Volunteers are invited to help in maintaining and improvement of our seminar house. Volunteers will work on the renewal of the garden chess figures using artistic means (i.e. painting on wood…). Volunteers are welcome to develop their talents in designing and handcraft. Participants, who prefer to do physical labour, are invited to do some garden work or help with renovating the garden chessboard.
Study: We will learn some essentials of peace work and get basic non-violent conflict management training. In the second week we will visit the former concentration camp of Bergen Belsen, and have some lessons on European history in the first part of the 20th century.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to spend an evening in a German family and reverse, the group will invite the people of the village and region to an Evening of encounter (Abend der Begegnung) in the rooms of the Peace Center.
The accommodation of the participants is carried out in rooms with 4 beds each. There are bed sheets available. Food will be prepared together in the kitchen of the seminar house.
The Peace Center is at the verge of a village with about 2500 inhabitants. The Peace Center is near the historical location where in 1553 a battle took place. Sievershausen lies 30 kilometers east of the Lower Saxony provincial capital Hanover on the freeway to Berlin.
In the leisure time, the group can use facilities of the seminar house and make an excursion to Hannover or Braunschweig.
The Peace Studies Centre Sievershausen (Antikriegshaus Sievershausen) was established in the rooms of the Sievershausen Lutheran Church community almost 50 years ago. Those were the times when the Vietnam War escalated. Constant expansions followed, now there are several buildings, surrounded by a nice park, including a guest house and a museum with an assembly hall. The peace centre shows within its diverse program, that peace work has political, historical, pedagogical and cultural aspects. Through the year one can visit exhibitions, literary readings, lectures and many cultural events. In the seminar house students get trainings in nonviolent conflict resolution and every year an international workcamp is offered. For further information please visit http://antikriegshaus.de/.