To be prepared for life (Berge)
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, ecological construction, kitchen work and in a wood workshop. Therefore the Youth Centre includes an ecological farm with grain farming, meadows , a constructed wetland, a wind power station and various biotopes that need taking care of. A seminar house for environmental education, a training bakery, a training cheese factory, herb garden and a petting zoo are also part of the project
Type of Work: In small groups, in the stables and the garden, kitchen work, wood work and harvesting, 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, psychology, horse-based therapy).
Accommodation: In a big seminar room on camp beds. You need a sleeping bag. Perhaps it will be possible to sleep in smaller rooms with less persons, if the house is not too busy. Meals are provided by the youth centre on the 4 work days, self-catering in the evenings and on the free days.
Requirements: Interest in contact with the youth! Knowledge of German is useful but not necessary. The participants must bring warm sleeping bags.
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 a visit, considering its important function during the Second World War and during the time of the Berlin wall.
Notes: Alcohol and drugs are forbidden in the project! Many free time facilities: swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, tours by bike, excursions to Berlin and Potsdam are possible. Further information please find here
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09 Oct 2017 - 18 Oct 2017
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