Summer Camp in Brest & Minsk

The participants of the summer camp will work with the organisation Hessed David to help the elderly people by doing cleaning work in their apartments to brighten their daily life and living. Participants will also create some leisure time activities for them. During the process, participants will learn a lot about the history of both the cities of Brest and Minsk and the local Jewish community.

The Jewish organization "Hessed David" coordinates home visits and other supportive measures for elderly, often lonely, people in Brest. These measures include cultural activites, festivities, and conversation rounds for former victims of the Nazi occupation of Belarus. Through publications and events, Hessed David also ensures that the Jewish history of the region is not being forgotten.

This year, the summer camp participants will support Hessed David. By doing so, they will have the chance to learn more about the organization and the financial, social, and psychological support work Hessed David is doing. In personal conversations with survivors, they will get the chance to hear more about the survivors' experiences while also engage on a personal level with the topics of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, forced labour and Jewish life before World War II.


In the Belarusian Capital Minsk, apart from looking into the topics of occupation and forced labor, summer camp participants will also learn about the culture of remembrance and the process of coming to terms with the past in the countries from which their fellow participants come from.

During their free time, the summer camp participants have the opportunity to discover the surrounding area, the city and its many parks, museums and galleries!

  • Type: International summer camp
  • Work: Renovation and clean up work at Hesed David, planning activities with the elderly former forced labourers and concentration camp survivors
  • Group: We expect 12 participants.
  • Extras: The summer camp starts and ends in MINSK. Note on visas: (only) through Minsk Airport you can enter Belarus without a prior visa application for up to 30 days. We recommend this route of entry. In case you cannot travel via Minsk Airport, visa invitations can be acquired through our partner organization. Please get in touch with the summer camp office after your registration for this summer camp if you need one. More info on visa free travel to Belarus here.
  • Camp languages: English (Russian, German)
  • Accommodation: Hostel in Minsk, students dorm in Brest

The Summer Camp in Brest & Minsk


  • Date: 19.07.-02.08.2019
  • Type: International summer camp
  • Work: Cleaning and renovating work
  • Group: We expect 12 participants.
  • Extras: No prior visa application needed if you enter Belarus through Minsk airport
  • Camp language: English, (Russian, German)