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To gain a better insight into the areas of service, here you can read some testimonials of former Incomers:

Areas of service

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 therapy

  • social therapeutic living communities
  • social therapeutic living communities and work stations
  • Camphill institutions

Curative Education

  • 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 Education

  • Waldorf kindergardens, after school facilities, and schools, especially those with inclusion/intercultural groups/classes

Biodynamic agriculture

  • biodynamical farms and gardens in connection with social therapy
  • animal protection education

Homes for the elderly

  • 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.

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Liebe*r Bewerber*in,

wir können derzeit nur Bewerbungen aus der Europäischen Union annehmen.

Aufgrund der aktuellen internationalen Reisebeschränkungen können wir momentan leider keine Bewerbungen von Freiwilligen außerhalb der EU annehmen. Sobald die Reisebeschränkungen aufgehoben werden, ist eine Bewerbung wieder möglich.

Dear Applicant,

Currently we can accept applications from the European Union only.

Due to current international travel restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to accept applications from volunteers outside the EU at this time. As soon as the travel restrictions are lifted, applications will be possible again.

Chère candidate, cher candidat,

Nous ne pouvons actuellement accepter que les demandes émanant de l'Union européenne.

En raison des restrictions de voyages internationaux, nous ne pouvons malheureusement pas accepter pour l'instant les candidatures de volontaires en dehors de l'UE. Dès que les restrictions de voyage seront levées, il sera à nouveau possible de présenter une demande.

Estimado solicitante,

actualmente sólo podemos aceptar solicitudes de la Unión Europea.

Debido a las actuales restricciones a los viajes internacionales, lamentablemente no podemos aceptar en este momento solicitudes de voluntarios de fuera de la UE. Tan pronto como se levantan las restricciones de viaje, las solicitudes serán posibles de nuevo.