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in our international seminar house in Tyrol

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Intercultural Encounters

adult education for people from all over the world

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Professional Exchange

education and training of committed adults

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Living Dialogue

on social issues and topics pertaining to SOS Children's Villages

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Discover, explore and experience the history of SOS Children's Villages

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Hermann Gmeiner Academy

International training centre of SOS Children's Villages and seminar house

We are a platform dedicated to the professional exchange, training and further education of the employees of SOS Children’s Villages and the location of many conferences essential to the organisation’s work. Our archive constitutes the memory of SOS Children’s Villages. Additionally, our research also focuses on topics relating to childhood, family and organizational culture.

Furthermore, the academy is responsible for the distribution of awards recognizing the special commitment and achievements of program participants and employees around the world. Our house is also open to the many friends of SOS Children's Villages and other social organizations and can be booked on a collaborative basis. Our heart and professional commitment is for a world of tomorrow in which all children are respected, loved and supported in their development so that they have many opportunities for a self-determined, happy life.

2nd Photo (Education): Stefan Lechner Photography

News from the Hermann Gmeiner Academy


Further Postponement of Harvesting 2020

February 8 2021 - Despite high hopes and enormous willingness to carry out the Harvesting 2020 workshop next spring, the workshop had to be postponed again as the health and security of the participants is of utmost importance and the Corona situation is unfortunately still too unpredictable. The next Harvesting workshop will be carried out Mon, 22nd Nov. – Mon, 29th Nov. 2021.

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134 participants from all over the world - discover their inspiring stories