You will do both manual tasks and work with autistic children. 1st week: getting the campsite and the barn ready for the arrival of the children. 2nd week: you will work with children with autism and other disabilities who spend their vacation at the camp in Jizbice (personal assistance to children, organization of activities, going on walks, helping in the kitchen, washing dishes cleaning etc.). During the children camp, you will work longer hours, but you can enjoy more free time during the first part of the workcamp. You will cooperate with Czech assistants – every child will be taken care of by 1 Czech and 1 international volunteer. Bring games and ideas for activities.
Study part: You will get a lecture on autism and a workshop on methods how to work with autistic children and youth. There will be some teambuilding activities together with the Czech assistants. You will have the chance to learn some basic Czech phrases – it will be helpful during the children s camp. You will also learn about the famous Czech author Bohumil Hrabal who was born in Nymburk – you can visit his birth house or see films based on his novels.
In Jizbice: in big tents in the garden. Please bring a sleeping bag and a torch. There is a bathroom with toilets and showers at the campsite. You will have meals together with the children and organizers. In Nymburk: in an international scouts centre – in rooms on mattresses in own sleeping bags. There are 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and a big garden. You will prepare your own meals as a group.
Location: Nymburk and the village of Jizbice (8 kilometres from the town of Nymburk). The campsite in Jizbice is located in a garden with a big barn. There is a playground, forests and an outdoor swimming pool.
Leisure time: Tour around the spa town of Podebrady, excursions to the complex of labyrinths and the castle of Loucen, to a local brewery and to the surrounding countryside are planned. An international evening can be organized.
This workcamp takes place in the town of Nymburk and in a small village of Jizbice (Central Bohemia region) in cooperation with the local NGO Centre for All. Centre for All organizes free time activities and summer camps for children and youth with and without disabilities. The activities take place in a reconstructed barn with a pretty garden in Jizbice and in the centre of the organization in Nymburk. The aim of the workcamp is to help Centre for All to prepare and run a children summer camp for autistic children. It is not a problem at all if you do not have any previous experience working with children with autism or disabilities. You will receive a training course as well as you will always work together with Czech assistants who have years of experience.
We ask you to send a short motivation letter together with the application form. We are especially looking for outgoing and creative volunteers with good communication skills who enjoy working with children. All the volunteers have to bring a doctor-approved certificate stating that they are fit to work with children. The form will be sent to you after acceptation. Smoking and drinking alcohol is forbidden while working with children.
We will also ask you to cooperate before the workcamp and read the materials that will be sent to you. Bring working clothes with you that can get dirty! You will need clothes for all kind of weather (swimsuit, warm clothes, raingear and waterproof working shoes). See photos from the 2018 workcamp: goo.gl/ig8vFu