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Help with the non-profit restoration project of a Castle and its grounds in Thuringia, Germany

  • Germany
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  • Last activity: 30/01/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are looking for ambitious people who enjoy building and gardening. Of course, there is also plenty of time for hikes and other excursions, but it is important to us that the focus is on working together. You can gain a lot of experience with historical building materials and construction methods. Or work in the beautiful garden and harvest the fresh vegetables and fruits in the evening.
    The main projects are construction tasks on the to-be visitors center of the historic garden. The projects to be done will be 100% manual tasks and require no previous knowledge. We will surround the walls of the building with compressed concrete and we will pigment the concrete layers to realize a mottling effect.

    In 2007 a small group of enthusiastic people founded a non-profit-organization at a castle in the east-german countryside. They gave the place a new meaning by reviving it with art, theater and musical performances and simultaneously started renovating the castle and reshaping the surrounding grounds.
    In recent years the project expanded into the local community and the cultural landscape around the castle.
    Some mayor restoration works have been finished, while others are still in progress. in 2020 the main focus lies on the cultivation of a garden created according to historical plans dating back to the 16th century.

    The Castle lives through its inhabitants and its visitors. It is a cultural point of reference in the region. We would like to invite you to join us and to spread word on our activities in the region and beyond.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will definitely learn a lot. But it will also depend on your own. We consider self-organization, cooperation and exchange in group-dynamics the most important and enriching forms of increasing your own skills to unexpected levels.
    Sure you will learn something about different handcrafts and find out about the joy to create art in exchange with other people. Possibly you can do theater, music, painting, sculpturing... any kind of art which inspires you! It will be up to you!

  • Help

    Help

    The tasks could be physically demanding.

    You have to care for yourself, and your help as well as your leisure time will be decided upon by yourself or collectively as a group (if we host some more volunteers at one time).

    Nevertheless we can ensure that you will be having a great time at the castle not only in your time off, but also during the tasks carried out together.

    If you are open-minded, you like to meet new people, enjoy accomplishing something for the greater good and want to help create this visitors center together with the inhabitants of the castle, then you are in the right place!

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will be accommodated at the Castle. Depending from the time you will join us, you will have a room by your own, or you will have to share it with some other volunteers. However, we will always have a comfortable place for you.
    We have one kitchen and we 're cooking mainly together. This castle lives through the inhabitants and its visitors. So everyone is seen as an active part in keeping this beautiful place alive.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The next airport is Airport Halle/Leipzig. You can then reach us by train. The castle is located in a village in the northern part of thuringia/germany. The next train station is in a distance of 7 km. There will always be someone to pick you up. Besides, at the Castle there are always some bikes are available, so that you can easily go around by yourself. The village itself has a small bakery and there are some more shops nearby in the next towns, also available by bike.
    Your time off you can enjoy by staying at the castle ('cause there is always something going on) or you can take time to have an excursion to some of the many interesting places and sites around. In this area of thuringia there are a lot of old castle ruins, lovely hills with roads for daylong hiking. In a village nearby you can also go for a swim. If you need some days out of the countryside, you can reach the city of Erfurt (regional capital) by train in an hour.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 511993567112

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