Turkey: OLIVE HARVEST-1 8/11/2020 – 29/11/2020

Work

Volunteers will collect olives from the trees and pack. But if the olive harvest is low due to the weather conditions (If there will be not enough olive to pick) the volunteers will be requested to do other manual works in the facility.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation is in student dormitories for 6 people with shared toilet and bathroom. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary. Food will be supplied at the center.

Location and leisure

Math Village is a premises near by Sirince where is a small village in the west of Turkey. Please be aware that the center is a bit isolated. No night life, TV or disco is available at the center but there is internet connection. The next village Sirince, which is only 20 minutes by foot, is very attractive and famous for its homemade wines and traditional architecture. The nearest town Selcuk, which is the home of world famous Ephessus open-air museum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mUqg1yBFTo . The nearest city Izmir, is one hour away by coach. Work camp site is safe and secure.

Project hosted by

Math village is a math-summer school located in the nature and owns over 1000 olive trees and harvest about 20 tons of olives per year. The oil produced by the collected olives is used in the kitchen of the summer school.

Meeting point

Volunteers should arrange their arrivals to Izmir Airport on the first day of the camp. Further details about arrival will be given on the info sheet.Volunteers will leave the camp on the last day,after breakfast.

Requirements

Volunteers should bring proper and non slip boots as the ground might be muddy and some parts of the fields have slopes.

Hier bewerben!

Portugal: ECOMEZIO 31/08/2020 – 11/09/2020

Work

  • Ecological training
  • River restoration activities
  • Control of alien invasive species
  • Restoration of riparian forest with litter cleaning and trees plantation
  • Beneficiation of local fauna, flora, and landscape
  • Creation of a wildlife pond
  • Cleaning of pathways; waste removal
  • Valorization of local cultural heritage (embellishment of two chapels and surrounding area)
  • Encouragement of international exchange and exchange of experience
  • Presentation and discussion of the natural and social reality of the regions of origin of the participants
  • Promotion of environmentally and socially responsible attitudes and values
  • Development of action-training actions focused on individual and collective learning.

Accommodation and food

Participants will sleep in a sports complex in Lousada, in shared rooms with sleeping mattresses. There will be separated rooms for boys and for girls. The complex has locker room with hot water showers also separated by gender. Participants have to bring their own towels and hygiene products. The organization will provide breakfasts, lunches, break snacks, and dinners. Lunches and dinners are prepared/cooked by the municipality staff and served at the sports complex canteen, but some lunches will be served outdoor(sandwiches, fruits, etc.). All meals are vegetarian.

Location and leisure

Lousada in North of Portugal

Project hosted by

This camp integrates the Municipality of Lousadas sustainability agenda, which includes many environmental projects, always in cooperation with local communities. This camp will be organized by a team of biologists experienced in both science and animation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about environmental management and nature conservation and engage in conservation-training activities in the rivers Sousa and Mezio, which need cleaning and ecological restoration in some parts. Volunteers will also get to see and learn about our flora and fauna, local culture, food, rural landscape, etc

Requirements

  • High sense of citizenship and environmental protection.
  • Will to work for nature protection and improvement.
  • Will to learn and share nature protection techniques and good practice
  • Language skills (English preferable, but also Portuguese and Spanish)
  • Always be punctual
  • Always respect others opinions
  • Will to interact with local community and culture

Hier bewerben!

FULL – Nepal: Stop Global Warming 17/09/2020 – 29/09/2020

Work

To conduct rally to inspire the surrounding about global warming effects. Conducting discussion for different age groups to collect their understanding about global warming and look for realistic solution.

Accommodation and food

Volunteers stay with the host family/hostel identified by VIN. The living conditions at the host family/ hostel are simple and basic. Male and female volunteers will share the same living area but have separate sleeping rooms. The volunteers sleep on simple beds / mattress. Please bring your sleeping bag.

Location and leisure

There are lots of sightseeing options in and around Kathmandu. If you arrive early or if you are planning on staying in Nepal after your work camp finished, VIN also organises weekends travel tours to Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara, Nagarkot at an additional cost if you are interested.

Project hosted by

Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) is a NGO with the mission to empower marginalized communities through inclusive and holistic development programmes. This is done through the following project areas: Education, Health and Environment, Economy, Basic Infrastructure. Within the above project areas we conduct the following programmes: Women’s Empowerment, Children’s Development, Youth Empowerment, Disaster Risk, Reduction, Environment and Conservation, Public Health and Medical Care: https://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org

Meeting point

VIN staff will pick each volunteer from the airport. The volunteers are requested to send their flight details to VIN on time so that we can send our staff with your name card and VIN’s Logo.

Additional comments

The participation fee 200 Euros (30 Euro for transportation) is to be paid on your arrivals at VIN Office or upon booking the placement by Paypal or bank transfer.

Requirements

Basic English, Interested in working in group and with Children, Easily adaptable in local Environment, Flexible.

Hier bewerben!

Bist du Flüchtling? Wir unterstützen dich

Als Anlaufstelle für Flüchtlinge, deren Bezugspersonen und Fachleute vermitteln wir Freiwilligeneinsätze in der Nachbarschaftshilfe oder Praktika in verschiedenen Branchen. Wir unterstützen dich bei der (Lehr-) Stellensuche und bieten neben hilfreichen Informationen einen PC-Arbeitsplatz in unseren Büroräumlichkeiten mitten in der Stadt Zürich an.

Wir unterstützen dich….

Bei der (Lehr-) Stellensuche oder bei der beruflichen (Neu-) Orientierung und zeigen dir mögliche Anschluss- und Übergangslösungen auf. Damit du einen Weg in die Arbeitswelt finden kannst.

Bei uns kannst du…

Freiwilligeneinsätze in der Nachbarschaftshilfe, Praktika in verschiedenen Branchen oder einen Platz in einem Freiwilligen-Camp in eindrucksvoller Natur finden. Seit 2018 öffnet unser Verein mit dem Projekt «Einstiegshilfe Workcamps für Asylsuchende» bestehende Freiwilligeneinsätze für Menschen aus dem Asylbereich.

Beratung

Wir bieten Hilfe im ganzen Bewerbungsprozess – vom Schreiben von Bewerbungen bis zum Vorbereiten auf Vorstellungsgespräche.

Die Voraussetzungen…

…du wohnst in der Stadt oder im Kanton Zürich. Du bist motiviert zu arbeiten und deine berufliche Zukunft anzugehen.

Virtual Workcamps – Volunteer from home!!

At this moment due to the spread of the new coronavirus, many borders are still closed, flights are suspended and some countries are still in lockdown. That means, of course, that it is impossible for many volunteers to travel. But let’s look on the bright side – it is still possible to meet people from all over the world online! And the most important to support and encourage people who might be affected the most!

Workcamp Switzerland has organised four virtual workcamps in May 2020 under the motto „Boots your resilience“. Around 100 participants from almost 30 countries took part in our virtual workcamps. Enthusiastic professionals hosted the workshops on a voluntary basis to encourage people from all over the world during the challenging corona crisis. Participants were able to plunge into series of workshops to stay mentally fit, find new inspiration and feel the collective energy. Despite contact and travel restrictions, we succeeded to promote international exchange through art, music, improvisation, mindfulness, dance, yoga, etc.

Work

Our international partners are still inviting you to take part in many interesting virtual workcamps. Here you can find ONLINE BOARD with other recent projects and activities and new ones will be added.

Join the virtual workcamp and volunteer in a different way! What will we be working on together? Many workcamp organisations started finding meaningful tasks that can be done together online: speaking clubs, discussions on environmental problems, „Do it youself“ camps, workcamps dedicated to moral and physical health, self-improvement and much more.

And of course, you can exchange ideas, experiences, language, music, recipes and much more with the other online volunteers, just as in a real workcamp. Bring your own ideas and let’s be creative together!

Location

This workcamp will be taking place entirely online. It is accessible to everybody with a working internet connection. No borders, no visa, no need to travel, so you are saving CO2-emissions which is really nice for our beautiful planet! While it is important to keep physical distance at the moment, we can create social proximity in the digital world.

Project hosted by

Virtual Workcamp is a joint project of many workcamps organisations worldwide. Our partner organization IBG in Germany came up with this idea after the beginning of the spread of coronavirus worldwide and they are rightfully pioneers of the international volunteering movement online.

„We believe that especially in times as challenging as these, it is important to raise our voices for solidarity and international friendship. International workcamps were created 100 years ago to work towards mutual understanding, peace and solidarity beyond borders. Let’s keep this spirit and find new ways to get to know and support each other.“

FULL – Germany: Dance and help create a new art space! 4/04/2020 – 19/04/2020

Work

Do you want to spend two weeks getting creative in an artistic and international environment? Then come to Stolpe, where a former cement factory waits to be transformed by you into a new and exciting art space! Hosted by the artist community Ponderosa, in this work- and art-camp you will be able to create and explore on two levels: In the first part of the day, you will participate in dance workshops by professional international dance and performance teachers, exploring movement and finding your unique expression in dance. In the second part, you will help build a new cultural space out of a former factory by for example painting the ware houses, building simple platforms for sitting/chilling /tenting, creating new info signs for our visitors, helping local architects and set designers with basic construction work, creating/decorating the bar, & party spaces for festivities, gardening/planting in our new urban agro- forest plot… the tasks will be as diverse as your workcamp group!

Accomodation and food

You sleep in beds in shared rooms in a newly renovated building on the area of the cement factory. You cook together.

Location and leisure

Location: 90 km northeast of Berlin on the Polish border in the Odertal nature reserve. Activity: Dance workshops with our teachers* and assistance in beautifying the cultural park Free time: Bicycles are at your disposal with which you can move through the beautiful landscape of the Oder Valley nature reserve. In Brandenburg with its many lakes there are also many great swimming opportunities in natural surroundings. On weekends you can also plan a trip to the dazzling metropolis of Berlin or even to Poland.

Project hosted by

Kulturstolpe
Ponderosa-Dance

Additional comments

You don’t need any previous experience in dance, bring your curiosity for movement and design with you.

Requirements

You don’t need any previous experience in dance, bring your curiosity for movement and design with you.

Hier bewerben!

FULL – Canada: Projet intergénérationnel 23/02/2020 – 8/03/2020

Work

Le Quartier des Générations wants to revitalize its site. Volunteers will do landscaping and build various equipment to improve the available services and activities. They will also participate in many social events alongside the elderly, where volunteers and participants can share life stories. TASKS :

  • Construction of a winter hiking trail
  • Holding SKI outdoor social activities (adapted for wheelchairs) with the elders of the Quartier des Générations
  • Preparation of seedlings for the garden
  • Indoor social activities with seniors
  • Preparation and participation in the 2020 winter wonderland
  • Provides computer support to seniors to break isolation

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will be sleeping in a brand new community room. They will have access to a cafeteria on week days but will have to cook their own meals on weekends. They will have access to Wi-Fi.

Location and leisure

The Ahuntsic neighbourhood in the north of Montreal is not only urban but also peaceful. Bordered by the Rivière des Prairies, it has many attractions such as the magnificent Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park and the Promenade Fleury, which attract outdoor enthusiasts as well as gourmets. Located about ten kilometres from downtown, Ahuntsic is one of Montreal’s hidden treasures. Quartier des Générations is located 10 km of the downtown.

Project hosted by

Le Quartier des Générations is an innovative and community-oriented seniors’ residence. It allows people from different generations to meet thanks to its collective spaces, unifying activities and different housing types. With its unique approach, the organization wants to inspire other senior living environments across Quebec.

Additional comments

*** PLEASE DON’T BUY YOUR FLIGHT TICKETS BEFORE GETTING YOUR VISA AND WORK PERMIT CONFIRMED ***

Hier bewerben!

FULL – Germany Lohra Castle 13/10-25/10/2019

Work

Because around the outer walls of the castle trees had been grown up during the last two decades, actually the castle is partly not seen from the valley. So, besides taking care of green areas the volunteers will help to cut the trees around the walls in order to expose the view to the castle and will transport the wood to the storage place as well as splitting and stacking the wood.

Accomodation and food

ACCOMMODATION: shared rooms with 2 – 5 beds in 3 guest houses, warm shower (limited hot water), 1 camp kitchen (cold water), coal-burning stoves

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.

Location and leisure

Lohra Castle is situated in the heart of Germany in Northern Thuringia. The castle, which is surrounded by a scenic hilly landscape, is located on the edge of a nature reserve area. Being one of the largest castles in Thuringia, the history of the castle Lohra begins in the Middle Age. The castle is more than 1,000 years old. Today, it includes twenty buildings from different times: medieval fortifications, remnants of a tower from the 11th century, a Romanesque chapel, a manor house from the Renaissance period as well as stables and granaries from the 19th and the early 20th centuries. The ensemble is situated in the centre of a beautiful forest. For years Lohra Castle was vacant. In the 1990s Open Houses started to restore the castle and to revive it by cultural activities. Since that time, a large number of Workcamps, Building Weeks, exhibitions, concerts and other activities with international participants took place in the castle. LEISURE TIME The camp places are mostly situated in small villages in rural areas, so the participants should not expect busy places and normal city activities for the leisure time during the working days. Small trips in walking distance are possible in the afternoon. On the weekends it is possible to organise an excursion to nearby cities or to have other leisure activities.

Project hosted by

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 do-ers, 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.

Meeting point

More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet

Hier bewerben!

FULL – London: Dulwich Christmas Workcamp 7/12/2019 – 17/12/2019

Work

Volunteers will work on different environmental projects. At the London Wildlife Trust completing practical conservation tasks in the beautiful Sydenham Hill Woods, working alongside local volunteers. Work will be physical and it will be cold and possibly wet so please come prepared with waterproof clothing a good boots. London Wildlife Trust is an urban nature conservation charity working to improve London’s green spaces for people and wildlife. Volunteers will also be working in nearby Dulwich Park (a favourite of the late Queen Mary who visited it every year) and Belair Park with the local authority parks department.

Accomodation and food

South London Scout Centre has bunk beds and central heating but it may be cold and wet. Sleeping bags and working clothes and shoes will be needed. The group will cook meals at the centre.

Location and leisure

Visits to local projects of interest will be organised. There will be a free weekend when there will be a chance to visit London.

Project hosted by

A group of 8 volunteers are invited to spend 10 days in south London. But it won’t feel as if you are in a city: volunteers will stay at a Scout Centre in the midst of woodland with no houses in sight! Dulwich is a pleasant, quiet corner of London.

Meeting point

South London Scout Centre on 7 December (see Info Sheet)

Additional comments

HOSTING FEE: It is difficult and expensive to stay in London so we have to charge £130 GBP for the 10 days. This will pay for the accommodation and a basic budget for food. The fee should be paid upon arrival. NB: It is possible that the amount of this fee will be reduced as we are looking for sponsors. We will inform the partners if that is the case.

Requirements

HOSTING FEE: It is difficult and expensive to stay in London so we have to charge £130 GBP for the 10 days. This will pay for the accommodation and a basic budget for food. The fee should be paid upon arrival. NB: It is possible that the amount of this fee will be reduced as we are looking for sponsors. We will inform the partners if that is the case.

FULL – 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.

Project hosted by

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