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Germany: Magic Forest Path Bernau 13/10/2019 – 23/10/2019

Work

Renew the magic forest path! The magic forest path leads 2,4km through beautiful mountain scenery with high moors, forests and mountain pastures. Many educative elements and game stations (with wooden sculptures of Wizard Merlin or different animals, a witch’s house, a climbing tree…) make the path attractive for children and families. Under the guidance of local professionals you will support the maintenance of the path. This will include the work on a wooden plank walkway leading through the moor, the distribution of wood chips on other parts of the path, the renovation of handrails, game stations or signing. If you have ideas for new elements to make the path even more attractive, you are welcome.

Accomodation and food

You will stay in a mountain hut used in winter as resting place for people doing Nordic skiing. Here they can buy warms drinks and small snacks. The hut offers a dormitory, a kitchen and sanitary facilities. It is an extraordinary place to stay. You will cook together.

Location and leisure

Bernau is located in the highest part of the black forest. The accommodation is at an altitude of more than 1.000m. As many tourists visit the area in summer and winter, you can find many attractive places and sights. In the neighbouring village there is also a swimming pool. But of course the nature is the most attractive. A perfect camp for nature lovers! The access to Bernau is not easy. The quickest connection is via Zurich Airport (3 hours with several changes), but it is in Switzerland so you might need an additional visa; otherwise Frankfurt (5 hours) or Karlsruhe. The latest bus arrives in Bernau at 7 p.m.

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Bernau is the name of a collection of hamlets in the heights of the Black Forest. Bernau is surrounded by a beautiful nature with high moors, forests and mountain pastures. The village attracts many tourists, hikers in summer and people doing Nordic skiing in winter. Parts of this fantastic landscape are a nature protected area. Therefore it is very important to make it accessible to people but at the same time guide visitors so that they don’t leave the established paths. This is the background of the magic forest path in Bernau. The local community created this path to attract families with children and enable them to experience the beautiful nature without damaging it.

Meeting point

before 7 p.m. in Bernau

Iceland: PHOTOGRAPHY and ENVIRONMENT DURING 26/12/2019 – 4/01/2020

Work

During this camp participants can share their love for (and learn more about) photography, as well as global and local environmental issues. If you love taking photographs or want to learn / develop your photography skills and are also interested in topics such as: climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions ( other environmental topics), then this project is for youWhile developing your artistic and technical photography skills, you will also be focusing on different current environmental and sustainability issues through a selection of workshops, discussions, and visits facilitated by SEEDS coordinators.. One of our aims is to help create more environmentally aware consumers and travellersYou will also have time to put the theory into practice, and walk around and visually explore the city. At the end of the camp, a selection of the best photographs from the camp is made for an informal group exhibition at a local available public venue in the city. Participants should bring their own digital cameras, lenses, tripods and laptops if possible. Participants should be ready to walk around the city for different activities and visits.We may also get the chance to visit local projects focused on environment and conservation, which can include hands-on volunteering activities or guided visits. Some examples include coastal and outdoors cleaning actions, a visit to a recycling centre, a geothermal power plant, a museum or exhibition or a community dinner at a local NGO. These, however, are dependent on the availability of our partners and the weather conditions at the time. Note this project is a learning/sharing camp and not a standard workcamp. Everybody is expected to contribute their own knowledge and experience. Participants should also take advantage of the opportunity to share about their own culture or country, such as food, music, games or films with the international group.SEEDS programme combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland, its culture, having fun, as exploring the capital city and some stunning nature attractions in the Golden Circle excursion or other visits part of the camp.In this project SEEDS will organize a night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop to the countryside in the close vicinity of Reykjavik. This will take place during late evening and possibly into the night. We cannot guarantee you will see northern lights as solar activity is irregular and it depends on weather and meteorological conditions but we will in any case organise the night photography workshop.Celebrate the New Year in a vibrant city with new friends from around the world. Watch the large fireworks display illuminate the sky, celebrate around a bonfire and party into the night.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS participants will stay in a house in Reykjavik. The facilities are basic with showers, kitchen, washing machine and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.We will receive food supplies and the group will be in charge of the cooking and cleaning. Do not forget some traditional/typical food, drinks, music games or recipes from your home country for the international evening.

Location and leisure

Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources. The world s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavik is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic on almost all sides. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.

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SEEDS

Meeting point

Meeting time will be 17:00 (6:00 pm) on December 26 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp on their own.

Additional comments

Participation fee EUR 400 (Euros) which can be transferred in advance or paid for on arrival. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp, the Golden Circle excursion with a visit to a Geothermal Power plant, as the Night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop.

Requirements

English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.The weather can be cold or rainy, we recommend to bring good walking shoes/boots, warm and/or waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) as some of the tasks and activities take place outside.Other excursions (eg. South shore or Reykjanes Peninsula) may be arranged at discount fares, in case there is additional free time after the workshops and camp s sessions.

FULL – France: The Fortress of Montaigu le Blin 5 – 2/09/2019 – 16/09/2019

Work

Participate to the protection and enhancement of this breathtaking heritage! Within the castle, you will realize various works of restoration of walls (ramparts, towers) using traditional techniques, of maintaining the vegetation (clearing bushes) and many varied tasks. You will also participate to the touristic life of the site, helping the guided visits and organising activities! A part of the first week will be dedicated to the organisation of the Open Workcamp Week end which will take place on the 7th and 8th of September. During these two days, the workcamp will be open to any visiter who wants to bring some help. With the help of the animation team, you will set events up to animate the week-end. During the workcamp, the restauration times will go along with games and activities, linked to the castle… Are you ready for a midnight visit of the fortress ?

Accomodation and food

Accommodation is under tents (2 persons per tent) at the town stadium. Volunteers will manage the tasks of daily life in teams (shopping, cooking, and cleaning). Kitchen, toilets and showers are in a recent building on the camping site.

Location and leisure

Montaigu le Blin is located in the Bourbonnais area, 30km North from Vichy and 90km North from Clermont-Ferrand, in Auvergne region. It is a countryside rich with historical heritage, which you will be able to discover by visiting a few of the numerous castles and medieval cities, or by hiking, or going by bike or canoe, according to what the leading team can propose you. Your camp leaders will prepare games and activities but you will be invited to propose and create your own activities. Be creative!

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Inside a lovely little French village, the castle of Montaigu le Blin is an impressive medieval fortress, classified as Historical Monument. It is located on the top of a hill, overlooking the countryside. Since 2002, volunteers have been participating, every summer, to the restoration and touristic life of the castle.

Meeting point

Saint Germain des Fossés, train station (zip code 03150) on 02/09/2019 from 5:00 pm

Additional comments

Places for 17 years old are limited (maximum 1 French volunteer with fewer opportunities). Pay attention that there is no wifi access on the Workcamp site, the telephone network is also quite low. However, the volunteers will be able to find a public wifi in the village. Who needs an internet during a Workcamp anyway ? The site is unfortunately not accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Requirements

Places for 17 years old are limited (maximum 1 French volunteer with fewer opportunities). Pay attention that there is no wifi access on the Workcamp site, the telephone network is also quite low. However, the volunteers will be able to find a public wifi in the village. Who needs an internet during a Workcamp anyway ? The site is unfortunately not accessible to people in wheelchairs.

FULL – Russia: Botanical garden in mysterious Altai 19.8 – 28.8.2019

Work

The main task of volunteers will be garden care (weeding, planting), collecting herbs. Approximately 6 working hours per day (in the morning and after lunch), with a weekend. All tools will be provided, but volunteers are kindly asked to bring their working gloves.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation in the dormitory rooms for 2-3 persons. There are hot and cold water in the showers, organic toilets. Three meals a day are provided, cooked by a chef. It is simple country food that the locals eat, so do not expect a huge variety.

Location and leisure

Kamlak village, Altai Republic. You should take a flight from Moscow to Gorno-Altaisk or make a really long journey on train and bus 🙂 All participants will be met by host in Gorno-Altaisk and transfer back there from Kamlak at the end of the program. Volunteers will get to know the local culture, traditions, flora, learn a lot new medical herbs and how to use them. Excursions around the Botanical Garden is available. In your free time you can go to the river, walk around the village and make some hiking trips around. At the weekend, a trip along the stunning Chui tract will be organized. It is an ancient trade route on the border with Mongolia, which bears the proud title of the most beautiful Russian road. It winds through the valleys of seven rivers, between a dozen mountain ranges, crosses the Alpine steppes and passes.

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Gorno-Altayskiy Botanical Garden was founded in 1994. It is located in the tract Clean-Meadow, in one of the most picturesque places, which was not chosen just by chance. Here are several natural and climatic zones meet, creating favorable conditions for the habitat of many species of plants. For many years already the Botanical Garden have invited volunteers for helping with current tasks, and in 2019 the first group of international participants is awaited. The Republic of Altai is a unique region in the heart of the Eurasian continent. The extraordinary beauty of the pristine nature, a huge variety of flora and fauna, glaciers, lakes and rapid mountain rivers are combined with the stunning culture of the peoples of Altai. Here you can discover a completely different Russia.

Additional comments

Please keep in mind that round trip Moscow-Gornoaltaisk can cost around 300 EUR. It’s highly recommended to buy tickets in advance!

Requirements

Volunteers should be ready for manual work with soil and plants. The ability to admire unique Altai nature is mandatory! 😉

Great Britain: BOSAVERN FARM – COMMUNITY GROWING 1/09/2019 – 1/04/2020

Work

Bosavern Community Farm seeks a volunteer to help support the work of its market garden that provides affordable healthy food for local people. The farm produces a range of vegetable crops that supports the farm’s own shop and supplies affordable veg-boxes to local people. The market garden also acts as a learning hub for local schools and community groups that engage in growing and other activities. In addition the farm hosts a wide range of bee-friendly and biodiversity features that are regularly used by the community. We are looking for a volunteer with an interest in sustainable food growing, bees and nature and wanting to work in small communities. Some of the tasks involved with the Community Shop Volunteer role will include:

  • Organising community growing events with schools and local communities;
  • Supporting day to day growing activities in the garden with other volunteers
  • Learning about local food production and visiting other food growing places;
  • Helping to support bee and pollinator education events;
  • Supporting the promotion of veg-box schemes in West Cornwall;
  • Helping to grow organic food for the farm shop;
  • Involvement in wildlife and nature learning activities. As a community farm they have a high degree of participation in activities by members of the local community. International volunteers will work closely with local volunteers and engage in team activities.

Accomodation and food

The Volunteer will live in the farmhouse, which will be shared with other volunteers from both the local community and others who come to stay for short periods. Rooms could be single or shared with other volunteers. The farmhouse is comfortable with good facilities including wifi, where all food much it grown on the farm is provided. Separate male/female/non-binary single and twin shared rooms are available. Comfortable beds and all bed linen is provided. Bathroom and shower facilities are fully provided for with hot water and full laundry provision available. A fully equipped kitchen is provided, with all meals being prepared communally using as much as possible fresh produce from the farm. High quality nutritious food is always provided and a wide range of all required diets can be catered for.

Location and leisure

Bosavern Community Farm is located in the far south west of Cornwall in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing access to stunning heritage countryside and coastlines, vibrant seaside towns such as Penzance and St. Ives and a range of interesting cultural attractions. Good public transport links service the area including regular mainline trains at Penzance Station to and from the rest of the UK, as well as good access to regular national and local bus routes. St. Just is the nearest bus service route approximately 1 kilometre from the Bosavern. The small town of St. Just 1 kilometer from the farm provides local shopping facilities, whilst Penzance 10 kilometres away is a provincial centre for shopping, cinema, library, leisure and other facilities. A doctor’s surgery is located in nearby St. Just where volunteers can temporarily register, with A&E hospital facilities in Penzance and regionally at Truro. Rapid response emergency services are always available 24/7.

Project hosted by

Bosavern Community Farm is situated near St Just at the very western tip of Cornwall near Land’s End. It is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise run on “Wholesome Food Association” principles by a community of employees, members and volunteers. Their vision is to develop a self-financing, community-led, food-growing initiative to benefit the wider community of St Just and West Penwith in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable way. The objectives of the Farm are:

  • To produce and sell local food;
  • To provide community access to land and its produce;
  • To provide opportunities for the local community to come together and learn about growing food, agriculture and sustainable living;
  • To provide a space for events, workshops, training, social time and celebration. Currently they grow and deliver fresh, local vegetables and eggs to the local community through their veg boxes, farm shop, local farmers’ markets and to local businesses and schools. They have 6 polytunnels, a fruit cage, several bee hives and a number of outbuildings including the Hive, their education space. In addition Bosavern Community Farm provides an environment for education, workshops, events and for the community to cultivate skills and join together to celebrate the produce and the seasons. Bosavern Community Farm believes in shared values where supporting people and communities are a focus everything they do. They very much welcome volunteers who want to contribute to their vision of promoting sustainable communities

Additional comments

DATES: arrival date will be arranged directly with the volunteer, starting in SEPTEMBER.

FEES: £40 (GBP) – a small contribution to Concordia’s administration fees. If the volunteer needs a VISA to enter the UK, an additional £21 needs to be paid to Concordia to cover the cost of the VISA sponsorship certificate. APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

  • All applicants must send a completed VEF, application form, certificate of good conduct /police check from your home country + two references
  • Skype Interviews: will be arranged individually. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 01/07/19- with the selection and SKYPE interviews carried out in the following days.

PLEASE SEND YOUR APPLICATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

ACCESSIBILITY: Access for people in wheelchairs or using large mobility aids can be difficult in some parts of the farm and accommodation is not currently suitable for users of large mobility aids.
TRAINING: International volunteers will access a range of training opportunities, which will cover basic health and safety, horticultural growing and working upon community projects. MINIMUM 6 MONTHS – HOWEVER THE HOST WELCOMES LONGER STAYS – LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO STAY LONGER THAN 6 MONTHS

Requirements

An interest in environmental sustainability is important, where experience of horticulture or growing would be advantageous, as would experience of working within community projects.

FULL – Kyrgyzstan: Happy sun 28/07/2019 – 10/08/2019

Work

During the project, volunteers will conduct English trainings, various games, and sporting events with children in their leisure time. Volunteers with children will also organize basic environment trainings.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation: Volunteers will live with a nearby host family. Volunteers can bring their sleeping bags and mats for excursions. Food: Cooking will be done by a host family, volunteers can join and help the host family. For the weekend excursion, volunteers are requested to take a personal plate and utensil set for the trek, cooking will be done as a group.

Location and leisure

On the weekend volunteers will have an opportunity to visit Karakol town and see its sightseeing. Another option would be to hike up to the nearby Altyn Arashan health resort where you can enjoy natural hot springs.

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About Inclusive kindergarten Kiyal Kechter: Inclusive kindergarten is located in Issyk-Kul Oblast, in Teplokluchenko village. The creation of a stable base to support children with disabilities and their families in all areas of life. In the organization are conducted classes before school program individually with each child, as well as educational classes and clubs by interests (origami, sewing, painting, etc.). Children speak Kyrgyz and Russian languages. They have good experience working with international volunteers. Each year they host up to 3-4 international guests. The Inclusive kindergarten Kiyal Kechter realize activities in several directions: 1. To providing rehabilitation services to children with disabilities; 2. Access to education; 3. To engaging and activating parental initiatives; 4. To reducing stigma and the involvement of children with disabilities in the activities of the local community.

Meeting point

Karakol, Office of Leadership, 138 Lenin St. (cross road: Koenkozova St). Travel cost from the airport to the meeting point is not reimbursed. Extra assistance with travel can be provided upon request.

Additional comments

We welcome all volunteers who are enthusiastic, creative and motivated to work with orphan children. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted during the camp or at the accommodation venues. Smoking is not allowed while volunteers are with children.

Requirements

Volunteers should come with their own health and accident insurance.

FULL – Japan: Onuma 21/07/2019 – 15/09/2019

Volunteer will cut alien trees and planting native trees to create better forest around the lake. As raising awareness of locals is important, we will also work along the lake by putting stones, check the pollution and making charcoals to purify the water. Also, volunteers will harvest tomato and potatoes.

FULL – Finland: Familycamp 21/07/2019 – 28/07/2019

Finland: Familycamp 21/07/2019 – 28/07/2019

Work: The school surroundings need maintaining, so the volunteers will work with seasonal tasks indoors and outdoors. Location: Punkaharju is located in eastern Finland near Savonlinna. The school is situated in a location of natural beauty, surrounded on both sides by lakes and magnificent scenery. The area offers opportunities for outdoor activities.

FULL – Germany: Ban Nuclear Weapons 30.6. – 14.7.19

Work

Volunteers are invited to join our campaigns and activities for promoting peace during the time of the workcamp. You will help us through your participation and through some manual and artistic work: In Mutlangen we will have promoting actions for a peaceful world in the Rems garden show. We will have a peace bicycle ride 40 km along the river Rems. And together we will design and create an artistic installation for the so called peace meadow in Buechel and support the campaign against the remaining nuclear weapons. We believe that campaigns for nuclear disarmament and nonviolence conflict resolution are messages worth to be spread in the media. We invite you to learn from best examples in peace building and to help us to share these examples in social media as messages of peace. If possible you can translate them into your language. Such skills are particularly welcome! Study part: Volunteers will receive information about nuclear weapons, ongoing nuclear armament programs and efforts of disarmament and reconciliation. We will share experiences about different forms of action for peace. As there will be contacts to German native speakers, workcamp is good possibility to improve your German language skills.

Accomodation and food

We sleep in tents. In Mutlangen in the garden of the Pressehütte. In Büchel in a peace camp on a field beside the military airfield. You will need to bring sleeping pad and sleeping bag. Vegetarian food will be prepared together.

Location and leisure

Volunteers can visit attractions in the Swabian Jura and the Eifel.

Project hosted by

Several organizations of the German peace movement are currently running a campaign to ban the last nuclear weapons which are stationed in Germany. In the eighties huge protests out of the civil society has been successful and most of the intermediate-range missile, called Pershing II, has been disarmed in Germany. But the treaty was just this February canceled by the US and Russia. In our world there are still more than 14.000 nuclear weapons remaining! The peace-workshop Friedenswerkstatt Mutlangen invites international volunteers from East and West to study peace and support activities against nuclear weapons. The workcamp will start in Mutlangen, a former location of nuclear missiles, 40 km east of Stuttgart. There the blockades against the missiles have been successful. In the second part we move on to the military air-base Buechel on the Eifel hills, where still nuclear weapons are stationed. Participants will get to know and discuss history and actual questions of nuclear disarmament, trust-building and non violence. All volunteers are invited to stay in the resistance camp until 16th of July. If you are interested please contact camp leader. The campaign: Twenty nuclear bombs are still kept in the airbase Buechel. They belong to the US Army and in case of war, they would be flown by German pilots on the command of the president of the USA. Instead of abolished, as the international law demands, these weapons are going to be upgraded. The campaign Buechel is everywhere – Global Zero Now demands the stop of the so called modernization of the bombs, the removal from Germany and a legal ban of all nuclear weapons. The campaign is part of ICAN, (International Campaign to abolish Nuclear Weapons), which got the Nobel Peace Prize few years ago.

Meeting point

Would be great if you arrive on the 30st of June around 4 pm in Mutlangen. The work camp will end in Büchel on the 14th July around 11:00 am.

Additional comments

You will need sleeping bag and isolation sheet. Food will be vegetarian. The workcamp starts and ends in Mutlangen. A motivation letter is needed. Please let us know about your studies, work interests and concerns. Do not forget to bring a warm sweater and clothes, nights can be rather cold. Please note: Official end of the workcamp will be in Buechel, not in Mutlangen. Next train station in Buechel is Cochem, from there you can go with train to Frankfurt, Stuttgart or Cologne (via Koblenz). Another option is to use airport Frankfurt Hahn, which is much nearer. You can reach it by bus.

Requirements

We ask for a contribution of 50.- Euro for the travel costs during the workcamp.

FULL – Finnland: Foxhill 9.6. – 22.6.19

Work

The volunteers will assist in different tasks such as organising activities for children. Renovation and other maintaining tasks with traditional methods will be carried out during the camp. They use an interesting building method using reed and volunteers can take part in that. If you like nature and old buildings this is a place for you.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation will be in small wooden building. The volunteers will prepare their meals together.

Location and leisure

Kuusankoski is a small town next to Kouvola about 130 km north-east from Helsinki. The camp is in a forest on top of the hill in the middle of Kuusankoski town.

Project hosted by

Foxhill Association maintains old industrial heritage of Kuusankoski and wants to increase community spirit and wellbeing of people by common action. It is a voluntary association preserving the area of wooden buildings where factory workers used to live. The aim is to keep the cultural and natural heritage alive by organising community events, there is e.g. a summer cafe, petting zoo, amateur theatre. This is the second time they host a work camp after a very positive experience last year and the local community is waiting for international volunteers.

Requirements

The volunteers need travel insurance for the duration of their stay. Registration fee 50 euros.

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