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Nature Protection and Biodiversity




Work Type


Disability Access

Vegetarian Food

Nearest Airport

Leipzig (LEJ)

18 - 26

28/07/2024 - 11/08/2024

ijgd 74125

Environmental, Manual Work, Educational




Nearest Bus/Train Station

Schöneck Train Station

Project work

Much more needs to be done for climate protection and against species extinction! Does it is taking too long for something to change in these areas? If you could do what you you wanted, then... you've come to the right place! In our forest district, with almost 18,000 hectares of state forest, we not only take care of the harvesting, but also numerous nature conservation projects. These projects are a lot of work, of course. That's why we can use a lot of hard-working and motivated hands. The work will take place outside in the fresh air. You will with simple tools such as small handsaws, loppers, hoes, scythes, rakes and pitchforks and pitchforks to help the biotopes retain their special character that is worth protecting. For example, small spruce trees have to be removed so that special plants can continue to grow in the areas, which in turn provide a habitat for many rare animal species.

During the two-week camp, our foresters and forest managers will be at your side and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the forest and nature conservation. We are definitely you and your commitment!

The work of the ijgd is based, among other things, on the working principle of antidiscrimination/antiracism. Unfortunately, however, racism is present in many areas in Germany. Racism is a problem all over Germany and there are areas where right-wing extremist parties and groups are particularly active and therefore racist statements and hostilities are more likely. In the Vogtland, where this workcamp takes place, this is unfortunately the case. This refers to the area in general and not to the specific project. We see it as part of our responsibility to inform you about this. Last year, the workcamp group was occasionally confronted with racist or right-wing extremist hostilities in their free time.

We have examined the security situation on site in detail, have taken advice and have come to the conclusion that we would like to continue the workcamp and that there is no acute danger. Nevertheless, we believe that the dignity of every human being is inviolable and that it makes sense to stand up for it at all times. We believe that we can counterbalance right-wing extremist attitudes and practices with our work and we believe that anti-racist and anti-discriminatory ways of thinking will be the majority in the end. We will support you in the best way possible, have built up local networks and are training our group leaders accordingly. You can also reach out to our anti-discrimination officer at No matter which way the wind blows, we are here to support you in living out your interests and exploring new spaces of experience. With that in mind, come in and find out! We look forward to seeing you!

Accommodation & food

You will sleep in shared bedrooms at the DAV Vogtlandhütte, which is run by the German Alpine Association. It is a cosy little hut right surrounded by a calming forest. There is also a a nice outside fireplace.

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You cook together. Money for food shopping is provided to you. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any allergies when registering.

Location & leisure


Schöneck, State Forestry Department Sachsenforst, forest district Adorf


Near our camp there are a lot of things that you can do. At Mühlleithen there is a summer toboggan run waiting for you. At Bike-world at Schöneck you can speed down the hill.

If you haven't seen of the forest during your work, you can visit the outdoor climbing park. Of course you can also go hiking and enjoy the beautiful nature around you. Even though it will probably be difficult to find the right track since there are just too many options. At Schönecks IFA-holiday park you can find a public outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, a steam bath and other wellness treatments. So don't forget to bring a towel and a swim suit. If you are interested, you can pay a visit to the river dams at Muldenberg, Werda, Pöhl and Pirk or go to the zoo at Klingenthal or Falkenstein. You are drawn to outer space? Go visit the German space exhibition at Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz. Are you interested in music? Don't hesitate checking out the exhibition on musical instruments at Markneukirchen.

Do you want to know what's below the surface of beautiful Vogtland? Then go visit the former mine "Grube Tannenberg" at Tannenbergsthal/Schneckenstein with its amazing exhibition on minerals. Close by you can also go and have a look at the ski jumping facility of the Vogtland-Arena at Klingenthal. Of course you can always just hang out at DAV Vogtlandhütte where you all sleep and have a great time at the cosy fire place. Feeling the warmth of a night time fire and enjoying the beautiful quiet nature surrounding you, you will realise the importance of the work you have done during the day. And if your groups cooking skills aren`t as good as hoped or you are looking for something ready to eat, there is always the local kebab store at Schöneck that has something yummy ready for you in 5 minutes ;)

Project host

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 work camp 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

Schöneck (Vogtland), from there it is only 2.5km to DAV Vogtland-Hütte (accomodation). Shortly before the workcamp starts, you as a group can decide if you want to meet at the accommodation or the train station and go together to the Vogtlandhütte.

More Information about train and bus connections:


Enquire below and we'll connect you with one of our volunteering team to help you apply or answer any questions. We can help guide you through the process for a hassle free journey to your next project.

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