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Welcome to the Ecumenical Youth Services
The Ecumenical Youth Services (EYS) is an international volunteer camp program, following the tradition of the International Ecumenical re-construction camps, developed and organized by the Youth Council of the World Council of Churches (WCC) after World War II. Today, EYS is administered by the Amt für kirchliche Dienste of the Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz Protestant Church (EKBO).
EYS camps provide an opportunity for young people aged 18 to 26 (by arrangement also from 16 years on) from all over Europe and the world to meet and work together for two weeks on meaningful and socially relevant projects in an international context.
EYS was able to organise 5 international EYS camps in the summer of 2022. It was a great experience for all participants (84 participants from Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the camp partners).Here you can find a statistics on the participants.
2 videos from 2021 on camp work and leisure time and living together illustrate how such a camp runs.
Information about EYS work camps and how they are organised can be found in the Digital Info Brochure.
Our guiding principle is united we work in an effort to:
- volunteer in meaningful projects
- participate in an ecumenical, international group and to gain independence and personal responsibility
- live together in an atmosphere of equality between young men and women
- partake in a dialog with young people from different countries and cultures
- participate in decision-making processes
- make friends with whom to talk about God and life in general
Here you find 10 good reasons to participate in an EYS camp.
Current EYS flyer