities for them. The other one will be on 9th of August, where we will try to build the longest chain of paper cranes along the border. The side events will be developed and implemented in co-ordination with all the volunteers. Besides that, the volunteers will supervise the information center and contact point for the events, and promote the activities.

    Study part / Leisure time:
    The volunteers will have a chance to get to know different concepts for peace and why we commemorate the end of the second world war. We will arrange a guided visit to the former concentration camp Sachsenhausen (nearby Berlin), as well as visit to different places in Berlin that are connected with the topic. Volunteers will be able to get to know Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice (Poland) and the live at the border. Together we can explore the local sights and historical places. The city has a famous lake called “Helenesee”, which you can visit during the leisure time.

    Region:
    Frankfurt (Oder) is located east of Brandenburg and is a town of around 58 000 inhabitants. It is located on the west side of the Oder river around 80km east of Berlin. Before the end of the second World War, the city of Słubice in Poland has been a part of Frankfurt (Oder). At the end of the war the Oder river, that was passing through the city, became the border. Nowadays the cities have decided to work closely together as a European Twin Town that make decisions together and cooperate in all areas of live.

    Accommodation:
    The workcamp will take place in the center of the city. Therefore, the accommodation will be located close to the center as well. The accommodation will be in a flat with several rooms. You will be asked to bring your own sleeping bag and isolation sheet. The volunteers will prepare their meals together.

    Remarks:
    Please note: Venue of the camp is not Frankfurt / Main but Frankfurt / Oder in the East of Berlin. After registration, we require a self-declaration concerning the children and youth protection. Please bring clothes for warm and cold weather, raincoat, sleeping bag, camping mat, bathing suit, your ideas, your talents and something specific about peace from your country.

    Terminal:
    Frankfurt / Oder Main Station. Nearest Airports: Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Berlin Schönefeld (SXF)

  • ICJA15 KulturMarktHalle Berlin 6.08. - 20.08.2020

    ICJA15 KulturMarktHalle Berlin 6.08. - 20.08.2020

    Vols 20
    10 international, 10 local vols
    Language: Englisch, German
    Age 18 – 26


    Project:
    The “KulturMarktHalle” (KMH) was founded in 2016 as a voluntary initiative by people from various professional and cultural backgrounds. Since then, it has been a meeting point for people working in arts and culture to develop local initiatives. Since 2018, it is located in a vacant building, formerly a department store. The area is part of the Prenzlauer Berg district, a vibrant and multicultural neighborhood.
    The vision of this project is bringing people from different social and cultural backgrounds together. Various exhibitions, seminars, concerts, cultural and educational events are scheduled. Currently, construction of the workshop is underway, in order to offer more space for the creativity of its visitors. For more information, please visit: www.kulturmarkthalle-berlin.de

    This workcamp is part of INVOLVE
    and it is a joint effort of 3 voluntary service organisations in Italy (Legambiente), France (Solidarités Jeunesses) and Germany (ICJA) to promote and foster the inclusion of migrants in 7 local communities. The project aims to contribute to more sustainable, cohesive and inclusive societies. Therefore, the main project activities are in the areas of environmental protection and social and cultural heritage. The objective is to demonstrate that doing voluntary activities together provides opportunities for social exchange, civic engagement and for learning and growing as a community and society.
    Involve Workcamps will also be held in five other project locations, three in Italy and two in France, in cooperation with the respective municipalities. Each work camp will bring together a total of 20 participants with very different cultural, social and economic backgrounds. In Berlin the international group will be composed of 5 old Berliners (long-term residents in Berlin), 5 new Berliners (newcomers to Berlin) and 10 participants from the project locations in France and Italy and from other countries worldwide.
    The European cooperation project INVOLVE runs from January 2019 to June 2021 and is co-funded by the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMIF). For further information please see:  www.involve.blog

    Work:
    Volunteers are invited to support the further development of this centre. "Sustainable building, growth and management" are the main three work areas of the workcamp. Participants will rotate from one area to the other according to the schedule, which will be organized during the first days of the workcamp.
    Sustainable building:
    In order to fight the combined threats of gentrification and densification that Berlin is currently facing, participants will build a mobile “KulturWerkHalle” under the technical guidance of "tiny collective". It will be designed for use as a workspace, production and exhibition space for art, craft and cultural works. It will be constructed as a trailer, so it can be used everywhere where needed in the neighbourhood. Please also visit www.tinycollective.org for more information.
    Sustainable growth:
    The outdoor area of the KulturMarktHalle will also be redesigned during the workcamp by following a permaculture design concept and ecological management of urban green spaces. Two areas will be our focus: the protection of the existing biodiversity of flora and fauna and the promotion of urban cultivated areas, mobile raised beds and edible front gardens. At the beginning of the workcamp, participants will visit the community garden and the “Peace of Land” study site and receive an introduction to the principles of this design practice (see: www.peaceof.land ). Volunteers will put theory into practice in the neighbourhood by preparing beds for vegetables and flowers and doing garden work.
    Sustainable management:
    Currently at the KMH, public dining (food bar) is already being offered to the neighbourhood residents. Participants will also support this activity, and will cook for the group in small teams. Therefore, they will practice the menu design using salvaged, regional and seasonal food, following the sustainable principles of KulturMarktHalle under the motto “Good Healthy Together”.

    Accommodation:
    Volunteers will stay in the KulturMarktHalle building. Two rooms with some camp beds will be provided and a shower room in a close sports centre will also be available. Participants will take care of the catering themselves with the support of the KMH team.


    Remarks:
    Please bring sleeping bags, comfortable and resistant work clothes (safety glasses and gloves will be provided by the KMH), swimming gear, music and some typical recipes from home.

    Leisure Time:

    Berlin offers a huge range of leisure activities. Evenings and nights are free for participants - so they can explore the town if they wish-, but also there will be some talks in the association about important topics related to KMH and the workcamp. Some of the offered activities will be; a visit to the Jewish cemetery, a visit to the island of Weissensee (Tinyhouse-Village), swimming in the natural beach Orankesee…


    Terminal:
    Berlin central station. Airports: Tegel and Schönefeld.

  • ICJA16 Asylum Centre Giessen 08.08. - 22.08.2020

    ICJA16 Asylum Centre Giessen 08.08. - 22.08.2020

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

    Project:
    Since many years now, we offer this successful workcamp together with the protestant community center "Petrusgemeinde". 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 inform about the situation of refugees both 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.
    The Asylum Centres for asylum seekers in Hessen are located at the edge of the city Giessen. There are currently around 1500 asylum-seekers hosted in former army barracks. The refugees are in Germany because of various reasons, e.g. political, ethnic and religious persecution or poverty. Usually they stay at the facility for few months until a decision will be made about their application. Sometimes they are sent to other centers or to other “safe countries”, for example, where they originally entered the European Union, or even 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 basic 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.


    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 make 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.
    Volunteers who are able to speak Turkish, Arabic or Farsi are especially welcome to participate! 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 the nucleus of a meeting point for the center residents.


    Environment:

    Giessen, a city populated mostly by students located in the midwest of Germany. It is easily reachable via Frankfurt airport or Frankfurt Hahn.


    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 refugees. The premises of the church are plentiful and volunteers will have a lot of space for sleeping, cooking, dining, relaxing, and for both indoor and outdoor activities.


    Remarks:
    Please bring sleeping bag, pillow if needed, camping mat, 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. Please send a motivation letter together with your application.

  • ICJA17 Peace Center Sievershausen 10.08. – 28.08.2020

    ICJA17 Peace Center Sievershausen 10.08. – 28.08.2020

    RENO / STUD / ART / PEACE
    Vols: 20
    Languages: English, German
    Age: 18-26

    Project:
    The Peace Studies Center Sievershausen (Antikriegswerkstatt Sievershausen) was established in the premises of the Sievershausen Lutheran Church community more than 50 years ago. During that time, the Vietnam War escalated. Nowadays there are several buildings, including a guesthouse and the well-known "Anti-War House" with an assembly hall for our events, located in a park-like area along with a church older than 1000 years on the edge of the village. The peace center shows through its diverse program, that peace work has political, historical, educational and cultural aspects. Throughout the year one can visit exhibitions, author readings, lectures and many cultural events. The peace education offers of the seminar area include teaching units, trainings for school classes and church groups on current and historical topics.
    Please note: This year the workcamp in Sievershausen will be part of the anniversary campaign „100 years of workcamps - Peace and Solidarity for the Future" and the volunteers will join a big international anniversary event from 25.-28.08 in Berlin. Together with participants from nine other camps, you will be able to present your workcamp experiences and develop content and formats for future workcamps in workshops. Politicians, media personalities, and experts from science, governmental administration and youth work will be invited to discuss your findings and ideas with you. You will get more information about this event after your placement in this workcamp.

    Manual and creative work:
    The participants will work on the area around the garden chess and build simple table benches for it. In addition, they should create an information board with an integrated insect hotel for the orchard nearby.
    Anyone who appreciates creative work can contribute to the implementation of the UN's sustainability goals into large-format pictures, to be exhibited in the Anti-War-House.
     
    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:
    For the leisure time, the group can use facilities of the seminar house and make an excursion to Hannover or Braunschweig.

    Accommodation:
    The accommodation for the participants is offered in rooms with four beds each. There are bed sheets available. Food is prepared together in the kitchen of the seminar house.

    Region:
    The Peace Center is at the verge of a village with about 2500 inhabitants. Sievershausen lies 30 kilometers east of the Lower Saxony provincial capital Hanover on the freeway to Berlin.

    Remarks:
    Motivation letter required! Please explain your motivation to take part in the 100 years celebration in Berlin. Please note: The end of the camp will be in Berlin after the anniversary event.

    Terminal:
    Haemelerwald near Lehrte (train from Hannover to Braunschweig), 3 km from the peace center.

    Airports:
    Hannover, Berlin, Hamburg

  • ICJA18 Places of children's rights Blomberg 15.08. – 05.09.2020

    ICJA18 Places of children's rights Blomberg 15.08. – 05.09.2020

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

    Project:
    Since 2009, the town hall of Blomberg successfully organize workcamps in cooperation with the local youth center “JUZ Blomberg”. Previous international volunteers helped a lot with improving the play and sporting opportunities around the local youth center. It is situated at the edge of the inner city and surrounded by play yards and green areas. The perfect place for a youth center, where kids have enough space for noisy outdoor activities!
    This year a group of towns and public institutions of the local district “Lippe” will organize a joint project called the “path of children's rights”. Together with creative people and children, we want to make children's rights visible in two places in Blomberg. The aim is to create a place for both young and old, where they can playfully learn about the most important children's rights and expand their knowledge. Similar to a fitness trail, this should be possible for individual use, with family or friends. Daycare centers, schools and other youth institutions from all over the region can use the "places of children's rights" for excursions and projects.

    Work:
    With the help of international volunteers, the town hall of Blomberg will create “two places of children’s rights” as contribution to the project path of children's rights.
    One place is a small Amphitheatre in the youth center compound: A real place for the childrens right to express their opinion …. This place will already be finished, when volunteers arrive at the workcamp and provides space for being creative in role-plays and music and other activities.
    The second place will be related to the right for “to move – to rest – to play”. Currently the town hall offers several opportunities for kids to be involved in the decision making process, regarding what exactly should be built there. Whatever it will be, volunteers of the workcamp are invited to make it come true…! Your creative work will be essential in order to make it nice and you will also work manually outside and with (sometimes heavy) tools.
    This project is a co-operation with a local employment initiative.

    Leisure time:
    In your free time, you can meet young people from the city and get to know each other during nice evenings. A cultural program in Blomberg and the surrounding area will be offered and in the entire district of Lippe. The participants are entitled to 1-2 days off for personal use.

    Region:
    Blomberg has about 16.000 inhabitants and is situated in the eastern part of North Rhine Westphalia. The region is quite rural and comprises of farms, hills (up to 500 meters) and many forests. Blomberg has a beautiful old town area with half-timbered houses and old alleyways. The old town is also home to a historical castle which now is established a hotel. Near Blomberg there are some bigger cities: Detmold (75,000 inhabitants, distance: 15km) and Bielefeld (330,000) inhabitants, distance 50km) in the west and Hannover (600,000 inhabitants, distance: 70km) in the northeast.

    Accommodation:
    The accommodation will be at the glider airfield in Blomberg. In the beautiful nature, there is a small house (“airman home”), in which you will find a great barbecue area in the front garden in addition to beds, bathroom and kitchen.

    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:
    Schieder train station, next airport Hannover.

  • ICJA19 Culture Camp Kloster Lehnin 16.08.-30.08.2020

    ICJA19 Culture Camp Kloster Lehnin 16.08.-30.08.2020

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

    Project:
    The “LIKK” - Lehniner Institut für Kunst und Kultur (institute for art and culture) is situated between a forest and a lake near the little village Lehnin. It’s a beautiful place offering inspiration and workshops for visual art and culture. Under its roof, there is an art gallery, a summer academy, a seminar operation for visual arts, music and theatre, but also yoga seminars and professional trainings. See: lehniner-institut-fuer-kunst.de/institut/
    The institute is located at the border of a lake (Klostersee) in a park-like garden with a small landing stage and an integrated art sculpture park. Even a café with lake terrace is part of the ensemble. The LIKK was founded in 1991 and there are still enough place and projects to be developed. Therefore we especially invite volunteers with interest in contemporary art to support this project.

    Work:
    On the first day volunteers will get some orientation about the project, the institute and the surroundings. Together with members of the art club, you will help to redesign and embellish the outdoor area. One of the main tasks will be to re-construct the lakeshore fortification, the seating arrangements and the paths. There are also some sculptures in the forest nearby, which will be cleared from grass and moss. There is a great variety of tasks where volunteers can support the project, in general it means physical work with tools you need for construction works, renovation and wood work.
    During the time of your stay, there are other youth groups on the premises, such as an orchestra, a wood building class and an artist group. On the middle weekend of your stay it is planned to work on the tasks together with the club members and then have a summer garden party along with guests of the institute. Volunteers of the workcamp are invited to give a contribution to this event as well.

    Study part / Leisure time:
    Volunteers will learn about the cultural concept and work of LIKK and the integration of Lehnin inhabitants with various cultural and social backgrounds. You can find a piano to play, or you can bring your own instrument and find someone to join you making music. Volunteers will get free entrance at the lake swimming pool next door, and can visit the cities of Potsdam and Werder. Another highlight will be a turn on our Canaletto boat on the lakes connected to the Klostersee where you can enjoy its rich flora and fauna. As there will be contact to German native speakers, the workcamp is a good possibility to improve your German language skills. The LIKK rowboats and canoes can be used by the volunteers. There will be offered a guided tour through the premises of the monastery.


    Region:
    Kloster Lehnin is a small town consisting of some small villages situated around the main village Lehnin. It is 65 kilometers Southwest of Berlin. Brandenburg an der Havel and Potsdam are the closest cities. On the opposite shore of the lake Klostersee, there is the oldest Cistercian monastery of Brandenburg, founded in the 12th century. Today it hosts a guest house, a clinic, a retirement home and a museum. The village Lehnin was always connected with the former monastery and is situated in a beautiful landscape with many lakes and wood land. In the European Middle Ages the monastery was an important religious, cultural and commercial center and there are still many buildings that you can see how it looked like in earlier times. The church is an impressive building and lots of concerts are offered during summer.


    Accommodation:
    Volunteers will prepare and eat their meals in the outdoor summer kitchen (just protected by a shelter and open to the nature at the side) of LIKK and sleep in two dormitory rooms, with bathrooms and showers. Please note: In Summer, it can be quite hot, so you will need sun protection. But German summer can be cool as well, especially if it is raining. So please do not forget to bring warm clothes as well.


    Remarks:
    Please bring workwear and raincoats, sleeping bag, camping mat, bathing suit, music, your talents and something specific from your country. As you can spend time at and in the lake, you should be able to swim.


    Terminal:
    Götz Bahnhof near Groß Kreutz Bahnhof

    Next airports:
    Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Berlin Schönefeld (SXF). There is a regional train connection from Schönefeld to Groß Kreutz

  • ICJA20 Bedheim Castle Bedheim 29.08. - 12.09.2020

    ICJA20 Bedheim Castle Bedheim 29.08. - 12.09.2020

    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:
    Volunteers 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. Encounters with kids and people of the region are foreseen. 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. You can develop something according your talents. There will be the possibility to take one day off 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. Airports: Leipzig, Frankfurt/Main, Nürnberg.

  • ICJA21 VSS-Ilmenau 29.08.- 12.09.2020

    ICJA21 VSS-Ilmenau 29.08.- 12.09.2020

    Vols: 12
    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 Oasis: like laying and harvesting of the raised beds, moving the compost, repairing and painting a fence. The work always takes place outside and in a green surrounding!

    Study 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.

    Accommodation:
    Volunteers will be accommodated in a social center. Kitchen and showers can be used there.


    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.

    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, the closest airport is Erfurt.