Social Work on Farm with German Kids (Berge near Berlin)
Description: The Brandenburg Youth Centre is a development facility for underprivileged young people from 13 years onwards, some of whom refuse to go to school, were in trouble with authorities or suffer from psychological problems. The project offers them the opportunity to (re)integrate into society. They live in family-like structures and are being prepared for jobs through development programmes on ecological farming and construction, kitchen work and in a wood workshop. Therefore the Youth Centre includes an ecological farm with grain farming, meadows, constructed wetland, wind power station and various biotopes that need taking care of. An environmental education seminar house,a multipurpose hall and various sports facilities are also part of the project.
Type of Work: In small groups, in the stables and the garden, kitchen work, wood work (restoring the tipi), painting walls and harvesting (especially buckthorn harvest), together with the young people from the project. You will work for 8 hours per day on 4 days a week, no work on Fridays and the weekends!
Study Theme: The group can decide which topics to focus on in the area of ecology (ecological farming, ecological house-building, use of renewable energies, environmental technology) and social topics (social reintegration, horse-based therapy). The Jugendhof owns some horses, trained for horse-based therapy which are there for the young people who live at the Jugendhof and for others from outside.
Accommodation: In two rooms in the seminar-house of the project on camp-beds. You need a sleeping bag and a pillow. Meals are provided by the youth centre on the 4 work days, self-catering in the evenings and on the free days.
Language: English and German
Requirements: Interest in contact and common free-time activities with the youth! Knowledge of German is useful to communicate with the youth, but not necessary. In this camp you can practise and improve your German
Approximate Location: Berge is located close to Berlin, the capital of Germany. There are a lot of free-time activities in and around the city. Berlin is definitely worth to visit, considering its important function during the Second World War and during the time of the Berlin wall.
Notes: Alcohol and drugs are strictely forbidden in the project! Many free time facilities: swimming, horseback riding, tours by bike to the surrounding lakes, football, basketball. On the long weekends you can make trips to Berlin and Potsdam. Further information here.