International voluntary workcamps are not only places of intercultural exchange, they are also places to initiate change for a sustainable future. This is an idea that we, the German association Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten e.V. (IBG), pursue. Active in the field of international voluntary service, we encourage our volunteers to care about and incorporate sustainability in their workcamps. In order to better understand our volunteers’ standpoints and needs, we dedicated part of this year’s Volunteers Weekend, which took place 28th- 30th September 2018, to collecting feedback and brainstorming ideas as to how we can better promote the issue and support our volunteers in taking action for sustainability.
We want to meet them where they are, and the results obtained throughout the weekend speak for themselves: Most of our camp leaders would have liked to scale up their efforts, but faced difficulties such as a lack of time, lack of interest on the part of volunteers, lack of information etc. during their camps.
A good point for us and our internal sustainability working group to jump in. Besides, and this is where we were happily surprised: Many of our volunteers have already put into practice various creative and ambitious activities for sustainability – a precious pool of ideas, knowledge and energy that we as an association can draw from and build on. This gives us hope and motivation – to be continued!
This project is made possible by the generous support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
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