About the local hosting organizationHost organisation is an Environmental Organisation - Nature Friends of Marburg. For many years they have already organized international volunteer camps. This is though an experimental camp, to improve eco-friendly practices in the groups. Volunteers will sleep in tents, use eco-toilets and showers, cook outside on a fireplace, eat local products and bio products, and discuss ecological topics.
About the volunteer workMain work will be in the forest, as maintenance of young stands, field mapping of new trees, planting of rare trees, searching and marking of habitat trees, waters care. Participants will also be doing various manual works to prepare the area around the house of the nature-friends for leisure activities of groups coming from the city. Time of work will be 5-6 hours daily, excluding Saturday and Sunday.
Local accommodationAccommodation will be in tents. Cooking place, bathroom and showers will be outside. 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 a 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 approx. 2 km away from the town centre.
RequirementsSpecial requirements: As 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.