Summer Camps

Sommerlager in der KZ-Gedenkstätte Buchenwald

Every summer, international sommercamps take place in which people engage in practical activities and historical and cultural exchange. Two weeks of working, learning and experiencing history: ASF summer camps support Jewish communities in Europe, help at memorial sites or get involved in social and political projects. In the international summer camps, people from 16-99 years live and work together. They exchange information about the history of the project site and the current situation in the country.

What are ASF Summer Camps

ASF organizes 20 – 25 summer camps each year. At these camps people aged 16 to 99 live and work together. They talk about the history of the work site and the current situation in the country.

Practical Work

Painting, gardening, building, conducting research in archives are just some of the activities that take place in the summer camps. The kind of work you do depends on the project. You will be part of an international team. Whether you have work experience or not – we believe everyone can do important work in the project. Trained skills are not the most important factor. More important is that there is a willingness to achieve a project together. By working together and trying to do good for others, the participants show that international understanding is both possible and important. The participants take responsibility for current societal developments and set an example for tolerance and democracy.

On the trail of history

Education and travelling belong together. Summer camps not only offer the chance to volunteer. They also provide an opportunity for the participants to learn about other countries and their cultures. Focusing on the location and country of the summer camp is therefore part of each ARSP project. Some of the questions discussed include: What happened here? Who influenced this place? And what significance does it have for me and for others today? Each camp represents a special concern, which the participants deal with by engaging in practical work. This content-related work is the second main pillar of the camps and offers much variety: excursions, exhibitions, conversations with survivors, workshops involving music, pictures or poems, and much more. It’s about tracing the history of the here and now and that makes engaging in an educational tour worthwhile.

Understanding requires a personal exchange

Summer camps are short term voluntary service. Having people work in our projects is not our only goal. We want to offer the chance for people with different cultural, ideological and social backgrounds to meet each other. During discussions you experience diversity. This wealth of perspectives resists the temptation people feel to think about each other in narrow-minded categories. We are identified, connected and distinguished by much more. Working this out, rectifying prejudices and dismantling fears are part of the adventure we invite you to join.

Fields of Work

Initiatives for democratic action, music and art projects for young people, renovation work for former forced laborers: The program of the summer camps is as diverse as its participants.

ASF-Freiwillige bei Recherchen in der Gedenkstätte Sachsenhausen. Bild: ASF/Ruthe Zuntz

Many of the former concentration camps and work camps where people were imprisoned, tortured and murdered for ethnic, religious or political reasons during the Nazi era have been established as memorial sites today.

Part of our summer camp programme involves engaging in projects to help preserve and develop these historical sites, in particular the smaller, lesser known ones. Maintenance tasks include technical work and renovating, painting doors, weeding and creating memorial paths.

Another important area of work is the archival and historical research that is conducted to document individual experiences in the camps and develop prisoner biographies. This provides volunteers with an opportunity to work with original sources and historical artefacts and helps them to learn about the history of the memorial site. Summer camp participants can also become involved in translating brochures and catalogues into an easy-to-understand language for people with learning disabilities.

The work is accompanied by workshops and excursions related to the areas that participants focus on in their work. This allows the participants to not only look into the history of their own country, but to also have the chance to discuss issues such as right-wing extremism, exclusion, racism and coming to terms with history in an international context with other participants. These discussions are supported by excursions to other memorial sites, concentration camps and religious places. Most volunteers highly value the experience of meeting a survivor. The personal recollections about life in the camp make the site and its history more comprehensible to the participants.

BIld: Marton Meresz

Past and present-day Europe could not be imaginable without the cultural legacy of the Jewish community and the mutual exchange between Jews and non-Jews. The Nazi obsession with race and extermination succeeded in almost completely eradicating Jewish life in Europe. In the summer camps we commemorate the people who were torn from the middle of Europe and we search for traces of European Judaism’s cultural diversity.

Literature, music, art, religion, politics and research: In all areas of life we encounter traces of Jewish culture and creativity in Europe. Almost eighty percent of the Jewish population worldwide has its roots in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

With our work in the summer projects we want to support the present, often small, Jewish communities that have been able to preserve their cultural legacy. For this reason the participants often work at Jewish cemeteries, clearing old paths, cleaning gravestones, removing weeds and helping to make the cemetery into a venerable place of remembrance. Jewish cemeteries continue to be vandalized still today. Our efforts against vandalism are an attempt to honour the people who have found a resting place in these graveyards. We also want to help those who are no longer able to care for the grave of their parents or grandparents, either because they were forced to leave the country or were murdered by the Nazis. Both young and older participants take a stance against anti-Semitism and racism.

Our work is not limited to commemoration. We also try to establish a lively exchange between Jewish and non-Jewish participants and project partners. Often groups are able to observe a Sabbath service and engage in intense talks about religion, current Judaism, everyday life, art and music and much more.

Bild: ASF/Ruthe Zuntz

Each summer camp is unique. No single programme heading could possible characterize or unify all the areas of work covered by the many diverse programmes offered by ARSP. Many are based on creative ideas for peace and reconciliation work and bring together different fields of work. Hence we invite you to read about the individual programs and summer camps under the general heading “other projects.”

ASF Sommerlager in Tschechien 2016, Bild: ASF/Marlene Labs

What does Summer Camp for people over 40 mean?
With the summer camps for people over 40 we would like to address especially those volunteers who like to work in a non-youth group and experience history(s) on site. In general, however, we understand the work in the ASF peace services as an open offer for people of every generation. Members of this generation can register for all other projects as well as younger interested people can support the  summer camps for people over 40. For the participation in a summer camp for people over 40, however, the registrations of older participants will be considered preferentially.

Who can participate?
Everyone can participate who is able to do the physical work in the one to two week projects and enjoys dealing with the culture, history and current situation in the respective summer camp country. The amount of work varies from summer camp to summer camp and is usually 5-6 hours.

How does the registration work?
Registration for the summer camps for people over 40 began in April 2023. Initially, all registrations are collected. Upon acceptance for a summer camp, the International Summer Camps Office sends out an email asking for payment of the participation fee. The team leaders of the summer camps will then contact the participants and inform them about the current status of the planning.

What does the participation cost?
For the participation, including meals, program and accommodation we ask for a contribution according to the information in the section costs. We will be happy to advise participants on booking their travel to and from the event, but we cannot assume the costs for this.


ASF-Sommerlager in Viski, Lettland 2022. Bild: ASF
ASF-Sommerlager in Viski, Lettland 2022. Bild: ASF
ASF-Sommerlager in der Gedenkstätte Buchenwald bei Weimar. Bild: ASF
ASF-Sommerlager in Budapest, Ungarn 2019. Bild: ASF
ASF-Sommerlager in Budapest, Ungarn 2022. Bild: ASF
ASF-Sommerlager in Wroclaw, Polen 2022. Bild: ASF
ASF-Sommerlager in Tzula, Bosnien 2019. Bild: ASF
ASF-Sommerlager in Kokelv, Norwegen 2012. Bild: ASF
ASF-Sommerlager in Southhampton, Großbritannien 2015. Bild: ASF
ASF-Sommerlager in St. Petersburg, Russland 2015. Bild: ASF/Helene Schätzle
ASF-Sommerlager in St. Petersburg, Russland 2019. Bild: ASF/Helene Schätzle
ASF-Sommerlager in Kastoria, Griechenland 2015. Bild: ASF
ASF-Sommerlager in London, Großbritannien 2015. Bild: ASF

Curious now? Some pictures provide insights into the summer camps in different fields of work.

Program 2023

Thank you for your interest! Here you can find the key data for the programme 2023. The registration ist online now.

Bild: Dokumentationszentum NS-Zwangsarbeit/Andreas Schoelzel

ASF Summer Camp in Berlin-Schöneweide, Germany
“A Short Film on the Topic of Nazi Forced Labour”

21.08-31.08.2023 (international, 18-30 years old)

The International Youth Meeting Centre (IYMC) is part of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre that is located on the grounds of an almost completely intact former forced labour camp in Berlin Schöneweide. The exhibitions, archives, and educational programmes focus on a forgotten victim group: about 8.4 million civilians from all over Europe (up until 2006 without their own memorial site) were forced to work for the Nazi regime during World War II.

The International Youth Meeting Center opened in 2015 on the grounds of the documentation center. It offers a place where young people from different countries and cultures come together, discuss and learn together. Using the example of the Nazi dictatorship and forced labour, the participants deal with the mechanisms of exclusion and exploitation.

During the summer camp, the participants deal with the life stories of the former forced labourers. Through guided tours, workshops and work with various historical sources – especially biographies and interviews – the participants will gain an insight into the everyday life of the former forced labourers. The structures, organisation and ideology of Nazi forced labour will also be examined. In terms of content and topic, we focus on Nazi forced labour and gender.
In the practical part, the participants learn basics of theater and performance work. Together we will explore scenic realizations for their content-related work regarding forced labor. We will use the site of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre and the prepared historical sources for the scenes. These scenes will be filmed and will result in a short film that is an artistic/performative representation of the participants’ work.

Staged performance work will be enhanced by tours of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Center and other historical sites in Berlin.

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Bild: ASF/Archiv

Sommerlager Weimar-Buchenwald

22.07.-05.08.2023 (18-30 years old, international)

Buchenwald near Weimar has a multi-layered and ambiguous history. The participants of the summer camp deal with this history in various ways with content-related support from the educational department of the memorial.

In 1937, the National Socialist Buchenwald concentration camp was built on the Ettersberg near Weimar. It was one of the largest camps on German territory. In February 1945, over 112.000 people from 60 different countries were imprisoned in Buchenwald and its associated satellite camps. They had to do mostly hard forced labor, which since 1942 occurred especially within German weapon industry. At least 56,000 people did not survive.

From 1945 to 1950, the Soviet occupying forces used the site as a special camp. Most of the buildings were demolished after 1950. In the newly-founded GDR, a memorial to the anti-fascist resistance was to be built. The “National GDR Memorial Buchenwald” was inaugurated in 1958. Since the 1990s, numerous changes have been made to the memorial site to commemorate more and other groups of victims. Two permanent exhibitions provide information about the history of the concentration camp and about the Soviet special camp. There is also an art exhibition.

In addition to practical and maintenance work on the hiking trail called “Buchenwald Railway Memorial Trail” (along the former railway tracks) and / or in the memorial on the former camp grounds, the participants of the summer camp will deal with the complex past of the site. On the hiking trail, they can engrave the names of deported children and young people on stones, or they can restore objects found during excavations in the restoration workshop. The proximity of the camp to the city of Weimar, which is important for German history and culture, will be discussed. The handling and representation of Buchenwald’s multi-layered story from 1945 until today will also be a topic. In addition to the place itself with its preserved buildings and remaining foundations, there are numerous opportunities for research through texts, photographs, drawings, found objects, archives, audio and film material and much more.

Bild: KZ-Gedenkstätte Flossenbürg/Thomas Dashuber

Digital archive work

09.08.-22.08.2023 (18-35 years old, international)

In the summer of 2023, a summer camp will be held for the third time at the Flossenbürg concentration camp memorial site. The town of Flossenbürg is located in Bavaria and is just a few kilometers from the Czech-German border. In 1938, the SS established a camp there with the aim of exploiting the prisoners through forced labor in the granite quarry.

From 1943, the camp became an armament site for the Messerschmitt company. Approximately 100,000 prisoners from 35 countries were in Flossenbürg concentration camp and its satellite camps. At least 30,000 prisoners did not survive the camp.

Traces and testimonies of the crimes can still be found here today. At the historical site, participants can approach the past, contribute their observations and experiences, and reflect on existing images of history together. In addition to dealing with the history of the site, participants will learn about new standards in archival work through work on the digital archive “Memorial Archives” and contribute to its further development.

The Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial offers a platform for discussions on the topic of remembrance culture in a national and transnational context. More than 75 years after the end of National Socialism, one can explore the question of what this history has to do with us and what it means today. In doing so, everyone brings their own questions and approaches to the historical events, persecution, crimes and extermination. The memorial opens a space in which these topics are initiated and accompanied in dialogue with others and in a variety of ways.

The international encounter is supplemented by thematic excursions (e.g. to Nuremberg), as well as by an experience-oriented framework program. Joint sporting and cultural events and leisure activities in the region strengthen togetherness and offer a balance to the intensive exchange of content.

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Bild: ASF

„Diversität und Geschlechterbilder in Israel und Deutschland“
Jugendsommerlager in Berlin und Jerusalem

03.08.-17.08.2023 (16-21 years old, for participants from Israel and Germany)

The summer camp deals with topics of gender, sex and identity in history and in the present in the context of the queer society and is aimed at interested people between 16 and 21 years.

What differences in the perception of diversity and gender are present in Israel and German? And how have these been shaped by religion, society and history? What are the parallels?

The project focuses on workshops, lectures, city tours, museum visits and, above all, encounters with people. We will first set out for Berlin (03.08.-10.08.2023) and discover the city with all its diversity. Together we want to question gender-specific role concepts and diversity in German society and reflect on our own ideas.
After one week we will go to Jerusalem (10.08.-17.08.23). There we have the opportunity to deal with the different facets of Israeli society. In this place Judaism, Islam and Christianity meet, which influence the lives of people as individuals as well as society as a whole.

In addition to the current socio-political relevance, the topic is also historically significant, because queer people were also a point of attack during the Nazi era, for example through the persecution of homosexuals, also through the massive restriction of women’s rights Today, the gender images of that time have changed, and there is more tolerance and a pronounced diversity with regard to sexual identity and role concepts in both countries.
Nevertheless, in both states those people who do not conform to dominant role models face oppression and sometimes even violence. therefore we address this issue, and more importantly, the participants will become active in promoting how we can build a better future for all of us.

The exchange between young people from Israel and Germany is valuable and of particular importance. Due to the National Socialist past, the people of both countries are inevitably connected with each other. Therefore, during the summer camp we will deconstruct prejudices and promote cultural exchanges. Together we want to remember the past and set a sign for the future through the valuable encounters.

We are already looking forward to a solidary and considerate summer camp.

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ASF-Sommerlager in Viski, Lettland 2022. Bild: ASF

Sommerlager Višķi, Lettland

31.07.-13.08.2023 (18-30 years old, international)

“The Latvian village of Višķi without a synagogue – (What’s next?”) – Maintaining Europe’s memory and shaping the future together

Višķi is a village near Daugavpils in South-East Latvia, a wonderful area with three lakes: and also a shtetl (village). Like a thousand other smaller and larger villages and towns in Eastern Europe, where there was a flourishing landscape of Jewish life with spiritual center: the synagogue. Today in Višķi only the three visible steps on a foundation can be discovered as the remains of the synagogue, hidden under grass. A place without a synagogue – What’s next?

ASF organizes this summer camp for the second time in close cooperation with the association “Drei Stufen” e.V. (Osnabrück). The work, which started in 2022, will now continue this year.

The workcamp aims to awaken interest and sensitize especially young people from different countries to the Jewish history of the Višķi shtetl as an example of the Jewish history of Latvia and Eastern Europe, in order to shape the future together. With the practical work by the participants at the site of the synagogue to uncover the foundation surface, to carry out measurements under the guidance of surveyors, to garden and clean the synagogue foundation an active sign shall be set for understanding and making visible the Jewish heritage in the small community, on the basis of which the monument will be created. The work in Višķi will be complemented by a thematic approach to the history of the multi-ethnic and multi-confessional place, as well as references to Jewish culture in Latvia in the past and present.

Bild: ASF

Summer Camp in Zarasai

17.07.-26.07. 2023 (18-35 years old, international)

The focus of the summer camp is the work at a local cemetery. Thematically, the project deals with Jewish history and culture in Lithuania as well as with the changeful, complex Lithuanian history in the 20th century.

Zarasai is an old, scenic and cozy town in the north of Lithuania on the border with Latvia and is situated among 7 lakes with a population of 6,000. Zarasai was traditionally a multiethnic and multi-confessional town with Jewish, Russian Orthodox, Russian Old Believers, Catholic Polish and Lithuanian, Belarussian and Latvian communities and congregations. Jews had lived there since the mid-17th century. The town grew immensely in the mid-19th century and at that time Jewish community reached its peak with 3,350 residents or 52% of total population. It had 6 synagogues. Between the two world wars  the Jewish community constituted about 1/3 of population.

The Summer Camp in Zarasai aims to preserve the town’s Jewish heritage and prepare information and material for the inventory process of the local Jewish cemetery. Ultimately, it will help to understand about the situation of the cemetery as well as people who had been buried there. The inventory process will cover cleaning and tidying the cemetery from debris and excess of vegetation; digitisation and identifying coordinates of graves; identifying and copying legible inscriptions. Your volunteer work will be a vital part in making this almost lost information accessible to the public again.

The thematic work of this summer camp has to do with the Jewish history and culture in Lithuania, as well as the eventful, complex Lithuanian history in the 20th century. As in all summer camps, the participants are welcome to bring up additional themes that interest them.

In addition to leisure activities being available in the direct surroundings, participants will also have the opportunity to choose and visit capital of Lithuania Vilnius, Kaunas or Daugavpils in Latvia during the program.

Bild: ASF

International Summer Camp
at the International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim / Auschwitz

5.08-15.08.2023 (18-40 years old, participants from the EU)

In the project, we deal with the history of the site and prepare an information folder in English on the history of the subcamps, which were established in the Nazi era at production sites where prisoners had to perform forced labour in the armaments industry and agriculture.

Oświęcim is a small city in the south of Poland. It is known throughout the world under its German name, Auschwitz, as a symbol of the Holocaust. Not many know that the town has a history spanning 800 years. 8,000 Jews lived in Oświęcim, the Jewish name of the town with a total population of 14,000 before World War II. Jewish life, culture and numerous synagogues shaped life in this town for over 400 years.

All of this changed when Oświęcim was occupied in 1939 and the concentration camp of Auschwitz and the extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau were set up. During Auschwitz’s existence, almost 50 subcamps were created and in the vicinity of Oświęcim, in what was known as the Interessengebiet, there were eight agricultural subcamps and a complex of camps including the concentration camp KL Auschwitz III – Monowitz around the factory site of IG Farben.

During the international Summer camp, we want to explore this part of history and create an informative map in English in collaboration with local players. The map will provide background information on the complex of camps in Auschwitz and map the former subcamps, which are not part of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum today. Remains of the former camps and places of remembrance that one can visit are still to be found in these locations. We want to map former camps and places of remembrance systematically and document them, so that one can also seek out these places on their own.

The map will therefore contain information concerning the exact location of the former camps in today’s landscape, historical background information including accounts of survivors, the historical traces or remains that can still be found on site and places of remembrance (memorials, plaques, etc.).

Furthermore, hands-on work is also in the programme. We will be doing maintenance work on and looking after the graves in the Jewish cemetery of Oświęcim – removing weeds as well as undergrowth and cleaning tombstones. Working on the Jewish cemetery is an active contribution to remembrance. Our commitment is a way to remember the people who rest in these cemeteries and those who can no longer look after their relatives’ graves because they were displaced or murdered by the Nazis.

ASF-Sommerlager in Wroclaw, Polen 2022. Bild: ASF

Summer Camp in Wrocław

27.08-07.09.2023 (intergenerativ, international)

The Jewish Cemetery in Wroclaw needs many helpers for its restoration. After regular summer camps in recent years, the work continues this year in an intergenerational group.

The Jewish cemetery in Wroclaw, which has been used as a burial ground by the Jewish Community of Breslau / Wroclaw since 1902, needs a lot of helpers for its restoration. After summer camps have taken place regularly in recent years, the work will continue this year in a intergenerative group. The summer camp is primarily aimed at people aged 40 and over, but is open to anyone of legal age who is interested.

The place of work in the summer camp is the old, largest part of the Jewish cemetery, where people were buried until the end of World War II. It is devastated and partly exposed to wanton destruction, the northern half is completely overgrown. In some places in the cemetery area, a start was made to remove trees and branches from previous tree felling, to clear and clean grave fields and paths, and to remove regrown wild growth. The gravestones uncovered were – as far as possible – erected and repaired. The work on “Field 24”, where Jewish forced labourers and concentration camp prisoners were buried during World War II, is also to be cleared of the wood there and cleared of vegetation in order to make the grave sites visible. The work takes place under the expert guidance of the cemetery staff.

Wroclaw presents itself as a lively city with an unmistakable atmosphere, as a “city of encounters”. The accompanying program of the summer camp includes getting to know the past and present of the city, especially the search for traces of Jewish life, and encounters with people, with culture, religion and nature. The participants have the opportunity to discover a very special, historical and modern city.

BIld: Marton Meresz

Summer Camp in Budapest

15.07-27.07.2023 (18-40 years old, participants living in the EU)

A summer camp hosted in Budapest – one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in Europe. In cooperation with the Jewish Cultural Association “Mazsike”, participants will immerse themselves in the past and present of Jewish life in Hungary and get to know modern Budapest and the countryside against the backdrop of its long and multifaceted history. 

The roots of this summer camp program are closely tied to the work in Hungary. Physical labor includes light gardening and maintenance work to preserve and repair the extensive Jewish cemetery and its gravestones. We also want to point out that there is a danger of ticks at the cemetery.The largest Jewish cemetery in Hungary with its ancient tombstones and mausoleums is located just outside the city center and is easily accessible by public transportation from the heart of the city where the summer camp group will be staying. It is also planned to spend a few days in the countryside and work at the Jewish cemetery there.

The participants will learn about the special and eventful history of Hungarian Jews in a variety of ways: through historical city walks through the beautiful Old Town of Budapest, visits to the various synagogues, conversations with representatives of the Jewish community and with people who survived the Nazi occupation in the city.

As part of the summer camp, volunteers will have the opportunity to explore forms of resistance to the persecution of the Jews. What was the so-called international ghetto, what role did diplomats play in saving Jewish lives, where were there other forms of resistance? How are these questions dealt with today, how and what is remembered? Does it have anything to do with Hungary and Europe today? In the free time, the summer camp offers the chance to discover the country – the capital and a rural region – on your own.

  • Work: staged reading/biography work
  • Group: 14 participants, 18-30 years old, international
  • Language: For this camp a good knowledge of English is required.
  • Information: (please do not send inquiries there!)
  • Type: International summer campType: International summer camp
  • Work: (mostly) Outdoor maintenance and / or restoration work, dealing with the history of the place
  • Group: We expect around 12-15 participants, 18-30 years old
  • Camp languages: German, English
  • Accommodation: Accommodation in the memorial’s youth meeting center
  • Covid requirements: All participants will be tested regularly during the summer camp.
  • Information about the project:
  • Focus of work: Input into the digital archive database of the memorial site
  • Group: Up to 15 participants, 18-35 years old
  • Language: English and German
  • Accommodation: Shared room in a nearby youth center with self-catering.
  • Type: German-Israeli summer camp
  • Work: We are looking for participants who enjoy dealing with current socio-political, historical and queer issues, workshops and developing a creative documentation of the summer camp.
  • Group: We expect 8-9 participants each from Germany and Israel, aged 16-21.
  • Camp language: English
  • Accommodation: in the Naturfreundehaus Hermsdorf (Berlin) and in the international meeting place Beit Ben Yehuda (Jerusalem).
  • Extras: Interested parties are asked to send a letter of motivation in addition to the online application.
  • Participation fee:
    Participants from Germany 650,- € (incl. flights, accommodation, program and meals)
    Participants from Israel 2100,- ILS (incl. flights, accommodation, program and meals).                                                    Travel to and from the airport in Berlin/Tel Aviv must be paid by the participants themselves.
  • Type: International summer camp, 18 – 30 years old
  • Work: Excavation, Jewish history and life
  • Group: 12 people
  • Camp Languages: English
  • Accommodation: Youth hostel in the village of Višķi near Daugavpils.
  • Type: International summer camp
  • Work: Maintenance work and documentation on a Jewish cemetery
  • Group: international, 8 participants, 18-35 years old
  • Camp Language:  English
  • Accommodation: guest hose/dormitory with kitchen
  • Type: International Summer camp
  • The work: Exploring the topic of National Socialism, the Holocaust and the story of KL Auschwitz, maintenance work on Oświęcim’s Jewish cemetery
  • The group:  international, 25 participants currently living in the EU, 18-40 years old
  • Language spoken: English
  • Accommodation: International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim/Auschwitz
  • Type: intergenerative group. The summer camp is primarily aimed at people aged 40 and over, but is open to anyone of legal age who is interested.
  • Work / Task: Maintenance work on the Jewish cemetery
  • Group: 12 participants
  • Camp language: German
  • Accommodation: Accommodation in double and triple rooms in the guest house of the Augsburg Evangelical community

More Information about Summer Camps up 40 years old is here. [LINK]

  • Type: International summer camp for participants currently living in the EU, 18-40 years old
  • Work: Maintenance work at the Jewish cemetery
  • Group: We expect 25 participants
  • Camp language: English
  • Accommodation: Student residence in a central location

Registration and Costs

  • Sending the online form The option to register for the summer camps  is now open.
  • Paying the participation fee We will try to reserve a space for you in the summer camp that you requested as your first choice. Should there not be a space available in your first choice camp, we will send you a email confirming your second choice. Please pay the participation fee within one week of receiving the confirmation email.
  • Your space at the summer camp is secure When we receive your participation fee, your space in the summer camp will be reserved for you. Please note the cancellation deadlines, should you for any reason not be able to attend the summer camp.
  • Your financial contribution to the summer camp (Participation fees are set according to the participant’s country of origin)
    Germany, western, northern and southern Europe, North America, Israel:
    120 euros with discount/ 150 euros without a discount
    Baltic states, Greece, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, Middle and South America: 70 euros with discount/ 90 euros without a discount
    Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, other eastern and southeastern European countries: 50 euros with discount/ 70 euros without a discountDiscounts are available to low-income earners and people without a steady income. Fees may vary for some projects depending on the location and type of project. This is explicitly noted in the announcement for applications to the summer camp. The participation in a digital summer camp is free of charge.

What additional expenses should you expect to have?

  • Individual arrival and departure. The summer camp begins and ends on the set dates listed. The arrival and departure times are not included in the set dates. The participant must pay for his or her own travel costs to the project site and expenses for acquiring a visa. In the project announcement we try to include travel information and tips on how to travel cheaply to the summer camp.
  • Postal delivery of visa documents. If for participation a visa is required, ARSP will send the letter of invitation via postal service. Participants can choose between three options of postal service. Costs for postage and packing vary: 3,50 Euro normal letter, 9,20 Euro for registered international letter and 11,30 Euro for registered express international letter.
  • Insurance.We will take out accident and liability insurance for all participants. For non-German participants who are attending a summer camp outside of their home country, we will also take out an additional health insurance. Since proof of insurance is required upon applying for a visa, we suggest that a private health insurance for travel abroad be purchased to avoid problems upon entering the country. All German participants must acquire insurance for travel abroad themselves. Information is provided by the insurance companies.
  • Private expenses/ spending money. ARSP covers the costs for practical and content-oriented work and leisure activities. Please remember to bring enough spending money to cover your private expenses.Cancellation Policy
  • Should you for any reason have to cancel your participation, we ask you to let us know as soon as possible. If we receive your cancellation at least 5 weeks before the camp begins, ARSP will refund 80% of the participation fee. If the cancellation occurs later, no refund will be provided since it is difficult to fill the opening in so short a time and ARSP is left to cover the costs of booked lodging, etc.
  • If a cancellation is made at least 5 weeks before the camp begins, ARSP will refund 80% of the participation fee. No refund will be provided for later cancellations.


Whether you have questions about registration, visas, accommodations or meals, you can find the answers here to frequently asked questions about the summer camps.

  • Who can participate?
    Anybody 18 years or older from Germany or abroad. One-two summer camps each year are offered for participants, who are 16 years old.  Two summer camps are offered each year specifically for volunteers in the age groups 40 and older. They may, of course, also participate in all of the other projects.
  • Can I register for two summer camps?
    Yes, you can register for as many as you like.  However, we are unfortunately unable to give out discounts for this.
  • Can I register someone else for the summer camp?
    We are thrilled if you tell friends, family and acquaintances about our summer camps.  However, registering for a summer camp is a personal decision.  For this reason, we only take individual registrations and we do not accept group applications.
  • What happens if there are no longer any places available in my desired project?
    In this case, it is possible to be placed on a waitlist for the project.  If a place becomes available, we will inform you immediately.  Alternatively, you can select another summer camp.
  • Is there a deadline to register for the summer camps?
    Registration begins when the complete program is published and continues as long as there are still free spaces.  However, this does not apply when a visa is needed.  In this case, ASF must issue a letter of invitation and the visa application process can take several days.
  • What happens if I have to cancel my participation?
    In this case, please refer to the “Costs” section.
  • Language ability: In most of the summer camps English is the lingua franca. Some projects require that the participants have a command of the German language as well. Summer camps are work and encounter projects! We ask that you take careful note of the language listed in the announcement and that you fill out your application in one of the camp languages.
  • Work equipment: ARSP covers most of the expenses at the site. However participants are expected to provide their own work clothes, work gloves, sturdy shoes, water-resistant clothes, any necessary medicine, personal care products and sunscreen. You can also speak to a team leader about bringing your own tools for the practical work in the summer camp.
  • Things that you want to share with others: Things to bring along in addition to dictionaries, recipes, musical instruments, songs, books and games can be discussed with the team leaders.
Practical and contextual work
  • What work will be done in the summer camps?
    The daily working hours in the summer camps are usually five to six hours in each project. In addition to the practical work, the groups deal with topics that have a special relation to the country and the guest project. All participants are invited to contribute their own content to the contextual work on request.
  • Who are my contacts on site?
    Summer camps are supervised by dedicated volunteers. The management teams, also called team leaders, take care of agreements with the project partners on site, keep in touch with the registered participants of the summer camps and the ARSP office in Berlin and develop the program for you respective projects.
  • How can I get in contact with the team leaders of the summer camps?
    ARSP will tell you the contact details of the summer camp team leaders after your entry fee has been received.
  • How many people take part in each summer camp?
    In most summer camps, 12 – 15 people are involved. Information on the expected number of participants can be found in the respective project invitation.
  • Where will the group stay?
    Summer camp groups stay in simple accommodations that differ depending on the location and country of the project. Previous summer camp participants have stayed in hostels, student accommodation, monastery and rarely in hotels. Also fans of camping holidays will also get their money’s worth in some places. Sometimes a separate sleeping bag and a mattress is needed.
  • The participant must pay for his or her own travel costs to the project site and expenses for acquiring a visa.
  • What’s on the menu?
    First and foremost: home-cooked food as in most of the summer camps, the group takes care of themselves. The participants will plan the course of the program and together distribute necessary tasks such as shopping, washing up, tidying up and cooking.
Information on Covid 19
  • Vaccination against Covid 19 is recommended. The current infection protection and hygiene rules of the states which host the summer camps apply.
  • Entry regulations and rules in the camp can change. The camp leaders will inform the participants about the respective entry regulations and hygiene rules in the summer camp one month before the start of the summer camp.
  • Which insurance does ARSP chose?
    You  can find out more information under the ‘costs’ section
  • How does ARSP help me with acquiring a visa?
    If you need a visa for the participation in the summer camps in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, we kindly ask you that you send us your passport information together with the application. We need this in order to compile an invitation. ARSP sends the invitation to the home address stated on the registration form. The invitation is proof of travel health insurance (applies to non-German applicants only). The invitation takes 1-4 weeks, depending on the destination. Unfortunately due to the missing organisation structure in Hungary, Lithuania and Latvia we cannot support you in obtaining visa for these countries.
  • What happens to the invitation?
    Please address the invitation to the embassy of the country hosting the summer camp. We recommend that you arrange an appointment for the visa application at the embassy as soon as possible. The appointment should take place around four weeks before the beginning of the summer camp
  • Who pays for the costs of the visa and trips to the embassy?
    ARSP asks for a free visa in the invitations. Unfortunately, if the embassy of the respective country does not comply with this request, ARSP cannot accept any costs incurred for issuing the visa. The same applies to expenses for trips to the embassy or consulate, which must be payed for by the participants themselves.


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