02.Sep - 16.Sep 2017
Bedheim , Allemagne


  • chantiers 1-3 semaines
  • RENO
  • MANU
  • CULT
  • ICJA16
Age minimum : 18
Frais d’inscription : 150.00 EUR


Some basic knowledge of German or English is recommended. Please bring rain and working clothes (rubber boots) as well as swim suits. Please bring a sleeping bag, slippers, towels and warm pullovers with you. You can also bring a map, pictures or special food items from your country.

  • Code : ICJA16
  • Dispo : 3M (Total Part 12)
  • Langue du Projet : ENG / GER
  • Age : 18 - 26


Bedheim castle was first mentioned in the year 1169 and was devastated and reconstructed several times in its long history. In the time of German Democratic Republic (GDR) it slowly rotted. Now renovation is done by the family of Ruehle von Lilienstern. A non-profit association is supporting the renovation work and using part of the castle for its own activities. Since 1992 this association has been organizing workcamps. In 1994 a biological-dynamic, social therapeutic nursery was added. The association is running an organic garden. Since 2007 the castle also runs a garden caf and a small castle museum. During the last 20 years the castle became a sociocultural center for the region: In the castle there is a perfect room for celebrations, around the castle one can find various types of gardens and meadow for goose and goats. In addition there are training courses and cultural activities available. The aim of this project is to create an atmosphere where people with or without disabilities may come, live and work together without any prejudice against handicap, nationality or religion. The website gives an impression about the specific character of this place http://schloss.bedheim.de.Inhabitants of the castle are looking forward to meet us, to work with us and hear our suggestions and ideas and to create a peaceful world together


We are invited to help in the care and preservation of this ancient monument. We will work 5 hours daily, to do painting and cleaning inside or to maintain the garden around the castle. In the garden kind of work depends to the season, usually it is harvesting fruits, cutting trees, bushes and hedges.Every year Bedheim castle is part of the nationwide event called aeurooeday of the open monumentaeuro. The castle will be opened in the weekend for guests and we can support with doing some service and show an artistic performance. In the last years volunteers showed a dance and played piano music. There will be the possibility to take on day of during the week as compensation.Study: We may learn more about the following topics: natural beauty of the environment. We can make excursions to places of cultural and historical interest (e.g. Weimar, the city of Goethe and the concentration camp Buchenwald). We can have discussions and lectures about German history, society, culture and politics (the German East-West border was only 9 km away from Bedheim). There will be the possibility to encounter with young people of the region and getting to know more about the countries of the participants.


Bedheim castle offers a simple group accommodation. Meals will be prepared by us (less meat but a lot of very good vegetables and fruits from the nursery). Warm water is provided from solar collector.


Region: Bedheim castle is located in the west of Thuringia, close to the Bavarian border. Next bigger town is Coburg (28km away). Bedheim is surrounded by the extraordinary beautiful Franconian landscape.


Some basic knowledge of German or English is recommended. Please bring rain and working clothes (rubber boots) as well as swim suits. Please bring a sleeping bag, slippers, towels and warm pullovers with you. You can also bring a map, pictures or special food items from your country.

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.

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