Your work will prepare interactive presentations to local children and adults about yourselves, your culture and volunteering. You will prepare international evenings for locals in 2-3 close-by villages (and probably also in local schools) and organize a summer celebration for children. Together with local children, you will also work on your own project. You will present the outcome to the locals at the end of the workcamp. You will also help to clean a water tank and beautify public areas in the village. During the whole workcamp, you will write a blog on the community website.
Study part: You will have the chance to get to know a small village and learn a lot about local culture, history and lifestyle. There will be a possibility to visit local farmers. You can also take part in a wire art or quilling workshop or cook with locals in their homes.
In a local football clubhouse. You will sleep on mattresses, but you need to bring your own sleeping bag. Toilets and showers are available. Please be ready for very basic living conditions. You will prepare your breakfast and dinner together as a group. Lunch will be provided on working days, during weekends, you will prepare it together. There will a be a small kitchen at your disposal.
Mezno. It is a small village (about 180 inhabitants). There is a shop, a doctor, a post office and a restaurant. There are also some sports facilities. It is located about 20 km from the historical town of Tabor.
Leisure time: Possible free-time activities include a visit of the historical town of Tabor and other sights according to your own interest, trips in the surroundings on bikes provided by the local partner, swimming in a natural quarry or a pond, etc. You can also play football or tennis in the village.
The project takes place in a little village of Mezno, about 70 km south from Prague. It is organized by a local NGO Mezenak in cooperation with the municipality of Mezno. Mezenak aims at creating opportunities for local people to meet, to get closer to each other and to the place where they live by organizing different non-formal, cultural and leisure-time activities (both for children and adults). This year, the workcamp will be held in Mezno already for the 9th time. The aim of the workcamp is to present different cultures of volunteers and the idea of volunteering to the local community, to do different activities with children and to help with maintenance of public spaces in the village.
Please send us a short motivation letter explaining why you want to join this workcamp. You should be ready and willing to spend a lot of time with local people from the village, mainly with kids and teenagers who do not speak perfect English. We are looking for outgoing and communicative volunteers who are not afraid of speaking in public and who do not mind manual work, too.
The workcamp is mainly about meeting people, but manual work can be sometimes physically demanding. Creative ideas for a common project with outcomes that will stay in the village are welcome! You can see photos from previous workcamps here: http://www.mezno.cz/fotogalerie?i=69