About us

The ijgd has been organising volunteer service programmes since 1949. We are an independent, non-profit association for international youth work, a recognised independent youth welfare organisation, and one of the largest and oldest workcamp organisations in Germany. Each year, we assist around 4,000 young people into volunteer work in Germany and abroad. We give them the opportunity to be creative, act in solidarity, take responsibility for themselves, and discover their own true potential and strengths.

Who we are and what we do
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What drives us

Our principles

Ecological learning, voluntary contribution, self-organisation, social development, intercultural learning, gender equality, anti-racism/anti-discrimination and civic education: learn more about our principles and mission statement.

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The ijgd

The association

Members’ meetings, federal and regional boards of directors, the finance commission: how does our association work? Get to know more about the people behind the ijgd.

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Come on board!


As an association, our members play a crucial role in the ijgd’s most important decisions. Find out how you can become a member and contribute ideas that are important to you.

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There for you

Anti-discrimination officer

Everyone involved with the ijgd, whether volunteer, employee or member, can turn to our anti-discrimination officer with any issues or questions they might have. Here you can find out about all forms of discrimination.

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Visit us!

Our offices

We have six administrative centres and 12 regional offices. Our approximately 250 full-time staff are on-site to be close to volunteers and volunteer locations.

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For enquiries


The one-stop resource for journalists. Find press contact details and more information here.

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About the ijgd

Facts and figures

How many volunteers do we support each year? Which partners do we collaborate with? Here you can find reports and further info.

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75 years of ijgd

The ijgd was founded in 1949 based on the idea that bonds grow out of shared commitment. We will celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2024.

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Support our work


Our voluntary services provide young people a space in which they can be creative, self-organised and self-reliant. You can support us in this task.

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