From 3 August to 17 August 2019
July 1, 2019
The volunteers will be engaged in the recultivation of a historic park of the former Grand Hotel Waldlust.
The Waldlust Hotel in Freudenstadt, founded in 1899, was a first choice resort of a noble society of spa guests. It stands as a historic architecture building, as a cultural heritage treasury, as a long time social meeting place in a high rank – a unique symbol of a former golden period of town development. It is surrounded by a wide park area, which formerly served as an old style wellness and leisure time retreat for the noble high society clientele. The park had been fallen to oblivion in many years. Due to the absence of any gardening, cultivation forms and structures had gone lost. The project consist of two parts – a practical working part which will last 6 hours per day and a study part, which takes place in the evenings and during weekends. The project will focus on the recultivation of the former hotel park. While restoring and cultivating further parts of the historic hotel park, the old concept of Parkwald (park forest) should be regained und brought into presence. This means the clearing of small or middle aged trees and plants that are not typically for the park as well as the excavation of garden structures with century old origin currently covered by leaves. In addition, the reconstruction of a historic path, which has been started in the previous project will be continued. Finally, a sand stone wall that accompanies the main access path to the former hotel will be repaired.
Who do you need?
Participants have to take part for the whole time of the project. Be informed, that during all projects the work will take place also on rainy and cold days and be prepared for that. In general, the language spoken in the project is English. But in all camps there is also the possibility to practice German with other volunteers, camp leaders and the local people.
What to do
30 per week
Days off per week
The working part is 6 hours per day.
More information about conditions
The accommodation is very simple; there are shared rooms with simple beds or mattresses. Shower, toilet and kitchen are at the place. The equipment is simple but fair. The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world. All costs linked to the project are covered, including food, accommodation, insurance and transportation during the stay at the project. Nevertheless individual travel insurance is also recommended to be bought by a participant. Travel costs to and from the camp place, visa costs are not covered. Participants should organize their journey to and from the project place by themselves and on their own expenses. Furthermore participants should bring their own pocket money.
This is a European Heritage Volunteers project, which combines practical work for the preservation or restoration of a cultural heritage site with an extensive educational part that gives the theoretical background for the hands-on works and provides deeper heritage linked knowledge. The camp place is situated in a small village in rural area, so the participants should not expect busy places and normal city activities for the leisure time during the working days. Small trips in walking distance are possible in the afternoon. On the weekends it is possible to organize an excursion to nearby cities or to have other leisure activities.