about IBG and our workcamps
IBG is a German non-profit organisation founded in 1965 to promote voluntary work and international understanding. IBG is a registered charity and a member of the Alliance of European workcamp 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?
IBG organises workcamps in Germany in which it receives international participants sent by our partner organisations or directly from countries where there are no organisations. It also sends volunteers with a residence in Germany to workcamps organised by our partner organisations abroad.
What is a workcamp?
Workcamps are voluntary service projects lasting between 2-4 weeks. There are usually 10-20 volunteers taking part in one camp. Typically volunteers in one camp come from different countries.
Volunteers are expected to work around 30 hours a week. The work undertaken at camps should serve the local community or benefit the environment. Free time can be spent relaxing, on activities and excursions.
Accommodation in IBG camps is usually in school, a youth centre or something similar basic. The language spoken in camps is usually English. Food and accommodation are provided free of charge. You will only need money to cover travel costs, your application fee to your sending organisation, and some pocket money. If you want to know more about workcamps and the network of workcamp organisations, check the movie below:
How can you participate in an IBG workcamp?
If you want to take part in a workcamp and you are not a permanent resident in Germany you need to apply through a partner organisation in your country. If there is no partner organisation in your country, you can apply directly to IBG (see How to apply).