Leading a summer camp in Europe with ARSP

Summer camp group in St. Petersburg. Photo: ASF/Helena Schätzle

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP/ASF) is starting off a new year of summer camps and is looking for voluntary leaders for the international summer camp program! We are planning more than 20 projects in 16 countries, including Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Russia and Germany. People of different ages from all over the world live together for two or three weeks, getting to know each other and working towards a common goal.

  • What is it about?

The Projects, carried out by international groups, involve working on and renovating memorial sites or Jewish graveyards or renovating buildings related to the victims of National Socialism. It is also possible to work with disabled people or support organic farming.
A summer camp does not only involve practical work. An equal part of the project consists of intensive learning about the history and presence of the respective place of work. The nature of this educational experience varies from project to project, but always has to do with the history of the twentieth century, especially with National Socialism, its history, development and impact on life today. The voluntary commitment involved in a summer camp helps to raise consciousness against current-day anti-Semitism, racism and social exclusion.

Further information on the projects of 2020 can be found in the preliminary programme. Also check the summer camp descriptions of last year for more details - many of the upcoming summer camps already took place in 2019 and their general outline will remain similar.

Some summer camps are still lacking exact dates. For these we provide an approximate time frame and work on a quick resolution of the dates. It is possible to apply for a specific summer camp, but we are also happy if you can picture yourself in different summer camps.

Profile and tasks of team leader & assumption of costs

Application profile

We are looking for team leaders, who are 18 years and older, who would like to prepare and lead a summer camp. In most cases a summer camp is led by two team leaders who also communicate with the project partner. You will bear responsibility and should be willing to prepare workshops, for example, about the history of the work site. You should have at least a good knowledge of the language spoken in your favoured project’s country. Preparations for a summer camp are intense: You will need approximately two weeks to prepare the project (starting from March) and around one week for follow-up measures.
Leading a summer camp is not only an interesting intercultural experience; the team leaders must also be reliable and proactive. You should be interested in meeting a lot of interesting and motivated people.
If you are interested in the topics of National Socialism and the history of the twentieth century and if you have experience working with international groups or you want to earn this experience, please apply for the job of team leader. You can send your application to the ARSP office now until  January 5th, 2020.

More info on applying and team leader profiles is included in the application form.

Your tasks as a team leader


  • Actively shaping the summer camp program (with your co-team leader)
  • Close communication with ARSP’s office, the project partner and in some cases the country’s regional representative of ARSP
  • Contacting and informing the participants of the summer camp
  • Taking part in the preparatory seminar, 26.-29. March 2020 in Bielefeld
  • Getting familiar with the topics of the summer camp and the place where it’s set

During the summer camp:

  • Leading the group (team building, adjusting group dynamic processes, exchange, collectively shaping work and leisure activities)
  • Organizing at the summer camp: meeting points, volunteer works, cooking/shopping groups, field trips, schedule, looking after the finances of the summer camps
  • Accompanying the group and taking part in the activities
  • Dealing with conflicts, mishaps and short term changes to the schedule or program
  • Coordinating with all the partners on location (partner organization, hostel, etc.)


  • Calculate and account for the finances and expenses
  • Writing a short report of your summer camp
  • Taking part in the concluding seminar (18.-20. September 2020 in Wiesbaden)

Team leaders take on a high level of responsibility for planning and forming a project’s programme. Because of this we’re looking for people  who bring the time and energy for an intensive project.



Assumption of costs

ARSP will pay the costs for taking part in the preparation seminar and evaluation seminar which includes travel expenses, board and accommodations.
Team leaders are not paid a salary, but in exchange for leading a summer project, team leaders earn lots of experience, take part in great adventures and get to know many interesting volunteers.