Kopu Primary School occupies old German manor house surrounded by the large park. There will be various jobs in the area i the most important task is preparation works in herbal garden next to the park, also clearing and tidying up of the park as well as other objects such as public playgrounds, local graveyard, surrounding of newly opened visiting centre etc.One of the works is preparing woods for the school heating in winter period. In cooperation with Tipu Nature School volunteers will have the opportunity to help out there for one day i that gives you the chance to see a bit of Soomaa National Park that is situated just next to Kopu Municipality. Work will be mainly outdoors. Volunteers will be working alongside with local youngsters of the national camp. Working time is 4 hours a day from 9am until lunch. After lunch there will be diverse activities together with local youth and free time for the group own activities. The age of local young people is 14-26.
In the Kopu school sports facility.Vounteers will sleep in beds. Mattresses, pillows, blankets will be provided but please bring your towels. Toilets and showers are available. Meals will be prepared by kitchen staff and are served in the school canteen twice a day, dinner will be brought to the sporting centre. You can bring your sleeping bag, because there will be a two-day trip to Soomaa.
Meeting point: bus station in Tallinn (Lastekodu 46) on arrival dayLocationKopu village lies about 20 km to the west from Viljandi, an administrative centre of the county with population of 20 000 people. Distance from Tallinn is 180 km. The area is very beautiful – hilly with many small lakes and rivers and a lot of forest with wild nature. Here begins Soomaa National Park i a very popular place for hikes and canoe trips. More information on www.visitestonia.com, www.viljandi.ee, www.soomaa.ee, kopukool.ee. Facebook sites Kopu community https://et-ee.facebook.com/KC3B5pu-kogukond-121938627870667/ , Kopu School https://et-ee.facebook.com/KopuPohikool Leisure timeSport activities at accommodation site, sportgames with locals, swimming, barbeque, hiking and canoeing in Soomaa National Park, going to the adventure park. In addition to the official programme, trip to Viljandi, the capital of county, visit to Tartu (second largest city in Estonia and the University centre) or to Parnu (lively spa town on the sea side) can be done by volunteers in their free time. There will also be a national dinner evening so think of one national dish you would like to make to your co-campers and bring special things you need with you as there can be ingredients that aren t available in local store.
Kopu village is a centre of Municipality of Kopu, one of the small in Estonia with total population of around 600 people. International workcamps have been taken place there since 2001. During past summers volunteers helped to build sport facilities for local school, cleaned up the school park, and did some renovation jobs at the old graveyard. Besides practical help, the volunteers made a significant impact on community life bringing new dynamics, intercultural exchange and international contacts to local youth. Being inspired by the years of international volunteering experience Kopu Municipality authorities continue hosting international camps and invite international volunteers this summer again. This year international camp will be combined with the national teenage work- and leisure camp taking place in Kopu at the same time.
Special requirementsNo special skills are needed. Tools for the work will be provided. Please bring your own towel, sleeping bag, working clothes and gloves. English and Estonian are the camp languages. It is important that the volunteers follow the rules and schedules of the national camp (e.g. they have to be back at accommodation by 21:00, from 23:00 is a repose time, etc). The age of participants is 14-17.Participation feeDue to lack of financial support for the project from local community the participation fee of 250 Euro is requested from volunteers to cover the costs of board, diverse leisure time activities as well as administrative and pedagogical costs. This fee is different from sending organisation s fee paid at home, and it has to be paid by volunteers by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp. If you cannot do it please consult your sending organisation for another solution.