Since 2015 we invite exchange students from the US and German students to come together on the weekend of Ascension Day to a picturesque village near Hamburg to discuss exciting and up to date economic issues.
The EconomyCamp takes four days and is organized in a Barcamp format. That means that the 60 participants decide on their own which topics they will be discussing. The only requirement is that it’s about the economy. It is totally up to them if they discuss the free trade agreement, inequality of payment between men and women or sustainable consumption. In the session planning they propose the topics which they later discuss in small groups. These 60 minutes sessions are moderated and documented by the participants themselves using new digital methods.
The dynamic interaction and the shared input is something special about the EconomyCamp. The participants contribute to the sessions either in English or in German. They choose the language they prefer. Moreover, it is due to their different cultural heritage that they learn about the differences between their economic systems and gain a new perspective on economic relations.
Who does not need a break, especially after discussing much and intensively? Between the sessions and in the evening there is time to relax and play table tennis, football or cards and make new friends. In the end the EconomyCamp closes with a trip to Hamburg by boat, sightseeing and a dinner.
After four intensive days with many discussions, new friends and new insights on economic topics, the participants state that this had been „awesome“, „inspiring“, „unbeschreiblich“ or „eine unvergessliche Erfahrung“.
That is why you should join and be part of it!
When?: Once a year on the weekend of Ascension Day
Where?: ABC Bildungs-und Tagungszentrum in Drochtersen-Hüll (near Hamburg)
Who?: Students from Germany and the US aged 16 to 19
- Great interest in economic topics
- Good English and German knowledge
- Openness for new things
The Joachim Herz Stiftung covers the costs for board and lodging, travel expenses and the program.