Number of volunteers:15
Le Centre de Beaumotte hosts people from all over the world and a large variety of backgrounds, including international volunteers, who spend an entire year living and working at the center. As a collective experience, this project offers time and space for an intercultural exchange and sharing of ideas. In the spirit of the «responsible consumption and production» goals set by the UN, this work camp will be about group construction work, and will encourage new ways of living and thinking. Here, in the French countryside, you will be able to share an enriching daily life with young people from all around the world.
In this place of learning and experimentation, everyone is invited to add their unique touch to a very colorful tapestry. During the work (4 hours a day) you will learn techniques from carpentry, to create giant wooden games which will be used at the center for festivals and special occasions. You will evolve as a team with the help of a technical supervisor, sharing all tasks associated with collective life such as cooking, cleaning, after work activities etc.
Location: Association Centre de Beaumotte, Le Saussoir, 70190 Beaumotte-Aubertans. The commune is situated 30-minute drive from Besançon. Leisure activities: May it be during the afternoons or weekends; your group will initiate and organize the activities. The ideal programme will take into consideration the wishes of everybody and a financial side of things. You can also rely on the support of the residents for organization, as they will be delighted to engage with you and to give advice on how to best discover the local environment and enjoy your stay.
You will stay at the center and have a bed to yourself. Please bring your own duvet or sleeping bag and pillow. The center is equipped with a bathroom and a kitchen. Accompanied by the camp leaders, you will make the menu and prepare the meals, in turns. Feel free to initiate collective meals with the other residents. Vegetarian options are available.
Participation fee: 200€
Closest train stations: Vesoul and Besançon. We are located 25 minutes away from Vesoul, 30 minutes away from Besançon TGV and 35 minutes away from Besançon-Viotte. Closest airports : Paris or Basel in Switzerland Time and directions to the meeting point: A meeting point will be established to facilitate your arrival. This is planned towards the end of the day between 4 pm and 6 pm. Camp Leaders will drive you to the Centre de Beaumotte.
Number of volunteers:15
The town of Bergerac invites you to discover the Dordogne at the heart of its international workcamp. Reflecting the multicultural aspects of a project of young volunteers, the diversity of actors of this project and actions will surprise all the participants. The Pombonne park, a high-quality educational environmental center, is a place very appreciated by Bergeracois (name of the inhabitants of Bergerac), and will be a privileged meeting placed between residents and volunteers. It will also be the place to build an animal observatory using the super adobe technique (in earth sacks). They need your hands! You will also carry out other work such as the construction of nest boxes and the creation of thematic signage (fauna and flora) and their translation into English. Magnificent lake in the park will offer you afternoons by the water. La Gargouille theatre is looking forward to welcoming you and to make you discover it. The international project is part of this approach to make this very technical association originally a space of life and exchange for local inhabitants and people from around the world passing through the region.
The work site consists of various environmental work, construction and rehabilitation of a performance hall. There will also be more artistic and creative assignments for the park and the theater. You will work in various spaces frequented daily by the inhabitants in order to improve their living environment. The workcamp will take place in the mornings and the discovery of the surroundings and the community life in the afternoons.
Bergerac, south of the Dordogne. Closest train station: Bergerac station. Closest airport: Bergerac Airport ; Bordeaux – Mérignac Swimming, canoeing, site visits, meeting with locals, circus and theater workshops.
You will be welcomed at the Gargouille theater. Sleeping in tents, mattresses provided. Outdoor showers and toilets will be installed for you. As well as chalets for preparing meals, with a kitchen where you can take turns preparing good dishes.
Let’s meet at the end of the afternoon at Bergerac station.
Where:Sanet y Negrals
Number of volunteers:12
The work has environmental and constructional tasks. The idea is to help renovate a house which will serve as a volunteering center in the future and to establish environmental-friendly and sustainable agriculture in the gardens of the center. The Casa Jazmín is recently renovated but there are still some pending tasks to complete it. Volunteers will carry out some basic tasks like painting, throwing out extra materials and organise spaces. But the main focus will be creating an ecological garden that will be a start of a new ecological project. This might include planting new plants, harvesting mandarins or other fruits and processing them to a jam and distributing to the local community. There may be some other similar tasks which will require creativity and hand crafts.
This project is organizedand hosted by De Amicitia. De Amicitia is an environmental non governmental organisation that is funded in 1998 and actively working in the youth field and volunteering for 12 years. The main activity of the organisations is organising workcamps and local/ international youth projects in collaboration with the town halls and local associations.
Sanet is a small town in the southwest of Spain close to Dénia (communidad de Valencia). It lays in the beautiful countryside, surrounded by hills which are great for hiking - there are a lot of hiking trails to discover. There is a local swimming pool available and Dénia is only 5 minutes by cars. The house is located right in the middle of town, so there are great opportunities to interact and socialize with the locals and to truly experience the Spanish countryside. Furthermore, the volunteers can make excursions to Ondara and El Vergel, local towns close to Sanet. The surrounding villages like Benimelli and Ràfol d'Almunia can also be visited. There will also be day trips to the beach which is about 15 minutes by car from Sanet.
The volunteers will stay in a volunteer house, with three rooms with several bunkbeds and bathrooms. They will share rooms with four to six other volunteers. The house includes a nice kitchen in which the volunteers will cook for themselves in the guidance of the camp leaders. Sheets need to be brought by the volunteer, sleeping bags are not necessary.
The extra fee has be paid by card ( in the exceptional cases we can accept bank transfer as well) 3 weeks before the camp as a confirmation of participation. If we don't recieve the fee and the flight/bus tickets of the volunteer, we will consider that she/he will not attending to project and we will give opportunity to other volunteers that are on the waiting list.
Meeting Point: ALICANTE AIRPORT (ALC) from 17:00 to 18:00 The camp leaders will pick up the volunteers from the airport. Our team will be at the airport after 17:00 so it's not possible to meet the participants before 17:00. DEPARTURE: Please organise your departure after 11 am. Our team will take all the volunteers to the ALICANTE Airport at 09:00 am.
Where:Halberstadt / Saxony-Anhalt / Germany
Number of volunteers:12
The European Heritage Training Course is the continuation of courses and projects following the theme of Jewish heritage in Halberstadt which had taken place in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. This engagement has been an important collaboration between European Heritage Volunteers and the Moses Mendelssohn Academy both to raise awareness about the importance of Jewish heritage in Halberstadt as well as to promote its documentation and conservation for posterity. In this sense, the training course will be focusing on the protection of the remaining ruins of the Baroque synagogue which was destroyed in 1938/39, a task which had already begun with the training course that took place in 2021. During that previous European Heritage Training Course, the structures and damages of the remains of the former synagogue had been documented, thus laying the groundwork for the interventions that will take place in 2022. The 2022 training course will focus on conservation and restoration interventions on the remaining wall of the former entrance hall. The participants will learn the complete process from the preparation of mortars, the manufacturing of the stone supplementary compounds and colour matching with pigments to the adjacent stone surfaces, up to mixing the glazes for retouching the various stone surfaces. Afterwards, they will develop a concept for securing the fragments of paintings on the walls and producing a sample pattern axis. As a second activity, the participants will clear and clean the mikveh at Bakenstrasse 56. The work will require pumping out the basin to expose the bottom, and passing the mud through a sieve to ensure a thorough inspection of the residues for any potential finding of historical interest. Once the mikveh is cleared of debris, it will set it for a more wholesome interpretation of the mikveh as a historical relic from the Jewish life in Halberstadt. In addition, during an earlier training course pieces of original plaster at a historic wall located in the garden of the former synagogue have been conserved. The participants of the 2022 training course will be tasked with continuing preventive protection measures by backfilling and filling the worn-out plaster pieces, and applying lime mortar to protect the flanks of the fragments, with the effect of stabilising them. Finally, a research of the original colours in the passage in Bernd Lehmann Museum at Judenstrasse 26 will be undertaken to identify possible paint and colour layers present there. The work will be coordinated by a certified restorer with a specialisation in the restoration of plaster, stucco and wall paintings. In the frame of the educational part, various lectures and guided tours as well as an excursion will be organised so that the participants can gain comprehensive and detailed knowledge about the Jewish history and heritage in Germany and Europe. The visits will also contextualise the training course by providing an overview of the rich history and the high valuable heritage of Halberstadt in general.
Open Houses – rooms open for those who come along. Open Houses – not empty buildings, but places with visible and invisible traces of history, places which have grown and decayed over the centuries, places which were shaped by those people who lived there long ago as well those who left only yesterday – places which will be shaped by those who live there or who come as a guest. Open Houses – rooms which want to be filled with dreams and ideas, with meetings and exchange, by people of different backgrounds, different cultures, different generations and different ideas and visions. The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people started to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The engagement for these buildings united people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided and who filled these rooms with life again in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen's work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by the camp fire. Meanwhile, rooms free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; however, places have become rare where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of nepotism and the exclusion which it produces. What should be easy – to go somewhere in order to meet people and to work together – has become difficult. The tightrope walk between, on the one hand, public activities in a monetary and functional sense, and the retreat into private life on the other, is very difficult, and it requires a lot of power and permanent efforts to tackle red tape and financial restrictions. Free spaces are less and less understood as common property, and are permanently being cut back. The idea of public property seems to have gone out of fashion, and places of common responsible work have become rare. Open Houses Network tries to create and protect such spaces. In this process, we do not want to be the doers, but be people who have a vision, who want to initiate something, but who also are aware of depending on the co-operation of others. We understand our projects and events as offers – as offers to create space for commitment, for changes, for meetings.
Situated at the foot of the Harz Mountains, Halberstadt is a town adorned by beautiful religious architecture and traditional timber constructions. It is also well known as being the seat of a historical Jewish community which became the epicentre for the development of Jewish Neo-Orthodoxy. These ideas enabled the preservation of Jewish laws and customs within communities that at the same time were keen to embrace modernity, secular society and the modern world. Since at least the 13th century, a Jewish community has existed in Halberstadt. Around the year 1700 the famous royal resident of Poland and agent of the Saxon court, Berend Lehmann (1661 – 1730), established here a house of learning, the so called Klaussynagogue. The community grew in importance attracting learned scholars and those interested in learning from them. The Jewish community in Halberstadt became characterised by eruditeness and developed from the middle of the 19th century on into one of the centres of the Jewish Neo-Orthodoxy. Distinguished rabbis such as Eger, Auerbach, Hildesheimer and Hirsch are intrinsically connected with Halberstadt’s history, and transformed it into one of the most important Jewish communities in Middle Germany. In 1712, a splendid Baroque synagogue, built by the Court Jew Berend Lehmann, was inaugurated. Hidden from view behind the buildings of the Bakenstrasse and Judenstrasse, the cupola of the synagogue surmounted the height of those buildings twice. The synagogue building was the first one in Germany built following a defined architectural concept. At the end of the 19th century, the entrepreneurial Hirsch family decided to invest in the modernisation of the building, extending it by erecting an entrance hall. During the “Night of Broken Glass” – the Progrom Night – on November, 9th, 1938, the synagogue was plundered, and all Tora scrolls were burnt in the street. On November, 18th the building inspection ordered the demolition of the synagogue, which was initiated the next day. The Jewish community of Halberstadt had to bear its costs. The remaining wall which still stands is the outer wall of the former entrance hall. Of the rest of the structure, only the foundations and the flouring have remained. Not a single object from the splendid interior is preserved. The building complex enshrining the ruins also houses the Moses Mendelssohn Academy with the Berend Lehman Museum. In the vicinity, it can also be found the Klaussynagogue which was established around 1700. Following its traditional purpose, the house became in 1998 again a seat of study and science, a place of encounter and exchange for Judaic knowledge. The synagogue, enclosed by the houses of the Bakenstrasse and Judenstrasse, is now a place of remembrance, where a contemporary art installation stands as a reminder of the destroyed place of prayer. The main entrance to the remains of the former synagogue leads through the gateway of the Jewish community’s former cantor’s house in Bakenstrasse 56, where a traditional mikveh has been uncovered on its basement. During renovation works on the house, the mikveh, which had previously been filled with rubble and coal, was discovered unexpectedly. Translated from the Hebrew, mikveh means "accumulation of water". A mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath, is a basin with accumulated water which cannot be filled artificially, but rather has to be filled by a natural flow or by ground water since the Torah says it does not have cleansing properties otherwise. It was used to purify people or religious objects through a ritual bath before partaking in religious activities such as the Sabbath, before important festivities or to prepare people before or after yearly cycles. Nowadays, mikvehs are rarely used by men. It is now mostly a ritual reserved for women in Jewish Orthodoxy, who are required to use a mikveh before their wedding, for the birth of a child and after every menstruation.
FINANCES All costs linked to the project are covered, including food, accommodation, insurance and transportation during the stay at the project. Travel costs to and from the camp place are not covered. Participants should organise their journey to and from the project place by themselves and on their own expenses. Furthermore, participants should bring their own pocket money. ACCOMMODATION In most of Open Houses' camps the volunteers will live at the same places they also work on, what means that they live more or less on a building site. In most of the Heritage Volunteers Projects the accommodation is located in a certain distance to the working site. The accommodation is usually very simple; there are shared rooms with simple beds or mattresses at most of the places. Shower, toilet and kitchen are at the place, but sometimes not in the same building. The equipment is simple but fair. After work, when everybody wants to take a shower, there can be a limit of hot water. FOOD The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.
For application, complete CV + letter of interest on the topic of the project are required prior to being selected for an online interview to define if the candidate will be accepted to join the project.
All details about how to arrive to the meeting point will be provided in the infosheet.
For application, complete CV + letter of interest on the topic of the project are required prior to being selected for an online interview to define if the candidate will be accepted to join the project.
Where:Vidreres, La Selva. Catalunya.
Number of volunteers:24
The work camp will take place in the St. Iscle Castle, in Vidreres. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and share experience in a multicultural environment for two weeks while acquiring archealogical and cultural knowledge and at the meantime enjoying the wildlife of the surrounding area in the respect of the nature. The main task for the participants of this work camp consists in putting in place some excavation and restoring activities in the remaining areas around the St. Iscle Castle. The technical work of the project will be in a full archaelogical excavation that aims to restore and rehabilitate the chosen area. The work will be organized as follows: small groups of young people will be made, part of which, on a rotating basis, will do tasks of cleaning and classification of the archaeological material, while the rest will dig each of the sectors described. Participants will be provided with the necessary tools and the archelogists that will support them and will teach them the necessary methodology for excavating and restoring the ruins, and the participants will make also drawings and photographs of the different structures.
The organization in charge of the work camp is the "Grup d'Esplai Vidrerenc", a group of volunteers from the same village - Vildres - who organize different leisure activities throughout the year for kids and youth. The work camp is part of their summer programme and It's main objectives correspond to supporting the growth of kids and young people by contributing to their development as human beings. Being fully able and actively integrated with the civic society in a creative way, and offering them the correct tools for realizing themselves in whatever field they wish to.
The work camp will take place in the St. Iscle Castle, in Vidreres that is a town of the XII Century, a municipality of Girona province, and the castle is an important symbol of historical heritage in Catalonia. There will be various free time activities offered to the participants, such as: visits to "Lloret", "Estanys de Sils" or "Montseny" area.
The accommodation is in the ''Escola Salvador Espriu'', that is the Primary School in Vidreres. The participants will sleep in the gym of the school, equipped with mattresses and wardrobes. The toilets and showers of the school will be available to the participants, and all the meals provided will be prepared by a external catering and served in the school's dining hall.
The meeting point will be the14th of August at 5pm in the local school of Vidreres called "Escola Salvador Espriu". By public transportation: By train/bus: - From "Estació de Sants" train station in Barcelona, take the train R11 (line Barcelona to Portbou) and stop in Sils. Check times here: http://rodalies.gencat.cat/web/.content/02_Horaris/horaris/R11.pdf - From Sils, you have to take a local bus to Vidreres. The company is "Autocars R.Mas" and the bus line is (Lloret to Girona). Check times here: http://www.atmgirona.cat/upload/doc/linies/rOOhcsDkIe.pdf By bus: - From "Estació del Nord" bus station in Barcelona, take the bus with the company "Sarfa" straight to Vidreres. Check times here: https://compras.moventis.es/online/
Number of volunteers:16
The projects of Open Houses are based on sustainable principles. Therefore, the activities at Lohra Castle combine aspects of cultural heritage preservation and aspects of natural heritage preservation. The participants of the Workcamps carry out works in the green areas and the forests around the castle, restoration work and collaboration in renovation works.
The hilly massive around Lohra Castle is listed as National Nature Reserve. Open Houses supports the Reserve since several years with volunteering activities. In a forest near the Castle the participants will remove trees and bushes which are not corresponding with the protection aims in order to clean the paths and make them enjoyable again. They will also will collect the wood remaining after maintenance works, load it on a truck, unload it at the castle and split and stack it for wintertime or for the fireplace. Besides that, the volunteers will continue the maintenance of the green area at the castle.
Next towns: Bleicherode (6 km), Nordhausen (20km), Erfurt (75 km) Region: Thuringia TERMINAL: Next bus station: Großlohra, Friedrichslohra/Wartehalle Next railway stations: Gebra/Hainleite (5 km), Wolkramshausen (12 km). Next airports: Leipzig/Halle (LEJ, 155 km), Frankfurt/Main (FRA, 280 km), Berlin (BER, 300 km)
Shared rooms with 2 – 5 beds in 3 guest houses, warm shower (limited hot water), 1 camp kitchen (cold water), coal-burning stoves
Where:Bārbele village, Bauska municipality
Number of volunteers:10
This is new initiative of our organisation – pilot project. Junk yard playground will be place where kids could learn and create. Volunteers will help to prepare territory for this playground and as well make some basic elements.
The youth association Jaunatne smaidam / Youth for Smile is a non-profit non-governmental youth organization established in 2005. Our mission - We are a strong and values-based youth organization that gives opportunities to create, experience and be together.
Work camp will be organized in Bārbele village, Bauska municipality. Farm is located in a rural area around 6 km from village. Nearest bus stop is 3 km away. The administrative centre of the municipality is Bauska located 60 km from Rīga (capital city of Latvia). More information about region - https://www.tourism.bauska.lv/en/. More about Latvia - https://www.latvia.travel/en. During a work camp we will have possibilities to visit different cultural and historical places. Volunteers will have possibilities to organise intercultural events, etc.
Living conditions are very basic. Volunteers will be accommodated in rural farm. Sleeping will be on the mattresses or beds. There will be two common rooms for sleeping. Toilets and washing facilities will be provided. Cooking will be done by volunteers themselves in the kitchen. Volunteers should bring their sleeping bags. Do not forget some traditional or typical food from your home country for the international evening. !!!There is no possibility to separate sleeping place!!!
Arrival terminals are Riga international airport or Riga international bus station. By request JAUNATNE SMAIDAM can organize a pick-up service on the arrival place – costs 30 euro one way per person. Exception for volunteers arriving after 22.00 o’clock – pick up service will be organised for free. If it is necessary JAUNATNE SMAIDAM can help with finding the accommodation before and after the project.
Where:Kupinovo-Obedska pond - the first nature reserve in the world!
Number of volunteers:10
During the workcamp the main working activity will be carried out in the northern and eastern part of the “Horseshoe”. A large depression situated in that part of the Pond has been filled up by thick vegetation of white willow, silver-leaf poplar and ash combined with large quantities of dry leaves, dead branches and trunks, seriously decreasing floodwaters flow. The work will consist of clearing the depression, cutting the bushes, removal of the tree trunks and burning the smaller branches. The best period for this sort of activity is August, because the access to the depression, which dries out during the summer, is easier. Also, we will do some cleaning work – collecting garbage which stayed in the area after the floods. The work is physically demanding but not too hard.
About Young Researches of Serbia – Voluntary Service of Serbia: YRS was founded in 1976. Our main aims are environmental protection and education, promotion of sustainable development, work with young people in an international context, promotion of scientific creativity and voluntarism and its values. Voluntary Service of Serbia is a volunteer exchange service center founded in 1990 as one of the sectors of YRS. It is a volunteer exchange reference point for this part of Europe. Through VSS passed more than 5000 Serbian volunteers who participated in international voluntary workcamps all around the world and 2500 of foreign ones at more than 250 workcamps in Serbia and about 40 long-term volunteers. YRS is a member of: the Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service, Youth and Environment Europe, Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations, and a partner of Service Civil International in Serbia. YRS is one of the founding members of the networks: South East European Youth Network and Youth Culture in Action Network. The Area: Obedska Pond is a vast swamp-forest area stretching along the river Sava in Southern Srem (Vojvodina). It is an authentic complex of stagnant tributaries, marshes, pits, marsh vegetation, damp meadows and forests with an exceptionally rich diversity of the ecosystems and recent species. The pond is an oxbow lake a remnant of the old Sava river meanders of which the main stream flows nowadays more southward. Due to its shape, the swampy bed of the Pond, situated between the villages of Obrez and Kupinovo is called “The Horse-shoe”. Higher grounds with cut-in depressions and old oak forest habitats are called “The Hoof”. Obedska bara, well known for its variety of swamp and forest habitats is actually famous for its bird fauna (more than 220 bird species) as a swamp bird’s sanctuary. It is one of the oldest protected areas in the world. The first administrative protective measures were introduced as early as in 1874 protecting Obedska bara as a hunting ground. It was reserved only for the members of the Austrian royal family, as at that time it belonged to the Habsburg monarchy. According to the present status of the legal protection regime it belongs to the first category, which means that it is a natural asset of exceptional value. Its status has been verified by the international community i.e. ratified by the Convention on Swamps (Ramsar site since 1977) and included in the List of Areas of Special Significance for Birds of Europe. The project: In 1992 students from the Belgrade University members of the Students Biological Research Society “Josif Pancic” started scientific research project symbolically called “The Return of the Ibis” (“Povratak Ibisa”). It has been a successful project becoming the main support to the struggle for the protection and preservation of this beautiful wildlife reserve. Numerous negative processes have been detected so far, conditioned by human impact and natural succession, which pose the greatest danger to the nature of Obedska pond. These processes include natural overgrowing, decreasing of free water surfaces and forest dying due to the decline of flood and underground water levels. The next step of the project is “swamp healing”. Together with the public enterprise “Vojvodina sume”, which governs this special nature reserve, the experts from the Institute for Protection of Nature of Serbia, Regional Secretariat for Environment and Sustainable Development and Municipality of Pecinci, the sponsor of this workcamp, The Young Researches of Serbia – Voluntary Service of Serbia is organizing the twenty-third (23rd) international workcamp at Obedska Bara whose volunteers will help to decrease the negative effects of overgrowing the “Horseshoe”. Our work has given very good and visible results: so far because of our activities several bird species have returned and the bird colony is now bigger with a stable number of nesting species.
The experts from the Institute for Protection of Nature of Serbia and Enterprise “Vojvodina sume” will visit the camp and provide you with the information on the natural history of the Obedska bara and its contemporary environmental problems. You will also have the opportunities to visit ruins of medieval fortress and churches located in the vicinity of the Pond. You can row a boat across the Pond, swim in the Sava River (swim at your own risk!), do a bit of bird watching or maybe do the research of your own interest concerning the beautiful nature of the area.
Accommodation will be in two renovated houses in Ethno park. Food will be provided and prepared by local cook. Some meals will be prepared by volunteers. The accommodation is in the end of the village Kupinovo (about 2500 inhabitants) and 7 km away from the village Obrez (2000 inhabitants), where will also be our working site. The houses are from 19th century, meaning that one of them is completely preserved as it was in those times – without electricity and running water. You’ll sleep on the floor, mattresses will be provided but you need to bring sleeping bag! If you prefer sleeping in tent you can bring one as there is a large yard where you can put it.
The health insurance is not provided for you! You must arrange it before your departure from home. The camp leaders will deal first aid and minor medical problems. And you must bring a sleeping bag with you!
The health insurance is not provided for you! You must arrange it before your departure from home. The camp leaders will deal first aid and minor medical problems.
Number of volunteers:8
The main tasks will be to maintain hiking paths, build stairs, make and put up signs. Volunteers will also put up benches and tables in the forest. Other tasks will be to trim branches and beautify groves that are located near hiking paths. Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing areas without damaging the surroundings and in addition our volunteers work helps to improve safety for visitors.No previous experience is necessary, but the work is demanding and requires a good physical condition. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned.Weather is unpredictable and it can be cold and/or rainy, be prepared to experience all kinds of weather. We recommend bringing good walking shoes/boots, warm and/or waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats), as most of the tasks and activities take place outside.
SEEDS volunteers will be working in a beautiful forest located in the countryside district of Borgarbyggo, West Iceland, doing nature-conservation and environment-oriented tasks. SEEDS has been cooperating with the Icelandic Forest Service and our groups of volunteers have been helping out for 15 years in different locations all around the country; with very good results for the participants, the projects and the Icelandic nature conservation and reforestation efforts.
The project will take place in the West of Iceland countryside; in a district called Borgarbyggo, in a unique natural environment with breathtaking landscape, between glaciers and lava fields. The place is like an oasis in the desert, as the weather there is often better than in the surroundings. The area s landscape, nature and culture reflect this heritage and bring history to life. There are many possibilities for outdoor recreation in a true natural paradise. The area is home to the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. Among the natural wonders nearby are the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, where water pours out of a lava field over a length of 1 km. Additionally, the Hallmundarhraun lava field is among the deepest and best known in Iceland. Langjokull (Long Glacier), the second largest glacier in Iceland, expands over 950 km and its highest point is 1355 m. In addition to natural wonders this area is also famous for being one of the first settled locations in Iceland and featured in some of the oldest Icelandic sagas.Historically, its natural warmth made the location an early settlement adding even more depth to its incredible saga and Viking tales that surround the place. The region can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas.
SEEDS volunteers will sleep in beds in a house belonging to the Icelandic Forest Service. The house is fully equipped. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Volunteers will receive food supplies and will be in charge of cooking and cleaning. Do not forget to bring some traditional/typical food, drinks, music and recipes from your country for the intercultural evening.
Participation fee EUR 300 (Euros). The fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid in cash on arrival. The participation fee does not include the transportation from Reykjavik to the camp and back, which will cost EUR 25 (Euros) one way or EUR 50 (Euros) both ways.The project takes place outside and it can get cold and rainy. We recommend bringing warm and waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats), good working and walking shoes.
Closest international Airport: Keflavik/Reykjavik (KEF). SEEDS offers the minibus option, a shared transport from Reykjavik to the camp and back. Apart from being cheaper and convenient, it allows participants to meet and have a relaxed trip, while stopping on the way for interesting sites. Meeting point at SEEDS office at 9:00 am on August 14. Return to Reykjavik in the late evening of August 28. The minibus to this camp will cost EUR 25 each way, about 20 cheaper than public transport.
Participation fee EUR 300 (Euros). The fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid in cash on arrival. The participation fee does not include the transportation from Reykjavik to the camp and back, which will cost EUR 25 (Euros) one way or EUR 50 (Euros) both ways.
Number of volunteers:10
Camp program includes team projects, discussions at the round table, social and sport games, performances in the open air, actions for peace and nature protection, meetings with people, visits to museums and sightseeing as well as presentations of the countries that camp participants and volunteers represent, etc. Every day the camp will have a country presentation, a subject to learn or discuss and a related activity. Teenagers will stay in the camp activities zone from 10.00 to 17.00. There will be one day off in the camp and at least one day of travel outside Tallinn. The day off is spent either the leadership of a member of the school staff or in the host family. Camp activities will take place in a learning centre situated in the very centre of the city. To activate teenagers and run the program there will be a group of international volunteers and members of the local school staff. NB Camp shifts differ from each other and it is possible to join 2 shifts in a row. The participation fee in this case is 245 205 = 450 Euro.
International language camp is organized for teenagers by the language school In Down Town and non-profit educational association Alternative Language Programs Satellite (ALPS) within its annual activities on multicultural issues. The project s aim is to introduce the diversity of world cultures to the youth and provide them with good practices in intercultural communication by means of alternative English language practice which includes meetings, visits, direct contact to young people from abroad. The project gets 14 to 16 years old teens familiar with national traditions of the countries from all over the world, encourages them to develop their global thinking and individual initiative, tolerance and resistance to xenophobia and ethnic hatred. Camps give foreign participants a great chance to meet youngsters both from Estonia and other countries as well as experience local life. The theme of summer 2022 is Sciences for Life . The participants will discover what is hidden behind the word SCIENCE and how the school knowledge of basic sciences is integrated in our everyday habits of life helping to support global sustainable development of eco-systems, technologies, education and even spiritual life of the humankind. Meetings with local and/or international professionals in the field will take place. Thematic photo and video contests for camp participants will be organized.
LocationTallinn is the capital of Estonia, country s largest city with 450 000 inhabitants and nearly as many tourists during summer. You can get a lot of information on Tallinn on www.visittallinn.ee/engTerminalAirport, bus station, harbor in Tallinn, public transport (tram) to the school location.Leisure timeThere are a lot of possibilities for leisure time activities since camp will take place in the Estonian capital Tallinn where one can find attractions for any taste: sightseeing, museums, festivals, concerts, etc.
There are 2 options possible (subject to availability):1) In the host families of some of 10 local participants who will join this camp. The apartments of the host families may be located in Tallinn and its suburbs. Participants will stay in a separate or shared room. You do NOT need a sleeping bag. Participants will have breakfasts and dinners in their host families, lunches i all together in the city. Travel cards will be provided, pick up service at arrival is provided upon request.2) In the premises of The Language School In Down-Town located on the 4th and 5th floors of a business building in the city centre. In summer time, a part of the school is reserved for the camp participants accommodation that includes several separate dormitory bedrooms, equipped kitchen, a dining area, a large shower area and two separate toilet cabins. For the reasons of security, minimum one school worker and one volunteer will be staying with camp participants overnights to maintain life, catering and general order on the site. To facilitate a smooth and safe environment at school during the off-hours, the entrance to the school must be kept closed at all times. The access to the school and accommodation areas will be managed by long-term volunteers or school staff. Meals will be cooked at school.Please note: it is not possible to stay at any of the camp accommodation before or after the camp. If you need a place to stay before or after the camp dates, we can help you to book a hostel in Tallinn.
COVID regulationUnless there are any special anti-COVID measures for minors announced by the Estonian Government on the date of your arrival, COVID-19 restrictions or testing requirements are not applied ONLY to those persons who have had the COVID-19 disease and no more than six months have passed since they were declared recovered by a doctor (a certificate needed), or have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease (a certificate needed) and no more than six months have passed since the completion of the vaccination. Special requirementsWe will welcome any ideas to improve the program and your active participation in it. English is the camp language. The age of participants is 14 i 16. Covid-19 certificate is required.Participation feeUnlike the traditional voluntary camp there will be mostly informal educational activities and alternative language practice. Camp program implementation involves costs for board, lodging, domestic transport, materials, excursions, visits, cultural activities and general administration. Since neither EstYES nor its partner ALPS receives any financial support for this camp from state or municipality, to make the camp happened we have to charge participation fee of 245 Euro for one shift. If you wish to join two shifts the total fee is 450 Euro. This fee is different fee from your sending organization s fee paid at home. It has to be paid by participants upon arrival to the camp or by bank transfer prior to the start of the camp.
At the school premises on the arrival day
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