Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.
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Beyond all borders! Actively working for peace and understanding
You would like to
You are the right person for us! The German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.) organises numerous work camps across Germany each summer. Young people between the ages of 16 and 26 years from all over Europe can take part.
Make new friends! International meeting and intercultural learning
The work camps in Germany are truly international with young people from many different countries. In some work camps the focus is on two or three specific nationalities. The programme offers an opportunity to discover common interests beyond national borders or affiliations at the same time as to notice differences. At last you may develop your own point of view. Topics may be historical events, handling prejudices, racism or the European Union. Of course the participants will also meet people from the host country.
Work on war graves and memorials
At most of the work camps, participants work approximately 20 hours per week maintaining war graves or memorials to preserve them as peace memorials. They help with the preservation and restoration of German war grave memorials of the first and second world war, war grave memorials of other nations and fundamentally important memorial places such as concentration camp memorials.
History on location – get to grips with history!
To work for peace means remembering periods of war and tyranny, asking critical questions and searching for the historical context (how could it happen at the time?) and sharing views with others. What does peace mean for me? At many of the work camps there will be conducted tours to war graves, memorials or visits to museums, conversations with witnesses and workshops around the topic ‘peace’.
Leisure activities – here you can really see things!
Experience fun and action together with other young people! Depending on the programme many leisure activities are offered which might include: sightseeing and shopping, cultural events, camp fire evenings, barbecues, disco nights, walking tours for nature lovers or sporting activities.