EVS in Jugendwerk der AWO

Life as a European volunteer in Stuttgart, Germany

Snow, Skiing and Kinderwinter!


I’m so sorry it’s been ages since my last post! We’ve just been so busy here since the start of the New Year that I haven’t had a moment to write anything. Also, the winter has been in full swing here with lots of snow, even in Stuttgart itself, which has been great to get out and go skiing! One of the perks of doing EVS near the Alps 🙂 ! One day Beth and I got the “Schnee-Express” train from Stuttgart to Oberstdorf, a prime example of German organisational efficiency: every Sunday during the winter season they lay on this special train that leaves Stuttgart at 6am, takes you direct the whole 3 hours to the bottom of the ski lifts in Oberstdorf, and back again at 5pm! AND they sell you a return ticket including full day ski pass for the bargain price of €39! Doesn’t get much better than that! It was pretty nice to be out in the mountains:


Two weeks ago, during the halfterm holidays, I went on my first Jugendwerk childrens holiday camp (“Freizeit” as it’s called here which translates as “free time”). The camp I went on was called Kinderwinter and was aimed at the youngest age group Jugendwerk caters for: 6-12 years old. With a group of 8 leaders and 35 children we headed to the Black Forest for a week and stayed in Jugendwerks seminar house in Altensteig, a great place with lots of snow 🙂 :


A large amount of time we spent sledging up on the hill above the house, and having huge snowball fights, building snowmen etc.! It was great to be out playing in the snow all the time. It was also German Carnival week (called “Fasching” here) so one day we all dressed up and headed out to a Carnival parade. We also spent a nice relaxing day in this huge swimming pool nearby with slides and flumes and everything which was great, the kids loved it! All in all it was a great week and the kids were all very sweet. I think pictures will do more than words in this case so here’s a few photos to give you an impression of Kinderwinter:

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I promise my next post will be sooner!

See you!



About Erik Mackie

Hi! I'm Erik and I'm a PhD student based at the University of Bristol.

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