Duitsland | Restauratie en natuur

Samen met 19 andere vrijwilligers ga je voor 13 dagen naar een restauratie en natuurproject.
Het project duurt van 15 t/m 28 juli.

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In June and July Open Houses organises Workcamps and Building Weeks in the same period at Lohra Castle. The two working groups are living together and they are one community. The only difference between the two projects is the topics they are working on. During the camp it will be possible, that volunteers join the other working group, because of their skills or their own interests. Therefore please also see the Lohra Castle Building Weeks descriptions. Be informed, that during all projects the work will take place also on rainy and cold days and be prepared for that. The projects of Open Houses are based on sustainable principles. So also the activities at Lohra Castle combine aspects of cultural heritage preservation and aspects of natural heritage preservation. On one hand the volunteers participating at the Building Weeks restore the historical buildings of the castle complex, on the other hand the participants of the Workcamps carry out works in the green areas and the forests around the castle. Nearby the youth accommodation houses that are part of Lohra Castle complex there is a camping site which can be used by youth groups. A former agricultural building will be rebuilt into a sanitary house for campers. Therefore it is necessary to construct a water line to this building. An excavator will dig the line and the volunteers will accompany this work by collecting stones and bringing in an insulating layer of sand. Later they will under the guidance of a craftsman lay the water pipes and put afterwards the material which had been dug out back into the ditch. The remaining material will be used to level the ground at other parts of the castle area. Beside that the volunteers will take care of the nearby located natural protected area, a huge meadow with old scattered fruit trees, that was for a long time out of maintenance. The participants will collect stones and branches covered under the grass to enable to mow the grass and afterwards level the ground.
Within the old service buildings of the castle, you will stay in four little houses with 3- and 4- or 6- bedrooms with showers (limited hot water) and toilettes. The equipment is simple but fair. The fully equipped kitchen, which is situated next to the accommodation houses, is a separate building with large tables and benches inside. The atmosphere is rustic and historic. No washing machines. The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that everybody will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if you could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.
Lohra Castle is situated in the heart of Germany in Northern Thuringia. The castle, which is surrounded by a scenic hilly landscape, is located on the edge of a nature reserve area. Being one of the largest castles in Thuringia, the history of the castle Lohra begins in the Middle Age. The castle is more than 1,000 years old. Today, it includes twenty buildings from different times: medieval fortifications, remnants of a tower from the 11th century, a Romanesque chapel, a manor house from the Renaissance period as well as stables and granaries from the 19th and the early 20th centuries. The ensemble is situated in the centre of a beautiful forest. For years Lohra Castle was vacant. In the 1990s Open Houses started to restore the castle and to revive it by cultural activities. Since that time, a large number of Workcamps, Building Weeks, exhibitions, concerts and other activities with international participants took place in the castle. The castle is situated next to a nature protected area. You can explore the landscape by foot; worth seeing is the chapel in Münchenlohra. Excursions to Sondershausen, Mühlhausen or Nordhausen will be discussed once you arrived.
Open Houses

Workcamp Lohra Castle




Soort werk






Aantal vrijwilligers

20 (10 mannen en 10 vrouwen)


18 t/m 30 jaar



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