How the Year is STRUCTURED?
The yearly program of project:vienna is aligned with the the seasonal working cycles of the Church and the semester-cycle of students. The year begins and ends with the summer festival, BurningChurch (which, in the future, will provide a meeting place for incoming and outgoing cohorts of project:vienna). The planning of the rest of the year is structured around excursions, volunteer work and conferences. Courses will take place during semester months (October–December, January; March–June). Field-work assignments will also be handed out and participants will dive into the work of the local congregation as well. Weekly schedules are very flexibly and individually arranged in accordance with field-work assignments and current tasks in the congregation. All participants will gather for meals, morning prayer, the morning briefing and bible-school courses.
Weekends set aside for reflection will take place at various intervals: to get to know each other at the beginning of the year, an interim review after the first semester and an end-of-the-year review. The setting of personal goals, a way of thinking that is oriented toward personal gifting, and reflection on group dynamics are important components of project:vienna. It is in this connection that mentoring has its significance. Participants will be assigned a person from the Church, who will have a sympathetic ear for them and who will accompany them throughout the year.
BurningChurch, a network of Churches, individuals and friends, is a project very near to the heart of our Church. We gather once a year at Attersee, in Upper Austria, for a festival. With its speakers, workshops, vacation-setting and the summer bible school, it makes up the ideal beginning of and eventful ending to your year at project:vienna.
For the month of February, we will send you out to different parts of Europe. You will spend this month in Churches, projects, social works and other programs. This is optional field-work, and depends on availability of positions. Those who wish to do so can also use this time for a vacation.
We want to attend and help out at the youth meeting of the German Baptist Union. It is here that our connection to the Youth Work of the Baptist Churches in Germany takes a concrete shape. Besides this meeting, there will also be other conferences and events that will provide us with the opportunity to take trips together.
Educational trips are also optional and carry additional costs. Through the Austrian Baptist Aid organization, we have a strong connection to the EBM and enjoy doing summertime field-work and taking educational trips to our joint projects all over the world: Mozambique, Cuba, India etc.