Germany

 

ELI's programs in Germany offer the perfect opportunity to discover village life in this European country. Church in Enkenbach-AlsenbornThe village is called Enkenbach-Alsenborn, 10 miles west of the city of Kaiserslautern. It is in the Palatinate, with Alsace about 40 miles to the South, the Rhine River about 40 miles to the North or East, and about 50 miles Southwest of Frankfurt. The region is known for its white wines, in particular the Riesling variety. In spite of its rural location, the superb German transportation system means that Heidelberg and the Black Forest are only about an hour away by train. Paris is reachable by train in 2 hours 20 minutes! Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Luxembourg are also easily reached.

 

The people of Enkenbach-Alsenborn are friendly and welcoming. Your experience there will give you a unique look into German culture.

Volunteer and Internship Programs

Teach

Teach

Volunteers can work in local schools as English teacher’s assistants. Volunteers will assist the teacher in a variety of capacities, such as leading activities, helping with homework, and spending one-on-one time with students. Volunteers spend the day working to form bonds with the youth, teaching classes in English, organizing recreational activities, and assisting with daily chores. Volunteers must have at least high-beginner German language skills. Volunteers need to be creative, patient, and able to work independently as well as in a group setting. Volunteers generally work 4-7 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Volunteer’s exact schedule will be determined upon arrival in-country. Questions? Click here

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Daycare

Daycare Center

Volunteers are needed to work, play and care for infants and toddlers throughout the city. Volunteers will spend time with children in a fun setting, and help out with a variety of educational and developmental activities. You’ll work with children who come from a wide range of family backgrounds. Any sort of organized activity is great ways to help these young children learn new skills that will help them succeed when they enter primary education. If you have a special interest (such as painting, music, gardening, soccer, etc) you can always incorporate those in some way to your activities at the orphanages. What might seem plain to you can be really exciting to them! Volunteers need to be creative, patient, and flexible. Exact schedules and tasks will be determined upon arrival and meeting with the center’s staff. Volunteers must have at least high-beginner German language skills. Questions? Click here

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Environmental Protection

Energy Policy/Environmental Protection

In May 2012 the German government honored 19 cities and towns for their extraordinary achievement in reaching the country’s ambitious climate protection goals. Enkenbach-Alsenborn is the smallest community in this distinguished group and the only one in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The federal government now funds various pilot programs in the village to reduce energy consumption and to support alternative sources of energy. A volunteer opportunity exists to assist the fulltime climate manager in running special campaigns, monitoring existing energy programs and in establishing new energy guidelines. A background in environmental science and/or experience in climate change issues and policies is highly desirable. English is widely spoken in the office, but some knowledge of German will help. Questions? Click here

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Senior Center

Senior Center

A volunteer opportunity exists to help organize and conduct various social activities for elderly inhabitants of a retirement home in the village. Present activities include Friday afternoon bingo, storytelling, and singing, as well as taking individuals to the movies. Volunteers are welcome to come up with other activities that suit their interests and skills. The home has 45 residents ranging in age from 55 to 80. Proficiency in spoken German is necessary. Questions? Click here

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Cost & Details

Cost

Length of Program Program Fee
2 Weeks US$ 1265
3 Weeks US$1475
4 Weeks US$ 1695
5 Weeks US$1905
6 Weeks US$ 2125
7 Weeks US$2335
8 Weeks US$ 2555
9 Weeks US$2765
10 Weeks US$2985
11 Weeks US$3195
12 Weeks US$3415

Application Fee: $200
The application fee is a separate administrative charge for all programs. It does not apply to the program fee. (Please see our application fee refund policy here)

Credit card payments: Payment by credit card will be assessed a 3.5% surcharge. This is the fee that we will be charged for the transaction. Contact us about alternative forms of payment.

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What's Included/What's Not

Program Includes:

*Accommodation
*Orientation Upon Arrival
*Volunteer Work Placement
*In-country coordinator available 24/7

Program Does Not Include:

*Travel
*Required Travel and Medical Insurance

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Accommodations

Accommodations

Volunteers will live with a local home family. Participants are provided with their own room, and share a bathroom. The family provides two meals a day (breakfast and dinner).

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