Bist du Flüchtling? Wir unterstützen dich

Als Anlaufstelle für Flüchtlinge, deren Bezugspersonen und Fachleute vermitteln wir Freiwilligeneinsätze in der Nachbarschaftshilfe oder Praktika in verschiedenen Branchen. Wir unterstützen dich bei der (Lehr-) Stellensuche und bieten neben hilfreichen Informationen einen PC-Arbeitsplatz in unseren Büroräumlichkeiten mitten in der Stadt Zürich an.

Wir unterstützen dich….

Bei der (Lehr-) Stellensuche oder bei der beruflichen (Neu-) Orientierung und zeigen dir mögliche Anschluss- und Übergangslösungen auf. Damit du einen Weg in die Arbeitswelt finden kannst.

Bei uns kannst du…

Freiwilligeneinsätze in der Nachbarschaftshilfe, Praktika in verschiedenen Branchen oder einen Platz in einem Freiwilligen-Camp in eindrucksvoller Natur finden. Seit 2018 öffnet unser Verein mit dem Projekt «Einstiegshilfe Workcamps für Asylsuchende» bestehende Freiwilligeneinsätze für Menschen aus dem Asylbereich.

Beratung

Wir bieten Hilfe im ganzen Bewerbungsprozess – vom Schreiben von Bewerbungen bis zum Vorbereiten auf Vorstellungsgespräche.

Die Voraussetzungen…

…du wohnst in der Stadt oder im Kanton Zürich. Du bist motiviert zu arbeiten und deine berufliche Zukunft anzugehen.

Virtual Workcamps – Boost your resilience!

At this moment due to the spread of the new coronavirus, borders are closed, flights are suspended and entire countries are in lockdown. That means, of course, that it is impossible for many volunteers to travel. But let’s look on the bright side – it is still possible to meet people from all over the world online! And the most important to support and encourage people who might be affected the most!

Workcamps Switzerland is happy to present its first Virtual Workcamps. We have gathered passionate professionals that are happy to support people around the world on a voluntary basis during this challenging and unpredictable time. For 2 weeks you will plunge into the series of workshops that help to keep your spirit up and let you stay mentally and physically healthy.

Mindfulness: coping with stress and anxiety 25.05. – 29.05.2020

You are going to explore the benefits of a regular practice of Mindfulness, how and where to practice, particular challenges that you might encounter, the scientific research, and what’s in it for you.

«Mindfulness: coping with stress and anxiety» , 25.05. – 29.05.2020, 15:00 *Swiss time.

Requirements: no previous experience is needed

Registration: If you would like to take part in this Virtual Workcamp, please register here: Registration form

Creativity beyond borders 04.05. – 08.05.2020FINISHED

During this week you will spend some evenings in a creative way taking part in diverse creative workshops. You will discover yourself, exercise different skills, handle your emotions through the improvisation, music and art.

Requirements: No previous experience is needed, but you should be very motivated and curious about the topics of workshops.

Registration: If you would like to take part in this Virtual Workcamp, please register here: Registration form

Maintain your wellbeing 11.05 – 16.05.2020FINISHED

This Virtual Workcamp will allow you to learn how to meet challenges in your mind, body or in the world with awareness through meditation, yoga, pilates, dance, music and nutrition workshops. You can meet people from around the world and find new inspiration and feel collective energy.

The time of the workshops is 15:00 *Swiss time, as we have international audience living in different time zones.

  • Breathe and meditate, 11.05.2020
  • Culinary Nutrition: Let’s learn to cook for good again!, 12. 05.2020
  • Yoga, 13.05.2020
  • Dance together, 14.05.2020
  • Stress relief singing, 15.05.2020
  • Pilates, 16.05.2020

Requirements: no previous knowledge is needed

Registration: If you would like to take part in this Virtual Workcamp, please register here: Registration form

Work

Your task is to be supportive and open-minded, active and empathic. Is it a real work? Not exactly, but it is something that many people need right now – a trustful space for fulfilling communication, inspiration and encouragement.

Location

This workcamp will be taking place entirely online. It is accessible to everybody with a working internet connection. No borders, no visa, no need to travel, so you are saving CO2-emissions which is really nice for our beautiful planet! While it is important to keep physical distance at the moment, we can create social proximity in the digital world.

Additional comments

We welcome everybody who might be interested – any age, any nationality, any background.

There is no application fee for these Virtual Workcamps. Our goal is to unite and support people from all over the world through different activities during these unpredictable times. You are welcome to join one or all of them. Please register for every Virtual Camp separately.

For taking part in the Virtual Workamps you will need Internet connection, we will use Zoom, good understanding of English.

If you have any questions or problems concerning Virtual Workcamps, please contact (always check your spam folder).

Project hosted by

Virtual Workcamp is a joint project of many workcamps organisations worldwide. Our partner organization IBG in Germany came up with this idea after the beginning of the spread of coronavirus worldwide and they are rightfully pioneers of the international volunteering movement online.

„We believe that especially in times as challenging as these, it is important to raise our voices for solidarity and international friendship. International workcamps were created 100 years ago to work towards mutual understanding, peace and solidarity beyond borders. Let’s keep this spirit and find new ways to get to know and support each other.“

Here you can find ONLINE BOARD with other recent projects and activities of our international partners and new ones will be added.

FULL – Germany: Dance and help create a new art space! 4/04/2020 – 19/04/2020

Work

Do you want to spend two weeks getting creative in an artistic and international environment? Then come to Stolpe, where a former cement factory waits to be transformed by you into a new and exciting art space! Hosted by the artist community Ponderosa, in this work- and art-camp you will be able to create and explore on two levels: In the first part of the day, you will participate in dance workshops by professional international dance and performance teachers, exploring movement and finding your unique expression in dance. In the second part, you will help build a new cultural space out of a former factory by for example painting the ware houses, building simple platforms for sitting/chilling /tenting, creating new info signs for our visitors, helping local architects and set designers with basic construction work, creating/decorating the bar, & party spaces for festivities, gardening/planting in our new urban agro- forest plot… the tasks will be as diverse as your workcamp group!

Accomodation and food

You sleep in beds in shared rooms in a newly renovated building on the area of the cement factory. You cook together.

Location and leisure

Location: 90 km northeast of Berlin on the Polish border in the Odertal nature reserve. Activity: Dance workshops with our teachers* and assistance in beautifying the cultural park Free time: Bicycles are at your disposal with which you can move through the beautiful landscape of the Oder Valley nature reserve. In Brandenburg with its many lakes there are also many great swimming opportunities in natural surroundings. On weekends you can also plan a trip to the dazzling metropolis of Berlin or even to Poland.

Project hosted by

Kulturstolpe
Ponderosa-Dance

Additional comments

You don’t need any previous experience in dance, bring your curiosity for movement and design with you.

Requirements

You don’t need any previous experience in dance, bring your curiosity for movement and design with you.

Hier bewerben!

FULL – Canada: Projet intergénérationnel 23/02/2020 – 8/03/2020

Work

Le Quartier des Générations wants to revitalize its site. Volunteers will do landscaping and build various equipment to improve the available services and activities. They will also participate in many social events alongside the elderly, where volunteers and participants can share life stories. TASKS :

  • Construction of a winter hiking trail
  • Holding SKI outdoor social activities (adapted for wheelchairs) with the elders of the Quartier des Générations
  • Preparation of seedlings for the garden
  • Indoor social activities with seniors
  • Preparation and participation in the 2020 winter wonderland
  • Provides computer support to seniors to break isolation

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will be sleeping in a brand new community room. They will have access to a cafeteria on week days but will have to cook their own meals on weekends. They will have access to Wi-Fi.

Location and leisure

The Ahuntsic neighbourhood in the north of Montreal is not only urban but also peaceful. Bordered by the Rivière des Prairies, it has many attractions such as the magnificent Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park and the Promenade Fleury, which attract outdoor enthusiasts as well as gourmets. Located about ten kilometres from downtown, Ahuntsic is one of Montreal’s hidden treasures. Quartier des Générations is located 10 km of the downtown.

Project hosted by

Le Quartier des Générations is an innovative and community-oriented seniors’ residence. It allows people from different generations to meet thanks to its collective spaces, unifying activities and different housing types. With its unique approach, the organization wants to inspire other senior living environments across Quebec.

Additional comments

*** PLEASE DON’T BUY YOUR FLIGHT TICKETS BEFORE GETTING YOUR VISA AND WORK PERMIT CONFIRMED ***

Hier bewerben!

FULL – Germany Lohra Castle 13/10-25/10/2019

Work

Because around the outer walls of the castle trees had been grown up during the last two decades, actually the castle is partly not seen from the valley. So, besides taking care of green areas the volunteers will help to cut the trees around the walls in order to expose the view to the castle and will transport the wood to the storage place as well as splitting and stacking the wood.

Accomodation and food

ACCOMMODATION: shared rooms with 2 – 5 beds in 3 guest houses, warm shower (limited hot water), 1 camp kitchen (cold water), coal-burning stoves

FOOD: 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.

Location and leisure

Lohra Castle is situated in the heart of Germany in Northern Thuringia. The castle, which is surrounded by a scenic hilly landscape, is located on the edge of a nature reserve area. Being one of the largest castles in Thuringia, the history of the castle Lohra begins in the Middle Age. The castle is more than 1,000 years old. Today, it includes twenty buildings from different times: medieval fortifications, remnants of a tower from the 11th century, a Romanesque chapel, a manor house from the Renaissance period as well as stables and granaries from the 19th and the early 20th centuries. The ensemble is situated in the centre of a beautiful forest. For years Lohra Castle was vacant. In the 1990s Open Houses started to restore the castle and to revive it by cultural activities. Since that time, a large number of Workcamps, Building Weeks, exhibitions, concerts and other activities with international participants took place in the castle. LEISURE TIME The camp places are mostly situated in small villages in rural areas, 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 organise an excursion to nearby cities or to have other leisure activities.

Project hosted by

The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people started to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The engagement for these buildings united people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided and who filled these rooms with life again in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen’s work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by the camp fire. Meanwhile, rooms free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; however, places have become rare where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of nepotism and the exclusion which it produces. What should be easy – to go somewhere in order to meet people and to work together – has become difficult. The tightrope walk between, on the one hand, public activities in a monetary and functional sense, and the retreat into private life on the other, is very difficult, and it requires a lot of power and permanent efforts to tackle red tape and financial restrictions. Free spaces are less and less understood as common property, and are permanently being cut back. The idea of public property seems to have gone out of fashion, and places of common responsible work have become rare. Open Houses Network tries to create and protect such spaces. In this process, we do not want to be the do-ers, but be people who have a vision, who want to initiate something, but who also are aware of depending on the co-operation of others. We understand our projects and events as offers – as offers to create space for commitment, for changes, for meetings.

Meeting point

More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet

Hier bewerben!

FULL – London: Dulwich Christmas Workcamp 7/12/2019 – 17/12/2019

Work

Volunteers will work on different environmental projects. At the London Wildlife Trust completing practical conservation tasks in the beautiful Sydenham Hill Woods, working alongside local volunteers. Work will be physical and it will be cold and possibly wet so please come prepared with waterproof clothing a good boots. London Wildlife Trust is an urban nature conservation charity working to improve London’s green spaces for people and wildlife. Volunteers will also be working in nearby Dulwich Park (a favourite of the late Queen Mary who visited it every year) and Belair Park with the local authority parks department.

Accomodation and food

South London Scout Centre has bunk beds and central heating but it may be cold and wet. Sleeping bags and working clothes and shoes will be needed. The group will cook meals at the centre.

Location and leisure

Visits to local projects of interest will be organised. There will be a free weekend when there will be a chance to visit London.

Project hosted by

A group of 8 volunteers are invited to spend 10 days in south London. But it won’t feel as if you are in a city: volunteers will stay at a Scout Centre in the midst of woodland with no houses in sight! Dulwich is a pleasant, quiet corner of London.

Meeting point

South London Scout Centre on 7 December (see Info Sheet)

Additional comments

HOSTING FEE: It is difficult and expensive to stay in London so we have to charge £130 GBP for the 10 days. This will pay for the accommodation and a basic budget for food. The fee should be paid upon arrival. NB: It is possible that the amount of this fee will be reduced as we are looking for sponsors. We will inform the partners if that is the case.

Requirements

HOSTING FEE: It is difficult and expensive to stay in London so we have to charge £130 GBP for the 10 days. This will pay for the accommodation and a basic budget for food. The fee should be paid upon arrival. NB: It is possible that the amount of this fee will be reduced as we are looking for sponsors. We will inform the partners if that is the case.

FULL – Germany: Magic Forest Path Bernau 13/10/2019 – 23/10/2019

Work

Renew the magic forest path! The magic forest path leads 2,4km through beautiful mountain scenery with high moors, forests and mountain pastures. Many educative elements and game stations (with wooden sculptures of Wizard Merlin or different animals, a witch’s house, a climbing tree…) make the path attractive for children and families. Under the guidance of local professionals you will support the maintenance of the path. This will include the work on a wooden plank walkway leading through the moor, the distribution of wood chips on other parts of the path, the renovation of handrails, game stations or signing. If you have ideas for new elements to make the path even more attractive, you are welcome.

Accomodation and food

You will stay in a mountain hut used in winter as resting place for people doing Nordic skiing. Here they can buy warms drinks and small snacks. The hut offers a dormitory, a kitchen and sanitary facilities. It is an extraordinary place to stay. You will cook together.

Location and leisure

Bernau is located in the highest part of the black forest. The accommodation is at an altitude of more than 1.000m. As many tourists visit the area in summer and winter, you can find many attractive places and sights. In the neighbouring village there is also a swimming pool. But of course the nature is the most attractive. A perfect camp for nature lovers! The access to Bernau is not easy. The quickest connection is via Zurich Airport (3 hours with several changes), but it is in Switzerland so you might need an additional visa; otherwise Frankfurt (5 hours) or Karlsruhe. The latest bus arrives in Bernau at 7 p.m.

Project hosted by

Bernau is the name of a collection of hamlets in the heights of the Black Forest. Bernau is surrounded by a beautiful nature with high moors, forests and mountain pastures. The village attracts many tourists, hikers in summer and people doing Nordic skiing in winter. Parts of this fantastic landscape are a nature protected area. Therefore it is very important to make it accessible to people but at the same time guide visitors so that they don’t leave the established paths. This is the background of the magic forest path in Bernau. The local community created this path to attract families with children and enable them to experience the beautiful nature without damaging it.

Meeting point

before 7 p.m. in Bernau

Iceland: PHOTOGRAPHY and ENVIRONMENT DURING 26/12/2019 – 4/01/2020

Work

During this camp participants can share their love for (and learn more about) photography, as well as global and local environmental issues. If you love taking photographs or want to learn / develop your photography skills and are also interested in topics such as: climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions ( other environmental topics), then this project is for youWhile developing your artistic and technical photography skills, you will also be focusing on different current environmental and sustainability issues through a selection of workshops, discussions, and visits facilitated by SEEDS coordinators.. One of our aims is to help create more environmentally aware consumers and travellersYou will also have time to put the theory into practice, and walk around and visually explore the city. At the end of the camp, a selection of the best photographs from the camp is made for an informal group exhibition at a local available public venue in the city. Participants should bring their own digital cameras, lenses, tripods and laptops if possible. Participants should be ready to walk around the city for different activities and visits.We may also get the chance to visit local projects focused on environment and conservation, which can include hands-on volunteering activities or guided visits. Some examples include coastal and outdoors cleaning actions, a visit to a recycling centre, a geothermal power plant, a museum or exhibition or a community dinner at a local NGO. These, however, are dependent on the availability of our partners and the weather conditions at the time. Note this project is a learning/sharing camp and not a standard workcamp. Everybody is expected to contribute their own knowledge and experience. Participants should also take advantage of the opportunity to share about their own culture or country, such as food, music, games or films with the international group.SEEDS programme combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland, its culture, having fun, as exploring the capital city and some stunning nature attractions in the Golden Circle excursion or other visits part of the camp.In this project SEEDS will organize a night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop to the countryside in the close vicinity of Reykjavik. This will take place during late evening and possibly into the night. We cannot guarantee you will see northern lights as solar activity is irregular and it depends on weather and meteorological conditions but we will in any case organise the night photography workshop.Celebrate the New Year in a vibrant city with new friends from around the world. Watch the large fireworks display illuminate the sky, celebrate around a bonfire and party into the night.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS participants will stay in a house in Reykjavik. The facilities are basic with showers, kitchen, washing machine and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.We will receive food supplies and the group will be in charge of the cooking and cleaning. Do not forget some traditional/typical food, drinks, music games or recipes from your home country for the international evening.

Location and leisure

Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources. The world s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavik is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic on almost all sides. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.

Project hosted by

SEEDS

Meeting point

Meeting time will be 17:00 (6:00 pm) on December 26 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp on their own.

Additional comments

Participation fee EUR 400 (Euros) which can be transferred in advance or paid for on arrival. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp, the Golden Circle excursion with a visit to a Geothermal Power plant, as the Night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop.

Requirements

English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.The weather can be cold or rainy, we recommend to bring good walking shoes/boots, warm and/or waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) as some of the tasks and activities take place outside.Other excursions (eg. South shore or Reykjanes Peninsula) may be arranged at discount fares, in case there is additional free time after the workshops and camp s sessions.

FULL – France: The Fortress of Montaigu le Blin 5 – 2/09/2019 – 16/09/2019

Work

Participate to the protection and enhancement of this breathtaking heritage! Within the castle, you will realize various works of restoration of walls (ramparts, towers) using traditional techniques, of maintaining the vegetation (clearing bushes) and many varied tasks. You will also participate to the touristic life of the site, helping the guided visits and organising activities! A part of the first week will be dedicated to the organisation of the Open Workcamp Week end which will take place on the 7th and 8th of September. During these two days, the workcamp will be open to any visiter who wants to bring some help. With the help of the animation team, you will set events up to animate the week-end. During the workcamp, the restauration times will go along with games and activities, linked to the castle… Are you ready for a midnight visit of the fortress ?

Accomodation and food

Accommodation is under tents (2 persons per tent) at the town stadium. Volunteers will manage the tasks of daily life in teams (shopping, cooking, and cleaning). Kitchen, toilets and showers are in a recent building on the camping site.

Location and leisure

Montaigu le Blin is located in the Bourbonnais area, 30km North from Vichy and 90km North from Clermont-Ferrand, in Auvergne region. It is a countryside rich with historical heritage, which you will be able to discover by visiting a few of the numerous castles and medieval cities, or by hiking, or going by bike or canoe, according to what the leading team can propose you. Your camp leaders will prepare games and activities but you will be invited to propose and create your own activities. Be creative!

Project hosted by

Inside a lovely little French village, the castle of Montaigu le Blin is an impressive medieval fortress, classified as Historical Monument. It is located on the top of a hill, overlooking the countryside. Since 2002, volunteers have been participating, every summer, to the restoration and touristic life of the castle.

Meeting point

Saint Germain des Fossés, train station (zip code 03150) on 02/09/2019 from 5:00 pm

Additional comments

Places for 17 years old are limited (maximum 1 French volunteer with fewer opportunities). Pay attention that there is no wifi access on the Workcamp site, the telephone network is also quite low. However, the volunteers will be able to find a public wifi in the village. Who needs an internet during a Workcamp anyway ? The site is unfortunately not accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Requirements

Places for 17 years old are limited (maximum 1 French volunteer with fewer opportunities). Pay attention that there is no wifi access on the Workcamp site, the telephone network is also quite low. However, the volunteers will be able to find a public wifi in the village. Who needs an internet during a Workcamp anyway ? The site is unfortunately not accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Hier bewerben!

FULL – Russia: Botanical garden in mysterious Altai 19.8 – 28.8.2019

Work

The main task of volunteers will be garden care (weeding, planting), collecting herbs. Approximately 6 working hours per day (in the morning and after lunch), with a weekend. All tools will be provided, but volunteers are kindly asked to bring their working gloves.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation in the dormitory rooms for 2-3 persons. There are hot and cold water in the showers, organic toilets. Three meals a day are provided, cooked by a chef. It is simple country food that the locals eat, so do not expect a huge variety.

Location and leisure

Kamlak village, Altai Republic. You should take a flight from Moscow to Gorno-Altaisk or make a really long journey on train and bus 🙂 All participants will be met by host in Gorno-Altaisk and transfer back there from Kamlak at the end of the program. Volunteers will get to know the local culture, traditions, flora, learn a lot new medical herbs and how to use them. Excursions around the Botanical Garden is available. In your free time you can go to the river, walk around the village and make some hiking trips around. At the weekend, a trip along the stunning Chui tract will be organized. It is an ancient trade route on the border with Mongolia, which bears the proud title of the most beautiful Russian road. It winds through the valleys of seven rivers, between a dozen mountain ranges, crosses the Alpine steppes and passes.

Project hosted by

Gorno-Altayskiy Botanical Garden was founded in 1994. It is located in the tract Clean-Meadow, in one of the most picturesque places, which was not chosen just by chance. Here are several natural and climatic zones meet, creating favorable conditions for the habitat of many species of plants. For many years already the Botanical Garden have invited volunteers for helping with current tasks, and in 2019 the first group of international participants is awaited. The Republic of Altai is a unique region in the heart of the Eurasian continent. The extraordinary beauty of the pristine nature, a huge variety of flora and fauna, glaciers, lakes and rapid mountain rivers are combined with the stunning culture of the peoples of Altai. Here you can discover a completely different Russia.

Additional comments

Please keep in mind that round trip Moscow-Gornoaltaisk can cost around 300 EUR. It’s highly recommended to buy tickets in advance!

Requirements

Volunteers should be ready for manual work with soil and plants. The ability to admire unique Altai nature is mandatory! 😉

Hier bewerben!