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Mid Term Volunteering
Guest Guiding Classical Weimar
CULT OH-G02 13.07. – 13.09.2021
Next bus and railway station: Weimar
Next airport: Leipzig / Halle (LEJ, 155 km)
AGE: at least 20
LANGUAGE: very good level of English, basics
of German, other languages are welcome
Motivation letter related to the project,
CV + photo
Weimar is a beautiful small city, located in the middle of Germany in the state of Thuringia. It has a
huge number of cultural important places; especially the Classical Period made the city, what it is now.
By the late 18th century many of the leading writers and thinkers in Germany, such as Goethe, Schiller
and Herder, came to Weimar and shaped the cultural life and in the same time the image of the city.
Weimar became the cultural centre of Europe at that time. Many painters, composers and philosophers
lived in the city during the classical period. Until now you find many creative and inspired people living
in Weimar, which were attracted by the great accumulation of cultural spirit. Since 1998 “Classical
Weimar” is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Besides Goethe’s House, the City Church and the City Palace, especially the parks and gardens with
their impressive landscape architecture and pretty castles are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site
“Classical Weimar”. During the 20th century Weimar became the birthplace of the Modern Movement
in architecture and aesthetics. The Bauhaus was developed by merging the Grand Ducal School of Arts
and Crafts and the Weimar Academy of Fine Arts. It had a profound influence upon developments in art,
architecture, design and typography. The “Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau” are listed as
UNESCO World Heritage, too. For all this historical important marks and to spread the knowledge of
the past, Weimar became in 1999 the European Capital of Culture.
Since 2012 European Heritage Volunteers Projects are taking place at the parks and gardens of the
UNESCO World Heritage Site “Classical Weimar”, as part of the World Heritage Volunteers initiative.
The focus of the activities had been all the years at Belvedere Park, where the volunteers uncovered
and restored historical paths which had been disappeared for decades. European Heritage Volunteers
coordinates the European part of the UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers Initiative as well as organises
European Heritage Volunteers projects in Germany and initiates and coordinates European Heritage
Volunteers Partner Projects all over Europe.
The complex of Belvedere Orangery and the associated buildings had been restored by Weimar Classic
Foundation during the last years and was reopened in 2015. In the former Garden Inspector's House a
permanent exhibition prepared by European Heritage Volunteers about European Heritage Volunteers
Projects in Europe as well as about UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers Projects worldwide is installed.
The exhibition is complemented by videos presenting some of the Heritage Volunteers projects having
taken place in Europe during the last years.
The volunteers taking part in the Guest Guiding project will be at the place from Tuesday to Friday in
the afternoons and on Saturdays and Sundays the whole days – the time when most of the visitors will
come. Every Monday is the free day of the volunteer, except during the European Heritage Volunteer
project. S/he should be available for the visitors of the exhibition, answering their questions
concerning European Heritage Volunteers, UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers in general and the
UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers project at Belvedere Park. Own contribution concerning related
topics as conservation, heritage management, garden architecture and similar is welcome. The
volunteers will work in close cooperation with the Department for Castles, Gardens and Buildings of
Weimar Classic Foundation.
From 30.05. to 05.06. the G01 volunteer will have an introduction seminar to become familiar with the
European Heritage Volunteers program as well as to get first instructions about guest guiding, in Lohra
Castle (please have a look on the description of Lohra Castle), afterwards G01 will begin guest guiding
in Weimar. The activities of G01 at the exhibition will start with the festive season opening of the parks
and gardens of Weimar Classic Foundation 05.06, and 06.06. The latter day is in addition celebrated in
Germany as World Heritage Day. From 13.07. to 17.07. the G02 volunteer will have an introduction
seminar to become familiar with the European Heritage Volunteers program as well as to get first
instructions about guest guiding in Gantikow Manor (please have a look on the description of Gantikow
Manor). From 29.08. – 11.09.2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers Project in Weimar (therefore
see the description of the project H09) will take place. The G02 volunteer will be there during the first
week, providing guided tours for the participants. Also, The G02 volunteer will be involved in the
activities of the European Heritage Day on September, 8th, by providing guided tours, too. Allowance:
After the introduction week(s) G01 gets 100 € and G02 gets 150 € for the whole duration of the project.
Additionally, 7 € for food per day and s/he will have a simple bike to get from the accommodation to the
working place (ca. 4 km). During the H09 project will be further explained, the volunteer will not receive
the food money but partake in the food of the H09 project. The volunteer will be accommodated in a
flat, with a sleeping room with bed, simple equipped kitchen and shared bathroom. The participants of
this project should be aware that s/he is the only volunteer at the place.
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