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France: The Fortress of Montaigu le Blin 4 – 16.8.-31.8.2019

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, etc.) and many varied tasks. You will also participate to the touristic life of the site, helping the guided visits and organising activities and events!

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!

Project hosted by

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 16/08/2019 from 5:00 pm Info sheet:

Additional comments

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. EXTRA FEES: reduced to 250€ for international volunteers. Pay attention! Our national participants in France pay the regular 360€ of extra fees.

Requirements

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. EXTRA FEES: reduced to 250€ for international volunteers. Pay attention! Our national participants in France pay the regular 360€ of extra fees.

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.

Project hosted by

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.

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.

Project hosted by

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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