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Seminairs and educational support

Before, during and at the close of the voluntary service, participants are required to attend four seminars with a total of 25 days of training.

Introductory seminar

The five-day introductory seminar for the international volunteers takes place immediately after their arrival in Germany.

A year of voluntary service requires careful preparation. The goal of the introductory seminar is for each volunteer to closely examine his or her individual needs and expectations. At the same time we want to take an intense look at the German culture and its special characteristics over these five days. Naturally, it is also important for the volunteers to become more conscious of their own culture’s particular traits. They should become increasingly sensitive to recognizing the sometimes considerable differences – as well as similarities – between the customs of their cultures and those of Germany.

Testimonial "Why seminars?"

Mid-term seminar A

The emphasis of this five-day mid-term seminar lies on examination and self-reflection, in particular on the work and experience gained up to this point with the country, culture, people and language. After having spent three months living and working in German institutions, the international volunteers are now in a position to examine the range of their personal expectations as well as to evaluate their achievements and conflicts thus far in an educational context.

Mid-term seminar B

After six months living and working in Germany, the time is right for the volunteers to pause and take stock. What has the last half-year brought me personally? What would I still like to learn, experience, and explore? Which goals do I still want to reach? These questions, along with an examination of anthroposophy and its view of human nature, are the key points of this seminar.

Seminair: political education

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Final seminar

At the close of the volunteer year, it is essential for the participants to look back and reflect upon their encounters, experiences, problems and successes. The events of the past months are not the only points on the agenda of the final seminar, however. The future perspectives of the international volunteers should also be examined and exchanged, as the participants will now be saying farewell to each other after twelve months of close cooperation. Accompanying and providing support during the volunteers’ reintegration in their culture’s everyday life is of crucial importance, in order to avoid culture shock and to encourage them in their plans for the future.

Pedagogical support

Before, during and at the close of your stay in Germany, our staff will support you within all your questions about your voluntary service.

Pedagogical Support Incoming
Fritz Ritzmann


Friends of Waldorf Education

Incoming Program
Office Karlsruhe
Parzivalstraße 2b
76139 Karlsruhe
Tel. +49 (0)721-20111-100
Fax +49 (0)721-20111-181

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