Carpe Diem – Seize the Day! (Lützensömmern near Erfurt)
Description: „Rittergut“, 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, „Rittergut“ – with its historical buildings and the big park – 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. Not only for the small and the big visitors of the estate, also for the employees and volunteers of the house.
Type of Work: The over 4 acres large land needs in many areas constant care, renewal and not least the expansion of the experiential and environmental education offers. The participants of the workcamp will be guided in the process of renovating the old log cabin, where the old wooden ceiling has to be especially renewed.
- 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 expected as well. One part of the work will be done on a scaffold, 3 to 5m high (roof work). The volunteers must be ready for such work. Of course, the scaffold fulfils all the standards of security and accident-free work.
Notes: For this work camp a group of volunteers from Spain is invited. If you would like to get more information about the local project please check their website Rittergut or watch this video with English subtitles.