Iffensbooklet for a work experience

On this website you will find some text parts and the chapter headings of our volunteers’ booklet. I left out the empty spaces and pages. In total the booklet contains 48 pages. The headings show the general idea behind the daily routine of the centre for environmental education at Iffens. Some of the original pages have been designed by Juli and Tine with visionary frames or images. If you want to use such a booklet, you can print of those pages with the spaces to fill in your notes/dates etc. Any other ideas for additions can be sent to us. Thanks a lot, Wolfgang
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Welcome to the centre of environmental education Iffens, you have a placement for a work experience
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Work experience in the centre of environmental education Iffens

1. In general

1.1 Summary
1.2 General information
1.3 Important forms and documents

2. Information about the farm and the surroundings

2.1 Personal Dates
2.2 Work placement, geographical situation, equipment
2.3 The farm in numbers
2.4 Transport connection
2.5 General dates of the climate
2.6 People on the farm
2.7 Visitors
2.8 Energy situation
2.9 Water situation
2.10 Soil type
2.11 Waste and its disposal
2.12 Food supply
2.13 Map of the building
2.14 Map of the garden
2.15 environmental characteristics in the area
2.16 Industry in the area
2.17 Environmental organizations, addresses
2.18 political commite for environment protection
2.19 Culture places, and facilities
2.20 Press structure
2.21 Tourist's activities in the surrounding

3. Records and summaries

3.1 Summary of the year's activities
3.2 Week schedule, day schedule for spring, summer, autumn and winter, working routine and menu
3.3 weather observation and starry sky
3.4 plant phenology
3.5 list of observed birds and insects
3.6 list of the happenings and events
3.7 list of hobbies and any qualifications
3.8 list of professions working in environment protection and training possibilities

4. Reports and projects

4.1 Reading list if applicable with recommendations for other volunteers
4.2 Whole food recipes which I like
4.3 Topics from the workshops ideas of the centre you have worked on
4.4 Projects you have worked on
4.5 Reports
4.6 Mood barometer
4.7 Other reports

5. Content of the data collection


1.2. General information

To help you settle in you get this booklet which can be used for notes. Later this booklet can be a useful source to refresh memories or look up reports, addresses or information.
In the beginning we will show you around the house and explain the most important stuff. But the house is quite big so it's going to take a few days to find your way round. If you need any help, just ask us.
If you don't (or don't yet) speak German we can help you with vocabularies or sayings. The best thing is to keep a little booklet where you can write any vocabularies or grammar rules. We also speak English and Italian and somehow the communication has always worked.
The centre will provide you with accommodation. Normally you will get your own room with simple furniture. Please bring a sleeping bag or bed linen along, renting it would cost 5 € a week.
Safety and health care
To treat small injuries we have a first aid kit in the house. Many smoke detectors and fire extinguisher are available, but as we try not to be forced to use them please do not smoke inside the house or lite any candles. Please inform us about any allergies or illnesses we should know about.
Work equipment
We have a supply of working clothes and weatherproofed kit like rubber boots. There is also the possibility to use our washing machine. We have so far also managed to provide any needed tools, office equipment or bikes.
Work plan
Depending on the time of the year, the weather and any task our jobs vary. Every Monday we have a our weekly meeting and as we have breakfast together (8:30) we can allocate and coordinate the daily jobs. You will be given two week schedules. In one you can write the intended activities and in the other which of them you actually managed to do. Lunch is at 12:30 und supper at 19:00. These get-togethers are also convenient for a chat about the jobs of the day and any other plans. In our every day life we often have to decide and react to events at short notice, so our schedule isn't always as clear as it should be.
Own interests
After a few days you will recognise our working principle and you will find those jobs you like and want to focus on. If you want to get to know one of our projects a little better or use our workskops we will give you an introduction and help you to find your way round.
Results and documents
Some work experiences require a layout of the jobs you have done or a general certification. If you need a certain type of certication for an examination office or board, please bring those forms along. Any work outcome should live on via fotos or reports so later trainee/volunteers can have a look at them. On our website we have a section just for reports of work experiences.
we have a limited budget for supporting volunteers financially. Normally this covers the expenses for accommodation and meals. Das sind nur einige Euro pro Tag, aber die werden bei uns nicht durch Löhne oder Vergütungen erwirtschaftet. We have a group of donors in our iffens society who bear the costs. Sometimes we are able to fund more complex projects or work on a thesis. Should you know someone who wants to make a well spend donation, please forward our address, even small donations (eg. 10 € a month) help a lot..
Many of the trainees have visited and got to know the centre for environmental education before their work experience. If you however don't get on with our way of living and working, it is better to quit your stay in Iffens before you (or we) feel unwell. In the beginning resolvable misunderstandings may arise but after two weeks those should have been disappeared.

In the following we present you with some information, lists, projects possibilities or suggestions what you will be able to experience at our place or in the surrounding area.

1.3 Personal dates and documents

insurance, accidents, illnesses, allergies etc.

1.4. Important forms and documents

photo map
the centre for environmental education in the web
visiting card

2. Information about the farm and the surroundings

2.1 Personal dates

born on at in
intended career:
meaning of your name?:
self portrait:

2.2. Work placement

phone no.
geographical situation (degree of latitude and longitude)
landscape type
local administration
distance in km:
county administration:
how to reach:

2.3. The farm in numbers

Farm property
house area
situation of the centre regarding the village
situation of the whole estate
meadows, pasture
fruit plantation
other areas
areas in current use
the most important rooms, tools

2.4. Transport connection

Path situation between the main building and the whole estate
nearest train station
some train connection:
to Berlin
Copenhagen etc
routes, timetable
bike paths, routes and ride times
driving directions to the centre by bike
Bike destination for cultivation or in your free time
driving directions to the centre by car
driving time
Make a train chain

2.5. Key data for climate and weather

average annual temperature
start of the vegetation period
last late frost
end of the vegetation period
first frost
average annual rainfall
main wind direction
extreme weather conditions
thunderstorm tendency
high tides, storm tides

2.6 People on the farm

Who is working in the farm?
Who does which job?
Regular visitors

2.7. Visitors' addresses


2.8 Energy situation

type of heat supply:
type of energy used:
average consumption per year:
average fuel cost per year:
Where does the electricity come from? (switching units, power station in the region)
How many KW:
alternative energy sources:
possibilities to save electricity:

2.9 water situation

Type of water supply in the house
water consumption in cbm per day, cbm per year
price in euro per cbm
equipment using up water
source of the drinking water
water supply firm
dates regarding the drinking water
type of sewage removal
sewage plant
reed sewage removal
facilities using non-drinking water
rain water utilisation
storage volume of the rain water utilisation
attached users
usage volume of rain water:
water in the surroundings of the centre:

2.10 soil situation

Soil type
soil development
soil samples around the house
- pH
- soil profile
- nutrients
- contamination
- organisms

2.11 Waste

description of the compost
recycling of glass, paper, metals and other substances
address of the recycling site
Recycling firms in the area
What sort of waste accumulates?
Which of that belongs to hazardous waste?
What volume ad mass is that per week?

2.12 Food supply

Where does the food come from?
What quality does it have?
Where ist the shopping done?
relation between selfproduction and purchased food
How is the food packaged?
Any emergency supply available?

2.13 Draw a map of the building

Ground plan drawing in a suitable scale
former utilisation
current utilisation
draw a picture of the front site of the building
Take photos!

2.14 Draw a map of the garden

Or the area
Ground plan drawing in a suitable scale
draw a picture of the garden sight
do a photo expedition

2.15 Environmental characteristics in the area

visited? Any notes?

2.16 Industry in the area

With the most important products and their emissions into water and air. Make an overview.

2.17 Environmental organizations with a short description and addresses


2.18 Political and administrative committees for environmental protection

place, public meetings, main function of the authorities
placement in the hierarchy of the authorities
Who is the contact person, who the environmental representative
1. environmental committee of the region
2. of the county
3. environmental protection board
6. environmental representative
7. safety representative

2.19 Different cultural facilities

Which deal with environmental protection?

2.20 Press

local newspaper, where is it printed?
editorial contact
which newspapers do we subscribe?
which magazines?

2.21 Which tourists' activities

does the region offer?
Are any of them biocompatible?

3. Reports and Overviews

3.1 Summary of the year's activity

3.2 Week schedules

working routine
working routine
working routine
working routine

3.3 Weather observation

atmospheric pressure
air moisture
wind direction
wind force
sunshine duration
rainfall quantity, sort
starry sky, comets

3.4. Phenology of the plants

Observation date

3.5 List of birds and insects

migratory birds
breeding birds
wooden nesting aid

3.6 List of the events and happenings

Notes, adventures

3.7 List of your own hobbies and qualification

First aid certificate
eco certificate
notes or advice

3.8 List of chosen professions working in environmental protection and training possibilities

Addresses, notes

4. Reports

4.1 Twenty books you have read

Short summary
421 von cp Liekfeld
youth activity booklet
Naturoasen , Maywald

4.2 Twenty wholefood recipes you have tried out Nettle spinach
dandelion salad
yarrow quark
yeast bread
sourdough/dry yeast bread

4.3 Topics from the workshop ideas of the centre you have worked on


BLOCK 1 nature experience and nature observation
Observations on the wadden sea at high and low tide
life conditions in the salt flora
bird world of the wadden sea
soil development on the coast
weather observation
ecological gardening
observation of animal behaviour
plant experiments
maintenance measures in the nature reserves

BLOCK 2 material experience and skills
wood work
model making for landscape architecture or sun and wind utilisation
switching unites and control technology
photo documentation and photo lab techniques
toy construction using disposal
Printing techniques: calcing, offset, linocut etc.
technical drawing
building material
textile technique: spinning, weaving, dyeing and sewing

BLOCK 3 Common environmental protection
air, air pollution, atmosphere
water, water cycle, drinking water
sewage, sewage plant
soil, soil machining, agriculture
waste, waste economy, landfill site
radioactivity and radiation
environmental chemicals
food, additives and an analysis of them
noise, noise protection and measurement data, construction acoustic
land use planning and traffic

BLOCK 4 Ressources
sun energy
Wind energy
biological gas
heat pump
energy storage and recovery
structure of the electricity economy
nuclear power and nuclear power station
raw materials of the earth and prognoses regarding their availability
aliment situation
populations' development

BLOCK 5 Social environment
concepts for business life and free time
structure and responsibilities of a health care system
women and ecology
main feature of some ecological models
municipal environmental planning, environmental committees
role plays
discussions and argumentation chain
ways of problem solving
structure of civil initiatives and the eco scene
self experience exercises
environmental awareness as a foundation for politics

BLOCK 6 Public relations in environmental and biological protection
reference field analysis of a civil initiative or an organisation
communication aid
game,planning an public discussion
concepts for an environment day
events catalogue
Planning, Realising and Supervising an exhibition
committee work
comments about some environment and nature laws
press structure and work
analysis of advertisement techniques
Planning, Realising and Supervising a lecture, course or a presentation

4.4 Ten practical projects you have worked on and any acquired skills

e.g. nest box construction
trench cleaning
cress test
bird counting
EDP program
photo lab technique
ten fingers typing

4.5 reports

Reports or documentations about public events
newspaper articles

4.6 personal stuff

Mood barometer

4.7 Other reports

About plans
about sight seeing and excursions
about attended workshop

5. Content of the data collection

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