About the local hosting organizationHost organisation is the municipality of Marburg. They have already been organising international volunteer camps for many years. It is a workcamp including German language training. The lectures will be two hours every day (excluding Saturday and Sunday when the group will go on excursions). The main topic during the lectures will be intercultural diversities. So the basis of the lectures will be communication first and grammar second. The teachers will be native speakers, partly trained teachers, partly students. The language-course will not have the same standard like a professional language-school, but past experiences with this concept have given very good results.
About the volunteer workParticipants will be doing various manual works to prepare the area (youth-holiday-camp Freizeitgelaende Stadtwald ) for (or after) the summer leisure activities of the municipality. It means for example clearing the place, gardening, painting, building up/taking down tents. Time of work will be 4-5 hours on four days per week, excluding Saturday and Sunday.
Local accommodationParticipants will live in a house with several-bed-rooms, kitchen, bathroom, shower. Cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. will be done by the group itself. Like in each workcamp, accommodation, food and travel-costs for excursions are free as well as materials/copies needed for the lectures.
About the project locationMarburg is an historical and picturesque old university town, 100 km north of Frankfurt/Main. It has 82.000 inhabitants, including 25.000 students (from actual 120 different countries). The camp is located on a wooded hill named Stadtwald , in a youth-holiday-camp 5 km far from the city centre. A good bus-connection allows to go to downtown.
RequirementsAs the language course is not for absolute beginners, participants must be able already to communicate in German, at least on a level which ensures simple communication. Participants also must be willing to communicate with each other during the camp in German and not in English or in their own mother tongue for the whole time, not only during the lectures. This is one important part of the concept. Special remark: Because of the language-course there is an extra-fee of 160,00 EUR to be paid upon arrival. A certificate for participating in the language-course will be given at the end of the camp.Age: 16-26 (exceptions for older volunteers are possible).