Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen

Voluntary Service

FSJ volunteer Ina Derboven on a guided tour with a school group in January 2020
FSJ volunteer Ina Derboven on a guided tour with a school group in January 2020
Emil Purtscheller-Kanz, a Holocaust Memorial Service volunteer, in a workshop with pupils in 2020
Emil Purtscheller-Kanz, a Holocaust Memorial Service volunteer, in a workshop with pupils in 2020
Youth forum "Denk!mal" evening event in the Berlin House of Representatives in January 2020
Youth forum "Denk!mal" evening event in the Berlin House of Representatives in January 2020

You are looking for insights into extracurricular historical education during your voluntary service and want to actively participate in shaping it? 

Every year, the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum offers three interested people the opportunity to complete their Voluntary Social Year in the field of Culture (FSJ Kultur), their Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service (Gedenkdienst) and their Voluntary Service through Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) in the Education Department.

Applications can only be made through the organisations. Further information can be found here:

The volunteers first work, under supervision, on their own concept for a guided tour on the history of the site, in order to then offer group tours in German and, if possible, in a foreign language. They assist with study days and multi-day projects and later on also carry these out themselves. They also support the supervision of a three-week international summer camp. Furthermore, there is also the opportunity to research various topics in the archives, the media library and the collection depot, depending on their interests, as well as to actively participate in events. In addition, volunteers get to know the different departments of the Brandenburg Memorials’ Foundation and take part in thematic and didactic training courses.

Paige Harouse, ARSP volunteer in 2019/20:

“I wanted to do voluntary service to not only learn about German Memorial sites and today's culture of remembrance, but also to experience it. During my voluntary service in the education department, I learned a lot about the history of the site and the experiences of the former prisoners. I visited other memorials and museums, worked with school groups, supported various memorial events and more”.