Open for applications: 61th International Friendship Camp - Austrian Youth Red Cross and internship Austrian Red Cross 2016

The Austrian Youth Red Cross (AYRC) is hosting its 61st International Study and Friendship Camp in the summer of 2016. The International Study and Friendship Camp is an annual event that brings together young people who are involved in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement at local and national levels from around the world. These young volunteers come together to work on certain topics, exchange ideas and opinions, share life-experiences, and discuss cultural perspectives.

This year’s Camp will be held from 11 July to 25 July 2016 in Langenlois – a beautiful small city in Lower Austria!

The Austrian Red Cross is inviting a group of two (2) motivated and enthusiastic youth members who are involved in and/or who volunteer for Finnish Red Cross to attend this exciting event. These young people should be aged between 16 and 23.

What Henry Ford stated many years ago, can still be applied to our fast-moving and quickly changing world and the environment we live in. Every single person has their own strengths, ambitions, potentials and abilities. However, combined with the different approaches and combined skills of other people, goals can be reached faster and more effectively. Team building plays a crucial role in voluntary service. Without working together with other people, Henry Dunant would not have been able to found the most important organisation of the world that cares for the vulnerable.

In our society, we sometimes forget that people around us can help us with reaching common goals. Therefore, the 61st international friendship camp with the Austrian Youth Red Cross will focus on strengthening personal abilities and finding strategies and methods to actively combine personal ambitions with those of others. For one greater cause: to work effectively in teams and reach the goals of the international Red Cross/Red Crescent and Red Crystal Movement, such as all volunteers that have come before us.

Build a dreamteam – be part of it!

The topics of discussion at the camp will be based to the seven fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement - topics that are important and meaningful to all young people. The discussions will take place in Information-Groups (moderated by competent group facilitators) and in creative workshops. The camp’s diverse program will be supported by a variety of written materials and multi-media tools. The camp’s official language is English. It is therefore vital that the participants can communicate effectively in the camp language.

Excursions to Vienna, Melk and Mauthausen will provide participants with the opportunity to explore the culture and history of Austria. The annual Torchlight peace-walk at the Camp is a symbol of our efforts and an opportunity for participants to interact with Austrians outside the camp. And much more!

To apply, please send the enclosed application with motivation letter to May 1st . A letter of reference from your district or branch (which can be written in English, Finnish or Swedish) is optional. If you have any questions, please contact Maija Salava ( ) or Viivi Mouhu (

All travel expenses of the participants will be covered by the Finnish Red Cross with the help of Folke Bernadotte memorial fund.