ESC Volunteering at Bremische Bürgerschaft (state parliament), Bremen Germany

***call closed*** Are you interested in creating a project to interconnect two sister cities? Do you enjoy to work self-sufficient and want to learn more about the political education inside of a state parliament? If the answer to both  is “Yes”, then this opportunity is your chance  – come to Bremen and support the Bremische Bürgerschaft in their activities!


Dates: 02.09.2024 – 31.08.2025

Location: Bremen, Germany

Hosting Organisation:  Bremische Bürgerschaft

In collaboration with the state parliament in Bremen, we are looking for one volunteer from the following countries: Latvia, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine and Israel. Preferably from the cities Riga, Izmir, Gdansk, Odesa or Haifa but you may also apply if you are connected to one of those cities in a certain way. 


About your hosting organisation

The Bremen Parliament is the state parliament of the city state of Bremen. They live democracy and parliamentarism. As the Department for Public Relations/International Affairs, they are responsible for political education. This means that they try to get young people interested in parliament and democratic processes with their own concept (“Klasse Bürgerschaft”). Reconciliation and raising awareness of history is also an important element of the Parliament’s commemorative work – especially with Bremen’s eight sister cities. These international city relations and regional partnerships make an important contribution to the character of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen as a traditionally cosmopolitan and internationally networked Hanseatic city.

As a volunteer you will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about public relations and international affairs inside of the state parliament of Bremen
  • Reach new target groups through social media or help increase the visibility of the international work in Bremen.
  • Contribute to strengthening ties between sister cities with your own project ideas (e.g. for events, exhibitions and/or on the topics of youth)
  • Apply with your own project and implement it during your volunteering
  • Develop projects with other volunteers from the partner cities coordinated by the Senatskanzlei (city hall), just across the street
  • Develop your own guided tour of the parliament in your native language and support delegation trips
  • Support existing workshops for school classes and initiate exchanges between Bremen schools and the partner cities.

You will be their first ESC volunteer, but do not worry they are experienced with young people doing their internships and the best part is, they can learn a lot together with you.


NaturKultur e.V will be the coordinating organization in charge of all logistical matters.

You will be accommodated in a house just for ESC volunteers in Bremen, where you will have your own room.

Bremen is a city in North-West Germany (around 500.000 inhabitants), close the border with Netherlands and the North Sea coast. Bremen is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with a lot of young people and where you can find a historical centre, modern and cultural areas, in a small area.

As an ESC volunteer, you will receive health insurance, 180€ monthly pocket money, 266€ for living expensesTravel costs will be reimbursed depending on the travel distance (normally between 180€-360€).

You will be supported by a Coordinator, an internal Mentor to help you get settled in your work place, and an external mentor to you get to know the city of Bremen. You will also receive German language lessons (once per week) together with all volunteers and have access to OLS, the online language learning platform.

But – how is it to volunteer in Bremen?

If you’d like to 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 the cities Riga, Izmir, Gdansk, Haifa or Odesa or have some sort of connection to one of these cities. 
  • … between 18-30 years old (on the day you start your ESC)
  • … can communicate in English (B1 or more) and/or German (A2 or more) and/or are willing to improve your foreign language skills
  • … have a high level of motivation, desire for self-development and readiness to work with different age groups
  • …take initiative and want to implement your own project idea
  • … 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 ESC project will give you the opportunity to learn and gain experience in a new professional environment, develop your self-awareness and knowledge about people with different backgrounds, learn more about a new culture and language, find your strengths and interests in an unforgettable, unique year in Bremen! The voluntary service is financed by European Solidarity Corps. The mission of the ESC is to bring people from different backgrounds together to form a society based on mutual acceptance, solidarity and cohesion.

Any questions? Please contact Lina at [email protected].

If you would like to apply simply fill out the form below. You will be asked for you own project idea, take you time to think about it before filling the form.

Application Deadline: 31.03.2024

(Bremen Bürgerschaft building image copyright: picture alliance / dpa / Sina Schuldt)