Language: exclusively German.
Project: Host organisation is the community of Weingarten/Pfalz together with the Sports Club “Sportverein Weingarten 2007 e.V.” near Germersheim. It is a workcamp including German language training. The lectures will be daily, two hours per day (excluding Saturday and Sunday when the group will go on excursions). The basis of the lecture will be first: communication; and second: grammar. The teachers will be native speakers from University of Mainz. The language courses of 2016 and 2017 has shown very good results. There will be three training levels and it is necessary to choose in advance (together with your application): A) Intermediate knowledge required(A2/B1), B) Good German knowledge required (B2/C1) – Special topic: “Engineering” / Discussions on Technology, Natural Science and Mathematics. C) Very good German knowledge required (C1).
Work: Participants will also have to do various manual work to prepare and maintain the area around the arena. Time of work will be 4-5 hours daily, excluding Saturdays and Sundays.
Accommodation: Participants will live in the main building of the Arena with several bedrooms (12 beds in each), kitchen, separated bathroom and shower. Cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. will be done by the group itself. Like in each workcamp, accommodation, food and travel-costs for excursions are free, as well as materials/copies needed for the lectures. It is recommended to bring equipment for sports, e.g. swimming, football, tennis, gymnastics etc. Location: The Arena in Weingarten/Pfalz (take care: There are several cities and villages named “Weingarten” in Germany!) is close to Germersheim and Speyer, 50 km southwest of Heidelberg. It has 20.000 inhabitants, including 3.000 students. Weingarten/Pfalz itself has a nice Arena with sports facilities. One goal is also to involve participants in sport activities; please bring your preferred sport equipment.
Terminal: Bus Station Weingarten/Pfalz and Railway Station Lingenfeld; next Airports: Karlsruhe/Baden, Frankfurt/Main, Stuttgart, Strasbourg/Alsace.
Special requirements: Please send together with your application your CV in the Europass Format through your sending organisation: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/de/cv/compose It is important that your level of German fits to your selected training group! Participants also must be willing to communicate with each other during the camp in German and not in English or in their own mother tongue for the whole time, not only during the lectures. This is one important part of the concept.
Special remark: Because of the language-course there is an extra-fee of 240,00 EUR to be paid upon arrival. A certificate for participating in the language-course will be given at the end of the camp.
Age: 18-26 (exceptions for older volunteers are possible).