Every other year, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture organises the International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth. It has been taking place for over fifty years in Herrsching on Lake Ammersee in southern Germany.
The desire expressed by many European rural youth leaders in the 1950s to build up a permanent training centre for the mutual exchange of experiences and ideas came from a meeting of the representatives of the FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organisation), UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) and WAY (World Assembly of Youth) on 22 July 1960 in Paris. There, Germany declared its willingness to establish an International Workshop for Rural Youth Work.
Leaders from all over the world were to be given many different forms of support and provided with ideas for the further development and strengthening of rural youth work.
Ever since the first event in 1962, all international seminars have been conducted at the House of Bavarian Agriculture in Herrsching (Lake Ammersee) under the patronage of the FAO. Over 1900 participants from roughly 150 countries have attended the 27 international workshops that have been held to date.
Important inspiration and concrete ideas for improving rural youth work have been implemented all over the world in the past decades.
Unique in the world, this workshop enjoys an excellent reputation in the rural youth movements of all continents. In 2017, interested rural youth work leaders are being invited to Herrsching for the 28th International Workshop.
Participants should be between 21- 45 years of age.
Workshop holds for 3 weeks between 9th and 22nd August 2017 in Germany.
And the application form can be found here https://www.international-herrsching-seminar.de/index.php?id=953&L=2 (application before 1st February).
Learn more about the workshop here
Participation Fee -The participation fee for the workshop is 600 Euros per person. There are no additional costs for accommodation, meals, working documents or excursions listed in the programme.
Travel Costs -Travel costs to and from the workshop are not included in the fee. They must be paid by the participants themselves or by their organisations/ employers
Financial Support -Under certain conditions financial assistance may be provided. Financial assistance may be requested for the participation fee and/or travel expenses. To this end, a reasoned request must be submitted together with the registration form. The request must be confirmed by the applicant’s own organisation or employer. The request shall indicate the level of costs which can be borne by the applicants themselves, and the reasons for which the remaining costs cannot be borne.