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about IBG and our workcamps

What is IBG?
Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten (abbreviated IBG) is a German non-profit organisation founded in 1965 to promote voluntary work and international understanding.  With a history of over 15,000 volunteers in more than 1,400 workcamps in German-speaking countries, and an additional 10,000 participants with worldwide contributions with partner organisations, IBG has established itself as both a well-respected service organisation and a platform for intercultural exchange, with the motto "peacing the world together".  IBG is a registered charity and a member of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and of the Unesco's Coordinating Commitee of International Voluntary Service. IBG does not have a political or religious affiliation. IBG receives funds from the European Union and from the German ministry for Family, Women, Children, Senior Citizens and Youth.

What does IBG do?
Each year, IBG organises roughly 45 workcamps in Germany in which international participants, either sent by our partner organisations or who applied directly from countries where there are no organisations, come together to complete a public/community service project as volunteers. It also sends volunteers from Germany to workcamps organised by our partner organisations abroad.  This is possible through IBG's relationship with local "project partners", who welcome and assist the volunteers in their projects.  In addition, IBG arranges the accommodation and food for the workcamps with the oversight of enthusiastic and qualified Camp Leaders.  

Our Goals

IBG commits itself to and promotes:

  • International understanding
  • Dismantling of possible prejudices and inhibitions
  • Promoting tolerance and openness to the world
  • Strengthening democratic awareness
  • Supporting independent actions and self-responsibility
  • Impactful and worthwhile work projects
  • Overcoming social disadvantages
  • Sustainable and positive impacts on the workcamps' communities