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Nature Conservation in Ammerland – Work and Study




Work Type


Disability Access

Vegetarian Food

Nearest Airport

Hannover (HAJ)

16 - 26

08/06/2024 - 22/06/2024

ijgd 14002





Nearest Bus/Train Station

Augustfehn Station

Project work

The Nordloh seminar house is a former, typical North German farmhouse. It is available for school trips, confirmation groups, camps, children's and youth work and other activities. In co-operation with the local citizens' association, the house is now also to become a meeting place for people in the surrounding area. The new ceramics workshop was recently inaugurated. Further activities, such as cookery courses, are to follow.

In the practical part of the work camp, you will create an organic garden to grow herbs and vegetables for the seminar house kitchen. You will also build compost bins for the garden and help build a green roof for the tool shed. The garden and the green roof are intended to ensure more plant diversity and provide a source of food for native and rare insects.

The study part on the topic of "Nature conservation - climate change - sustainability" takes you on (cycling) excursions in the Ammerland and Oldenburger Land region and to the Klimahaus in Bremerhaven, "a unique world of experience on the topics of climate, climate change and weather” ( The excursions in your area will take you into the history of moorland cultivation and renaturalisation in the Oldenburg region. You will be surprised at what there is to discover in the surrounding area.

You will also organise part of the studio part yourselves by discussing how climate change is visible in your home countries and what states, but also each individual, can do to live in a sustainable and socially acceptable way so that the world has a future.

Accommodation & food

Overnight stay in shared rooms, seminar room with projector and cosy sitting area, conservatory, billiards, table tennis, table football, swimming pool with slide, football pitch, terrace, quiet enclosed courtyard, barbecue area, shared shower, WC and WiFi.

You cook together with your host in the large kitchen of the seminar house. You will be provided with money for shopping. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any intolerances when registering.

Location & leisure

The seminar house is in a very rural location, but surrounded by beautiful nature. Bicycles are available for excursions in the surrounding area - the house is located directly on the "Fehn-Route", a popular long-distance cycle route. 3 km away is the seafaring village of Barßel with shopping facilities and a harbour worth seeing. It is 16 km to the climatic health resort of Bad Zwischenahn with the Zwischenahner Meer. There is an outdoor swimming pool in Hengstforde, 6 km away. The towns of Leer, Emden, Oldenburg and Bremen are easy to reach by train. The trip to Bremerhaven to the Klimahaus is part of the study part of the project.

Project host

Seminarhaus Nordloh

The ijgd has been organising volunteer service programmes since 1949. We are an independent, non-profit association for international youth work, a recognised independent youth welfare organisation, and one of the largest and oldest workcamp organisations in Germany. Each year, we assist around 5,000 young people into volunteer work in Germany and abroad. We give them the opportunity to be creative, act in solidarity, take responsibility for themselves, and discover their own true potential and strengths. Our principles: Ecological learning, voluntary contribution, self-organisation, social development, intercultural learning, gender equality, anti-racism/anti-discrimination and political education.

Directions to meeting point

transfer from the railway station in Augustfehn to the accommodation at 16:00 and 18:00.


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