PEACE BARN ZEMPOW
- The Peace Barn Association (Friedensscheune e.V.) was founded to preserve the knowledge about the successful struggle against the German federal army plans to use the military training ground called aeuroBombodromaeurooe (Russian for aeuroPlace of the bombsaeurooe). The Russian army trained there with infantry, tanks, artillery and Jets which dropped a lot of bombs, until they had to leave after 1990. In 1992, the German federal army stated that they wanted to continue training there, and invite troups from other EU and NATO countries to train there also. Immediately a citizens action group started to fight against this intention in many non-violent ways, and after 17 years of struggle, the minister of defense withdrew these plans.By installing a museum and an archive, we want to keep alive the knowledge about how to fight successfully on your behalf and about how to cooperate as a large group of different people. We also want to share the spirit of being confident in non-violent measu
- Volunteers are invited to help us renovate an old barn to make a step forward towards establishing a museum and archive there. The barn is quite old (built in 1892) and made in combination of bricks and rubble masonry. The fieldstone wall has to be repaired and it needs regrouting. There will also be some garden work and cooking for the group. Manual work may be physically demanding and includes standing on scaffolding.Study-Part:Ulrike Laubenthal, the first chairperson of the Peace Barn Association, is a trainer in nonviolent communication and nonviolent action. She will offer training for everybody who is interested. Additionally, she is very willing to present more detailed information about the history of the Bombodrom and the struggle against it. Depending on the wishes of the participants, Niels Detloff could offer a workshop in being critical with information offered by media.
- Volunteers can sleep either on mattresses in the attic of our house ore in a yurt on our meadow with a thick layer of straw. We have 3 bathrooms. Sleeping bags are necessary. WiFi is available in the house. Food here will be mostly organic, and vegetarian except for one barbecue at the ranch. We are happy to accommodate specific dietary needs; please let us know in advance if you have any allergies or such.
- The venue itself is called Sichelschmiede. It is still kind of a farm, where inhabitants live together with 5 goats, 8 chickens and a cat. There is also a garden, where vegetables are grown for own use. Zempow is a very nice small village surrounded by forests. A beautiful lake is within reach. In the neighborhood one can find grazing land with horses and cattle aeuro the region is quite beautiful We will spend an evening at the local organic cattle ranch and we will make a trip to the picturesque city of Rheinsberg with its castle. September 1st is Anti War Day / World Peace Day We suggest to spend that day in Berlin together, which would give all those who want to an opportunity to participate in a peace demonstration.
- Work may include standing on scaffolding. According to German safety regulations, it is obligatory to wear steel-toe-boots (S1 safety boots) during work in the barn. We will provide such boots for everybody, so please let us know your size (in cm) with your application. Our preferred option would be that you contribute 10 aO and then take the boots home with you in the end, but you are not obliged. If you already have such boots, please bring them and let us know in advanceWe are part of the peace movement. We would appreciate if people joining the workcamp were interested in the peace movement, and we d be keen to learn about activities of the peace movement in your countries. Sleeping bag is needed.
ICJA Freiwilligenaustausch weltweit yap-cfd workcamps ICJA was founded as an exchange program between the U.S. and Germany in 1949. The original mission of ICJA was to promote international understanding and to work towards a world in which tolerance and peace prevail. By the inclusion of various partner countries, the idea to form a development cooperation became gradually more important. Thus, the ICJA is founder member of the international federation "International Cultural Youth Exchange" (ICYE), which consists of several National Committees in 34 countries. In 1987, the ICYE received the award as "peacemessenger". In 2009, ICJA was furthermore approved as an official project of the UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. ICJA is both, a sending and hosting organization for long term volunteers. ICJA organises volunteering services for German citizens of different ages in over 40 countries on every continent. ICJA simultaneously accompanies and supports volunteers from across the world working in social, political or ecological projects in Germany. Our volunteers usually stay for 12 months, in exceptional cases for 6 months. For further information, please consult our website: www.icja.de yap-cfd started in the year 1923 as a circle of people engaged against the war. It expanded to an international union of people who try to build bridges of understanding and to mitigate misery. The main request of yap-cfd is to reduce national and cultural prejudices and animosity among people and to promote mutual tolerance. Since 2013 yap-cfd ist part of ICJA but still organize international work camps in Germany. These international meetings are supposed to help young people to get to know different cultures and social systems through first-hand experience so that they can reflect on their own cultural ideas and communicate with others about cultural norms and differences. yap-cfd gives young people the opportunity to learn about other people, other cultures, how to live in a group, how to make decisions together...
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