We are an organisation that runs art and cultural related events at 2 venues in a National Park in rural north-east Germany. We are known as a cutting edge performance venue and for mixing ecology with art and community.
Our first venue is an artist community and a movement workshop centre. We have many international guests that come to study and create with us. We host them, cook with them, run a garden with them and organize the community.
Our second venue hosts artists and makers working more within the fine-arts and design sector. It is a former concrete factory with a post-apocalyptic vibe. The living style is communal and the work happening there involves painting, organising, construction, decorating and cleaning. It is located a 15 minute bike ride away in the next village, along the beautiful canal OR a 10 minute drive away when the weather is bad for biking.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You will be involved in a very creative lifestyle. If you are interested in culture, people and sustainable international communities you will learn a lot about each of those aspects. Participants in our program come from many different cultures. Since this place operates as an artist- community we cook, eat, work and dance together-you will have many opportunities to learn from people with different cultural backgrounds and get to know contemporary art from different nations.
You will work with our core team, 10 people who run the place with the help of volunteers. You might also be able to participate in certain workshops during the summer. There are lots of opportunities to learn, share, and create, and we always appreciate when volunteers bring their own skills, interests, creativity and desires to the table.
The work we do around here is varied. We will give preference to those who are available to come for 2 or more weeks. We prefer to get to know you (and you get to know us!) before committing to hosting a workawayer for longer than 1 month, but it is an option that we can discuss :)
FOR THE WINTER MONTHS (November-March):
-We are looking for 1-2 additional volunteers to join our team and help out at the venue in the next village. Here we are looking especially for people who might already has some experience with tools, construction, painting, etc (confidence, and a willingness to learn is also helpful). A manual drivers licence would also be preferred. If you are autonomous and creative and really want to busy yourself in manual labour, as well as creating a cosy atmosphere amongst other volunteers and visiting artists, this place might be for you!
-We are also looking for an additional 2 people who will stay at our first venue. We hope to find some friendly people who can help out around the house, keeping it tidy and warm and inviting in the winter, help with some cleaning and laundry, as well as getting involved in some outdoor work, painting, diy construction and decorating, with an aim to improve some spaces in the house during the quieter months.
-There is collaboration between both venues! Which means you get a taste of all the tasks and get to know volunteers working at both places. As well as collaborating with the work we try to organise shared dinners, movie nights, game nights etc (especially as the winter comes closer!)
It is cold! Please bring your sleeping bag (and we have extra bedding), warm clothing, extra layers, scarf, hat and gloves. A torch, and/or bike light is helpful, and wet weather gear + good shoes.
FOR THE WARMER/BUSY SEASON (April-October)
If you would like to come in the warmer/summer months – this is the busiest and most exciting time of year for our artist/workshop centre.
You can help out in the garden and in the food production, you can help prepare artistic salad sculptures and help with other daily house tasks too. Also you can get involved with running local events such as movie nights, concerts and performances. We also need help around the stage, helping performers do lights and sound and stage design. There are building projects, and opportunities to start creative ventures, joining in on some workshops when possible, and creating your own if interested. The possibilities are endless here and your input is most welcome :)
It is helpful to know that this place can sometimes have many people coming and going. Although there are opportunities to escape the atmosphere, it is important to have some tolerance with large groups of people and stressful situations. The winter months are calm and quiet.
english, german, hebrew and spanish
When coming in the summer you must be prepared to sleep in a tent, or in an outdoor shack set up in a dorm style. If you need your own private room, this is unfortunately something we cannot offer in the summer.
In the winter you will be provided with a heatable room (usually shared with other volunteers). At times if we have a big booking, it is important to be flexible and move rooms to accommodate what the guests have asked for. When no one is staying here the accommodation is relaxed and how you wish.
Food is included, from either our cooks during peak season, or cooking with the other volunteers.
There are bicycles for your use to visit the local lakes and swimming holes. There are beautiful walks in the woods and areas to visit close by. Our location, having been in GDR times and close to the Polish border, has very interesting buildings and history to learn about.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week