Open Houses Network Offene Häuser Workcamps 2009 About Open Houses Network: Open Houses – rooms open for those who come along. Not empty buildings, but places with visible and invisible traces of history, places which have grown and decayed over the centuries, places which were shaped by those people who lived there long ago as well those who left only yesterday – places which will be shaped by those who live there or who come as a guest. Open Houses – rooms which want to be filled with dreams and ideas, with meetings and exchange, by people of different backgrounds, different cultures, different generations and different ideas and visions. The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people started to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The engagement for these buildings united people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided and who filled these rooms with life again in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen’s´ work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by the camp fire. Meanwhile, rooms free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; however, places have become rare where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of nepotism and the exclusion which it produces. What should be easy – to go somewhere in order to meet people and to work together – has become difficult. The tightrope walk between, on the one hand, public activities in a monetary and functional sense, and the retreat into private life on the other, is very difficult, and it requires a lot of power and permanent efforts to tackle red tape and financial restrictions. Free spaces are less and less understood as common property, and are permanently being cut back. The idea of public property seems to have gone out of fashion, and places of common responsible work have become rare. Open Houses Network tries to create and protect such spaces. In this process, we do not want to be the do-ers, but be people who have a vision, who want to initiate something, but who also are aware of depending on the co-operation of others. We understand our projects and events as offers – as offers to create space for commitment, for changes, for meetings. Camp List 2009: Workcamps Code Location Dates Type No. of vols. Ages OH-W01 Lohra Castle 14/06 – 27/06 ENVI / RENO 10 18+ OH-W02 Lohra Castle 28/06 – 11/07 ENVI / RENO 12 18+ OH-W20 Forestry Bogensee (near Berlin) 05/07 – 18/07 ENVI 10 18+ OH-W03 Rathewalde Youth Accommodation House 12/07 – 25/07 ENVI 7 18+ OH-W04 Lohra Castle 12/07 – 25/07 RENO / ENVI 14 18+ OH-W05 Lohra Castle 26/07 – 13/08 ENVI / RENO 16 18+ OH-W06 Gantikow Manor/Wolterslage Manor 26/07 – 15/08 ENVI 7 16+ OH-W07 Wehlen Rectory 26/07 – 08/08 ENVI / RENO 7 18+ OH-W08 Water Castle Ollendorf 02/08 – 15/08 ENVI / RENO 8 18+ OH-W09 Rathewalde Youth Accommodation House 09/08 – 22/08 ENVI / RENO 7 18+ OH-W10 Water Castle Ollendorf 16/08 – 29/08 ENVI / RENO 8 18+ OH-W11 Welzin Manor 16/08 – 29/08 ENVI 12 18+ OH-W12 Lohra Castle 23/08 – 05/09 ENVI / RENO 18 18+ OH-W13 Lohra Castle 06/09 – 19/09 ENVI / RENO 12 18+ OH-W14 Lohra Castle 20/09 – 03/10 ENVI / RENO 10 18+ Building Weeks Code Location Dates Type No. of vols. Ages OH-B01 Welzin Manor 28/06 – 18/07 CONS 8 18+ OH-B02 Lohra Castle 12/07 – 25/07 CONS 6 18+ OH-B03 Welzin Manor 19/07 – 08/08 CONS 8 18+ OH-B04 Parum Rectory 01/08 – 15/08 CONS / CULT 8 18+ OH-B05 Parum Rectory 16/08 – 29/08 CONS 8 18+ OH-B06 Wehlen Rectory 09/08 – 30/08 CONS 8 18+ OH-B07 Wehlen Rectory 30/08 – 13/09 CONS 8 18+ Special Projects Code Location Dates Type No. of vols. Ages OH-P01 Klein Dammerow Manor 05/07 – 19/07 CONS 12 16+ OH-P02 Oberau Castle / Klein Dammerow Manor 09/08 – 30/08 ART (Theatre) 10 18+ Mid-term Volunteering Code Location Dates Type No. of vols. Ages OH-M01 Lohra Castle and other camp places 07/06 – 30/08 SOCI 3 20+ OH-M02 Lohra Castle and other camp places 28/06 – 27/09 SOCI 3 20+ OH-M03 Lohra Castle and other camp places 02/08 – 03/10 SOCI 3 20+ OH-M04 Chapel of Reconciliation 07/06 – 30/08 CULT 2 20+ OH-M05 Chapel of Reconciliation 02/08 – 25/10 CULT 2 20+ W Workcamp (accent lays on work in multicultural groups) B Building Weeks (constructional expertise is advantageous) P Special Project (special requirements) M Mid-term volunteering CONS handling with ancient building volumes CULT cultural work ENVI work in the exterior RENO building / renovation SOCI social work (camp leading) Terms of organization: Charges Our projects are free of charge for participants sent by Alliance Member Organisations or Alliance Partner Organisations. Age In general participants have to be at least 18 years old to take part in our projects. OH-W06 is open for volunteers from 16 years on. Participation term Participants of Workcamps have to take part for the whole time of the project. At Building Weeks it is also possible to take part just for one week of the project. This possibility is especially an offer for people who are tied up in their job and often do not have enough time to take part at the whole project. Language In general the language spoken in the camps is English. Exceptions are OH-W09 and OH-W20. Camp language will be German. The languages spoken in OH-B04 and OH-B05 will be English and French. Insurance In cases of accident, illness and liability all participants from foreign countries are insured by us. Nevertheless we recommend an individual travel insurance. Participants from the EU usually have a health insurance card. What to bring Normally sleeping bags are necessary. Furthermore the volunteers need their own work gloves, strong shoes and they should bring along appropriate clothes, especially rain coats. We have neither telephone nor internet facilities in the camps. If the volunteers need to use a telephone, they should equip themselves with their own mobile phone. Workcamps: For the last 20 years Open Houses Network has organised international workcamps in historic monuments and buildings. Our projects are mostly in the countryside. We hope that our project places are adequate explained, so that you can imagine them. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need some further information! We are looking for volunteers who are ready to get to know the countryside of Germany. They should be open minded, flexible and creative. The workcamps offer the possibility to live together with people from different countries in basic conditions. The volunteers will help us to restore these historic monuments and buildings. Often, the honorary commitment of people from other countries and cultures leads to a renewed regard by the inhabitants of the region itself for their own historic buildings, particularly in rural areas where the buildings had rarely received any public attention. During our regular workcamps, volunteers mostly are going to do building care, reparation and maintenance work in- and outside the buildings, collecting fire-wood or mow the grass and lawn. Volunteers generally work six hours per day, 30 hours per week with two days off – Saturday and Sunday. In addition we offer special building weeks. During such weeks we focus on one project in a more professional sense and we do things like restoring a whole roof structure, or bring up again decayed walls Lohra Castle Lohra 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 Ages. The castle is more than 1000 years old. Today, it includes 20 buildings from different times: medieval fortifications, remnants of a tower from the 11th century, a roman chapel, a manor from the Renaissance period as well as stables and granaries from the 19th century. The ensemble is situated in the centre of a beautiful forest. From the top of the buildings you will have a wonderful view over one of the most impressive landscapes of Germany: the Harz. For years Lohra Castle was unoccupied. At the beginning of the 1990s Open Houses started to restore the castle and to revive it by cultural activities at the beginning of the 1990s. Since that time, a large number of art-workshops, exhibitions, concerts and international meetings took place in the castle. General Information Code Dates OH-W01 14/06 – 27/06 OH-W02 28/06 – 11/07 OH-W04 12/07 – 25/07 OH-W05 26/07 – 13/08 OH-W12 23/08 – 05/09 OH-W13 06/09 – 19/09 OH-W14 20/09 – 03/10 Type: ENVI / RENO Accommodation: Shared rooms with 2-5 beds in 3 guest houses, warm shower (limited hot water), WC inside, 1 camp kitchen (cold water), coal-burning stove Location: Next town: Bleicherode (7 km), Nordhausen (20 km), Erfurt (75 km) Region: Thuringia Terminal: Next railway station: Gebra / Hainleite (6 km) Next airport: Frankfurt / Main (280 km), Halle / Leipzig (155 km), Berlin (300 km) Age: at least 18 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag Project Description Besides some small repair works at the castle buildings, the main work at Lohra castle is to collect fire wood. So the volunteers may go into the forest by car, divided in several groups, and cut logs. The wood will be stored at the castle for wintertime. In addition to that the volunteers will take care for the green areas around the castle, as well as for the adjacent nature protection area. In August and September they will pick fruits like cherries, plums and apples in the meadows around the castle. Rathewalde Youth Accommodation House The Rathewalde Youth Accommodation House is situated at the health resort Rathewalde in Saxony; The building is located directly at the border of the National Park Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz). The mountains are famous for their typical formations of sandstone with lots of small caves called Bove and overwhelming views from the mountain tops. The nature reserve offers various possibilities of hiking and climbing tours of different levels as well as cultural events like theatre performances at the open air theatre called cliff stage Rathen (Felsenbühne Rathen). The Youth Accommodation House was built around. In the 1950s, it was donated by its owner to the Saxon Protestant State Church to assure the continuity of the services offered. During the following decades countless volunteers renovated and extended the mansion. Today it attracts lots of visitors by different styles from sequential construction periods. The mansion is surrounded by a beautiful garden, an orchard and large rhododendrons. You have a fascinating view to a rock formation. Until 2003 the building was operated by the Saxon Protestant State Church and in 2005 it was reopened by Open Houses. General Information Code Dates OH-W03 12/07 – 25/07 OH-W09 09/08 – 22/08 Type: ENVI Accommodation: 2 shared 4-bed rooms, warm shower and toilets Location: Next town: Pirna (12 km), Dresden (30 km) Region: Saxony Terminal: Next railway station: Pirna (12 km) Next airports: Airport: Dresden (30 km), Leipzig (160 km), Berlin (240 km) Age: at least 18 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag Note: Language spoken in Camp OH-W09 will be German So this camp is especially for people who don´t speak English very fluently or want to improve their German language skills. Project Description The main work in Rathewalde will mostly consist of gardening and cleaning up the area around the house. Volunteers will clear the garden from pest plants, cut the bushes and the trees, or collect old leaves and branches. Furthermore there will be the opportunity to help with reparation and painting work inside the building. Gantikow Manor and Wolterslage Manor This Camp will take place at two different locations. The first week volunteers will stay and work at Gantikow Manor, week two and three they will stay and work at Wolterslage Manor. Gantikow Manor is situated 90 kilometres north of Berlin, the capital of Germany. Open Houses Network uses this beautiful building, which is surrounded by a sleepy village with a small church and attractive countryside, as an accommodation for guest groups, workcamps and other projects. The facade of the building is decorated with unique paintings. A small lake is situated nearby the old building. So it is possible to go swimming. The beautiful garden around the manor-house invites people to relax. Accommodation: Shared rooms, warm shower and toilets. Location: Next town: Kyritz (4 km), Region: Brandenburg Terminal: Next railway station: Kyritz (4 km) Next airport: Berlin (90 km) Wolterslage Manor is situated in mid old march (Mittlere Altmark) region in the nature reserve lower Elbe (Untere Elbe) nearby Berlin. The manor-house is surrounded by an idyllic and rather peaceful countryside that is well known for its green meadows, pastures and fields. Close to the manor there is a lake, where the volunteers can swim and sit around a campfire. The calm surroundings, far away from the busy everyday life in big cities, make Wolterslage Manor a perfect place to relax and enjoy the nature during leisure time having done work. The building is a typical example of manor architecture from the second half of the 19th century. Though the architectural design is simple, the brick walls are slightly decorated. The windows, shutters, doors and mountings are all rare craftsmanship. In spite of misappropriated usage and being unoccupied for years the architecture and decoration of the manor are kept completely preserved. After the renovation the manor will be put at the disposal of groups who wish to organize particular projects, which suits to the peaceful nature of the surroundings. Accommodation: Very simple, shared rooms with mattresses, kitchen, toilets and shower inside. Location: Next town: Stendal (32 km) Region: Saxony-Anhalt Terminal: Next railway station: Osterburg (12 km) Next airports: Berlin (150 km), Hannover (230 km), Hamburg (230 km) General Information Code Dates OH-W06 26/07 – 15/08 Type: ENVI Age: at least 16 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag Note: The workcamp starts in Gantikow (Brandenburg) and finishes in Wolterslage (Saxony-Anhalt). Project Description The first week of the workcamp volunteers will stay at Gantikow Manor. There they will do some care and gardening works outside the manor. Works that will be done are cultivating the garden and mowing the lawn, as well as chopping wood in the forest around the manor and store it for the winter time. The second and third week volunteers will stay at Wolterlage Manor. There they will do care reparation and simple maintenance works inside and outside the manor. The main topic of the care works will be cultivating the manor garden including mowing the lawn and cutting bushes. Wehlen Rectory Near Dresden, located at the border to the Saxon Switzerland and at the banks of the River Elbe, there is a small dreamy and old city named Wehlen. At the centre of the 700-years old city, next to the market square, there is a rectory, which can be dated back to the 16th century. Due to extensive use as rectory and assembly house of the parish, and due to the aftermaths of several floodings, the rectory is in acceptable but poor condition. Some attempts to restore and to renovate the house were dared, but they turned out to be failures, since all the things, that were done, were not made in an appropriate manner according to the age and structure of the rectory. General Information Code Dates OH-W07 26/07 – 08/08 Type: ENVI / RENO Accommodation: Shared rooms with sleeping pads, warm shower and toilets Location: Next town: Pirna (12 km), Dresden (30 km) Region: Saxony Terminal: Next railway station: Pirna (12 km) Next airports: Airport: Dresden (30 km), Leipzig / Halle (160 km), Berlin (240 km) Age: at least 18 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag and sleeping pad Project Description The participants of the workcamp will work inside the rectory and outside in the garden. Since the house and the garden around the houses have been unused for some years there is a lot of cleaning and clearing work to do. Volunteers will mainly clean the garden from leaves and branches, cut the bushes and trees and mow the lawn. In addition the volunteers will broach and tidy up inside the rectory. Water Castle Ollendorf Ollendorf Water Castle is situated between Erfurt (capital of Thuringia), and Weimar (European capital of culture 1999). The small village Ollendorf is surrounded by a beautiful countryside. In ancient times the village was an important settlement on the historic Via Regia, one of the most significant routes of commerce in the middle ages, which linked Thuringia and Saxony to Eastern Europe. Today Ollendorf is well known for its multicultural events and besides a good place to start excursions to important historical and cultural towns like Weimar and Erfurt that are nearby the village. At the end of the 17th century the water castle at Ollendorf Water Castle was built in a simple rural baroque style, replacing the former castle that had been destroyed by a fire. Following the decline of the Via Regia in the 19th century, the site was chiefly used for agricultural purposes and store houses and barns were built. Then the manor fell into disrepair after having been abandoned for several decades. In 1998 the water castle was taken over by the Open Houses. Due to the young people, who have lived there and have taken part in its renovation since years, the castle is a place of creativity and open-mindedness. In a spirit true to its past as an inn, the castle will once again become a place where people come and go and where different cultures meet. General Information Code Dates OH-W08 02/08 – 15/08 OH-W10 16/08 – 29/08 Type: RENO / ENVI Accommodation: Simple conditions, shared rooms with mattresses, warm showers and toilets Location: Next town: Erfurt (12 km), Weimar (12 km), Region: Thuringia Terminal: Next railway station: Erfurt (12 km) Next airport: Halle / Leipzig (120 km), Berlin (275 km) Age: at least 18 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag Project Description The volunteers will do some care and gardening works outside the castle to prepare it for coming projects and seasons. Among other things these works will be: cultivating the garden and mowing the lawn, as well as to do some small reparation and installation work in the accommodation house and the castle. In addition, the volunteers will help our carpenter repairing the roof of a stable. Welzin Manor Near Lübz, at the edge of the Mecklenburg Lake District, there is a manor in a very small settlement of manor houses, called Welzin. The manor is surrounded by a 200 years old, wonderful park. This manor, which was built in half-timbered style in the middle of the 19th century, is one of the biggest manors ever built in this style. The manor house itself is a large simple half-timbered building that has not been changed since its construction. General Information Code Dates OH-W11 16/08 – 29/08 Type: ENVI Accommodation: Simple conditions, shared rooms with mattresses, toilets inside, shower (cold water) outside; or tents Location: Next town: Schwerin (50 km), Region: Mecklenburg-Pomerania Terminal: Next railway station: Passow (Meckl.) (1 km) Next airport: Berlin (170 km) Age: at least 18 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag Special: two kilometres away there is a swimming lake Project Description The volunteers will work outside the Manor in the former park. The amazing parkway is several hectares huge and more than 23 different types of trees can be found there. Unfortunately the parks has been disregarded for decades. The voluntees will continue the work that was started by other voluneer groups two years ago: They will clean and re-cultivate the garden, cut the wild grown plants, cut the meadow, collect old leaves and branches as well as scrap metals and rubbish. Furthermore they will renew the old paths. The surrounding landscape is not very hilly, but quite delightful. And only two kilometers away there is a beautiful lake where the parrticipants can go swimming and enjoy their leisure time. Forestry Bogensee The forestry with several buildings goes back to the thirties and was used in the former GDR as a college called Bogensee. It is part of the village Lanke closed to Berlin. The forestry is surrounded by moor areas and several lakes, inside large woodland. The workcamp will take place at a youth accommodation house called Jugendwaldheim Bogensee that has been already used in the GDR to accommodate young people. The current aim is to revive this place and create an international youth centre where young people are invited to learn about environmental themes and commit themselves to nature. The focus of interest will be on practical experience in ecological education. At the forest school (Waldschule) and special seminars volunteers study and work in the forest, in the project garden and in the yard. General Information Code Dates OH-W20 05/07 – 18/07 Type: ENVI Accommodation: In wall tents with beds inside (in case of bad weather they can sleep inside the building), bathroom (with warm shower and toilets), kitchen in the project house Location: Next town: Wandlitz (5 km), Berlin (30 km) Region: Brandenburg Terminal: Next railway station: Wandlitzsee (5 km) Next airports: Berlin (30 km) Age: at least 18 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag Note: Language spoken in this Camp will be German. So this camp is especially for people who don´t speak English very fluently or want to improve their German language skills. Project Description The volunteers will work in two or three small groups in the wood-workshop and in the forest. There are different ecological and forest works: among others things participants will remove weeds, care for the herb and project garden and participate in biotope and species protection program. Besides the work part, there is also an study part included. The volunteers will learn how to become aware of nature and how to educate teenagers and adults ecologically in their home country when they will have gone back home. Also an important topic of this workcamp will be forest protection and forest care. Wildlife can be watched in the wild. A trip to Berlin is planned, as well. There the volunteers will learn inter alia about the governmental system of Germany when they will visit the house of parliament. Building Weeks In addition to the workcamps we are able to offer a special: Building Weeks. These special weeks are tightly linked with the aims and idea of Open Houses Network: To create and protect public places of common responsible work. Therefore, the construction and the maintenance of buildings should primarily be understood as an approach to stimulate the contact between people and historical monuments and to facilitate meetings and learning. Further, it is important for the association to allow the buildings to preserve their particular spirit, history and atmosphere, instead of confronting them with supposed needs of utilisation or of forcing a modern usage concept upon them. Within the framework of the building weeks both, skilled manual workers and those with no manual training can work together to restore historical monuments and work with Open Houses Network to meet this idea and these aims. In contrast to the workcamps where the emphasis lies on communal life in a group of people of different nationalities and from different backgrounds and the working time is 6 hours a day, in building weeks the emphasis is on manual work and the daily working time is 8 hours. Participants here have a greater possibility of gaining real experience in restoration and other manual tasks and to broaden their knowledge. A further aim is that those taking part should share their skills and experiences. To make the work in our building weeks as productive as possible, the volunteers should have some technical skills and it also could be advantageous if they have structural previous knowledge. The building weeks each last for at least two weeks and the groups are small - up to eight people depending on the number of applications received. It is also possible to take part for a shorter time, e. g. just for one week, as we would like to offer this opportunity also to those who are tied up in professional life and have got some free time. Motivation letters are requested for all building weeks. Welzin Manor Near Lübz, at the edge of the Mecklenburg Lake District, there is a Manor in a very small settlement of manor houses, surrounded by a 200 years old, wonderful park. This Manor, which was built in half-timbered style in the middle of the 19th century, is one of the biggest manors ever built in this style. The manor house itself is a large simple half-timbered building that has not been changed since its construction, except some of the retral claddings, which were restored improperly after World War II. Instead of bringing up again the half-timbered framework an ordinary brickwork was installed. General Information Code Dates OH-B01 28/06 – 18/07 OH-B03 19/07 – 08/08 Type: CONS Accommodation: Shared rooms with mattresses at Klein Dammerow Manor (15 km away), warm shower, and toilets Location: Next town: Schwerin (50 km), Region: Mecklenburg-Pomerania Terminal: Next railway station: Passow, (Meckl.) (1 km) Next airport: Berlin (170 km) Age: at least 18 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag Note: Motivation letter required. Project Description Under the guidance of an experienced carpenter we will replace the brickwork, which was brought in after World War II, with a traditional square framework, which is supposed to be the original construction. Due to the small numbers of volunteers this challenging work will be very intensive and will provide a great opportunity in getting to know and learning traditional carpentry handcraft. Lohra Castle Lohra 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 ages. The castle is more than 1000 years old. Today, it includes 20 buildings from different times: medieval fortifications, remnants of a tower from the 11th century, a roman chapel, a manor from the Renaissance period as well as stables and granaries from the 19th century. The ensemble is situated in the centre of a beautiful forest. From the top of the buildings you will have a wonderful view over one of the most impressive landscapes of Germany: the Harz. For years Lohra Castle was unoccupied. At the beginning of the 1990s Open Houses started to restore the castle and to revive it by cultural activities at the beginning of the 1990s. Since that time, a large number of art-workshops, exhibitions, concerts and international meetings took place in the castle. General Information Code Dates OH-B02 12/07 – 25/07 Type: CONS Accommodation: Shared rooms with 2-5 beds in 3 guest houses, warm shower (limited hot water), WC inside, 1 camp kitchen (cold water), coal-burning stove Location: Next town: Bleicherode (7 km), Nordhausen (20 km), Erfurt (75 km) Region: Thuringia Terminal: Next railway station: Gebra / Hainleite (6 km) Next airport: Frankfurt / Main (280 km), Halle / Leipzig (155 km), Berlin (300 km) Age: at least 18 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag Note: Motivation letter required. Project Description During the building weeks we will fasten a photovoltaic installation on the roof of a stabel under the guidance of two experienced craftsmen. And furthermore, we are going to repair and restore some the roofs of the castle buildings. In the case of bad weather we will work in a storehouse at the castle site. The storehouse is going to be used as a seminar room, a room for presentations and as a room for theatre, dancing and soicalising. We will finish the installation of planks for a new floor and do the final treatment of the floor, so that the room can be used in the mentioned way. Parum Rectory Parum Rectory is located in a small village in the North of Germany, circa fourty kilometers south of Rostock. The village consists only of one church, the former rectory, the church school and two old farmhouses. The church itself dates back to the Middle Age. In order to save it from totally falling apart, it was renovated by the parish in almost non-commercial work. The other buildings of the village are all restored quite well. The rectory, built in 1841, as the biggest in whole Mecklenburg, leads to it’s status being representative of typical manor architecture of this period. Behind the house there is a meadow that borders on some worth fully woods facing down to the lake of Parum. The interior of the house is almost unchanged, the old room desponding, original doorways, windows and fittings and also wide hallways. General Information Code Dates OH-B04 01/08 – 15/08 OH-B05 16/08 – 29/08 Type: CONS / CULT Accommodation: Simple conditions, 2 shared rooms with mattresses, 1 bathroom with limited hot water, equipped kitchen, Location: Next town: Güstrow (4 km) Region: Mecklenburg-Pomerania Terminal: Next railway station: Güstrow (4 km) Next airport: Berlin (200 km) Age: at least 18 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag Please pay attention that the languages spoken in OH-B04 and OH-B05 will be English and French. Motivation letter required. Special: A concert will be held at 8. August at Eickelberg Church, another historic building cared for by Open Houses, not far from Parum. Project Description During the building weeks the exterior plaster of the rectory should be renewed. A big challenge will be the amending of the historical stucco profiles. The work will be done under the guidance of a experienced mason and bricklayer, who is both English and French speaking, and who used to work for various workcamp projects all over France. In case of bad weather the boarding in the attic will be floored with wooden planks. During OH-B04 one half of the group will work at Eickelberg Church to prepare it for a concert held there at 8. August. They will also arrange the evening and all the circumstances linked with that event. Wehlen Rectory Near Dresden, located at the border to the Saxionian Switzerland and at the banks of the River Elbe, there is a small dreamy and old city named Wehlen. At the centre of the 700-years old city, next to the market square, there is a rectory, which can be dated back to the 16th century. Due to extensive use as rectory and assembly house of the parish, and due to the aftermaths of several floodings, the rectory is in acceptable but poor condition. Some attempts to restore and to renovate the house were dared, but they turned out to be failures, since all the things, that were done, were not made in an appropriate manner according to the age and structure of the rectory. General Information Code Dates OH-B06 09/08 – 30/08 OH-B07 30/08 – 13/09 Type: CONS Accommodation: Shared rooms with sleeping pads, warm shower and toilets Location: Next town: Pirna (12 km), Dresden (30 km) Region: Saxony Terminal: Next railway station: Pirna (12 km) Next airports: Airport: Dresden (30 km), Leipzig (160 km), Berlin (240 km) Age: at least 18 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag and sleeping pad Note: Motivation letter required. Project Description During the building week the volunteers start to make the house livable again. So nearly every kind of handcraft – mainly carpentry and bricklaying – needs to be done. The work will be carried out under the guidance of an experienced carpenter. The work that needs to be done is very challenging and offers the opportunity of getting to know different kinds of traditional handcraft Special Projects Clay-Building Weeks Wangelin in Northern Germany, an apparently abandoned village with 200 inhabitants, is not boring at all: In 2011, an innovative Youth Village shall open its doors for young and old, who like to get back to nature. The village will be established next to the area of the biggest herb-garden of the province Mecklenburg-Pomerania, hosting more than 900 different species and sorts of plants. In this garden area lots of exciting things can be discovered already today: medicinal and magic herbs, a playground with a labyrinth, a mole hill which can be walked-in, culinary specialities as well as the work at the European Institution for Earth-Building. The planned Youth Village sets high ecological standards and will offer space for almost 50 guests in yurts and cottages. A garden with vegetables and cereals, an earth cellar, a garden house, sanitary facilities and a sauna shall enable the guests to live preferably self-sufficiently. General Information Code Dates OH-P01 05/07 – 19/07 Type: CONS Accommodation: Shared rooms with matresses, warm shower and toilets Location: Garden of Wangelin and Klein Dammerow Manor, located in the Mecklenburg Lake District (Northern Germany) Age: at least 17 What to bring: working gloves and strong shoes, appropriate clothes, sleeping bag. Note: In cooperation with selected partners only. Motivation letter required. Project Description The mixed youth group will first do building works for the village and thereby use natural materials like straw, clay and wood. In teamwork, the youngsters will set up a house made of bales of straw and clay as well as a yurt. In international atmosphere and under instruction of professional clay work-architects the participants will get to know the technique of earth-building. Their free time can be used for games, swimming and smaller excursions. On the 11th and 12th of July, the 10th birthday of the Wangelin Garden as well as the international day of Earth-building will be celebrated with a garden festival. Within this festival the participants can present their results of the first week. The youths will be accomodated at Klein Dammerow Manor, located around seven kilometers away from Wangelin. Nearby the Kritzow Lake and surrounded by four nature reserves, fields, woods and rivers the place is ideal for having a great summer with lots of fun and nature. The youngsters cook together in small teams for the whole group; a stone-oven in the garden of Klein Dammerow Manor is inviting to experience conventional baking. The participants can borrow bicycles for the way from their accommodation to Wangelin and for their leisure time. The communication language will mainly be English. The daily working times will be around six hours. As a deserved ending of the youth weeks an excursion to the Baltic Sea is planned. Crossing (In)Visible Borders: A Theatre Project Creating new realities, discovering borders and maybe even crossing them, experimenting with your hidden talents ... theatre as a medium of human communication makes it possible! For three weeks youngsters interested in theatre come together, cross geographical and language borders and reflect on visible as well as on invisible borders. What does it mean for young Europeans to be free? Where do teenagers from different countries face bondages within their countries? Does a “Europe without Borders” truely exist? When do we encounter invisible borders – at home, whilst daily interaction with our fellow men, within an intercultural atmosphere and also concerning us personally? The adolescents will exchange their thoughts by discussing, improvising, pantomiming, dancing and activating their bodies – finally leading to a creative theatre presentation juggling the topic of “crossing (in-)visible borders”. They may be finding new ways of expressing themselves with instruments, costumes and conversions and will thereby actually cross borders themselves. The particpants have the possibilty get to know the various theatre-facets of direction, dramaturgy or stage design. As part of the programme everybody will go on a journey from Oberau Castle nearby Dresden, where the workshop begins, to Klein Dammerow Manor, located in the the Mecklenburg Lake District in Northern Germany. Activated by this trip the particpants may gain new impressions and artistically work with them for their common theatre project. Young people from 18 years on, with enthusiasm for theatre and English language skills are welcome. The course will be instructed by Karl Koch, who is drama educator, actor and leader of the Berlin Ensemble Radiks. General Information Code Dates OH-P02 09/08 – 30/08 Type: ART (Theatre) Accommodation: Shared rooms, warm shower and toilets Location: Oberau Castle nearby Dresden, and Klein Dammerow Manor, located in the the Mecklenburg Lake District (Northern Germany) Age: at least 18 What to bring: sleeping bag; if possible: musical instruments and fancy dresses Note: In cooperation with selected partners only. Motivation letter required. The theatre camp starts in Oberau (Saxony) and finishes in Klein Dammerow (Mecklenburg-Pomerania). Mid-term volunteering Chapel of Reconciliation – Guest Guiding The Church of Reconciliation, an impressive neo gothic brick building, was built in Berlin in 1894. When the town was split into occupational zones in 1945 the parish got divided – the church itself was located in the Soviet sector while most of the parishioners lived in the neighbouring French sector. When the Berlin Wall was set up in 1961, it passed directly in front of the church. Consequently, the church was no longer accessible from either East or West Berlin and fell into disrepair. In 1985, the church was blown up by the government of the German Democratic Republic in order to “increase security, order and cleanliness at the state border of West Berlin” – as officially declared. The Berlin came down less than five years later and the destruction of the border facilities began in summer 1990. At this point of time, it was aimed to remove the traces of the German division as quickly as possible, which also applies for the grounds of the Church of Reconciliation, laying waste. The site was returned back into the hands of the community and it quickly got clear that the Reconciliation parish carries a large responsibility for the historical questions in Berlin. The parish decided to build a chapel on the foundations of the old church. It was contemplated, that this chapel should be a modern building, meeting the requirements of both the present and the future. It would be set up with simple means and protect preserved traces without reconstructing the old church. Furthermore, the parish intended to set ecological high standards, using resources sparingly. Finally, the chapel has been designed as two concentric oval buildings with offset axes. The outer oval, made of wooden slats, adapts to the alignment of the former Church of Reconciliation, whereas the inner oval of rammed-loam is directed towards the usual East-West axis. The rammed-earth body was set up in 1999. Thereby, moist clay was poured into a form-work in 30 centimetre thick layers and compacted to about eight centimetres. Open Houses volunteers from fourteen different East and West European countries supported the project with their man power and lots of idealistic enthusiasm. Their volunteering has symbolically shown the growing together of East and West after the European continent has been separated for too long. On the 9th November 2000 the Chapel of Reconciliation was inaugurated. It is the first public clay building in Germany built since more than 150 years and at the same time the first German church made of rammed-earth. The place unites and combines innovative approaches to architecture, ecology, culture of remembrance and European communication. Open Houses is particularly concerned with shaping the Chapel of Reconciliation as a meeting place for young people from different nations. To meet the special requirements of this place, Open Houses is looking for persons who are highly motivated, open minded and willing to take responsibility for their own work inside this historically important place. They should be able to work independently and to cope with living in a big city like Berlin. Altough the parish is protestant the volunteers do not have to be religious or Christian. However, they should be tolerant and open minded General Information Code Dates OH-M04 07/06 – 30/08 OH-M05 02/08 – 25/10 Type: CULT Accommodation: Furnished room in a shared flat, where mostly students and young people from Berlin are living in. The flat has an equipped kitchen and a bathroom, which must be shared. It is located relatively close to the chapel. For travelling to work and for leisure time the volunteers can borrow a bicycle. Location: Berlin Age: at least 20 Language: Either English or German fluently, basics in German; Spanish, French, Korean, Russian and other languages are welcome. Note: Motivation letter and CV with a photo required. The ending date of OH-M05 is not fixed. So if the volunteers have to go back home one or two weeks earlier for studies, this will be no problem. Please note: For each project (OH-M04 / OH-M05) we invite three applicants to the preliminary weeks at Lohra Castle. But only two out of this three applicants will go to Berlin. For the one left over we can offer to participate in our workcamps or building weeks. Specials: No drugs, alcohol or cigarettes allowed during the working time. The volunteer works inside the chapel, which might get a bit cold during September / October. (For environmental sustainability reasons the chapel is not heated.) S/he can borrow a bicycle from us, which would increase their mobility to work and for leisure activities. Per month the volunteers get € 100 pocket money and extra money for food. Project Description In 2009, Germany celebrates the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall with a lot of different programs and places. The Chapel of Reconciliation will play more than usually an important and frequent role during this year. The volunteers we are looking for will be touristic guides at the chapel, showing the visitors around and explaining the architecture, history and ecology of the building. The atmosphere inside the chapel is intimate and private. For this reason it is very important that the volunteers are aware of the significance of that historical site. Furthermore, they support the visitors if they need advice as well as administrate the guest book. Every noon there is a remembrance for one person killed at the Berlin wall. Every Sunday a service is held. Schedule The volunteers will work five days per week with seven hours a day. They will have two days off a week. However, this does not necessarily mean during the weekends or on two consecutive days. There will be two international young people volunteering in the chapel in summer. Their working schedule will be alternating during the days. Before the volunteers start working in the Chapel of Reconciliation in Berlin they will stay two weeks at Lohra Castle in the middle of Germany in order to get to know our association Open Houses. During summer time a lot of different workcamps and seminars will set the old castle into an international atmosphere – please have a look in our camp description of Lohra Castle. The volunteers will participate in some of the activities and mainly use the time to prepare themselves for the work in the chapel. They will not be left alone with this and will receive material about the Chapel of Reconciliation as well as active support by our staff. Furthermore, it is important for us to get to know and assess the volunteers and their individual motivation. After the two weeks at Lohra Castle both the volunteers and Open Houses will decide, whether the applicants are ready for the work at the Chapel of Reconciliation. After arriving in Berlin the two volunteers will get to know the chapel. The staff will introduce the volunteers to their tasks and assess their individual motivation. The last week of the volunteers’ time in Germany will be free, which can be used for exploring Berlin and the country (on her / his own cost). Lohra Castle, Parum Rectory, Klein Dammerow Manor and other places – Camp Leading Organising and leading an international workcamp is an interesting challenge for those who enjoy working together with young people, are willing to take over responsibility and who look forward to a great summer. The camp leader’s role lies in building a bridge between the participants of the workcamp, the organisation as well as the project leader (who guides the practical part of the camp). S/he supports the group of volunteers from a social point of view. The main tasks are to coordinate the practical work of the volunteers (in accordance with the practial instructor) as well as to organize the social life for all volunteers during the camp period. The leader will welcome the volunteers and make them familiar with the camp site. S/he will prepare a daily schedule, indicating the working and eating times including breaks and will furthermore be responsible for organising the cleaning and cooking teams, alternating within the group. The campleader will buy the food for the volunteers. Additionally, s/he organises leisure activities after the working days and is welcome to prepare campfires, barbecues, games or others. Usually, the volunteers do not have to work during the weekends. For their recreation and fun the camp leader should be ready to plan little trips to bigger cities or other activities. The leader is also responsible for managing the deduction and finances of the camp. Open Houses is looking for people who are highly motivated, open minded and already have some experiences in handling with other people. They should be able to speak English fluently and maybe a little bit of German. General Information Code Dates OH-M01 07/06 – 30/08 OH-M02 28/06 – 27/09 OH-M03 02/08 – 03/10 Type: SOCI Duration: between six weeks and three months, in exceptional cases less. The beginning dates are fixed because of the training course, but ending dates can be variable. Accommodation: It depends on the camp place. Please have a look in the camp place description. Age: at least 20 What to bring: alarm bell, calculator, purse, sleeping bag Note: Motivation letter required, CV with a photo Specials: Per working week the volunteer receives € 50 pocket money. This will be paid at the end of the camp. The camp leader has to be able to work independently as well as in a team since most of the camps are organised by two camp leaders, working together. All in all, leading a camp means a lot of work and empathy as well as a lot of fun. Open Houses gives the camp leaders the opportunity to be creative and take over responsibilty for their own work. Of course, they will not be left alone in their role. Before getting active as a camp leader s/he has to attend our training course and will take part in one of our camps as a volunteer at Lohra Castle. It will be a good exercise to work as a participant for one or two weeks and to get to know the camp leader’s tasks. After experiencing the atmosphere of the first camp s/he will lead one camp or more. If s/he leads more than one camp there will be a break of one week in between. During the summer, Open Houses plans a lot of workcamps in different places in Germany. Depending on the camp leader’s interests and abilities we will decide together where s/he will lead a camp after the first week(s) at Lohra castle. Concerning the camp leading, we offer two possibilities: The volunteers can lead several sucessive camps in one place (Lohra Castle, Parum Rectory, Klein Dammerow Manor). Or, they can lead different camps in various places.