Study part: The study component will be an important part of our project. Volunteers will learn a lot about the time of National Socialism, the Holocaust and also something about the period after World War II especially the Soviet camp Sachsenhausen until 1950. Guided tours in and around the memorial site Sachsenhausen and excursions to different memorials and places of earlier German history are planned. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work in the exhibitions and in the library of the memorial site. Furthermore there will be several discussions with employees who perform guided tours and are involved in historical research. The international volunteers with their different backgrounds will inform the group about the memories and commemoration in their countries.
Work part: The common learning at the historical site of Sachsenhausen shall be supplemented by manual work which constitutes the participant´s contribution to the maintenance of the memorial. This part will be rather small.
All participants should have a very good knowledge of the English language and should be very interested in history and the present problems of neo-fascism and racism.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
You will be accommodated in a youth hostel. The building is on the grounds of historical Sachsenhausen concentration camp complex, and was built in 1938 as the official residence of the Concentration Camp Inspector, 2 km away from the memorial centre.
In the hostel there is a big kitchen for the group. The volunteers will cook for themselves, they will buy food together with the budget that will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own ingrendients.
Locatie en vrije tijd
Sachsenhausen is a part of Oranienburg, ca. 33 km to the north of Berlin.
Important! For this project it is necessary to have good or very good English skills!!! German skills are beneficial.
Volunteers have to be able to ride a bike, because you go by bike to the work place and various shorter and longer bicycle-tours are planned!
Please prepare a short presentation about your country, including the history of your home country and the view on German history, at home.
Acceptance is subject to change!
All applicants will get information about the status of work camp (it’s taking place or cancellation because of Coronavirus) on 4th May. We kindly ask do not buy any tickets until 4th of May.
We ask the volunteers to make sure that their travel is compatible with the most recent recommendations of health authorities with regards to the spread of the Coronavirus. In case you are travelling from or recently travelled through a higher risk area, please check the health recommendations of the country where the project takes place, as restrictions may apply (e.g. ban, quarantine, isolation). We will take the necessary health precautions for our projects, but please contact your sending organisation to get more information in case you have any concerns.