Help and learn in a Cooperative in Germany



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    Dear friends and helpers of workaway,

    There is always work in our agriculture and gardening, but we also seek help on our indoor and outdoor construction sites. Masons, carpenters, glaziers, Flaschner, plasterers, roofers ... You are all welcome. :-) Our community is open to new people and we can also imagine long-term agreements that go beyond guest status.

    The cooperative is a working and living community in which 14 adults, 4 children and numerous guests live, who hunt and pursue numerous projects. In our village university, young people study away from the traditional and recognized as useless educational pathways, currently pedagogy and design. We do not practice our agriculture commercially, but in the belief that the care of the earth is simply a healthy organism. The money for the realization of our projects we earn in our companies printing, carpentry, publishing house, sales for ecological products, caretaker, translation agency u.a.
    The areas of interest of the individual people here are widely scattered, and humans can learn everything possible and impossible with us: buttering, making films, working with the Camera Obscura, creating language, bookbinding, making beehives, carpentry ... and many other exciting things.
    On our pages on the internet you will find more detailed information:

    Of course, a visit to us is more impressive than reading our internet pages. Cordial invitation!

    Liebe Freunde und Helfer von workaway,

    In unserer Landwirtschaft und in der Gärtnerei gibt es immer Arbeit, aber wir suchen auch Hilfe auf unseren Innen- und Aussen-Baustellen. Maurer, Zimmerer, Glaser, Flaschner, Verputzer, Dachdecker...Ihr seid alle herzlich willkommen. :-) Unsere Gemeinschaft ist offen für neue Menschen und wir können uns auch langfristige Vereinbarungen vorstellen, die über einen Gästestatus hinausgehen.

    Die Kooperative ist eine Arbeits- und Lebensgemeinschaft, in der 24 Erwachsene, 4 Kinder und zahlreiche Gäste leben, die zahlreiche Projekte umtreiben und verfolgen. In unserer Dorf-Universität studieren junge Menschen abseits der herkömmlichen und als unbrauchbar erkannten Bildungswege, zur Zeit Pädagogik und Gestaltung. Unsere Landwirtschaft betreiben wir nicht gewerblich, sondern in der Überzeugung, dasz die Pflege der Erde einfach zu einem gesunden Organismus dazu gehört. Das Geld zur Realisierung unserer Projekte verdienen wir in unseren Betrieben Druckerei, Schreinerei, Verlag, Vertrieb für ökologische Produkte, Hausmeisterei, Übersetzungsbüro u.a.
    Die Interessensgebiete der einzelnen Menschen hier sind breit gestreut, und mensch kann bei uns alles mögliche und unmögliche lernen: buttern, Filme machen, arbeiten mit der Camera Obscura, Sprachgestaltung, Buchbinden, Bienenkörbe herstellen, Kästchen schreinern...und viele andere spannende Sachen.

    Auf unseren Seiten im internet findet Ihr ausführlichere Informationen:

    Eindrücklicher als das Lesen unserer internet-Seiten ist aber natürlich ein Besuch bei uns. Herzliche Einladung!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We always try to integrate our guests in our everyday life. We eat and work together and we have fun together. Of course, sometime we also have trouble all togehter. :-)

  • Help


    Workcamps this year

    Our experiences from the last years have given us the impression that more and more people who register to our workcamps are predomininatly interested in tourism. We are not the right place for such people. We would like to have a learning and working atmosphere in which we can share a lively exchange with our interested guests.
    With this premise, after a two-year break, we are continuing the twelve-year tradition of our Summer-Workcamps. We are happy to receive your application and would be pleased to have a short explanation of why you would want to take part of our camps.


    Dürnau is a small village in the heart of "Upper Swabia", sitting between Stuttgart and Lake Constance. The nearby nature reserve surrounding Federsee, the proximity to the Danube Valley and the short distance to the Alps offers a multitude of possibilities for lovely and meaningful leisure activities.


    The tasks of the Workcamp provide primarily for the upkeep and care of the community grounds and the support of various ongoing projects within our place. This year we envision the following tasks:

    - Continuation of the network of garden paths already underway
    - Uprooting and replacing of hedges, berry-harvesting
    - Dung removal and composting
    - Hay harvesting
    - Help with construction work
    - Assistance in dishwashing and cleaning up after meals

    In case of bad weather, participants can help with simple construction work.

    Free time

    In addition to the access to sporting activities like cayaking, biketours and mountain trekking in the Danube Valley and the Alps, we can off participants short courses in the operation, such as bookbinding, paper marbelling, making beehives, as well as bread-baking, butter-making, and canning methods. We can attend performances, speech art, produce a video, and will gladly offer advice for a theatre group.
    Climbers are welcome.

    Scheduled dates

    We have organised for this year three workcamps on the following dates:

    01.06.2019 to 30.06.2019
    01.07.2019 to 31.07.2019
    01.08.2019 to 31.08.2019

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    german, english, french, polish, danish, italian, russian, dutch

  • Accommodation


    Most of the time during the year you will have your own room, simple but tolerable.
    During our summer workcamps accomodation is in 3- to 5- bedrooms.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We apologize, but after several years experience with couples, we only take singles as our guests.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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