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Steinbeis ESC 19.02

Integrationswerkstätten Oberschwaben

Weingarten, Germany

The application deadline has passed.

Project description

The Werkstatt für behinderte Menschen (WfbM) (Workshop for Disabled People) is a part of the Integrationswerkstätten Oberschwaben GmbH (IWO). It offers very good integration and support of people with mental (mind), physical (body) and severe multiple disabilities. The institution offers varied and challenging group work opportunities and individual care and therapy activities. These are structured daily. The structure of the facilities is very good and there is disabled-friendly work equipment. Our disabled workers receive many benefits, for example: the participation in work and community life, rehabilitation, personal and employment development, self-determination and independence. Physically, mentally or severely disabled people can find meaningful work in our workshop. Work is an important purpose of life. This is why we offer over 400 job spaces for people with disabilities at our Workshop for Disabled People (WfbM).

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

The volunteer will get a separated single room in a flat near the hosting organisation. Bathroom and kitchen are to share with other volunteers. His accommodation remains available for him throughout the entire service period including holidays. The volunteer will get an amount of 241,- € per month for food. As an additional benefit the volunteer will get a monthly ticket which is valid for all means of public transport in the cities of Weingarten and Ravensburg. During weekend and school holidays the ticket is also valid in the entire administrative district of Bodensee-Oberschwaben.

Training during the project

The leader of the special needs department will act as a tutor for the volunteer. She will support the volunteer from the first contact to the delivery of the final report. She will take care for practical preparations in the host organisation and prepare the arrival of the volunteer. The volunteer can take part in a language course at the local adult education center. A maximum of 3 hours language training will be allowed as working time. The volunteer will be send to the compulsory On-arrival-training and Mid-term-meeting organised by the German National Agency.

Volunteer profile

Volunteers should be open to working with disabled people and people who are excluded from society. Past experience in working with disabled people is helpful. Volunteers must be ready to helping disabled people to use the toilet or changing incontinence aids (such as diapers). Volunteers should be able to individually design and plan activities. They should also be helpful and be able to work with other team members. A basic or beginner level of the German language would be helpful for volunteers. An interest in learning German is expected. A Class B driver’s licence is an asset.

Placement dates

A total of 54 week(s) during the period 01/09/2019 to 31/08/2020


Placement location

Stefan-Rahl-Straße 2, 88250 Weingarten


Looking for volunteers from

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg


Placement topics

Social challenges

Health and wellbeing

Education and training


Placement deadline

Application deadline: 22/04/2019