FAQ - Mid Term Volunteering
Overview MTV / Permanent Camp
Every year, our partners decide which MTVs they will be offering. In the past years projects in the United States, Japan and Korea were made available as well as individual projects in European countries (such as Iceland, France, Italy and Turkey).
Most MTVs are offered during the summer term: three months during spring-time, summer or in autumn. Depending on the requirements of the projects on site, exceptions may also be possible.
The announcements for MTVs appear irregularly. As soon as the planning for a MTV is certain, the project description is published on our website.
18 and older (in certain cases you may have to be 21 or older). You are required to have the appropriate age at the start of the project.
€ 180 (from a duration of 4 weeks)
€ 260 (from a duration of 8 weeks)
Members of the ijgd receive a discount of € 20.
Some projects require an extra fee at the place of deployment. These extra costs are noted in the respective description. This extra charge covers the costs for a cultural preparation in the country (on-arrival-training) as well as the care on-site.
Accommodation and catering on-site is free of charge. You are required to plan and finance the journey to the project yourself.
Type of work?
MTV work covers a very broad spectrum: projects in welfare institutions (for example working with homeless people or with disabled people), teaching English, working on an organic farm or renovating houses for socially disadvantaged families. An MTV may also give you the opportunity to attend a number of workcamps as a camp leader. We advise you to look at the concrete options, to find out exactly which MTVs are currently on offer. There are no requirements regarding specific trainings for MTVs. Projects are chosen specifically so that motivation, flexibility and one's own initiative are enough to allow a great deal of work to be done.
During an MTV
Accommodation and catering?
Accommodation and catering at the camp are free of charge. Lodging is very simple: usually there is one room that you may share with another volunteer. You may also be lodged with a guest family. Depending on the specifics of the project, you may either eat at a cafeteria or you may receive money to buy your own food and cater for yourself.
Work takes up approximately 30 hours a week. The weekends are usually there for your leisure time. MTV-work covers a very broad spectrum: projects in welfare institutions (for example working with homeless people or with disabled people), teaching English, working on an organic farm or renovating houses for socially disadvantaged families. An MTV may also give you the opportunity to attend a number of workcamps as a camp leader. We advise you to look at the concrete options, to find out exactly which MTVs are currently on offer. There are no requirements regarding specific trainings for MTVs. The projects are chosen specifically so that motivation, flexibility and one's own initiative are enough to allow a great of work to be done.
What you do with your free time is entirely up to you. You can use the weekends to discover your neighbourhood or the local nightlife (should this exist).
The language spoken in the MTVs is usually English. If there are any languages other than English required or should your English skills be extremely good for a specific project, this will be noted in the respective project description.
A project leader will guide you in your activities. Incase of any problems on your side, a contact person from our partner organisation will be available for you to talk to.
You will be living amongst people of a different culture than your own. Here, you will be in close contact with locals and experience a lot of exciting new things and probably also discover many things strange to you such as new eating habits, a different way of expressing warmth and hospitality, religion, interaction between the sexes, a different type of work instruction, communication or transparency at the project site.
A workcamp can be an extremely great time, during which you make wonderful new experiences. It is also possible however, that you will feel lonely and misunderstood because you had expected something entirely different or because you are not used to the way that things are dealt with. In such a case, tolerance, communication and openness are of extreme importance. Many problems are easily resolved if one openly addresses them.
Sometimes it also helps to speak to other volunteers about the things that one feels bothered about – it is easier to get through something if you have someone to open up to. Looking back you may realise that it was precisely the tough times that taught you the most about yourself and your own culture.
It is therefore important that you are aware that a MTV, especially in a foreign culture, is not always easy and does not always run smoothly. Are you prepared for an adventure?
ijgd-participants are insured for accident insurance and liability insurance up to a specific amount. However, if need be, your own insurance (should you have one) will first be made use of. For more information concerning insurance please have a look at the terms and conditions .
Registration with your Favourite Project
If you have found a fitting project in our search machine, please contact us. Many of your questions can be answered in a personal conversation on the phone and we can advise you, whether your chosen project is really fitting for you. Registration procedures for the specific project can also be explained on the phone after which we can send you the required documents.
For registration purposes it is important that you fill out the "Volunteer Exchange Form", so that we have an overview of all your information.
The project also requires to know about you:
- what experience and abilities you bring along with you (your education, studies, voluntary work, foreign exchanges)
- why you are interested in taking part in the project
- what you expect from taking part in the project.
Depending on the project, this is information that will be asked of you in an application form. If there is no specific registration form, you may write your own letter of motivation as well as a CV with a photo. If there are no specifics concerning the language, please write in English.
Some projects require that you name a contact person or write a letter of recommendation. Usually this is only required once you are short-listed for the project. Projects in Great Britain require a police clearance certificate. You can hand this in once you have received your acceptance for the project. Please make sure to transfer the commission at the same time of the registration. Should you not be accepted, we will transfer the money back into your account.
The selection procedures vary from project to project. Some projects have registration deadlines, which are indicated on the respective project description. In this case all applications will be collected until the expiration of the deadline, after which our partners will choose the candidate. In other cases, immediately after an application has been received it will be evaluated whether the applicant seems suitable for the project.
First of all we will pass on your application to the particular partner abroad. The application will then be passed on to the person in charge at your desired project. Usually the decision will be made based entirely on the application documents. Some projects may want to interview you on the phone (this is sometimes the case if the project requires very specific tasks or if your language skills need to be checked).
In every case there are a number of parties involved in the registration procedure and it can take up to 6 weeks until a decision is made.
Before the MTV/ permanent camp
After you have been accepted for a MTV, our partner organisation will send you all the required information. If you have any questions you can contact us or the place of assignment of your project.
You are in charge of organising and financing the journey to your MTV. You should organise your arrival date together with the people from the place of assignment, as there is usually a desired date on their behalf. Incase you have any obligations in Germany that prevent you from arriving on that date, it should be no problem to come a couple of days later. As soon as the date is set, you can begin planning your trip.
If you are taking part in a MTV in the United States you will require a tourist visa for the entry into the country (90 day visa). You will receive a letter of invitation from our partner organisation and will then need to register online. The visa will be stamped into your passport upon entry into the United States. More information concerning the visa procedure can be found on the website of the Department for Foreign Affairs. Please consider: a tourist visa is only valid for 90 days. If your MTV duration is longer than this, please inform yourself about the required visa regulations.
Projects in Great Britain require that you have a police clearance certificate. Please send this to the ijgd as soon as possible after you have been accepted for a project. We will then pass it on to our partners in Great Britain.
You can take part in a MTV in Europe, Japan, Korea or the United States without any further preparations. Any questions that you may have in advance will be gladly answered by us.
Our partners in Japan and Korea organise a so-called on-arrival-training for you. There you will learn the requirements for the MTV and will receive an introduction into the national culture.