In Santander, Spain, we experienced the power ocean at the IH Cantabria research centre.
The setting of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the old fortress city of Ingolstadt must be about as German as they come. There are gabled merchants’ houses. Military grounds turned into parks. There is beer and there are cars – the Bavarian regulation on the purity of beer (it cannot contain just anything!) comes from here, and the city hosts the Audi HQ.
Unemployment is not high but it can be almost double in certain areas, namely those where more people (over 70%) have a migrant background. In one of them, Susann and Kenneth visited a super initiative called QuartierWerkStadt which helps people find or create jobs for themselves while also strengthening ties within the community.
The project is linked to the global recycling movement Repair Cafés and teaches practical and social skills to long-term unemployed people and single parents hoping to get back to work with a view to a job in services, home economics, horticulture or repairs. A catering service working with local companies offers qualifications in food service industry.