The volunteers will prepare and finalize the programme in the first days. Each day, a four hours workshop/activities will be given and organised for kids in the morning. The volunteers will have many facilities and a park to do the activities with children.
At local high school. The living conditions are basic, please bring a sleeping bag. Mats will be available but please check with us first! The center is equipped with showers and toilets. The volunteers are meant to prepare their breakfast, lunch and dinner, although last year we got a professional cook and we hope this year we will have the same “luxury”.
Jodar is a village located close to Jaen. The main economical activity is agriculture and it is surrounded by the Natural Park of Sierra Magina which is a natural area with high quality lansdscape, pure and nearly virgin. Volunteers will have excellent possibilities to visit Cordoba/Granada or Seville and other spots like Jaén (Arabic baths and cathedral), Ubeda and Baeza. There is also a chance of doing hiking route through the Serrezuela and the Sierra Magina and even to have a parapente experience in Pegalajar.
City hall of Jodar. Jodar is a town located in the centre east of Andalucia, that has been living for ages on agriculture as it has good water resources in a dry area. Nowardays, there is a chance of changing the economical resources into mining, but this decision is not probably eco-sustaintable at all. The Town Hall is quite aware of environmental issues and has been supporting local enviromental projects such as Huerto de la Cora y Huerto del Mundo about Eco-agriculture and seeds preservation, as well as suporting the local NGO “Guardabosques” who deals with environmatl education for children.
Guardabosques and De Amicitia made an agreement of cooperation for the realization of an international volunteering workcamp which will support summer camps with various workshops in English. It is well known that Spaniards´ level of English is not so good, even though it is studied at school for more than 9 years. Simultaneously, the workshops will try to teach other values such as the respect for the environment and promote the culture of peace.
Take into consideration the following features:
– participants are really asked to try their best if they speak Spanish to communicate with the locals. Creating a good atmosphere will be the key for workcamps in the future
– volunteers are asked to take iniciative, to “create” the workcamp, to leave a memory in Jodar so that the project will have an impact in village.
– it will be hot in the day and in the night. The landscape is dry, be prepared for 40º Celsius temperature or more. Nevertheless it will be possible to use the swimming pool in town for free.
Good level of English and experience in leading kids/activities are really a must. Short but precise motivation letter is required where we can evaluate these skills.
This project will include a one day only vegan food day agreed by volunteers for the promotion of environmental sustainable lifestyle.