With our 2022 workcamp program, ijgd welcomes you to send volunteers to our international workcamps in Germany. We offer a wide range of projects in which volunteers get involved in meaningful work and take an active part in the daily decision-making processes of group life. As the worldwide pandemic AND political situation is still unstable, we highly recommend your volunteers to buy refundable travel tickets. We will confirm every camp 4 weeks before the camp starts. Our hygiene and infection protection concept is continuously revised and adapted to the current situation. Both partner organizations and volunteers should read this carefully.
Ijgd is a non-profit, non-denominational organization which has been active in international youth work since 1949. Each year ijgd organizes international youth workcamps in Germany. In cooperation with partner organizations of the Alliance a worldwide network has been created, so that volunteers can participate in workcamps all over the world. However, this program will focus on workcamps in Germany. Our aim is to encourage young people to become aware of existing social and environmental conditions, enabling them to become an active and responsible participant in a democratic society. This learning process leads (among other things) to the examination of one’s own cultural norms and values. Consequently, it will help break down barriers between people which have been built on cultural, social and ethnical differences. This development of international understanding is regarded as a contribution to the furtherance of world peace. Ijgd is a registered charity and does not have a political, religious or institutional affiliation. ijgd receives funds from the European Union and from the German Ministry for Youth.
Ijgd Workcamp Conditions
- Age limit: Participants are usually between 16 to 26 years (except Teenage-Camps 14-17 years and camps that are explicitly only from 18-26). ESC Projects are open from 18-30. We can’t do any exceptions regarding the mentioned age.
- Minors (under 18 years) need written permission (which they must bring to the camp!) from their guardians. PA will be attached to the infosheet
- Please note that we made some important changes for our season 2022: 18+ volunteers don’t need to pay any extra incoming Fee anymore (you remember? we had this new Fee of 50€ from 2019) BUT: we decided to charge the regular teenage fee of 150€ for volunteers under 18 who apply for our mixed-aged camps. We had to decide this, as our Camps became younger and younger and 18+ volunteers applied less. But also, for our leaders it became more and more a challenge with more than 50% Teenagers in every camp!
- Camp language: English is the camp language in most ijgd 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). Weekends are free. 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 are available. If not, it is mentioned in the description.
- Camp Leaders: Usually, our camps have two camp leaders, trained through ijgd seminars, which 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. Due to the principal of self-organization, leaders should not have a leadership role, rather be a participant themselves. They are also responsible for the contact to the project’s partners, to take care of administrative details and to ensure self-organization of the group. 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. The group cook together (in cooking teams). Money for the food shopping is provided. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible.
- 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.
- COVID-19: ijgd 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 will have so called 2G+ or 3G+ Camps, depending also on the wishes of our local hosts. In Camps mentioned as 2G+ we only accept volunteers who are either fully vaccinated (2 to 3 shots) or recovered (date of infection must be at least 28 days old and max 90 days old). All participants must arrive with an official negative rapid test (not older than 24 hours) or PCR test (not older than 48 hours). On arrival, this and a vaccination or recovery certificate must be presented (in 3G+ Camps only the negative test result must be presented) and a self-rapid test must be carried out. Thereafter, the entire group must perform a rapid self-test at least every 72 hours. We will provide self-rapid tests for the arrival and the whole camp period!
- We ask all volunteers to book refundable tickets, as ijgd cannot reimburse any travel tickets, no matter the circumstances.
1) Nature Protection & Survival (02212TTEN)
When: 07.8. – 20.08.2022
Where: Lower Saxony; Bremen 50 km
Who: 23 participants from around the world, aged 14 – 17
Type: ENVI, STUD, TEEN
Project: If you enjoy being outside amongst nature, spending the evening around a camp-fire, discovering the forest first-hand with people from all around the world and working hands-on in the forest with real foresters, then this project at the Forest Education Centre in Hahnhorst is exactly the one for you! The study part of this project consists of several workshops like starting a fire without equipment, outdoor kitchen, learning how to build a place to sleep for the night and archery. These workshops will prepare you for an overnight stay in the forest at the end of the project. Besides this, you’ll be working in co-operation with foresters and forest workers on conservation projects in the forest and will help to improve the quality of habitats for rare species of plants and animals. In the mornings (you’ll be working up early), you’ll be focusing on the work tasks. The survival workshops will take place in the afternoons.
Free Time: There are some free afternoons for enjoying the range of free time activities available (for example a bike tour, sitting around the camp-fire, a trip to the swimming pool). At the weekend, you could also go on a day-trip to Bremen for sightseeing and shopping. Schwaförden is a small village with 1.500 inhabitants
Description of accommodation and food: Forest education centre for youth and children, multi-bed rooms, huge outdoor area. Full catering. The group will take part in regular kitchen and cleaning duties. Vegetarian meals are possible. Please indicate any allergies when registering. Only in German, but you can see many pictures from your accomodation: https://www.landesforsten.de/erleben/waldpaedagogik/unsere-waldpaedagogikzentren/wpz-hahnhorst/unser-haus/
Special Requirements: 395 € additional fee. You have to be keen on working in the forest and taking part in outdoor activities. You have to be able to ride a bike.
2) Nature experiences in the forest and on the Moselle (ijgd 22336)
Where: Rhineland-Palatinate; Trier 60 km
Who: 17 participants from all over the world; 16 – 26 years old
Project: As a nature-loving young person, are you interested in a work camp with like-minded people in the forest? Then you will find in our project the opportunity to experience nature in many ways and to help shape it. You will actively help with the care of young tree cultures and we will renovate a forest hut together. Our project immerses you in forest ecology and teaches you about sustainable resource management at the same time.
Freetime: You will be staying in the middle of the art nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach, where you will have the opportunity to experience various leisure activities. Both indoor and outdoor pools are right next to where you will be staying. You can reach Trier, the oldest town in Germany, by train (around 60km away), as well as Luxembourg City (around 90km away) and Koblenz (around 60km away). You can also get involved in the goings on of the association, which has a strong presence in the local area
Description of accommodation and food: You cook together. Money for the food shopping is provided to you. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any allergies when registering. You will be staying in the community hall
Special Requirements: work can be physically demanding. Only for volunteers who love to work in the nature.
3) More camps available here!
Entire 2022 camp list: IJGD Program Workcamps 2022
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