Teambuilding in the hostel
Hostels can be a great way to hold meetings and team building sessions especially for young people - for example, for trainees or student events. Today, the youth hostels have long been more than just a cost-effective accommodation option: The Deutsche Jugendherbergswerk has also established itself as an expert in the field of experiential education, sports and culture especially for young people. Two hostels in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in Stralsund and Warnemünde, I have looked closer.
All houses in Mecklenburg Vorpommern offer eg indoor and outdoor recreational areas, which make a joint arrangement of the seminar around the meeting area possible as well as a perfect situation at sea or at the sea. In Warnemünde the beach is within walking distance, also in the city center is fast. In Stralsund, the youth hostel 6 KM is located outside on the Devin peninsula, with the bus takes about half an hour in the city.
Customer orientation system for meetings and seminars
For meetings and seminars, the DJH offers a nationwide uniform customer orientation system for quality assurance, which among other things awards hostels that are "particularly suitable for conferences and seminars". For example, both of the hostels I visited have several conference rooms that can be booked with technology - beamer, whiteboard, presentation kit - and special conference catering.
In addition, each group can book various supporting programs for the conference, such as excursions in the climbing forest, team games on the grounds or on the beach, geological hikes, theater workshops, a campfire or a city tour. The idea is always to strengthen the community. There are also numerous locations in the area for excursions: I visited, for example, the Jasmund National Park on the Königstuhl on Rügen and made an unforgettable hike, during which I also learned a lot about personal challenges and goals.
Extensive program offer
It is important for the youth hostels to be sustainable ConceptIn Mecklenburg-Vorpommern this means in addition to energy management in the houses and healthy food concretely, that the environmental education area is strongly emphasized by a variety of programs in programs such as surfing courses also an environmental aspect is incorporated. The country's three environmental youth hostels serve as role models here.
If you book here, you will immediately receive an extensive range of programs, which are tailored to the respective needs through the large selection and experience, and benefit from a permanent local contact as well as long-standing partnerships and contacts of the DJH to various providers.
For example, there are for breakfast as well as dinner healthy and fresh products, such as fruit, vegetables and salad, Volkornbrot, oatmeal or grains and thus also much offer for vegetarians.
The Landesverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers a share of 10 percent organic products, but aims to increase this to 20 percent. Furthermore, much emphasis is placed on the regional origin of the products.
Exactly this shows that the youth hostels in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are not suitable for everyone: A limited number of single rooms requires that seminar participants are partly ready to share a room. In Warnemünde, for example, 222 beds are available in a large house in 2 to 6 bed rooms, a large part is equipped with an en suite shower / WC, and there are also 4 places for wheelchair users and managerial rooms.
In Stralsund, the accommodations with 199 beds in 2 to 6 bed rooms are spread over several houses throughout the area, giving the hostel the atmosphere of a Swedish village that also has its own swimming area.
Finally, there is a well-functioning WLAN in the houses, in which one has to log in separately by means of extra codes. On the one hand, this reduces the costs for people who do not use Wi-Fi, but on the other hand ensures that surprisingly few students on the site stare into their cell phones. Nevertheless, the constant re-login is a nuisance and even for extremely restful natures visited by me hostels are rather not recommended, since the houses also have no special soundproofing. At night, however, attention is paid to the night's sleep.
Target group: Non-commercial institutions preferred
In addition, the statutes of the DJH Landesverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern stipulate that not every group will be accepted at the reduced junior rate. According to the statute, the aim of the non-profit association is to promote child and youth welfare, to promote environmental and nature conservation, and to promote international sentiment. tolerance and international understanding, as well as the promotion of education and training of young people.
Anyone who shares these charter objectives as an institution and travels to further education, receives a so-called DJH group membership - ie not every participant must complete a single membership - and travel to the junior rate. In concrete terms, this means supporting the respective institutions and institutions in their work by using the hostels as junior boarding accommodation when traveling with young people and booking program offers such as team building workshops or water sports.
Who can book the meeting rooms?
In addition, these non-commercial providers and institutions also have access to the conference rooms, for example for trainee or employee training courses, seminars, conferences and team building events. Decisive are always the non-profit goals, which eg companies from the non-profit sector and youth welfare sector or employers from the commercial sector, the training work or youth promotion operate meet.
In principle, however, anyone can rent accommodation and conference rooms in the youth hostels in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The difference is for commercial operators, associations of individuals who do not travel to training and have no non-profit approach or youth work but the following:
- You do not get a DJH group membership, everyone has to complete a single membership,
- You do not travel at the reduced June tariff, but at the 27 + tariff.
- Likewise, they pay the full sales tax of 19% to the meeting room
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