ESC Volunteering at Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut in Bremen, Germany

***call closed***Are you passionate about dance? What about film? This volunteering project combines these two topics! You can join the team at the German Dance Film Institute, the largest archive of dance films and thus an important educational institution in the arts sector!

Together with Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut (TAFI) we are looking for motivated volunteers. You can apply for two different project durations.

Dates 1: 25.01.2024 – 25.01.2025, only applicable for citizens of an EU Country (not Germany)

Dates 2: 13.05.2024 – 13.05.2025, applicable for both citizens of EU countries and partner countries

Location: Bremen, Germany

About the hosting organisation

The Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut (TAFI) was founded in 1988 by Heide-Marie Härtel as a non-profit organisation to gather and archive videos of dance performances from all around Germany. It is now the largest dance archive in all of Europe.

The institute frequently goes to film dance performances and award ceremonies in various parts of Germany, as well as most performances in Bremen.

The other main activity of the institute is to digitalise and update the archive which has over 40000 video cassettes.

The institute creates its own video productions, develops series of events and lectures, and cooperates with other cultural institutions on a project specific basis.

Instagram: @tanzfilminstitutbremen

If you want to find out more about your hosting organisation and the volunteering experience (and understand a little bit of German as well) check our video here that we made in cooperation with them.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Helping with the filming and production of dance films, recorded during events in Bremen and other places in Germany
  • Supporting the organisation in the digitisation of video cassettes to create an online archive of their materials
  • Editing of publicity materials, if needed, like instagram, website, facebook and other materials

As you can see – there are a lot of technical things to learn here! Don’t worry, previous experience is not required, it is more important that you are patient, willing to learn and open to ask questions. You will receive training from the staff at the institute and learn as you go along.

To get a better idea of what this position entails, you can read Emanuel’s final report and Yanitsa’s first report about their voluntary service.


NaturKultur e.V will be the coordinating organisation and, among other things, in charge of all logistical matters.

You will be accommodated in your own room in a flat in Bremen with four other ESC volunteers.

Bremen is a city in North-West Germany (around 500.000 inhabitants), not far from Hamburg and the North Sea coast. Bremen is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with a lot of young people and both a historical centre and newer areas of towns.

As an ESC volunteer, you will receive health insurancemonthly pocket money for food and other expenses (266€ + 180€)Travel costs will be reimbursed depending on the travel distance (normally between 180-360€).

You will be supported by a Coordinator and a Mentor to help you get settled in your work place and the city of Bremen. You will also receive German language lessons of 1 hour per week.

But – how is it to volunteer in Bremen?

You can check out our Instagram Account @volunteersofbremen

And if you’d rather watch a video – here you can check out some stories from our volunteers.

Or find out more about Maria, who was volunteering in a school in Bremen.

You can apply, if you…

  • … are a resident of an EU Country (not Germany) or Partner country (*when applying from a partner country keep in mind that you can only apply for the start in May 2024, due to the visa process)
  • … between 18-30 years old (on the day you start your ESC)
  • … can communicate in English (A2 or more) or German (A2 or more) and/or are willing to improve your foreign language skills
  • … are passionate about technology and dance
  • … love to be creative and motivated about making a positive change in society
  • … are an open-minded person, motivated to work in a team and with people from different religious, cultural and social backgrounds

In short, this project will give you the chance to become a part of a really special mission and organisation in the arts sector, learn what it’s like to organise the filming of performances and digitise video materials, help with the hosting of local events and find ways of how to work in a team – while living in a new city and culture together with other young Europeans!

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with Lina: [email protected]

Sounds like your dream project? Apply below!

Please note: we do not need CVs or motivation letters. E-Mails that contain those will not be answered. Please, only apply through the form below.

Deadline: 08.10.2023

(Copyright logo and images: Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut)