Mediano/largo plazo
OH-C03 ALEMANIA - SOCI 04/07/2021 29/08/2021

Mid Term Volunteering
Camp Leading

Lohra Castle and possible other camp

places of Open Houses' 2021 programme

The camp leader can apply for longer than the dates
above mentioned.
SOCI 04.07. – 29.08.2021 OH-C03

DURATION: Between six weeks and four months,
The beginning dates are fixed because of the
introduction course.

ACCOMMODATION: Depending on the camp place.
Please have a look at the camp place descriptions.
AGE: at least 20
LANGUAGE: very good level of English, basics of
German, other languages are helpful
WHAT TO BRING: alarm bell, calculator, purse,
working gloves and strong shoes, sleeping bag,
waterproof clothes
Motivation letter related to the project, CV + photo
and basics of German an asset
Organising and leading an international Workcamp is an interesting challenge for those who enjoy
working together with young people from all over the world, which are willing to take over a big
responsibility and who look forward to a great summer in Germany. The camp leader's role lies in
building a bridge between the participants of the Workcamp, the organisation as well as the technical
leaders who guide the practical part of the camp. S/he supports the group of volunteers from a social
and intercultural point of view. Open Houses is looking for people who are highly motivated and
responsible, open minded and which already have some experiences in handling with other
people. The main tasks are to organise the social life for all volunteers during the camp period. The
leader will welcome the volunteers and make them familiar with the camp site. S/he will prepare the
daily schedule, indicating the working and eating times including breaks and will furthermore be
responsible for organising the cleaning and cooking teams, alternating within the group. The camp
leader will buy the food for the group, having an eye on the everyday changing cooking teams with their
individual dishes. Additionally, s/he organises leisure activities after the working days and is welcome
to prepare campfires, barbecues, games or other group activities. For the weekends the camp leader
should be ready to plan little trips to bigger cities nearby or other activities. A camp leader has rarely
time for personal things during the Workcamp. S/he is always the person in charge of everything and
contact person in any questions and needs of the volunteers. This should be clear to all applicants.

It is also important that the camp leader stays in close contact to the technical leaders, who are
organising the working groups and know which work has to be done. It is helpful to support the technical
leaders by taking over the responsibility for a working group, if there are no other works to be done
for the camp leader. At some camps, especially in environmental camps, it can happen that the functions
of camp and technical leaders are running more together. So it is good to be prepared also to organise
a little bit the working part.
The camp leader is also responsible for managing the deduction and finances of the camp and to take
care of the documentation – writing down what has been done, taking pictures and leading the
evaluation of the camp. It is important to do this documentation with a certain care, so that the camp
leader which will lead the following camp will know what happened in the past and doesn't need to look
for the same information or to do the same mistake a second time.

Project Description
The camp leader has to be able to work independently as well as in a team. Since most of the camps
are organised by several camp leaders (one or two and one or more technical leaders) it is necessary
to agree upon several issues in a team. All in all, leading a camp means a lot of work and empathy as
well as a lot of fun. Open Houses gives the camp leaders the opportunity to be creative and to take
over responsibility for their own work. Of course, they will not be left alone in their role. Before getting
active as a camp leader s/he will take part in one camp as a volunteer, parallel to the introduction
as camp leader. It will be a good experience to be an “ordinary participant” for one or two weeks and
to get to know the camp leader's tasks from the participants' point of view. After experiencing the
atmosphere of the first camp and after Open Houses and the potential camp leader have gotten to know
each other better, Open Houses will decide if s/he will be able to lead camps or not or if s/he would
need an additional introduction time. During the summer season Open Houses organises a lot of
Workcamps in different places in Germany. Depending on the camp leader's interests and abilities Open
Houses and the potential camp leader will decide together where s/he will lead camps. In general, Open
Houses offers two possibilities: The volunteers can lead several successive camps in one place (at
Lohra Castle) or can lead different camps at various places. For each camp leading of two weeks the
volunteer receives a 150 € allowance. S/he does not have to pay for food and accommodation. The
camp leader will receive the allowance after the camp, when all the camp documents will be checked
by the office staff and everything will be fine. After two or three camps, is highly recommended that the
volunteer takes a break. S/he can stay as a participant in a project. In that case, the food,
accommodation and insurance is covered but the volunteer will not receive allowance.