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Peter Runck (*1960) originates from the southern Palatinate region and has been the managing director of Internationaler Bauorden since 2001. He is a degreed social pedagogue (University of Applied Sciences) and previously worked for the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg, the Landesverband Deutscher Sinti RLP, and the city administration of Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Promotion of Youth und the Bureau of Culture). After several years of voluntary church youth work he is now actively involved as a member of the Managing Board of the Kulturverein Rhein-Neckar e.V. Peter Runck is in charge of public relations, finances as well as the communication with project partners of the IBO.
„There is a lot of room for ideas at Bauorden. I meet many great, young and dedicated people and look forward to meet with donors. One can support important and necessary social projects. I like working for Bauorden.”
Tereza Egle (*1985) originates from the northeastern part of the Czech Republic. Eight years ago she completed a volunteer social year (FSJ) in Konstanz and has been living in Germany ever since. She studied Russian, Polish and Journalism in Mainz, spent a semester abroad in Russia and completed several internships in Poland and the Ukraine. She learned about Bauorden when she attended her first Workcamp in 2002. Over the years Tereza participated in several other Workcamps and completed an extensive volunteer service at Bauorden. After a world trip and a year in Berlin she moved to Ludwigshafen and is responsible for the organization of the Workcamps in Germany and abroad.
„I gained precious experiences as a volunteer in my Workcamps. It was always a great feeling to be part of a charitable project alongside interesting people from all over the world. Now I make a living by making such encounters between committed people possible. In my opinion, it is a highly satisfying job.”
Jenny Elster (*1971) has been working for the Bauorden since February 2019. She’s originally from Uppsala in Sweden and studied environmental protection, German and Bohemistics in Uppsala and Leipzig. She loves everything that has to do with languages and intercultural exchange. She has worked mainly as a Swedish teacher and as a cook. In her spare time she likes to go on discovery tours in her new home Edingen-Neckarhausen.
“I am always very frustrated when there is too much talk and too little action. In Swedish they say “Mycket snack, lite verkstad.” A lot of chatter, little workshop. The Bauorden, on the other hand, is a lot of workshop. The volunteers build something that doesn’t disappear so easily. I think it’s brilliant to offer young people the opportunity to work physically in a community and to get to know another culture.”
Valentyna Sobetska (*1969) originates from the Ukrainian Novograd-Volinskij. After training to become a book-keeper, she studied management in Kiev, worked as a property administrator and completed training courses in experiential education. Valentyna accompanies volunteers from Middle Eastern Europe in Germany. Hobbies: Mushroom hunting.
“The Bauorden is a great chance to travel, try out new things and support a good cause. I want to help as many young people as possible to take this chance.”
Laura Schröger (* 1991) works since March 2019 at the Building Order. She studied anthropology and African studies and completed several internships in East Africa during her studies. At the Fernuni she took the extra-occupational social management course. After graduating, she lived in Tanzania for two years where she worked for a NGO. In the building order, Laura is mainly responsible for the camps abroad. “Volunteer work for me means developing new skills, meeting new people, crossing borders and across borders.”
“Do your little bit of good wherever you are, it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” (Desmond Tutu). ”
Bernd Ackermann (*1973) has been working for Bauorden since 2002. His commercial and organizational experience is quite important for the everyday work at the head office. He does the bookkeeping, helps with the billing, takes care of print jobs, helps with the maintenance of the website, fixes computer issues and is always happy to take on a new challenge. After completing a commercial training and gaining some experience in the culture scene he started to work part-time for Bauorden. He has dealt with child and youth work extensively in his church community and during the course of his civilian service.
“Strangers become friends: Where curiosity, helpfulness and good will come together, the future is being built.”
Friederike Schmahl (* 2001) was born in Freiburg, grew up in Mannheim-Seckenheim. She graduated from high school in Mannheim in 2019 and is very interested in ecological topics. This interest has brought her to the FöJ, which she completes from September 2019 to July 2020 at the International Building Order. Since she can imagine to work in the field of crafting, this year combines her interests perfectly with the desire to discover Europe.
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