Workcamp leading in Germany


Mid Term Volunteering

Open Houses also offers the possibility to participate for a longer time in volunteer projects. This kind of volunteering gives the opportunity to get to know the hosting organisation and its work and aims in a deeper way.

In a time frame between six weeks and four months the volunteers will get the chance to learn a lot about Germany, the culture, language and its people.

From June till October Open Houses is looking for around fifteen Mid Term Volunteers. There are two different kinds of MTV projects: Social Camp Leading and Technical Camp Leading.

For the time of the voluntary service accommodation, food and insurance are covered by Open Houses. Even more the volunteers get a small pocket money. At the beginning of their service the Mid Term Volunteers will as a kind of introduction for about two weeks take part in a Workcamp as regular volunteers in order to get familiar with Open Houses and the atmosphere of volunteer work.

Mid Term Volunteering
Camp Leading
Lohra Castle and all other camp places of Open Houses’ 2016 programme
OH-C01 03.06. – 08.10.2016
OH-C02 03.06. – min. 16.07.2016
OH-C03 03.07. – min. 29.08.2016
OH-C04 14.08. – 08.10.2016
DURATION: Between six weeks and four months, in exceptional cases less or more
The beginning dates are fixed because of the introduction course
ACCOMMODATION: Depending on the camp place. Please have a look at the camp place descriptions.
AGE: at least 20
LANGUAGE: very good level of English, basics of German, other languages are helpful
NOTE: Basics of German, Motivation letter and CV + photo required

Organising and leading an international Workcamp is an interesting challenge for those who enjoy working together with young people from all over the world, which are willing to take over a big responsibility and who look forward to a great summer in Germany. The camp leader’s role lies in building a bridge between the participants of the Workcamp, the organisation as well as the technical leaders who guide the practical part of the camp. S/he supports the group of volunteers from a social and intercultural point of view.

Open Houses is looking for people who are highly motivated and responsible, open minded and which already have some experiences in handling with other people. They should be able to speak English fluently and basics of German.

The main tasks are to organise the social life for all volunteers during the camp period. The leader will welcome the volunteers and make them familiar with the camp site. S/he will prepare the daily schedule, indicating the working and eating times including breaks and will furthermore be responsible for organising the cleaning and cooking teams, alternating within the group. The camp leader will buy the food for the volunteers, having an eye on the everyday changing cooking teams with their individual dishes. Additionally, s/he organises leisure activities after the working days and is welcome to prepare campfires, barbecues, games or other group activities. For the weekends the camp leader should be ready to plan little trips to bigger cities or other activities. A camp leader has rarely time for personal things during the Workcamp. S/he is always the person in charge of everything and contact person in any questions and needs of the volunteers. This should be clear to all applicants.

It is also important that the social leader stays in close contact to the technical leaders, who are organising the working groups and know which work has to be done. It is helpful to support the technical leaders by taking over the responsibility for a working group, if there are no other works to be done for the social leader. At some camps, especially in environmental camps, it can happen that the functions of social and technical leaders are running more together. So it is good to be prepared also to organise a little bit the working part.

The social leader is also responsible for managing the deduction and finances of the camp and to take care of the documentation – writing down what has been done, taking pictures and leading the evaluation of the camp. It is important to do this documentation with a certain care, so that the social leader which will lead the following camp will know what happened in the past and doesn’t need to look for the same information or to do the same mistake a second time.

Project Description

The social camp leader has to be able to work independently as well as in a team. Since most of the camps are organised by several camp leaders (one or two social and one or more technical leaders) it is necessary to agree upon several issues in a team.

All in all, leading a camp means a lot of work and empathy as well as a lot of fun. Open Houses gives the camp leaders the opportunity to be creative and to take over responsibility for their own work. Of course, they will not be left alone in their role.

Before getting active as a camp leader s/he will take part in one camp as a volunteer, parallel will be time for the introduction as camp leaderIt will be a good experience to be an “ordinary participant” for one or two weeks and to get to know the camp leader’s tasks from the participants’ point of view. After experiencing the atmosphere of the first camp and after Open Houses and the potential camp leader have gotten to know each other better, Open Houses will decide if s/he will be able to lead camps or not or if s/he would need an additional introduction time.

During the summer season Open Houses organises a lot of Workcamps in different places in Germany. Depending on the camp leader’s interests and abilities Open Houses and the potential camp leader will decide together where s/he will lead camps. In general, Open Houses offers two possibilities: The volunteers can lead several successive camps in one place (at Lohra Castle, partly also at Klein Dammerow Manor) or can lead different camps at various places.

For each real camp leading week the volunteer gets 50 € pocket money. S/he does not have to pay for food and accommodation. The camp leader will receive the pocket money after the camp, when all the camp documents will be checked by the office staff and everything will be fine.

For students of architecture, building engineering and similar fields this kind of voluntary service can be recognized as internship for their studies. Open Houses will offer the necessary certificates.

Because of the big variety of the individual curricula and experiences Open Houses will create for every volunteer an individual plan of the voluntary service, including introduction, supervision and evaluation.

Per every week the volunteer supports the technical leader s/he receives 50 € pocket money. S/he does not have to pay for food and accommodation and can take part in all cultural activities and excursions of the camps.

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