European Heritage Volunteers has been organising projects in Germany that provide volunteering opportunities and education in the field of heritage for more than twenty years. The projects mostly take place in rural areas where a significant number of endangered heritage sites can be found, presenting ideal circumstances for intervention by heritage volunteers.
The projects offered by European Heritage Volunteers are very diverse and range from handcraft-based projects to projects in historical parks and gardens and in cultural landscapes, as well as projects in archaeology, in documentation and revitalisation of abandoned heritage sites and in natural heritage preservation.
The projects, each lasting two weeks, are led by experienced craftspeople or other field-specific professionals, and are open to both professionals and volunteers with no previous heritage-linked training or skills. Exchanges between participants coming from different cultural and educational backgrounds make up an essential part of European Heritage Volunteers’ concept – students of heritage-linked subjects often obtain their first practical experiences in their study-field during volunteering projects, whereas they have the opportunity to share their theoretical knowledge with participants who have more hands-on experience.
European Heritage Volunteers has organised more than 200 projects over the past two decades that has seen participation from almost 2,000 volunteers coming from 67 countries.