The majority of our volunteer positions are in anthroposophic communal homes for people who, due to various special needs or disabilities, require special care and attention. The work with children and young people is known as curative education, while similar work with adults is called social therapy. This therapeutic work and care is based upon the principles of anthroposophy and Waldorf education, both founded by Rudolf Steiner.
The cooperative life in these communal homes developed from the basic idea that all people, regardless of their abilities, are full-fledged, worthy personalities with a right to a meaningful, free and dignified existence.
These communities have made it their goal to fully realise these ideas in everyday life. They endeavour to create living conditions in which the residents come to terms with their conditions or disabilities. Opportunities are made available for the full realisation of their talents and skills. As a result, these living communities offer unique educational experiences, work areas and places to live. A social environment is created in which the members treat one another with friendship and respect. Each individual is viewed as a distinct personality, with all his or her respective strengths and weaknesses.
- social therapeutic living communities
- social therapeutic living communities and work stations
- Camphill institutions
- curative educational kindergardens and nursery schools
- curative educational children and youth homes
- curative educational schools, Camphill schools
- youth and residential educational homes
There are also places for volunteers in these areas:
- Waldorf kindergardens, after school facilities, and schools, especially those with inclusion/intercultural groups/classes
- biodynamical farms and gardens in connection with social therapy
- animal protection education
- care and assistance of the elderly
- caretaking and housekeeping
You will receive concrete descriptions of volunteer placements in the placement lists, which we will send to you as soon as you are accepted into the programme. If you have interest in a specific work area or in a certain form of anthropophisic therapy, please tell us in your application. We will then see which opportunities we have for you.
Special requirements for curative educational institutions and Waldorf schools/kindergartens:
In curative educational institutions, good to very good German abilities are required and the minimum age is often 20 years. Waldorf schools and curative educational institutions often only accept people with much pedagogical experience, for example former Waldorf pupils. For these placements in the pedagogical area, we receive many applications, but there are very few volunteer placements in this area. Please let us know if you are willing to accept do a volunteer service in another work area.