With our 2016 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.
Background and Goals
Ijgd is a non-profit, non-denominational organization which has been active in international youth work since 1948. 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 Workcamp Conditions
Each workcamp lasts about three weeks
Participants are usually between 16 to 26 years of age (except Teenage-Camps 14-17 years)
Minors (under 18 years) need written permission (which they must bring to the camp!) from their guardians
Volunteers are expected to work about five hours/day; 25 to 30 hours/week, except Saturday and Sunday
Groups consist of approximately 15 volunteers
Camps are run using the principle of self-organization. Therefore, volunteers are expected to contribute to the daily life of the group by cooking, shopping, organizing free-time activities and day to day running of the whole event
Accommodation is simple (youth hostels, schools, forest huts or tents)
Group leaders are usually of the same age as the participants. Usually there are two leaders, trained through ijgd seminars. 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.
Before the workcamp season starts, ijgd organizes a preparation weekend for its German participants, in order to clarify expectations, challenges of workcamps and to sensitize volunteers for intercultural differences.
After the workcamp season in autumn, volunteers and camp leaders are invited to an evaluation meeting. You are more than welcome to give us your personal feedback.
Where are our workcamps – German federal states (Region):