Description of the partner organizing/hosting the project

The ijgd has been organising volunteer service programmes since 1949. We are an independent, non-profit association for international youth work, a recognised independent youth welfare organisation, and one of the largest and oldest workcamp organisations in Germany. Each year, we assist around 5,000 young people into volunteer work in Germany and abroad. We give them the opportunity to be creative, act in solidarity, take responsibility for themselves, and discover their own true potential and strengths. Our principles Ecological learning, voluntary contribution, self-organisation, social development, intercultural learning, gender equality, anti-racism/anti-discrimination and political education. Follow us on Instagram ijgd_workcamps Facebook @ijgd.workcamps


Description of work

Explore the unique landscape and habitat of the mud flats and contribute to the preservation of the native flora and fauna. Starting from 2010, every year there has been an ijgd group to contribute to the nature conservation works in the coastal heathland and this year is no exception. With spades and hoes, you can help with the cultivation of island biotopes and protect the native vegetation against the displacement by non-native plants to grow very fast. Through your work you will learn a lot about the nature on the island and the UNESCO world heritage wadden sea. You will be instructed and guided by competent nature conservationists.

Description of accomodation and food

You’ll be staying in a youth guest house with several-bed rooms and a common living space. On the outside grounds of the building there is a playing ground and a barbecue area. ijgd will hire bikes for you to use on your journey to and from work, as well as for trips around the island. Your meals will be provided by the accommodation and you will take turns in helping out in the kitchen (washing up, laying the table and clearing things away). Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any allergies when registering.

Description of location and leisure

Wangerooge is part of the national park Lower Saxony Wadden Sea and has an amazing and unique flora and fauna. Cars are forbidden, so life on the island will be quiet and ecological. In your free time you can go swimming, explore the island by bike, go on a mudflat hiking tour or just enjoy the summer feeling at the village and the sunset at the beach.