A variety of tasks awaits you! First, you will help out in the local museums (cleaning and restoration). Depending on the weather, you will also help to renovate hiking trails, possibly set up signs for a nature trail, clean out a stream, or do similar renovation and landscaping work to support the Municipal Maintenance Department. Also, since there are school holidays in August, there is an annual holiday program for kids, in which you might help out supervising. For sure, you will also help out with the annual fair that will be taking place at the weekend. You will work with locals to prepare the festival, provide a helping hand in the stalls during the fair, and assist in dismantling afterwards. This will give you the chance to get in touch with the people of the Schwanfeld community and learn more about local traditions!
The group will live in the local gym hall next to the school where they will have access to toilets and showers. The nearby community centre will provide a kitchen for you to use.
Schwanfeld is situated in the north-western part of BA, in between the cities of Schweinfurt and Wuerzburg. Only about 2,000 people live in this small community. The very motivated and active major of the village is looking forward to accompanying the volunteers, showing them around and educating them about the historical and regional specialties of Schwanfeld. Aside from the village’s own sights and events (museum, church, local annual fair which was the highlight of last year’s workcamp) there is the ambient nature and nearby, larger cities like Wuerzburg to discover.
The community of Schwanfeld is the oldest village in Germany. Some years back, proof was found of a former Bandkeramik (Linear Pottery Culture) settlement outside of the present village from presumably 5500 B.C. Schwanfeld is happy to show their treasures of the golden days to international volunteers and invites the group to get to know more about the south of Germany. This is the 10th time a workcamp will take place in Schwanfeld – and all citizens will be very welcoming and excited to meet the new volunteers after the success of previous years. Invitations by local associations and the village youngsters have led to many cordial encounters and friendships in the past.