Participation Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the ARSP summer camps! Whether you have questions about visas or language ability: This is where you can learn about the conditions for taking part in a summer camp.

Who can participate?

  • Anybody 18 years or older from Germany or abroad.

The summer camps are open to people of all ages and from any country. In some projects the grant proposals or the special subject require a restriction on age or a concentration of participants from a specific country. This is indicated in the project announcement.

  • Young people 16 years or older can choose between two and three summer camps offered each year.
  • At least 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.
  • Everyone who promotes the principle of understanding through active participation and emblematic commitment. It does not matter whether you are young, in school, employed or in well-deserved retirement.
  • Everyone who is interested in history and its significance for the present and wants to talk about it with others. At every summer camp the participants engage in both practical assistance and a content-oriented confrontation with the project site and the current situation in the country where it is located.

What should I bring with me?

  • 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.

What do you need to know about visas?

  • Please inquire from the Foreign Office whether the country you are travelling to requires that you have a valid passport.
  • ARSP will help you receive an invitation if the summer camp takes place in a land that requires a visa. After you have committed to participating in the summer camp, ARSP will help you receive an invitation.

The invitation is needed to apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate of the country you are travelling to. It is your responsibility to find out in your own country what else may be necessary to apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to go to.

  • We ask that participants from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other CIS countries makea visa application appointment as soon as possible, at least 4-6 weeks prior to departure, in the embassy/consulate of the country they intend to go to.