ABOUT OUR WORKCAMPS
- Camp language: English is the camp language in most IBG camps. It is important that volunteers speak at least basic English! If the camp language is not English, a special mention is made in the project description.
- Work: Volunteers will work about 30 hours a week (for example six hours a day, five days a week). Exceptions are mentioned in the descriptions and are made according to the needs of the project.
- Accommodation: Accommodations will usually be in schools, gyms, youth centres, scouts huts or similar. In general, there are basic conditions but all facilities like kitchen, toilets and showers ar available. If not, it is mentioned in the description.
- Camp Leaders: Usually, our camps have one or two camp leaders who will support the organisation of free time activities, keep an account for the money for food and free time activities as well as provide some support to group processes. Apart from these responsibilities, they are volunteers like the others.
- Food: In most work camps, meals are prepared in a self-organised manner by participants. Everyone will take turns cooking.
- Local population: Extensive contact to the local population is one of the aims of IBG work camps. Ofcourse, the level and intensity depends on the possibilities and cannot be forced, but volunteers should be interested in contact to the local population.
- Insurance: All relevant insurance (personal accident, illness, third liability) is provided only within the official camp dates. EU volunteers are not insured against illness, that ́s why they have to bring the European Health Insurance Card EHIC. We strongly recommend to (non-EU) volunteers who plan to travel beyond these dates to bring their own insurance. More information can be found in our Infosheet.
- Special needs: We believe that regardless of nationality, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or social background, income, education, religion and other beliefs, physical and health conditions or limitations, participation in our volunteering projects should be open to any young person. We are therefore committed to overcoming obstacles and making access to international work camps as easy as possible. If you have volunteers who need individual support to join a work camp, please contact us. Together, we will find the best way to support them.
- COVID-19: IBG will follow the national regulations and organise the projects in a way that they are as safe as possible. But the evolution of the infection situation and its dynamic cannot be foreseen. This makes planning difficult. Therefore we can only accept volunteers who are either fully vaccinated (2 to 3 shots of one of the following vaccines: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson&Johnson) or recovered (date of infection must be at least 28 days old and max 90 days old) we ask all volunteers to book refundable tickets, as IBG cannot reimburse any travel tickets, no matter the circumstances.
1) IBG 14 Forest School Indelhausen for Teens | 24.07.-05.08.22 | ENVI/EDU | 20 vols
AGE: 16 to 18 years old!
WORK: In this workcamp, you will support the forest school “Waldschulheim Indelhausen” by protecting the forest around and you will take part to their programme of non-formal learning about nature. In the mornings, you will be working on different environmental tasks to help maintain the surrounding biosphere area.
Your tasks will be:
- planting and preserving forest crops;
- grooming specific biotopes (ex: juniper heath);
- clearing some areas;
- (de)constructing protection fences;
- maintaining certain paths in the forest.
In the afternoons, you will be learning more about biodiversity with the forest rangers. This is a special project for nature lovers and people interested in learning about nature protection work. The project is part of the 2022 IBG agenda: “Let’s take action for climate protection – volunteering for forests and peatlands”.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be accommodated in shared rooms directly in the forest school. The rooms have 2 to 4 beds each (with a mattress, bedsheets, a blanket and a pillow). There are showers with warm water and bathroom facilities on each floor, which can all be separated by gender. In the building there is also a dining room, 3 common rooms and a gym hall which you can use. Wi-Fi is provided. Meals will be prepared and served by the school, which means you will not have to cook nor wash the dishes. You will get breakfast, lunch (warm) and dinner (warm or cold) in the forest school. Please let us know if you have allergies or intolerances. The forest school tries its best to serve regional, local and bio food.
LOCATION: The “Waldschulheim” is located in the small village of Indelhausen in the middle of a geopark and at the southern end of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve “Schwäbische Alb” in southern Germany. This area features diverse mountainous and cultural landscapes, protected ecosystems with rare plants and animals and notable forest, meadow and orchard habitats. In line with our efforts to focus on workcamps within the field of nature protection the region is highly suitable. The surroundings are perfect for outdoors activities like hiking. It is very rural, and there are many great view-points and various old castle ruins that are worth visiting.
PROJECT: The forest school “Waldschulheim Indelhausen” is a pedagogical institution founded in 1977. The building used to be the village school and now serves 1,000 students and teachers every year as a non-formal learning place on the topic of forest and nature. Groups of students of the grades 7 to 9 of all school types usually stay here for two weeks and participate in different tasks of simple forest work, an educational program about the forest and excursions as well as games, fun and sports. There will certainly be other groups of young students in the Waldschulheim at the time of your workcamp and you will have the possibility to exchange with them. You can take a look at the place here https://waldschulheim indelhausen.forstbw.de/wsh-indelhausen/. By participating in this workcamp, you are actively supporting biodiversity (UN SDG 15) and help us work against climate change (UN SDG 13).
EXTRA FEE: 150€
REMARK: This is a special project for nature lovers and people interested in nature protection work. You will get wet and dirty. Make sure to pack warm and comfortable clothes as well as sturdy shoes (like hiking shoes).
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Riedlingen
CLOSEST BUS STOP: “Indelhausen, Hayingen” – about 30 min from Riedlingen train station with bus 265.
NEXT INTERNATIONAL TRAIN STATIONS: Ulm (2 hours from Indelhausen), Stuttgart (2,5 to 3 hours from Indelhausen)
NEXT AIRPORTS, in case you really need to fly: Stuttgart (STR), Memmingen (FMM)
MEETING POINT AND TIME: You have to arrive in Riedlingen train station before 6pm, in order to catch the last bus going to Indelhausen, Hayingen! On July 24th the bus 265 leaves from Riedlingen at: 13:57, 14:55, 16:55 and 17:57. Find the best connection on the German railway company’s website: https://www.bahn.com/en
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