Together with the hosting organization, you will continue the renovation works on the farm buildings, especially the cultural centre. The tasks can include cleaning the rubble, the floors or walls, masonry, installing wooden floors etc. The work can be physically demanding. Depending on the current needs, you will also help with maintenance of old local orchards that are an important part of the landscape. You might also clean the abandoned part of the local cemetery where there are graves of ancestors of German-speaking inhabitants displaced after WWII. Please bring clothes that get dirty or damaged and solid shoes.
Study part: Meeting locals and learning more about a complicated history of a region on the border. Learning about organic farming with the possibility to gain a practical experience too (drying fruits, cooking jam etc.). Lecture in the museum of displaced inhabitants in Austria (Pravice is located 15 km from the border with Austria).
In a former granary. You will sleep on a carpet placed on a wooden floor. Please bring your own sleeping bag and a camping mat. The accommodation is very basic, but you can make it cozy with old furniture that is at disposal. The toilets and showers are located in the building next door. You will prepare your own meals together as a group in an equipped kitchen. You will cook mostly from organic ingredients from the farm. You will be in every day contact with animals which live on the farm such as chicken, goats or cats.
Pravice (300 inhabitants). It is a small village in South Moravia, about 30 km from Znojmo. There is a small shop and a pub in the village.
Leisure time: Many opportunities to explore the region – visiting historical towns of Znojmo, Mikulov or Brno, visiting wine cellars or hiking in the nearby national park and nature protected areas with beautiful sceneries. You can also play table tennis, do BBQ or go swimming (3 km from accommodation).
This workcamp takes place in cooperation with a NGO called Pravice Beautifying Association and an eco-agricultural cooperative Ochsen in a small village of Pravice, in the wine region of South Moravia. The association organizes cultural and community events in the village, such as: feasts, film screenings, exhibitions, repairing historical sites. The cooperative strives to farm in a nature-friendly way; it takes care of the landscape and renovates a local landmark – a classicistic manor house. It also organizes cross-border activities focused on displaced inhabitants. The aim of the workcamp is to contribute to renovation of a classicistic building which will serve as a cultural centre. You will also be engaged in maintenance of the local countryside.
We are looking forward to volunteers interested in organic farming, regional development and the history of Central Europe. This workcamp is not suitable for volunteers with allergies to dust and animals.
Participation fee: 20 EUR. Due to limited access to public resources, INEX-SDA kindly asks participants to contribute 20 EUR towards the costs of workcamp coordination and administration. The fee will be collected in cash upon arrival. Please note that this fee doesn’t directly contribute to the budget of the workcamp itself.