All volunteers start their placement with Turbina Pomerania in September (BFD 1st of September, ESK 5th of September). After a few weeks, you will attend an orientational seminar together with all the other volunteers in the region. You shouldn't miss it! A later start of the volunteering programme is therefore possible only in very limited, exceptional cases.
A voluntary service in one of Turbina Pomerania's hosting organisations lasts 12 months and begins in September.
The minimum age for the German Federal Voluntary Service (Bundesfreiwilligendienst) is 16 years. For the European Voluntary Service the minimum age is 18 years.
For participation in the European Solidarity Corps the maximum age is 30 years. For participation in the German Federal Voluntary Service (Bundesfreiwilligendienst) there is no age limitation.
In September or October, a joint kick-off seminar (6 days) for all volunteers takes place at Gutshaus Ramin. The intermediate seminar (5 days) takes place in January/February in Greifswald. For the final seminar (4 days) all volunteers travel together to Ramin again.
International volunteers also participate in two more seminars: the on-arrival seminar and the mid-term evaluation (organised by the German National Agency of ESC). In each case, together with other international volunteers from all over Germany.
BFD volunteers under the age of 27 have another seminar in October/November (5 days) and a seminar week at the "Bildungszentrum Barth" (5 days, usually in March/April).
Seminar dates 2021/22:
- Kick-Off: 27.09.-02.10.2021
- U27 Seminar BFD: 22.-26.11.2021
- Reflexion Seminar for all: 21.-25.02.2022
- U27 Seminar Barth: 14.-18.03.2022
- Final Seminar for all: 14.-17.06.2022
Seminar dates 2022/23:
- Kick-Off: 17.-22.10.2022
- U27 Seminar BFD: 28.11.-02.12.2022
- Reflexion Seminar for all: 20.-24.02.2023
- Final Seminar for all: 13.-16.06.2023
Participation in all seminar days is mandatory. No vacation can be taken during this time.
International volunteers in the European Solidarity Corps receive 5€/day pocket money and 8,60€/day for meals. The pocket money for BFD volunteers is determined by the hosting organisation and amounts to 180-450€/month.
The general rule for the application and organisation of your voluntary service is: the sooner, the better! Positions are filled on an ongoing basis as soon as a suitable candidate has applied.
Agreements for the Federal Volunteer Service (Bundesfreiwilligendienst) must be received by July at the latest in order to be able to start the voluntary service in September.
International volunteers who need a visa for entry should apply at least one year in advance, as there can be very long waiting times at the respective embassies.