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European Solidarity Corps (ESC)

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About the hosting organisation:

The Kreisjugendwerk (KJW) of the AWO Karlsruhe-Stadt is a non-profit children’s and youth organization in Karlsruhe. As an independent youth foundation, the KJW organizes different activities and summer camps for children and young people between the ages of 6 and 20 years, non-formal education and workshops, as well as intercultural encounters and projects and events for young people and young adults. In all school holidays in Germany we provide camps for children and youngsters in Germany and several European countries.

Besides youth camps & events, Kreisjugendwerk is collaborating as a host, sending & coordinating organization for the European Solidarity Corps Volunteers.

Jugendwerk der AWO is affording a German course for 1 month to all the volunteers.

Please take note that this page is only informative, find out the open calls & application links on: http://www.jugendwerk-awo.de/service/esc-calls/


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Jugendwerk is hosting & coordinating every year 9 ESC volunteers for 4 different projects:

 Volunteering at Jugendwerk der AWO Karlsruhe office: (1 volunteer)

Your Tasks would be: administrative support in the ESC and international program in the Office of the Jugendwerk and preparing and organizing Events and Seminars.

In summer Holidays you can join the camps as a leader.

Most (80-90%) of the year you are in the Office with administrative work, preparing and organizing events, camps and ESC activities.

The volunteer will take part in the On-Arrival and the Midterm-Training in Germany.

He/she has the Chance to join our trainings facing topics like youth work or pedagogical Adventure Trainings. Read more


Volunteering at AWO Children Day Care Centers (Kita) in Karlsruhe: (6 Volunteers)

Jugendwerk der AWO Karlsruhe are cooperating with 6 AWO Children Day Care centers in the city of Karlsruhe. Every volunteer is working for a different Kita.

When the volunteer is wishing to apply for this project, he/she is invited to mention for what Kita he would like to volunteer.

More information about our Kitas

Volunteering at Circus Aktions-und Zirkusbüro Stadtjugendausschuss e.V in Karlsruhe. (2 volunteers):

Jugendwerk der AWO Karlsruhe are cooperating with Aktions- und Zirkusbüro organization.

 Every year two ESC volunteers, through Jugendwerk, are joining the circus team in Karlsruhe.

The “Aktions- und Zirkusbüro” develops and creates circus pedagogical offers, participation projects, events as well as actions on the big areal in the Otto-Dullenkopf-Park which is situated at the southeastern part of the city Karlsruhe. The “Aktions- und Zirkusbüro” is part of the “Stadtjugendausschuss e.V.” which is an umbrella association for children and youth organizations in


At “Aktions- and Zirkusbüro” innovative possibilities are offered. Children and youngsters with or without special needs as well as educated athletes, musicians or artists are invited to try themselves out within the topics sports, arts or culture.

Big and small circus tents, different site caravans and small frame houses are part of the circus areal. An area for parcours, dirtbiketrails and a beach volley court, a fireplace, patches, a clay oven, a play yard – all these are parts of the terrain. The infrastructure offers many possibilities for projects and events for various age bands. Read more


Volunteering at Self-Determined Learning School at Freie Schule Brigach in Villingen-Schwenningen (1 volunteer):

Freie Schule Brigach was founded in 2006. About 30 children - age 6 to 18 - attend the school. Our school broadens and enriches the educational variety in the county of Schwarzwald-Baar. The educational concept meets the requirements of curriculums at state schools.

The concept of our school is not combined to any ideology or religious confession.

The main focus of our educational efforts is the individual child with his or her strengths and skills. The pupils learn in a group of mixed ages. Children experience democracy, which offers freedom and limits, individuality and community.

The teachers’ role is to give input and advices, to support children on their own way of learning.

Children are taught to work independently and self-responsible. Teachers are not an authority who know everything, but someone who supports and accompanies children in their process of learning.

Volunteer activities consists of the assistance at the classes, the support of pupils during excursions, initiating own projects. Read more

Any questions? 

Just contact: e.degan@jugendwerk-awo.de