Number of volunteers:10
The “Kuttenbach” conservation area is part of “Kuttenbach-Mooseheide-Vordere-Aue” FFH-area. “Kuttenbach” counts as one of the particularities of the NSG. It's a semi-natural stream with its source areas. But there are also areas of moorland, wetland meadows, tall forb communities, alpine meadows, mat grass grasslands and dwarf shrub communities. The aim of the project is to help tend to the biotopes and set up measures to restore parts of the landscape. You will be helping with the mowing and clearing out of biomass in the area. Your accommodation is an open youth centre, where you'll find many opportunities to bring local kids and young people together in order to enjoy the sports and games on offer, or even just to hang out and chat. In our buildings and on our grounds, however, smoking and alcohol consumption is not permitted, since young people should have access to a substance-free zone. More info at www.oaseloessnitz.de or on Facebook
There are many interesting ways to spend you free time and to discover the region, both inside the “OASE” youth centre itself and through excursions to the “Erzgebirge” (Ore Mountains). For example, you can experience true nature, historical towns and mines, and also take trips to Dresden and Leipzig, etc. https://www.stadt-loessnitz.de https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachsen
You will be staying in the “OASE” youth centre. Please bring a sleeping bag with you! The group will prepare and cook meals together.
There is an additional registration fee of 50 € for participants who are not from Germany.
Number of volunteers:10
Participants will be doing various manual works to prepare the area (youth-holiday-camp for (or after) the summer leisure activities of the municipality. It means for example clearing the place, gardening, painting, building up/taking down tents. Time of work will be 4-5 hours on four days per week, excluding Saturday and Sunday.
Host organization is the municipality of Marburg. They have already been organizing international volunteer camps for many years. It is a workcamp including German language training. The lectures will be two hours every day (excluding Saturday and Sunday when the group will go on excursions). The main topic during the lectures will be intercultural diversities. So, the basis of the lectures will be communication first and grammar second. The teachers will be native speakers, partly trained teachers, partly students. The language-course will not have the same standard as a professional language-school, but past experiences with this concept have given very good results. In total it will be 18 hours for lectures.
Marburg is an historical and picturesque old university town, 100 km north of Frankfurt/Main. It has 82.000 inhabitants, including 25.000 students. The camp is located on a wooded hill named Stadtwald , in a youth-holiday-camp 5 km far from the city centre. A good bus-connection allows to go to downtown.
Participants will live in a house with several-bed-rooms, kitchen, bathroom, shower. Cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. will be done by the group itself. Like in each workcamp, accommodation, food and travel-costs for excursions are free as well as materials/copies needed for the lectures.
As the language course is not for absolute beginners, participants must be able already to communicate in German, at least on a level which ensures simple communication (A2). Participants also must be willing to communicate with each other during the camp in German and not in English or in their own mother tongue for the whole time, not only during the lectures. This is one important part of the concept. Because of the language-course there is an extra-fee of 160,00 EUR to be paid upon arrival. A certificate for participating in the language-course will be given at the end of the camp.
Where:Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Number of volunteers:5
Volunteers will mainly conduct some fun physical activities with the student of Wisma Harapan School. Volunteers also aim to teach simple basic Music and movement lesson for the students as well. These various activities are important to improve their situation and encourage fun learning among students.
This workcamp has been organized with Malaysian Organization of Volunteer Exchange (MOVE) since 2017 (second time in this place!). MOVE is a workcamp NGO founded in 2006, but stopped activities for some years and NICE restarted co-organizing since 2017! The Wisma Harapan School was established 50 years aiming to provide education and training to mentally challenged children. So that they will be helped to the fullest extent possible in reaching their maximum potential. They also try to provide a comprehensive service to children and adults with mentally challenged to improve their quality life. President of MOVE was working in the special school managed by the same organization where we had many successful workcamps in 2006-2009.
The school is located at Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. It is located in the city, so you sometimes can enjoy café, night market, etc. in the evening (but not till too late!).
Volunteers will stay in MOVE accommodation. Meal will be provided. No cooking facilities. Sleeping bag is necessary.
High motivation to work with the kids and to respect local culture/ way. Experience of similar type of service is welcomed!
Number of volunteers:12
This year, you will intervene on the restoration of the ramparts of the castle. The objective will be to carry out traditional masonry work: dejoining, digging out the joints and joining them with lime mortar. You will also perform some repairs on the ramparts such as replacing stones and rebuilding parts of the stone walls.
Each year, by hosting volunteers and international workcamps, this town of 3000 inhabitants, work to restore its heritage and take part in intercultural exchanges. Indeed, Montendre hosts one of the international work camps of Solidarités Jeunesses, the House of Bateleurs. The town wishes to preserve and enhance its castle, an important aspect of their heritage and identity. It is in this sense that the municipality has recently set up a walking tour around it. Therefore, the project that has been taking place for the past few years will continue.
Location: Montendre, Charente Maritime, 65 km from Bordeaux. Leisure Activities: The goal is to exchange rich cultures with the locals and the association of Montendre. You will participate in the national heritage days (opening all the heritage buildings in France). Tours of the region will be organized collectively according to your desires: visits to the cities, the ocean, museums, etc. Activities with the welcome center will be offered regularly: pizza nights, evening games, etc. It will also be an opportunity to discover the inner workings of Solidarités Jeunesses. Take this opportunity to exchange your cultural wealth with the inhabitants and associations of Montendre.
In dormitories in the international reception center, La Maison des Bateleurs. Food will be provided for your own meal preparation.
Number of volunteers:12
Volunteers are invited to help in the care and preservation of this ancient monument. We will work 6 hours daily, to do painting and cleaning inside or to maintain the garden around the castle. In the garden kind of work depends to the season, usually it is harvesting fruits, cutting trees, bushes and hedges. Encounters with kids and people of the region are foreseen. Every year Bedheim castle is part of the nationwide event called day of the open monument. The castle will be opened in the weekend for guests and we can support with doing some service and show an artistic performance. In the last years volunteers showed a dance and played piano music. You can develop something according your talents. There will be the possibility to take on day of during the week as compensation. Study: We may learn more about the following topics: natural beauty of the environment. We can make excursions to places of cultural and historical interest (e.g. Weimar, the city of Goethe and the concentration camp Buchenwald). We can have discussions and lectures about German history, society, culture and politics (the German East-West border was only 9 km away from Bedheim). There will be the possibility to encounter with young people of the region and getting to know more about the countries of the participants.
Bedheim castle was first mentioned in the year 1169 and was devastated and reconstructed several times in its long history. In the time of German Democratic Republic (GDR) it slowly rotted. Now renovation is done by the family of Ruehle von Lilienstern. A non-profit association is supporting the renovation work and using part of the castle for its own activities. Since 1992 this association has been organizing workcamps. Year by year new working fields has been developed: A social therapeutic nursery was added, the association is running an organic garden and since 2007 the castle also runs a garden café and a small castle museum where you can admire the bones of prehistoric dinosaurs, once living in this region. During the last 20 years the castle became a sociocultural center for this remote region: In the castle there is a perfect room for celebrations, around the castle one can find various types of gardens and meadow for goose and goats. In addition there are training courses and cultural activities available. The aim of this project is to create an atmosphere where people with or without disabilities may come, live and work together without any prejudice against handicap, nationality or religion. The website gives an impression about the specific and very nice character of this place http://schloss.bedheim.de. Inhabitants of the castle are looking forward to meet us, to work with us and hear our suggestions and ideas and to create a peaceful world together!
Bedheim castle is located in the west of Thuringia, close to the Bavarian border. Next bigger town is Coburg (28km away). Bedheim is surrounded by the extraordinary beautiful Franconian landscape.
Bedheim castle offers a simple group accommodation in seminar house. There are beds with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bag is needed. Meals will be prepared by the group (less meat but a lot of very good vegetables and fruits from the nursery). Warm water is provided from solar collector.
Number of volunteers:10
Volunteers will cut down trees in the forest and carry them out so that SATOYAMA forest can be kept in the healthy condition for biodiversity. For work, volunteers need to use blades and sometimes machineries after the lecture on how to use them. Work is quite hard from morning to evening even in rain if it’s not so heavy. Sometimes, we may interact with mentally challenged people who work everyday for the same things as you will do.
This workcamp has been organized with "Akame no SATOYAMA wo Sodateru kai", a local environmental NPO for conservation of SATOYAMA forest since 1999. Since this area is close from big cities Osaka and Nagoya, there were plans to build a golf field and an incinerator, but local people stopped those plans by the movement called "National Trust". They founded the group in 1996 to collect donations to buy and protect lands, to accept people who want to enjoy nature, to maintain forests, to create a pond for dragonflies, to host national copse meeting, etc. SATOYAMA needs to be maintained by humans for its biodiversity and water adjustment function. Our ancestors had protected and utilized the forest in ecological and sustainable way, which was neglected by modernization. We will try to revive it by global voluntary power!!
Workcamp is held in Kami-mitani area, Nabari city, Mie prefecture, about 60 km from Osaka. There are famous falls nearby that many hikers visit.
Volunteers will stay in a log house. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns.
Strong motivation and physical strength are highly needed.
Number of volunteers:12
The Special Nature Reserve Ludas Lake is one of the oldest protected areas in the world, known as wetlands of international importance as well as an ornithological reserve. The lake has rich bird fauna consisting of 214 recorded species, 140 of which are protected as natural rarities. They represent an essential feature of this valuable reserve for Serbia and Europe. Ludas Lake is the habitat of many endangered species, and is also an important station for migratory bird species. The volunteer activities will mainly focus on the revitalization of areas: cutting and removal of invasive plant species that threaten the natural habitat; repairing of educational paths in the woods of Ludas and Selevenjska; taking part in mowing and maintenance of steppe meadows at the Ludas Visitors Center; repairing the facade of the Fishermen Huts. These activities are carried out as measures of active protection of nature in order to preserve habitats, as well as the maintenance of the site s infrastructure. Volunteers interested in projects related to the village and nature conservation are more than welcome.Study part: Local ecologists, biologists and ornithologists will be frequenting the camp site, providing the information on the lake s history, importance and long-term effects of our work, as well as on the environmental problems currently affecting the area.
In the changed ecological conditions, the reeds spread over the steppe habitats located on the loess slopes of the eastern bank of Ludas Lake, suffocating the populations of rare species of the Red List of Serbia, and changing the structure of existing plant communities. Due to strict protection measures, all activities not of scientific or educational importance are strictly forbidden. In certain areas, a small amount of controlled exploitation of resources may be allowed. The work will generally focus on revitalization of the area. Possible tasks are removal of invasive plant species endangering the natural habitat, preparing the area for educational children camps planned later during the summer, or renovating the old fisherman s cottage typical for the area. We may also work in the nearby protected areas, such as Selevenj heath or Subotica sands, as to, at the same time, explore the natural diversity northern Serbia has to offer.Public enterprise Palic-Ludas, the manager of the nature protected area organizes this workcamp for the last 18 years.
Hajdukovo and Ludasko Lake are 12km from Subotica, in the far north of Serbia. The free time is planned for various activities like birds watching, boating on the lake, as well as the education of participants in relation to the conservation of biological and landscape diversity, ecological corridors and other habitats of importance for nature conservation.
In small houses, so-called research stations, in the attic with sleeping mattresses, male and female toilets and showers. Bed sheets will be provided but volunteers can bring their sleeping bag. Lunch and dinner will be served in a restaurant, and breakfast will be prepared by participants, from the ingredients provided by the host.
Where:Grove (Casco Urbano), O
Number of volunteers:7
The actions of this environmental work camp will consist in the cleaning and extraction of invasive species; in the recovery of ornithological observation structures, design and placement of interpretive posters of these places that we recover. We will also make an evaluation of the spaces where the interventions were made and we will disseminate these places through QR codes and through a web site.
The General Direction for Youth, Participation and Volunteering has among its powers to promote work camps in the region of Galicia. This general direction belongs to the Ministry of Social Policy of the regional government of Galicia (www.xunta.gal).
Bodyboard. Construction of "bivacs" (camps or makeshift shelters) using natural elements and we will experiment some basic survival technique in the natural environment. Snorkel. Trekking. Kayak. Intercultural day. Visit to the Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands: Ons Island.
Camping "Os Fieitas": https://bit.ly/2TJlB0d or https://www.fieitas.com/
Volunteers must bring a sleeping bag, mat and bathroom towels.
Number of volunteers:12
Volunteers will be replacing the existing roofing and insulating the new one. You will be working four days per week from 08:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:30. You will be accompanied by a technical supervisor.
You will be participating in renovating the roofing of a building, and improving its energy performance (isolating the roof, double glazing windows, wood heating). This building serves mainly as an area where children taking part in school trips are welcomed. It is made up of classrooms, a library, and offices.
Location: Tende (06430) - 2 hours from Nice by train. The organisation “Neige et Merveilles” is located at an altitude of 1,500 metres in an isolated mountainous area, 10 km from the Closest village of Tende, and 50 km from Vintimille (Italy). Leisure activities: You will discover the regional mountainous environment and sporting activities: hiking/ guided tour in the “Vallée des Merveilles” in the Mercantour National Park, swimming in the Bendola river, visiting local villages (Tende, La Brigue, Saorge), trying the Via Feratta and in the evenings, enjoying dance, photo-video sessions, stargazing, board games, barbecue, international meals
You will be sharing a room with 3-4 other volunteers. Bathrooms are also shared. Meals are prepared by our kitchen staff. You will be asked to lend a hand with the preparation of some food, tidying the dining area, and washing the dishes.
Number of volunteers:15
Organized by Friendship Foundation Nepal (FFN) together with NICE since 2015 as the post disaster projects https://www.facebook.com/walkwithnepal. Nepal was hit by a strong earthquake on 2015/04/25 where 8,700 people died, 17,000 people were injured, 500,000 houses were fully destroyed, and 800,000 kids could not go to school. FFN has projects in Daman since 2012 where farming is the main industry, but youth are moving to urban areas searching their jobs, so aging of population is getting a serious problem. Then, 98% of the houses were damaged by the earthquake, so we are also afraid of villagers’ mental health. FFN and NICE have been co-organizing special workcamps of Walk with Nepal since 2015 Aug. mainly to Banepa (another project) till 2016 Nov., then to Daman since 2017 Jan. For Banepa, 1,600, 000 JPY (about 14,000 USD) of donation were raised in Japan by crowd funding and other individuals, so the community hall could be reconstructed in 2016 Nov.! The reconstruction of the community hall in Daman has been strongly needed and wishes by the local people for the multipurpose ways such as e-library, seminars and meetings of various people. Till now, about 50% of the ground floor has been reconstructed (about 20,000 Euro have been collected by the local side mainly donation from the rich people and 1,000 Euro has been donated by FFN through the fee paid by the volunteers) that is going very slowly now due to lack of the fund.
Reconstructing the community center, mentalcare of the children in the school by playing and sporting together and education of disaster prevention. Through communicating with villagers, this project supports the challenges of villagers’ community which confront damages of the earthquake. If the fund to buy the materials is not collected sufficiently due to lack of the number of the vols., the main work will be education though some work related to the construction can be still sometimes done.
Daman is a small village, marketplace, and tourist attraction in Thaha Municipality, Makwanpur District, central Nepal. It lies on the Tribhuvan Highway, about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southwest of Kathmandu (about halfway to Hetauda) at an elevation of 2,320 metres (7,610 ft). Daman has among the greatest views of the Himalayas, extending on a good day from Dhaulagiri in the west to Mount Everest in the east. The village also contains the Everest Panorama Resort, which includes a helipad. Since the village lies on the outskirts of Kathmandu, it provides a great opportunity for the people residing in Kathmandu to observe its beauty and use it for means of recreation. Also, during winter, snowfall occurs in the hills, augmenting the beauty of the village. Leisures : Short walk to local hilltop Patal, Other neighboring villages and temples (Hindu and Buddhist), 4h walk from Daman (Himalayan panorama) to Markhu, Historical Chitlang palace, Go to Chitwan national park (150 kilometer from the palung)
Simple communal room of the school or host family. You need to bring a sleeping bag. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Possibly, we can have home stay in the local community for 1-2 nights.
Special remarks Strong motivation to join rehabilitation. No smoking, no alcohol. The language will be English. Things not to forget : Seasonal clothes, sleeping bag, good working shoe and gloves, rain coat (if you are coming for summer ) working clothes ,musical instrument ,games ,recipe, photo or post cards of your region. And if our volunteers could bring pencils, pens, books and text-books for the local kids, it would be highly appreciated. These can be bought for a reasonable price in Kathmandu before departure. We are not going to provide travel and health insurance so please make your own travel insurance. The team will manage food and make routing turns to cooking please don’t forget brings recipes from your country. Program Fee: 225 Euro for 14 days participation (Office registration: 55, Project donation: 50, Food and accommodation: 100, Transportation: 20) including * Transportation to the work camp and back to ktm * Meals from the dinner on the 1st day to the breakfast on the last day and accommodation from 1st day to the morning on the last day. * MTV Fee is 250 + 150 x participating months (include airport pick up drop three meal a day and both way transportation from Kathmandu to Daman and back from Daman to Kathmandu The fee does NOT include Health insurance, drinks, snacks, mineral water and medicine, etc.
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