• Construct earth houses and terraces for the village
• Plant and harvest fruit and vegetables in the village garden and other farm work
• Other duties assigned by the local staff
• Organize cultural activities/sharing with other volunteers and local villagers
Grocery shopping and meals will be prepared by the workcampers. Fresh vegetables will be provided from the village garden. A cooking and cleaning schedule will be arranged at the beginning of the workcamp, and workcampers will take turns with cooking and cleaning chores.
Simple and basic accommodation is provided. Male and female will be separated. Workcampers can bring their own sleeping bag if they are not used to sleeping on traditional Chinese mats. Tents are available for workcampers who wish to camp. Workcampers who wish to camp will need to bring a sleeping bag.
The project is located in the outskirt of Hangzhou City. Attractions in the area include West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, Nanxun Ancient Town, Thousand Island Lake, Tianmu Mountain and Xixi Wetland Park.
Zhejiang Qingluo Public Service Center is an NGO that have been running many successful projects that aims to tackle different social issues. In addition to the Huakailing social welfare village project, they are also currently running a project call Free Lunch for Children, which is dedicated to providing solutions to tackle global issues such as child hunger, food security and malnutrition to support children in poverty. Their other projects also includes Foundation for Serious Disease Medical Insurance, Electronic Agriculture, Water Security Foundation, etc., which focus on other issues related to the environment, public health, and sustainability. In the past 8 years, they have gained rich experience in uniting government and local communities to tackling different social issues together. With the initiating of the Huakailing project, they hope the village can become an efficient platform and capacity training center in the future for more and more partner organizations to come together and develop better solution to social issues.
• Interested about terraces, sustainable farming, construction work and landscape design. Related experience will be welcomed.
• Ready for manual/physical work