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The Circus Project




Volunteering Type


Vegetarian Food

Nearest Airport

Hamburg (HAM)


11/10/2024 - 27/10/2024

ijgd 14028

Sport, Art



Nearest Bus/Train Station

Ahrensburg Ost (Underground station)

The project

Would you like to learn circus acrobatics, pass on what you have learnt to local youth and perform together in a circus show in front of a large audience? Then this project in Ahrensburg (near Hamburg) is the right place for you.

The volunteer part begins on Sunday 13th of October: together with the other volunteers, you will help to set up a large circus tent on the grounds of the youth centre. From the following Monday to Friday, the entire group will receive circus training in the tent from a professional circus trainer.

In the second week, from Monday to Friday, you will pass on the skills you have learned to the local youth from Ahrensburg as part of the local holiday programme. On Friday evening, they will perform what they have learnt together with you in a circus show with a large audience in a big circus tent.

Accommodation & food

You will sleep on camp beds with mattresses in the cosy youth centre with a wood-burning stove and beautiful outdoor area. There is a central kitchen, sanitary facilities with three toilets and one shower each, two lounges for eating and group activities that include one billiards table, two table football tables and air hockey.

You will cook together. You will be provided with money for shopping. A transport service is available by arrangement for shopping trips. Vegetarian or vegan meals are available upon request. Please indicate any intolerances or allergies when registering.

Location & leisure

The youth centre is located just outside Ahrensburg right next to the forest and is surrounded by a beautiful outdoor area with a campfire site. There is a football pitch in the immediate neighbourhood. You can play sports there.

There is a bus connection to Ahrensburg town centre (30 minutes). There you can visit a swimming pool, the pedestrian zone or Ahrensburg Castle.

On the weekend or on free afternoons and evenings, trips to Hamburg, Lübeck or to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea are worthwhile.

On some excursions you will be supported by the youth centre with minibuses.

Project host

You will stay at the Jugendtreff Hagen - Hagen youth centre. The Hagen youth centre is in the district of the same name in the small town of Ahrensburg, and offers a comprehensive open programme for children and young people, supervised by teachers. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor games, a campfire area, a wood and pottery workshop, billiards and table football.

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


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