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About the volunteer workCarpentry - Repairing the roof construction of a medieval building The ensemble of Lohra Castle includes a medieval building from the 12th century located between the castle gate and the Romanesque chapel. The roof construction of this building was erected in the early 20th century, but unfortunately it was underdesigned so that several beams got broken in the meantime. Under the professional guidance of two carpenters the participants will take off the roof construction, strengthen the construction and replace it. Afterwards they will roof it with historical tiles. In case there will be time left at the end of the Building Weeks B02 the participants will repair the eaves and the roofing of two impressive barns erected in the 19th century. Please note that it is absolutely needed that the volunteers of the Building Weeks B01 and B02 are trained to work at height.
Local accommodationWithin the old service buildings of the castle, you will stay in four little houses with 3- and 4- or 6- bedrooms with showers (limited hot water) and toilettes. The equipment is simple but fair. The fully equipped kitchen, which is situated next to the accommodation houses, is a separate building with large tables and benches inside. The atmosphere is rustic and historic. The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that everybody will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if you could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.
About the project locationLohra Castle is situated in the heart of Germany in Northern Thuringia. The castle, which is surrounded by a scenic hilly landscape, is located on the edge of a nature reserve area. Being one of the largest castles in Thuringia, the history of the castle Lohra begins in the Middle Age. The castle is more than 1,000 years old. Today, it includes twenty buildings from different times: medieval fortifications, remnants of a tower from the 11th century, a Romanesque chapel, a manor house from the Renaissance period as well as stables and granaries from the 19th and the early 20th centuries. The ensemble is situated in the centre of a beautiful forest. For years Lohra Castle was vacant. In the 1990s Open Houses started to restore the castle and to revive it by cultural activities. Since that time, a large number of Workcamps, Building Weeks, exhibitions, concerts and other activities with international participants took place in the castle.
RequirementsCV + Photo required, Motivation letter related to the project