The association Eurowerkstatt Jena e. V. was founded in January 2006. The starting point of the foundation was the work of the Stadtteilladen Nord, which has been initiating and implementing European projects within the framework of the "YOUTH Programme" of the European Union for many years - following the tradition of the KinderVilla.
The Eurowerkstatt is the result of a long tradition of the institutions and associations of youth work/youth social work in Jena. For many years they have been organising international youth meetings. The Eurowerkstatt bears - to emphasize this tradition - the name of one of these past projects. Already since 1998 actions in the programme YOUTH are used by some institutions of youth work in Jena. The decisive factor for the orientation of the association towards European projects is the promotion of intercultural aspects within the youth work of the city, especially the examination of the possibilities of a united Europe. The basis of the work of the association is to integrate into the existing structures of youth work in Jena. For this reason, a cooperation agreement was made with the youth department of the city of Jena, which welcomes and supports the work of the association.
The aim of the association is the creation of school and extracurricular offers in Jena and the surrounding area in order to develop social and professional competences - especially intercultural competences. Among other things, this is intended to create the conditions for young people to understand and also make use of the possibilities and opportunities in Europe.
One of the most important tasks is to support the work of all associations and institutions by providing advice and guidance in order to stimulate and promote projects with a European dimension at local and regional level.
Eurowerkstatt is a sending organisation for the European Voluntary Service, a coordinating organisation for host projects in the European Voluntary Service, supports volunteers in development aid in Europe and the world, builds stable relationships with social work institutions around the globe and supports youth initiatives as well as international youth encounters.
There are also regular information events, exhibitions about the volunteer experience and an annual festival for former and future volunteers.