Impulse Boost Camp

IBC 2017: “A great experience” – A review

“My goal is to motivate people”,  explained Marie Nele Wolfram, one of the three trainers of the Impulse Boost Camp. “That definitely worked out this year. The participants left the seminar with the awareness of global problems such as climate change but instead of being depressed about the situation they went home with feeling that when humans work together, they can achieve anything.”

22 young people from Tunisia, Turkey, Germany, Romania and Spain participated in this year’s Impulse Boost Camp that took place from August 14th to 21st in Schneeberg, Germany. The 18 to 27 year olds had different experiences in voluntary work and were thus able to learn from each other. Take for instance Joshua Kriesmann from Berlin founded an organisation that connects high school students with refugees. Sergan Kasapoğlu is active in different queer and gender projects in Istanbul. Asma Chaouachi from Tunis organises political youth cafés in Tunisia where young people come together and talk about politics. Together they reflected on ways how to counter terrorism, how to strengthen LGBTQ wings in parties or possibilities to reduce stereotypes with participatory events. Next to brainstorming on new possible project ideas, the participants tried out several methods of non-formal education (Art of Hosting, Theory U). When the participants and their teams have a specific question to answer, e.g. how to develop a project further, then can now make use of the World Disney method to brainstorm and plan at the same time. Different communication methods were also part of the seminar schedule. The moments where you could really see how people were moved and experienced a Heureka-moment was during the sessions on personal development and when they figures out what role they have in their teams and what next step to take to bring their vision into reality. In the Open Space sessions there was time to meditate, go for a silent walk in the mountains or talk about current political events.

Impulse Boost Camp takes place in a seminar house in the Saxonian Ore Mountains. The fact that the seminar house is filled only with IBC participants makes it able to create a comfortable and familial atmosphere. In order to reflect upon the own consumption and climate change, two IBC attached cooks prepared nothing but regional, vegan, organic food. Even the meat lovers appreciated the food: “If someone would cook this food for me at home, I’d become a vegan immediately.”

“How would you describe IBC?” That was one of the questions in the IBC evaluation form. One answer was simply: “A great experience.” Impulse Boost Camp took place the second time in 2017 and is a follow-up training from the “Fit for the future” project series from ifzw impulsstiftung. It was implemented in cooperation with ASA-FF e.V. and part of a German Demokratie Leben funded project.

All results of IBC 2017 are captured in our Method Reader.

14th to 21 of August 2017,
Schneeberg, Germany

New methods for a new world.

The world is changing: Everything is complex, fast-paced, globalized and inter-connected. During IBC we will help you to find out how to lead with more impact and at ease. Our Impule Boost Camp offers relevant skills and approaches. Our „Think & Do Tank“ IBC examines how leadership is changing. We offer an international network full of opportunieties. Join us and be part of an internationalgroup of people who want to make the world a better place to be.

 What is the Impulse Boost Camp (IBC)?

  • an international seminar for 20 young people that are somehow politically or socially active and/or multipliers for an organisation or a project
  • a week full of non-formal-education about how to lead projects and groups
  • participating countries: Turkey, Tunisia, Romania, Netherlands, Germany

The Impulse Boost Camp is an international training for people between 18 and 27 years who are voluntary active in any kind of form. We will try out project management tools, group-methods and reflect upon our personal and organisational development. Non-formal methods and the art of hosting with an innovative and interdisciplinary character will be selected for this purpose. The seminar will be shaped by the active participation of people from at least 5 different countries, so that we can share our stories and learn from each other.

The goal of the seminar is that you will create a new project idea with which you will take the knowledge back into your community.

The Impulse Boost Camp will take place from August 14th to 21th 2017 in the countryside of Saxony, Germany (Schneeberg). We will live in a seminar house where we have our own food crew that will cook ecologically, locally and according to our needs.

Participating Organisations

What will you get out of the Seminar?

  • learn new effective methods for working in groups
  • try out project management tools
  • get to know other international projects and working methods
  • get soft skills such as idea development, story telling and harvesting conversation
  • personal reflection on both your personal and professional life
  • develop a new practical project idea that you can implement either with the other participants or with your friends and colleagues at home

Requirements for Participants

  • age at the time of the Boost Camp: 18 – 27
  • experiences in voluntary work and project management
  • intercultural sensitivity
  • motivation to learn and to share your own experiences and knowledge
  • motivation to spread good vibes by e.g. getting yourself involved while bringing instruments, games or candy


  • participation fee of 30 € (food, accommodation and learning material included)
  • travel costs will be covered up to 80 % : (Participants from the European Union & Turkey max. 170€, Tunesia 270€ and Germany the travelcost for Trainticket with Bahncard 50)

Be part and apply now until May 19th

IBC – Application 2017
Fill out this form and send it together with your CV to
You will get a feedback on your application on May 26th.

Who we are

We believe that a new world can only be build together. We are very grateful to be able to work with a constantly growing, diverse, cross-sectorial international community. Our foundation is located in Zwickau, Saxonia.

Our Trainers

Franz Knoppe is a trainer and facilitator for global learning. He worked for programmes of the federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Germany (BMZ), e.g. He founded the national theatre festival Unentdeckte Nachbarn in 2016 and several regional cooperations of educations for the ifzw impulsstiftung. Abroad he worked in a peace project in Israel/Palestine and in a development project Bangladesch. He studied public management on the University of Potsdam. Franz likes to organise organisations.

Marie Nele Wolfram is a youth-trainer for social activism and political participation. She was elected as member of the city council of the city of Plauen in 2014 and has been active in work against rightwing extremism for many years. Nele studies International Relations and has lived in the USA, Paris and Burundi until she moved to Berlin where she currently works in the German Parliament.

Thomasch Georgi is a coach and trainer for personal development. He lives in Berlin where he works as a coach and streetworker in a social project to support youngsters to solve their social problems and find a way back in society.  In 2004 he founded a small company, called  “Die JugendTrainer”.  He gives seminars for personal development, teamwork, win-win-solutions  and how to create a successful and fulfilled life.


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