LP first meeting

Short-Report from the first Partnership Meeting of the

Learning Partnership “Learning through Volunteering”

21.10. – 25.10.2012 in Göttingen

The first meeting of the Learning Partnership in Göttingen was a very interesting experience.We discussed a lot about differences on subjects like Volunteering, Interculturality and Sustainability in different countries. In addition to that, we did a training on Global Learning. We although had enough free time which we used to explore Göttingen and its surrounding areas. In this way, discussions with the international groups were stimulated.

Monday 22.10.

DSCN1183On Monday, all organizations gave a short presentation on their work.
A common understanding and working principle of different perspectives on "Volunteering", "Interculturality" and "Sustainability" has been developed for the Learning Partnership. We set expectations and goals we want to achieve in the LP: eg Global Objectives, methods, and different audiences.
In the afternoon, Dorit Battermann explained different methods such as how to work with participants in seminars on Global Learning.


Tuesday 23.10.

On Tuesday we attended two excursions: 


At first, there was a very informative talk on the Bioenergy Village Jühnde. It was explained how the Bioenergy Village Jühnde works, the idea behind it and how the citizens were convinced. After the discussion, we could see the whole bioenergy production facility. The idea of the Bioenergy Village came from the University of Göttingen, more precisely, from the IZNE-Interdisciplinary center for sustainable development. The initiators and village citizens formed working groups in different areas to prepare the energy change in the village.

After that, we went to the Weltladen. A shop selling fair trade products with a coffee shop run by voluntary people. An employee of the shop informed us about development, financing and voluntary work.

The store is organized through working groups and run mainly by volunteers. They offer a broad range of products from food to clothing and textiles of any kind, to arts and crafts and accessories, etc. All products are produced under Fair Trade conditions, controlled through independent evaluation institutes. In addition to the sale of goods, information sessions on Fair Trade, intercultural or ecological issues are held on a regular basis.

Wednesday 24.10.

PICT0019On Wednesday we did two excursions. We started with the International Gardens and then paid a visit to the neighborhood center in the Grone district.

The International Gardens in Göttingen are places where refugees, migrants and also German families work together in gardening. The relationships through intercultural cooperation form and provide positive examples for the understanding, integration and practical solidarity of the German population with migrants and refugees. The project is committed to inclusion and social integration of refugee and immigrant families.

The Neighbourhood Center in Grone is a focal point and a popular meeting place for people of every age and cultural affiliation. The focus is on community development, promotion of civic engagements, responsibility for the residential environment and people, networking, organization and implementation of education and culture. The center organises various programs such as language and computer courses, legal and pension consultancy services etc. and the residents can develop and implement their own ideas. The members of the centre are volunteers.
There was a feedback session to the excursions and a second meeting where organizational issues were clarified.