Black Forest Village Grafenhausen

Black Forest Village Grafenhausen

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Soort werk
Handarbeid, Restauratie
23 mei t/m 5 juni
Aantal deelnemers
12 (6 mannen en 6 vrouwen)

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The people in Grafenhausen count on your help to maintain and renovate parts of their local infrastructure. Most of the structures you will be working on have been built by groups of IBG volunteers in the past years! Now, they need to be refurbished. In concrete terms, you will be renovating: • the playground of the local school (2019 workcamp); • the playground inside the “adventure trail” (2018 workcamp), a path with various stops where visitors and kids can learn playfully about nature; • the water playground for kids (2017 workcamp); • the paths inside the “sculpture park”; • different stops along the “Mudiator Trail”, a permanent training track; • another playground in one part of the village called Brünlisbach. You should expect manual work! Your group will be: • painting and sanding down wooden structures; • cleaning signage; • replacing old material with new ones in order to make it look brand new. The work will be led by a professional instructor, so no previous experience is needed. Sometimes you might be split up in smaller groups to do different tasks. Working hours will be approxinately from 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday with a 1-2 hour break for lunch.

Accommodatie en maaltijden

You will be accommodated in a beautiful wooden group house, in the middle of the village. The house is equipped with hot showers and toilets which can be separated by gender, as well as a kitchen. You will sleep on mattresses on the floor (bed sheets are provided but no pillow nor cover) in one big common room. Please bring your own sleeping bag! In the house, there is a washing machine and a Wifi connection. The bakery/café and local supermarket are at walking distance. Your group of volunteers will be responsible for grocery shopping and cooking together. The food will be bought with the camp budget and everybody will take turns for cooking, washing the dishes and cleaning. In order to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet, we encourage volunteers to reduce meat and try more sustainable dishes.

Locatie en vrije tijd

Grafenhausen is located in the very South of Germany, in the famous Black Forest. It is a very nice village with typical south German architecture, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. In addition to the forest, there are lakes close-by and the Feldberg (the highest German mountain outside of the Alps) is about half an hour by car, which makes this area perfect for hiking trips! The famous German beer "Tannenzaepfle" is brewed in Grafenhausen and you’ll have the possibility to visit the brewery during your stay. The village is in a very rural area, so be prepared for two calm weeks in the Black Forest, far away from big city life. To go shopping and for excursions, the community will lend you a small bus. From the next train station, there are regular connections to Freiburg (a university city) and Lake Constance. Grafenhausen is located at about 1.000 meters altitude; therefore the weather in spring is a bit unpredictable: Be prepared for warm and sunny temperatures, as well as coldness and rain. Your local host and camp leaders will gather ideas for free time activites and your group will commonly decide on what you would like to do after work and at the weekend. You are welcome to bring in your own ideas!


Grafenhausen is a beautiful village with about 2.100 inhabitants. Even if it’s not very big, the village has a lot to offer: e.g. the very interactive "Black Forest Museum", a public pool, and a sculpture park (where the international group of 2016 worked). Indeed, the locals are now used to welcoming international volunteers for different projects that will help their community, almost every year. In 2022, they invite a workcamp for the 6th time to continue the work of the previous workcamp groups, therefore supporting the sustainable development within the community (UN SDG 11).


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers need to be either fully vaccinated (2 to 3 shots of one of the following vaccines: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson&Johnson) or recovered (date of infection must be at least 28 days old and max 90 days old).


To bring: - a sleeping bag - sturdy working clothes and shoes - clothes for cold and rainy weather (the weather can be quite unpredictable!)


Black Forest Village Grafenhausen


IBG 04


Soort werk






Aantal vrijwilligers

12 (6 mannen en 6 vrouwen)


18 t/m 99 jaar


Het inschrijfgeld voor dit project bedraagt € 295, exclusief € 50 studentenkorting.

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