Peace
Ambassadors
Wanted

PEACE LINE. Peace ambassadors wanted

Verdun. Riga. Buchenwald. Leningrad blockade. Schengen. Westerplatte. Have you heard about all these places, but never been there? If you are aged between 18 and 26, enjoy travelling to foreign countries with people from different countries and like to get involved in discussions, then join us, and draw a PEACE LINE right across Europe! You will travel together in an international group, to different places that played an important role for Europe during the 20th century. You will meet young people who live there now. And you will discuss the impact of past events on our present-day lives.

With PEACE LINE, you experience history right up close.
What historical events are still important today – and why? Do young people in Russia have a different view of Hitler and Stalin than young Poles or Germans? Why is November 11 so important in France? And do true heroes actually exist in real life?

Meet young people from all over Europe! Find out what they think about Europe, history and the current political situation. And you can talk to others about your views in person – or write a blog!

In the PEACE LINE project, which is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office, different organisations work together led by the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V. (German war graves commission).

Our partners are the Europäische Akademie Berlin (the European Academy in Berlin), the Internationales Bildungs- und Begegnungswerk (the Office for International Education and Exchange), the German-Russian Museum in Karlshorst, ConAct (the Coordination Center for German-Israel Youth Exchange), German-Polish and Franco-German Youth Offices, the Federal Agency for Civic Education, and the war graves organisations in France and the Netherlands.

Experience Europe on these three routes:

News

You can find latest news and up-to-date information about PEACE LINE here.

PEACE LINE in 120 seconds

Routes

Green Route

How about travelling from Berlin to France, through Germany and the Czech Republic? Register for the Weimar – Prague – Munich – Verdun route!

Blue Route

Does the thought of travelling from St. Petersburg to the border between Germany and Poland via the Baltic coast excite you? Then the St. Petersburg – Rīga– Kaunas – Gdańsk route is the right one for you.

FAQ

What is PEACE LINE?

The Volksbund used the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War 2020 as an opportunity to launch an innovative project that combines encounter, reconciliation and education in a youth-oriented form: “PEACE LINE. Peace Ambassadors wanted”.

Young people between 18 and 26 from different countries travel together on a route through several countries in Western and Central Europe. You will visit places of remembrance of the First and Second World Wars, the division of Europe and the European awakening. Pedagogically experienced team members will accompany you on your journey.

You will learn together about the historical events and about the different perspectives (“narratives”) that prevail in your respective countries of origin. In this way, it can be possible to see the national approach to historical events from other perspectives and to approach each other. This creates a basis for reconciliation and common remembrance and lays a foundation for equal coexistence in the future. You become aware of your national identity, but at the same time you are immunised against nationalism, xenophobia and disparagement of others.

Who can take part?

PEACE LINE is open to all European young people, but you should bring the followings with you:

You must be at least 18 years old;
You should have a solid knowledge of the English language, as the entire programme is conducted in English;
A keen interest in history and Europe as well as politics are crucial;
You also need a passport valid for at least 6 months;
You should enjoy the exchange with international young people and be open-minded towards others.

Do I have to pay to participate?

We will cover the costs for accommodation, meals, entrance fees as well as travel costs during the project and visa costs.

Only the travel to and from the starting point of our trip (for the Blue Route the starting and ending point is Berlin; for the Green Route the starting point is Weimar and the ending point is Niederbronn-les-Bains, we will offer a shuttle to some bigger cities) you have to pay yourself.

Please book your arrival and departure only after you have received confirmation of your participation and further booking information.

Do I have to organise the trip myself?

No!
We take care of all the travel arrangements for you. You just need to make sure you have a valid passport and have two weeks to spare.

If you have signed up for the Blue Route, you will also need to arrange a visa for Russia. But don’t worry, we will help you with that and explain step by step how to get the right visa and how to get reimbursed by us.

The same applies if you need a visa for the Schengen area.

Can I join the tour for only part of the route?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to travel only part of the route. By registering, you agree to take part in the entire journey and all the planned parts of the programme.

How good should my English be?

Young people from all over Europe – and beyond – will participate. Therefore, a solid basic knowledge of English is a prerequisite for participation. You should be able to cope well with English in everyday life and have no inhibitions about using the English language. We deal with many historical and political topics, where you might miss a word or two, that’s no problem, and if it gets really difficult, the other participants or our multinational team of team members will certainly help you.

I’m not yet 18. Can I still take part?

Unfortunately, participation under the age of 18 is not possible.

But hey: PEACE LINE will be continued in the coming years. So keep following our project and sign up if you are of age! And you can still participate in all online events. 

How can I become a team member?

If you not only want to be part of the trip, but would also like to accompany a group of young people as a team member, you can apply here soon. It would be nice if you have some experience in accompanying (international) youth projects. If you already have proof of this (such as the Juleica or another certificate), please send us a copy of it.

As a team member, you will be responsible for the group together with 4-5 other young team members. We will be on the move a lot on the route, so team members who keep the group together and are available for questions are indispensable.

In addition, the individual places will be didacticised beforehand and prepared in such a way that the participants can learn about the contents together. They are supported in this by the team members. The task of the team members will also be to take up questions and discussions and to moderate them in a goal-oriented way.

The team members will also have to take care of smaller organisational tasks, such as checking whether everyone is back on the bus, distributing rooms, paying out lump sums for meals, etc….

The team members will be trained by us in advance for this task. However, if you already have experience in looking after youth groups, this is an advantage.

The team members receive a financial allowance for their work and of course the travel costs including travel to and from the camp are covered.

Who is actually running PEACE LINE?

PEACE LINE is carried out by the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V. as the so-called lead partner, but is supported by a broad alliance of partners: The European Academy Berlin, the International Education and Encounter Service, the German-Russian Museum Karlshorst, the German-Polish and the German-French Youth Service, the Federal Agency for Civic Education, the war graves organisations from France and the Netherlands – they all contribute to the success of the project. The whole project is financed by the German Foreign Office.

How is the selection process?

The participants are selected in a rolling process, i.e. decisions about acceptance and rejection are made continuously on the basis of predefined criteria (diversity of countries of origin, balanced age and gender distribution, consideration of different target groups, motivation of the participants).

You will receive a response from us relatively quickly (within 2-4 weeks). After the application deadline, participants can still be accepted via the waiting list.