Gender-Camp in Kreafithaus (Berlin)
Description: The Girls Sport Center KREAFITHAUS is a project of the Gesellschaft für Sport und Jugendsozialarbeit gGmbH and is aimed to girls and young women. The GSJ takes care of children and adolescents in difficult life situations and is active in social hot spots. The KREAFITHAUS supports girls and young women in their personal development through active sports leisure activities in conjunction with socio-educational support. The target group are girls and young women of all ages, nationality, culture, religion, skin color, social background and population. The Kreafithaus works according to gender-specific methods, content and pedagogical concepts and helps to promote the further development of gender equality in sport, work, family and politics.
Type of Work: In this camp physical work will be done on 7 days. Work will be building a new big compost in the garden and building garden furniture from europallets under the supervision of staff-members of the Kreaftihaus. You will be able to learn how to work with wood and use several machines. Everybody is welcome to try it out and will be encouraged, not depending on gender. The group will discuss about stereotypes of "male" and "female" work and how it can be possible to create spaces, where all genders can learn all kind of different things they would like to do. If time allows you will also build a barefoot path and an insect hotel. For bad weather conditions there is the possibility to do renovations in the house.
Study Theme: The camp includes a study part of two whole days and further discussions for: sessions on the topic of gender (based on the methodology of the Tool-Kit "Free to be u and me"), getting to know the approach of the Kreafithaus to empower girls and young women, study-visits to other projects, documentation of the work and camp. The Kreafithaus has been visited by the first gender-training which led to the working group on gender within SCI and the follow up project "Gendered Realities"
Accommodation: Accomodation in the 2nd floor of Kreafithaus in two exercise rooms (separation by gender is possible) in Berlin-Lichtenberg. Sleeping mats and sleeping bags are required. The two rooms are renovated and can also be closed during the day. There is a shower, toilets and washbasins available on the same floor, another shower is located on the ground floor. On the 2nd floor is also the well-equipped self-catering kitchen with dining area and terrace. Within walking distance there are shops, also cheap discounters. In Germany we have good drinking water quality, you can drink water from the tap.
Language: Camp-language will be English. Knowing some German is not required but could be helpful to communicate with the girls of the Kreafithaus
Requirements: Being interested in gender-topics and a bigger study-part! You should show consideration and interest for the girls and young women who may attend the Kreafithaus while you are there. Being interested in manageable building projects. This camp requires an additional motivation letter.
Approximate Location: The Kreafithaus is located in Berlin-Lichtenberg, which is in the eastern part of Berlin, 10 minutes to walk to the district Friedrichshain with its numerous pubs and cafes. The S-Bahn stop "S Storkower Straße" is nearby. The Kreafithaus itself is situated amongst panel flats of the former GDR, with schools, kindergardens and shops in between.