Carpe Diem – Seize the Day! Lützensömmern (30 km from Erfurt)
Description: The „Rittergut“ (https://www.rittergut.de), a once agricultural estate is now an educational and meeting place and it is located near the state capital Erfurt. In the little, quaint village of Lützensömmern the „Rittergut“ – with its historical buildings and the big park – it takes a dominant place. With approximately 20.000 accommodations in one year the estate is a famous far outside location. This location provides children- and youth in the context of school trips and project days a lot of space for their personal development and non-formal education. People from all over Germany and Europe use the house with his extraordinary beautiful ambiance as a meeting place for seminars, workshops and family events.
Type of Work: The grounds, which cover over 4 hectares, require constant maintenance, renewal and not least expansion of the experiential and environmental education offers in many areas. This year, the volunteers of the work camp will, under supervision, redesign the façade of the inner courtyard. In the courtyard we still have a small wooden wagon that will get a new coat of paint. If we are on schedule: As well there is an old advertising wagon that can be refurbished.
Study Theme: Ecological reconstruction of the estate; ecological situation in the region; social and economic changes through the demographic development, Rittergut in the scope of the environmental policy in Germany and Europe.
Accommodation: In comfortable tents in the beautiful gardens of the estate between trees and flowers (please bring your own mat and sleeping bag!); the showers in the house can be used. There are cooking facilities and possibilities and the volunteers can cook in teams. The food will be provided. There is also a fireplace and a small nice petting zoo.
Requirements: From the volunteers we expect independence and own initiative. Handcraft skills are welcome. One part of the work will be done on a scaffold, 3 to 5m high. Of course, the scaffold fulfills all the standards of security and accident-free work.
Notes: If you would like to get more information about the local project please check their website https://www.rittergut.de/ or watch this video with English subtitles.
INCOMING FEE for volunteers applying via partner organisations and contacts of SCI: https://sci-d.de/incomingfee