Prague. Riga. Srebrenica. Verdun. Have you heard about all these places, but never been there? If you are between 18 and 26 years old, enjoy travelling to foreign places with people from different countries and like to get involved in discussions, then join us on a PEACE LINE right across Europe!
You will travel in an international group for two weeks, to different places that played an important role for Europe’s history during the 20th century. Experienced team members accompany you on your journey and guide you through the programme. You will interview contemporary witnesses who will tell you about their historical accounts at first hand. You will meet young people from the regions you are visiting to exchange your views and you will discuss the impact of past events on our present-day lives.
If you want to take part in PEACE LINE, we charge a participation fee of 100€. All costs for your accommodation, meals, entrance fees and transport during the route, as well as any visa costs, are paid for by the project. In addition, we support you with a travel allowance to reduce the cost of your arrival and departure.
While elsewhere peace lines separate conflicting parties, our peace lines encourage intercultural understanding. PEACE LINE participants are young people from all over Europe – inside and outside the European Union. Find out what they think about their continent’s history and its impact on current political events. Share your experience with your community and on social media to spread the messages of PEACE LINE. Become a Peace Ambassador.
For more detailed information, please check our FAQ.
Blue Route 27.05 – 10.06.23
Yellow Route 1 17.06 – 01.07.23
Green Route 16.07 – 30.07.23
Red Route 21.07 – 03.08.23
Yellow Route 2 02.09. – 16.09.23
Do you want to discover the eventful history of the 20th century in Europe? On the Green Route, you’ll discuss the background and consequences of the two world wars, the Cold War and its division of the world as well as the European Unification and its goal to prevent future wars. This route will take you through the frontlines of former conflicts in Central Europe.
If you’re interested in the World War II and its consequences right up to the present day, and if you want to talk about it with a large group of other young people from all over Europe, debate the issues and get different perspectives on World War II, the subsequent time and what it means for your future, then apply for the this route.
Are you interested in the history of the Balkans in the 20th century? Would you like to know how the two world wars and the division of Europe affected this region? Do you want to know how competing remembrance shapes the societies of the peninsula to this day? The Yellow Route takes you through a large part of the Balkans where you will also learn about the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the associated wars.
Are you interested in peace work and how wars can be ended? The Red Route takes you back to the 17th century and also through the frontlines of the two World Wars of the 20th century in Western Europe. You will discuss the importance of peace treaties and learn about different ways of commemorating the victims of conflict and tyranny. On this route you will also get a deep insight into the European Union, that wants to contribute to more peace in Europe.
What is PEACE LINE?
In 2020, the German War Graves Commission used the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War as an opportunity to launch an innovative project that combines encounter, reconciliation and education in a youth-oriented form: PEACE LINE. Peace Ambassadors wanted.
You will travel with young people between 18 and 26 from different countries for two weeks on a route through several European countries. The group will visit places of remembrance of the First and Second World War, the division of Europe and the European Unification. Pedagogically experienced team members will accompany the journey.
You will learn together about the historical events of these places and about the different existing perspectives that show how the same events are told in different stories. In this way, you will experience that the history you learned in school is not necessary the history that other young people from Europe learn in their countries or regions. It is one of the main goals of PEACE LINE to show you the existence of different historical perspectives and to discuss with you the origins and consequences of these stories.
Who can take part?
PEACE LINE is open to all European young people, but you should bring the following 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.
- Interest and curiosity for history and Europe as well as politics are crucial.
- You must have grown up in Europe.
- You need a passport or ID card valid for at least six months at the beginning of our journey.
- You should enjoy the exchange with international young people and be open-minded towards others.
I am a citizen of a non-EU country in Europe. Can I apply for PEACE LINE?
Yes, application is open to all young people from Europe, also those living outside Europe at the moment.
However, application is only possible if you have the legal right of travel to all the countries on the route you wish to take. So especially with COVID-19, please check if you can enter and get a visa (if needed) for these countries with your passport and current residency. In most cases this is not an issue, but it is your responsibility to see if it is possible with your specific citizenship/status of residence.
How can I apply?
You can apply here, by filling out the application form. It will be accessible in the first months of 2023. The exact date will be announced soon. You can also subscribe for an email reminder for the application period 2023.
Additionaly to the application form, we ask you to submit a short video of you presenting yourself and your motivation to join PEACE LINE.
When will I know if I can join PEACE LINE?
You will receive a response from us relatively quickly after the application deadline (within 2-4 weeks) via email. After the application deadline, participants can still be accepted via the waiting list. Please book your arrival and departure only after you have received confirmation of your participation and further booking information.
The decision about acceptance and rejection of participants is made upon the basis of predefined criteria (diversity of countries of origin, balanced age and gender distribution, consideration of different target groups, motivation of the participants).
How good should my English be?
A solid knowledge of English is a requirement for participation, since people from all over Europe will travel together. You should be able to communicate well in English in everyday life. We deal with many historical and political topics, where you should be able to take part in the discussions. But don’t worry, the other participants and our multinational team members will certainly help you if you struggle to find your words.
Do I have to pay to participate?
We charge a participation fee of 100 € per person.
PEACE LINE will cover all expenses for accommodation, visa, meals, entrance fees as well as travel costs during the journey.
We will pay you a one-time travel allowance which will vary depending on where you live. As a rule, however, it is between 100 € and 400 €.
If you cannot afford the participation fee or the travel costs, please contact us and we will find a solution together.
Do I have to organise the trip myself?
You are in charge for your arrival at the first station of the journey and departure at the end. You need to make sure you have a valid passport or ID card and two weeks to spare. We take care of all the rest.
Depending on your citizenship and the route you wish to take, you might also need to arrange for a visa. But don’t worry, we will help you with that and explain step by step how to get the right visa.
Can I join the tour for only a part of the route?
No, it is not possible to travel only a part of the route. By registering, you agree to take part in the entire journey and all the planned parts of the programme.
I’m not 18 yet. Can I still take part?
Unfortunately, participation under the age of 18 is not possible. However, if you turn 18 before the start of the route, you are welcome to apply.
PEACE LINE will be continued in the coming years. So keep following our project and sign up when you are of age!
How can I become a team member?
If you would like to take an active role in our routes as a team member, you can apply here within the application period for team members. We are looking for team members with professional experience in international youth projects or historical education as well as strong communication skills.
In general we require a profound knowledge of 20th century European history to be able to lead discussions and to conduct workshops.
As a team member
- you will be part of a team of four.
- you will be responsible for keeping the group together and taking care of organisational tasks.
- you will prepare and conduct workshops on history, culture of remembrance, narratives and team building as well as moderate discussions.
- you will take part in a preparatory workshop with the PEACE LINE team, prepare the content in advance and arrive two days prior to the start to finalise the plan for the route.
The team members will receive a financial allowance and a travel allowance.
Is it safe to join PEACE LINE during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The PEACE LINE team observes the pandemic situation very closely and plans the routes accordingly. In principle, the safety and health of teamers and participants are the most important priority. By maintaining a hygiene concept, adapting travel plans to local outbreaks and regular testing before and during travelling we try to achieve a good level of protection and security. However, due to the dynamic development, last-minute changes to the route, the stations along the journey, its duration and the program are possible. In the weeks before your journey starts, be sure to check your inbox regularly in order not to miss important info.
Do I have to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
No. At this time, it is not necessary to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in PEACE LINE.
However, we reserve the right to require proof of vaccination for participation at short notice due to pandemic developments. If this cannot be presented, participation will not be possible.
I have a health condition which is associated with a higher risk of severe course of COVID-19. Can I still join?
In the end, it is your decision. It should be clear that despite all precautions, the risk of infection will always be higher during a group journey than without. You have to weigh your individual risk with the merits of joining PEACE LINE, we also encourage you to talk to your physician in case of doubt. Also, please be aware that our team members are not allowed to administer medication or to perform medical treatment (other than first-aid emergencies).
In principle, we encourage all participants to share information on health conditions; all participants receive a form to fill out after successful registration. This is important so that there are no surprises in cases of emergencies. Your personal data will be treated confidentially and will be deleted after the end of the journey.
What happens if there is a COVID-19 case during PEACE LINE?
In principle, we will try to avoid the risk of infection as much as possible. This includes careful planning in relation to local pandemic developments, separating the group from outside contacts as much as possible and testing before and during PEACE LINE.
Health insurance will be covered either by standard European coverage (for participants in their own home country) or by the German War Graves Commission (during travel abroad). In case of infection or quarantine, we will follow the instructions of local health authorities and assist affected persons. Detailed emergency plans will be sent to participants shortly before travel so that newest developments can be considered.
Who actually runs PEACE LINE?
PEACE LINE is carried out by the German War Graves Commission as the so-called lead partner, but is supported by a broad alliance of partners. The whole project is financed by the German Foreign Office.
The German War Graves Commission is a recognised and modern actor in the culture of remembrance and commemoration. It safeguards the memory of the victims of wars and tyranny by caring for the graves and relatives as well as through commemorative and educational work, understands their death as a mission for peace and reconciliation work and thus makes its contribution to the promotion of the European idea.