European Summer School - Creating Forest Experiences
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Do you want to meet people from all over Europe? Do you want to raise your voice as the future generation? Do you want to implement your own forest project?
The Association for the Protection of the German Forest (“Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald”) invites you to a five day Summer School at the Freusburg from the 9th to 13th July 2018. This old castle was built around 1100 AD in the region Westerwald in western Germany. The aim of the event is that you as participants develop your own youth forest projects which we will implement together after the Summer School. Furthermore, you can exchange ideas and experiences with around 60 young adults from all over Europe regarding forests and their future. We will talk about the function of forests in our eco-system, for a sustainable development and for recreational activities.
Different workshops from leading experts will give you an overview of sustainable forestry as well as economic, ecological and social perspectives on forests. The Summer School should build the foundation for a European Youth Forest Network which you can use for networking and the development of future, transnational projects. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to formulate demands to German politicians which will be presented to them during the German Forest Days (“Deutsche Waldtage”) from 13th to 14th September 2018 in Berlin.
General Program Overview
Day 1 – Arrival & Get to know each other
Day 2 – The Forests in Europe & You
- Exchange about the situation of forests in different European countries
- Reflection on the own recreational behavior in the forest
- Keynotes about “Forests in Europe” and “Nature education and awareness”
Day 3 – Forests and Sustainability
- Keynotes and interactive workshops regarding the functions of forests - usage, protection and recreation – with the focus on Germany
- Discussion about the function of forests
- Excursion with the forester into the local forest – best-practices & challenges
Day 4 – Creating Forest Experiences
- Building project groups
- Generation of forest project ideas to fascinate other young adults for the forest and its recreational potential – projects can range from active, artistic, cooperative to investigative, playful, meditative or sensual. The focus can be on physical, cognitive and / or emotional experiences
- Picking one idea per group and further development of this project idea
- Presentation of the ideas and selection of the best implementable projects
Day 5 – Good-bye & Departure
Are you interested? You only have to fill out the application form at the bottom of the page and attach your current CV. The application deadline is the 30th April 2018. The participation and all costs for accommodation, food and travel are free of charge. If you have any questions, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +49 (0)228 94 59 83 90.
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About the Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald (SDW; translated into English “Association for the Protection of the German Forest”):
The Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald – Bundesverband e. V. (SDW) is a non-profit organisation for the purpose of protecting the forest and the landscape. The SDW is one of the oldest German environmental protection organizations. It was founded in 1947 in Bad Honnef. The activities of the SDW address different target groups and stakeholders from the fields of environmental protection, forestry, rural areas and education. The SDW uses modern educational methods and adventure-based learning to convey the eco-system forest to people and contribute to active nature protection.
Organization and funding
The Summer School is organized by the Association for the Protection of the German Forest (SDW). The event is funded by the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) which is the project executing organization of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
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Welche Angebote für junge Menschen im Wald fehlen bislang? Was soll sich in der Politik verändern? Was sind die Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten der Wälder in Europa?
Antworten auf diese Fragen werden etwa 60 junge Erwachsene aus ganz Europa mitbringen. Mit Hilfe ihrer Stimmen sollen neue Projekte geschaffen werden, die das Potential haben, weitere Menschen für das Thema Wald zu begeistern. Der SDW-Bundesverband organisiert dafür die European Summer School - Creating Forest Experiences vom 09. bis 13.07.2018 auf der Freusburg im idyllischen Westerwald.
Als Auftakt werden wir uns mit den Wäldern in Europa auseinandersetzen. Mit Vorträgen zu nachhaltiger Forstwirtschaft und waldverträglichen Freizeitaktivitäten soll zudem das Wissen der Teilnehmenden aufgefrischt werden. Aufgrund ihrer Erfahrungen und des Gelernten wird es die Möglichkeit geben, eigene Forderungen an die Politik zu stellen, bevor sie sich dem Kern der Summer School widmen.
Dafür werden sich Kleingruppen zusammenfinden und eigene Waldprojekte für Gleichaltrige entwickeln. Im Anschluss an die Summer School wird der SDW-Bundesverband drei ausgewählte Projekte bei der Umsetzung unterstützen, von denen eins während der Deutschen Waldtage 2018 in Berlin vorgestellt wird. Bei der Veranstaltung werden auch die politischen Statements der jungen Generation eine Bühne bekommen.
Interessierte können das folgende Bewerbungsformular ausfüllen. Die Bewerbungsfrist ist der 30. April 2018. Weitere Fragen können Sie an email@example.com richten.
Das Projekt wird von der Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald (SDW) durchgeführt. Gefördert wird es von der Fachagentur für Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR), Projektträgerin des Bundesministeriums für Ernährung und Landwirtschft (BMEL).
You have to fill out all fields in the application form which are marked by an asterisk *. Please shortly answer to the questions and consider the mentioned number of words in parentheses. It does not matter for your application, if you cannot answer all of them. We recommend you to write down your answers on your computer and then to copy and paste them in the form to avoid data errors.
Criteria for participation
- Age between 18 and 22 years at the beginning of the Summer School
- Residence in one of the following European countries : Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden or Switzerland.
- Good language skills: the working language for the Summer School is English. Therefore, you should only apply, if you feel comfortable about talking English.
- Willingness to spend time during your vacations / schooldays to help us with the implementation of your own forest project in Germany 
- Interest and spare time to come with us to the German Forest Days (“Deutsche Waldtage”) in Berlin from the 13th to 14th September 2018 and to participate in the Weekend of the Open Forests (“Wochenende der offenen Wälder”) from the 13th to 16th September 2018 
- Willingness to create an online account on a free networking platform which we will use for communication before and after the Summer School. You should spend some time to get used to its functions (approx. 8 hours)
- Willingness to do some research to answer questions about the forest in your country before the Summer School starts (approx. 6 hours)
 We selected the countries regarding to their similar composition of the forest. Thus, people from other European countries can also apply but they do not build the main target group.
 We will implement three of the best projects developed during the Summer School. Due to regulations, we are only able to finance projects which will take place in Germany. We can take the main responsibility for the implementation, but we appreciate your support, depending on your available time.
 The participants with the best projects will have the opportunity to travel with us.
We will select 60 participants, equally distributed over the mentioned European countries. We will try to get a good mixture of people regarding knowledge and experience, specialization as well as age and gender. If we have more suitable persons than spaces, we will randomly select the participants.