From 17 August to 31 August 2019
July 1, 2019
The volunteers will be involved in park restoration and maintenance works.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the small town of Weimar in Thuringia saw a remarkable cultural flowering. Enlightened ducal patronage attracted many leading German writers, composers and artists to the town, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller and Franz Liszt, thus making Weimar the cultural centre of Europe at that time. This development is reflected in the high quality of many of the buildings and parks in the surrounding area. The Classical Weimar was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998 and comprises twelve individual buildings and ensembles: Weimar’s City Castle, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library, Goethe’s and Schiller’s residences, the Town Church, the Ducal Vault with the Historic Cemetery and many others. 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 practical part usually consists of two elements – a park restoration part on one hand and a maintenance part on the other hand. Due to a rotating system the volunteers have the opportunity to get to know during the project both fields. The restoration part will take place at the so called "kitchen garden" at the Southern edge of Belvedere Park that had been arranged in the 19th century as a combined fruit, vegetable and flower garden. The dry stone walls as the formative element of the garden are ruinous and shall be protected against progressive decay. Since the dry stone walls are an important habitat for wild bees and other rare insects the restoration needs to be carried out extremely carefully. Plants that damage the walls will be carefully taken away, the walls will be documented, the stones that had fallen down over decades will be collected, their original places determined, smaller areas will be restored and the cap stones will be placed back. The works will be guided by a bricklayer specialised on historic walls and traditional techniques that will provide during the study part more theoretical knowledge in this field. Another part of the group will carry out maintenance works in other parks and gardens of the site, thus supporting Weimar Classic Foundation, the responsible site management, in works that can be undertaken only manually, such as cutting long-grass meadows on slopes. At the same time the volunteers will gain a detailed knowledge about the different parks and gardens of the World Heritage site and the challenges in managing them. The educational part of the project will inform the volunteers about the background of the project, provide knowledge about historical garden and park architecture, traditional gardening and other related topics and will include lectures and guided tours about Classical Weimar as well as excursions to related heritage sites. The opportunity of free entrance to museums and exhibitions will enable in addition individual study.
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 in shared 6- or 8- bed-room in a hostel in the city. 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.