Number of volunteers:15
Tết or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán, which is Sino-Vietnamese for “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”. Tết celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese variation of the Chinese lunar solar calendar, which usually has the date falling between the months of January or February It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning the house. These food includes Chung cake (bánh chưng), bánh dày, dried young bamboo soup (canh măng), giò and sticky rice. There are a lot of customs practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestral worshipping, wishing New Year’s greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop. Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During Tết, Vietnamese visit theirrelatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. They consider Tết to be the first day of spring and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival).
Volunteers will make traditional Chung cakes and prepare special performances and gifts for the disadvantaged people.
Location Hanoi Nearest International Airport Noi Bai International Airport (HAN Transportation Public bus
Volunteers will stay at the dormitory with basic conditions. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at accommodation, only lunch at local restaurant near project site.
WORKCAMP EXTRA FEE: 5.500.000 VND (214€) or 5.800.000 (226€) if you pay on arrival day IINCLUDED: Accommodation, food, transportation at project site, and necessary materials for projects. EXCLUDED: Free-time at the weekend, transfer fee is on volunteers’ account, transportation to the project sites EXCHANGE RATE Please use this link below, following our State bank of Vietnam: www.sbv.gov.vn Preparations Sleeping bag, prove-water clothes, raincoat, info materials and pictures of your country, toys and activities materials for the children if you have.
Number of volunteers:10
Thai New Year season called “Songkran” will be held on 13- 15 April. Songkran is an important custom for Thai families, community and religion. It is also very popular with visitors. Thai people will prepare themselves for the beginning of the New Year by cleaning their houses and prepare celebration the festival in the local temples and communities. There are many activities during the festival including the water splashing, the bathing rite for Buddha images and the monks, and the performances for all 3 days. Moreover, local foods that it is not easy to find in the normal day will be provided by the local people. Everyone can get join in the celebration and festival. VSA has organized this workcamp for 8th times to support the festival and celebrating Thai traditional New Year with the international participants by collaboration with the local temple and community. This year, VSA hope that we can continue to help the local preparing the festival, and exchange the culture.
Joining the festival – During the Songkran festival, the participant will be a part of the festival as an international participant. The participant will help the local people to prepare the celebration of the festival. You can bring a performance from your own country to perform during the festival including a music instrument to show at the festival. The participant is also expected to create a performance in the festival with the villagers. Center renovation – As we have the center, VSA Learning Home, now we also need a participant to set up the center as when they have spare time from main work. We are going to clean the ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD and meeting area, and continue to build and paint the construction that the last participant did. There are villagers help and teach how to build. This is a good way to learn Thai way of the construct. Also, the participant can paint the wall of the house in this part. Relationship with the villagers – The rest of time form your main work, important thing is to learn and share with the villager by visiting, talking and do activities with them. You will get rich experience by learning and sharing from each other. Kitchen garden – The participant will work in the small farm as a kitchen garden. They can renovate and plant some vegetables for making the food in the future.
PROJECT SITE Learning home, Khlong La Sub-District, Khlong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla
MEETING POINT Learning Home at 2.00 p.m. on 06 April 2020 TERMINAL Hatyai Airport, Hatyai train station, Hatyai Bus station LEISURE ACTIVITY Pho Temple, Khok Ko Temple, Klongla Reservior
will stay at Learning Home (Homestay) in Thai style dormitory. Share one big room together, separate male and female. Basic and simple. Mattress, pillow, blanket and fan are provided. Washing clothes by hand. Internet can be used at the school. No internet at Leaarnign HOME will take turn cooking Thai ingredients with Thai coordinator.
PARTICIPANTION FEE 9,500 Baht including food, accommodation. Excluding travel cost, insurance and personal expense SPECIAL REMARK Respect culture, open mind, and love to learn and share
Number of volunteers:8
Come to Grimburg Castle, enjoy living on the castle and support the maintenance of the castles’ grounds. There will be two parts of work: 1. Maintenance of the castle’s grounds: Usually local volunteers care for the maintenance of the castle but due to the enormous workload; they really wait for your help. You will do various works: cut bushes and grass, protect the masonry, maintain the historic mediaeval herb garden and do some cleaning work in the castle’s and witches museum. The work will depend on the weather conditions. 2. Support the castle`s festival on May 21st: You will be involved in the local team of volunteers, help with the setting up, sell food and drinks and wash up dishes. Of course you will also celebrate together with the local volunteers A second huge topic is your support in the preparation and organisation of the castles’ festival. You will become a part of the local festival team and of course celebrate together with them.
It is already a good tradition that each year in spring a group of international volunteers meet in Grimburg castle to support the local heritage association. Built by the Trier archbishops around 1190, the castle has been destroyed and reconstructed several times. Awakened from its centuries-long sleep in 1978, a local group of volunteers started to reconstruct the castle again, including work on the very impressive castle keep. However, most parts are still a ruin and in the past years, efforts have been made to increase the castle’s accessibility and attractiveness of this unique site. Still today the castle is maintained by an association run by local volunteers. It has become a popular destination for hikers, as well as a site used for weddings, youth activities, historic markets and knights’ festivals. During the workcamp the local association will organise a small festival on the castle on May21st where they also need your help.
The castle Grimburg is overlooking the forests and valleys of the region called “Hochwald” (“high forest”). The castle is quite isolated; the next village (the name is also Grimburg) is in a 2km distance, the next shops are in Hermeskeil (10km). The castle is surrounded by nature and you will have the chance to enjoy it (just go for a walk, make a campfire...). Nevertheless you will also meet local people and share time with them or make an excursion to Trier, the oldest German city with 100,000 inhabitants. Here you can find many historical sights (from the Roman period), many clubs and events (as it is a university town) and all other facilities. Attention: This project is only for volunteers who like simple life and enjoy the nature!
The group will stay in one of the small towers of the castle – you will feel a bit like you are living as former inhabitants of the castle did. At night you will have the castle for your own; you can make a campfire and enjoy living in the nature. The conditions are basic; you will use the first floor for sleeping (bunk beds) and the ground floor for cooking and eating. There is electricity but no running water in the tower itself. Toilets and a shower are within 50m. Of course, there is also no internet available. Please bring a sleeping bag.
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