Impulse Boost Camp

UPDATE: The application process for IBC 2020 is closed. We received great applications. Thank you for your interest in our work! We are currently reading applications and will be in touch about the next phase of the application process (online interviews) at the end of April.

Our international replicator training Impulse Boost Camp (IBC) is one of our core projects. Each summer ifzw impulsstiftung invites 20 young social activists from Europe and its neighbouring countries to Saxony. Together we reflect upon how to contribute efficiently to society, share methods that make project work more fun and expand our leadership skills. It is not only an eye-opening experience, but a seminar that brings voluntary work to another level. 

The next Impulse Boost Camp will take place from 1 to 9 October, 2020.  The application process will be open until 20 April, 2020.

 

  • "IBC is a life changing experience!"

New methods for a new world.

The world is changing: Everything is complex, fast-paced, globalized and inter-connected. Our world needs people that are not only aware of today’s social challenges, but contribute actively to their communities.  

Impulse Boost Camp is an international training for young social and political activists that work on a voluntary basis for something they care about. During our 9-day long retreat like programme you will find out how to contribute with more impact and at ease. Our “Think & Do Tank“ offers the opportunity to acquire relevant skills and approaches of the modern working world of social change makers. During IBC we will try out project management tools, methods for team organisation and communication and reflect upon our personal and organisational development. In addition, we provide an international network with plentiful opportunities. Non-formal methods – such as those of the Art of Hosting framework –  with an innovative and interdisciplinary character will be selected for this purpose.

The seminar will be shaped by the active participation of each fellow, so we can share our stories and learn from one another. After the seminar you have the chance to pass on your freshly gained knowledge to your peers at home. IBC will provide tools and methods for this purpose. 

We will live in a seminar house in the German Ore Mountains where we have our own food crew that will cook ecologically, locally and according to our needs.

“An amazing mix of input, reflexion, inspiration, time for exchange, practice and discussion.”

“A super appreciative, curious atmosphere.”

“Beautifully hearted people that openly shared their stories!”

“Well-organised and useful workshops with inspiring speakers.”

Eligible Countries

EU countries, Schengen countries, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, UK

Requirements for Participants

  • Good English level (minimum B2)
  • Experiences in voluntary work, e.g. through social or political activism (please do not apply if this requirement does not match your profile)
  • Sensitivity for global and interpersonal power structures, own privileges and different forms of discrimination 
  • Motivation to learn and share your own experiences and knowledge
  • Motivation to actively contribute to the seminar 
  • Ideally leadership position in an organisation or project
  • Commitment to filling out the evaluation forms after the seminar

View a former Call for Participants

What will you get out of the seminar?

  • Learn new effective methods for working in groups
  • Get to know other international projects and working methods
  • Boost your soft skills for idea development, storytelling and harvesting conversations
  • Personal reflection on both your personal and professional life
  • Learn how to avoid or solve communication problems
  • Strengthen your multiplier role in your community through organising an IBC implementation workshop at home

  Missed the deadline? Stay tuned for next time here.

Our Staff

Marie Nele Wolfram is a trainer for social activism and political participation. She was elected as a member of the city council of Plauen in 2014 and has been active in work against right-wing extremism and populism for many years. She started the political campaign Informationen für Deutschland and founded a social charity network in Dresden. Nele studied International Relations and has lived in the USA, France, Burundi and Tunisia until she moved to Berlin where she trained diplomats from all over the world at the German Federal Foreign Office. Since 2019 she works as a digital nomad, hosting self-empowerment workshops around the world and serving as project leader and host of Impulse Boost Camp. 
Nele prefers to be addressed by her second name, which is pronounced Nila. 

Nikolai Christian Alber is a trainer for political- and media education, teambuilding – and teamdevelopment. He studied pollical science at ‘Freie Universtät Berlin followed by a Master (MA) in and social- and cultural anthropology at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Since 2016 he works for the welfare-association Arbeiterwohlfahrt Landesverband Berlin and trains and accompanies young adults through their year of social service. Besides that he works as a freelance trainer for different companies and institutions such as Planpolitik GBR, Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB), Netzwerk für Demokratie und Courage (NDC) or the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. Besides his political engagement he works as an artist within his own music-project Nïer. Nikolai, formerly from southern Germany, has lived in Hungary and Kenya and now settled down in wonderful Berlin.

Questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact IBC’s project manager Nele in case you have any questions or want to learn more about the project.                      

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