Volunteering in Germany
An amazing volunteer experience
At Englischhausen we create an English-speaking village in Germany where German professionals are able to live alongside diverse native English-speakers ("Anglos") to improve their English listening, understanding and conversational proficiency.
In each of our six-day courses we sponsor a group of "Anglos" (from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, USA, etc) to "populate" our hotel resort and provide conversation in English, through a diverse schedule of daily activities. The volunteers all have an amazing amount of fun, whilst also gaining a fascinating insight into German culture.
If you love conversation and you enjoy meeting people from different cultures and walks of lives, then you are bound to be a perfect fit and have a brilliant time!
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For our volunteers, Englischhausen is an experience of a lifetime, something you have to try out once, so you can experience the magic first-hand!
But speaking more generally, Englischhausen is a six-day English course that takes place at a country hotel in Germany. The model typically sees around 16 German adults living alongside an equal number of native English-speakers ("Anglos"), from various countries and backgrounds. The idea is to create a 100% English-speaking environment, in which German professionals can improve their English quickly through conversation and immersion.
Key to the concept is the "experience" of the course and emotive aspects that reinforce the learning: the people, the laughter, the family-feel that develops in the group. But the fun, supportive and happy atmosphere doesn't only lend itself well to effective and sustainable learning; it also makes for a unique and special experience for everyone involved!
You will be spending a week (Sunday to Friday) in a group, speaking English in a beautiful setting - and having lots of fun! You will not be teaching, but rather creating an English-speaking atmosphere through our brilliant programme that guarantees a fun and positive experience for every single participant.
Your schedule will be made up of conversation-based activities, with changes of partners every hour to keep things fresh and interesting. You will probably spend a lot of time around the lovely grounds of the hotel or exploring the local countryside, whilst conversing with diverse, German professionals. You will be talking about countless different topics. You will briefly correct the Germans when they make a mistake, but you won't explain the reasoning or the grammar; the idea is for them to immerse themselves in the language so they learn in a natural way. So brief corrections are all that's really required, to allow the conversations to keep flowing in a natural and comfortable manner. You may want to provide assistance in a particular area that a German participant needs help in, for example in our telephone practice scenarios, or by lending a student a hand as they prepare a short English presentation.
You will have your own personalised schedule every day that provides the framework that you need to participate. You will have everything explained to you by our staff at the beginning of the week, so there is nothing you need to prepare in advance. You will have a chance to participate in numerous fun activities like discussion groups, team challenges and light-hearted evening entertainment.
You will be learning a lot - about people, the world and even about yourself. If you are at Englischhausen for the first time, you will probably be having more fun than you ever would have imagined! And you may just be having one of the best weeks of your life! Big words, we know; but this programme has been consistently enriching peoples' lives for over a decade.
To be a volunteer at Englischhausen (an "Anglo") you should be a native English-speaker, and you should be a person who enjoys conversation and learning about different cultures. Occasionally fluent non-native speakers are also able to attend as Anglos, as long as their English is close to or equivalent to native proficiency. The minimum age requirement is 22, although exceptions are sometimes made for outstanding applicants between the ages 18 and 22.
We are looking for interesting, friendly, reliable, patient and flexible people. All of our volunteers must also be organised and proactive enough to plan their trip and itinerary to and from Germany. The most important thing is that you enjoy conversation and meeting different people from different cultures and walks of life.
If you live in Germany, then there are hardly any costs at all. If you are coming from abroad, then you will need to plan and finance your trip to Germany. This includes transport and recommended travel insurance. During the actual programme dates you won't really have any costs at all, apart from maybe additional drinks/snacks between meals. From the Sunday morning that your programme begins to the following Friday evening, you will be provided with accommodation and all of your food, including some beverages with every meal.