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 5,000 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 political 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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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


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