Beyond Borders - International Youth for Refugees 2018

Be part of an international workcamp that takes place in March 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. The aim of the workcamp is to support a refugee’s accommodation. Participants will offer holiday activities to the children who live there, meet young refugees and get informed.

Dates: 6th of March – 18th of March 2018
Venue: Erstaufnahme Fiersbarg 8, Lemsahl-Mellingstedt, Hamburg, Germany
Number of participants: 12
Age: 18-30
Working languages: English, German
Working hours per day: 6

The Beyond Borders project is about multicultural friendship, getting involved, support of refugees, international learning, getting to know Hamburg and more.

Beyond Borders Workcamp 2017

Watch here how the Beyond Borders Workcamp 2017 has been like:

The workcamp 2018, however, is more versatile then in 2017. It focuses on background information, debate and face-to-face encounter with young refugees as well.


We are looking for motivated young people that would like to get involved, are able to take responsibility for other people, enjoy teamwork and are open-minded and interested in different cultures.

The refugee’s accommodation Fiersbarg

Erstaufnahme Fiersbarg is an initial accommodation for refugees run by the German NGO “Die Johanniter”. Currently there are living around 350 refugees of all ages. The accommodation includes a kindergarten, a primary school, a women’s room, medical supply, German language and integration courses as well as bureaucratic support. Hamburg’s district Lemsahl-Mellingstedt is not located in the city center. See some pictures of Lemsahl-Mellingstedt here. The workcamp programme includes trips to the center of Hamburg.

Workcamp Programme

Work activities

  • One aim of the workcamp is to offer a range of activities for children from the refugee’s accommodation as well as from Lemsahl-Mellingstedt during their school holidays. We would like you to develop this holiday programme together with the other workcamp participants. The activities can for example be related to handicrafts, sports, arts, music, theatre, photography, outdoor games, ... Feel free to bring in your own ideas.
  • Representatives from different institutions are going to visit us to discuss and inform about the refugee situation in Hamburg and Germany and ways of getting involved.
  • To share and appreciate the project results, the workcamp team is desired to organise a final event which may be an exhibition, a concert, a documentation video or another suitable form. The children involved in the project will participate; the event is public.

Leisure activities

A lot of the leisure activities are planned to be done together with young residents of the refugee’s accommodation to facilitate integration and intercultural exchange. It is meant as an opportunity for face-to-face encounter and getting in touch.
You are invited to participate in:
  • Intercultural activities
  • Evenings with music, games, movies, ...
  • Outdoor activities
  • Creative workshops
  • Trips to Hamburg’s city centre


The workcamp participants are accommodated in a primary school. It provides everything you need, but you shouldn’t expect absolute comfort. You should be okay with a mixed gender shared dorm. Please bring a sleeping bag.
Address: Schule Lemsahl-Mellingstedt, Redderbarg 46-48, 22397 Hamburg.

Food & Drinks

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided. Special diets will be respected.


The workcamp participants are responsible for covering their travel and visa costs. Board and lodging as well as all project-related material will be provided.


Beginning of the application phase: 1st of January 2018
Deadline of the application phase: 2nd of February 2018
Find the online application form here. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Further information

We guarantee a fast and transparent selection process. If you are a selected participant, we will equip you with travel information and support you with your visa (where required). We will also inform you about the details of the insurance that we will take out for you. Feel free to contact us for any questions or doubts.