About the local hosting organizationThe village of Friedland became the place of the largest German refugee camp after WWII. In March 1946, the first workcamp of SCI Germany took place there in cooperation with the British SCI branch IVSP. Out of this engagement, local volunteers founded SCI Germany. 70 years later, many refugees, mainly from the Arab world, pass through the camp. The Museum Friedland was established to reflect on the different refugee movements. This year we will work in a community garden with locals and refugees and study the history of past and present forced migration in Europe. Then, the group will create an exhibition of the museum about the history of civic engagement connected to the different migrant groups in the camp.
About the volunteer workThe community garden at the outskirts of Friedland will be prepared for future use by constructing fences and beds for the plants and harvesting fruits. The garden is a platform for interaction of refugees, locals and volunteers. Therefore, the group will invite refugees and other interested, and connect it to other international garden projects in Göttingen. At the end, we will celebrate an open day for refugees and the village and present the outcomes of our work together with the museum, Caritas and other local institutions.
Local accommodationBasic conditions, self-catering.
About the project locationFriedland is very close to the city of Göttingen, a science and cultural centre.