Where People and Farm Animals Live in Harmony (Alfter near Bonn)
Description: Building paddock trails, getting muscles, looking after animals. Around the year, school classes, children's groups and families come to the ‘Stallgespräch’, an -encounter and educational project – set on a farm with animals, garden and fields to work there. By feeding the animals and observing them, knowledge and skills in dealing with different species of animals are learned. In doing so, the visitors should develop respect towards these living beings. The animals are carefully accustomed to the encounter with the people and deployed within their possibilities and abilities. The project also offers the visitors the opportunity to plant, harvest and and thus contributes to raise awar-ness of sustainable agrarian- and food culture as well as the appreciation of healthy food.
Type of Work: Building a new horse paddock trail, making holes for the fence poles, setting fences, attaching cables, sawing trees, laying panels; everything to make the horses feel good all around. Taking care of the animals (chickens, sheep, dogs, horses, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs) and support in organic gardening.
Study Theme: Species-appropriate animal husbandry; animal-assisted therapy; organic farming; solidarity farming During leisure: possibility of excursions to Cologne and Bonn; hiking in the Siebengebirge (Seven Hills Region); Rhine cruises; swimming in a nearby outdoor pool
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Accommodation: In tents (please bring a tent, camping mat and a thick sleeping bag); shower, toilet, shared kitchen available. Cooking together in the group
Requirements: Willing to do physically hard work, Interest in species-appropriate animal husbandry and organic farming; friendly handling of animals; interest in manual labor; technical skills helpful
Approximate Location: The farm is located in the small but very lively town of Alfter between the major cities of Cologne and Bonn.
Notes: INCOMING FEE for volunteers applying via partner organisations and contacts of SCI: https://sci-d.de/incomingfee