You will mainly help with the renovation of the residential centre. This will involve tasks such as painting walls, brushing and painting furniture, window ledges, handrails, etc. All the necessary work tools, including gloves, will be provided. Please bring old clothes that can get dirty with paint. You will also work in the premises of an eco-centre run by SEVER. Some tasks can be physically demanding, such as working with wood (cutting and storing). Other tasks will be less demanding, such as working in the natural garden (weeding, mulching, creating garden beds and maintenance of walking paths, painting fences etc.).
Study part: Presentation of the organization SEVER (what they do to be sustainable), possibility to try environmental education programs for students and tourists, cooking evenings (local and international meals), trip to the Krkonose National Park etc.
In the residential centre. There will be 2 rooms with beds available, WC, bathroom, a common room and a small kitchen. Please bring your own sleeping bags! You can see photos of the residential centre here: http://sever.ekologickavychova.cz/ubytovani-na-severu/. You will prepare your own meals as a group in the kitchen of the residential centre. Sometimes lunch will be provided in the canteen of the TOUCH eco-centre. The canteen operates for all the staff of the eco-centre. Please bring your own national recipes to share with others.
Horni Marsov. North-eastern part of Bohemia, near the border with Poland. The town of Horni Marsov has around 1,000 inhabitants and it is located near the Krkonose National Park. Krkonose are the highest mountains in the Czech Republic and very attractive for hiking. Volunteers will work in two places – the eco-centre TOUCH (seat of the organization) and the residential centre (in the local school). Both places are within walking distance. The area has a bit colder climate even in summer and a beautiful countryside.
Leisure time: Hiking in the beautiful Krkonose National Par and visiting other interesting sights (a town of Trutnov, the Arspach-Teplice rocks, etc.), using outdoor fireplace, borrowing materials for creative workshops, organizing film screenings etc.
The workcamp takes place in a small town of Horni Marsov situated in the Krkonose (Giant) Mountains in cooperation with the local NGO Centre for Environmental Education and Ethics – SEVER. SEVER focusses on environmental education and the promotion of responsible behavior towards nature and among people themselves. It cooperates with schools and it organizes environmental programs for students and teachers. It also organizes educational and cultural events for the public. The aim of the workcamp is to renovate facilities of the residential centre which is used as accommodation for students and volunteers. You will also have a chance to discover a sustainable way of living and the beauty of Czech mountains.
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 does not directly contribute to the budget of the workcamp itself.
We are looking for volunteers who like nature and are eager to learn how to be more sustainable. The local partner would like to show volunteers how to be more sustainable in everyday life (sorting out waste, cooking with local and organic products – no palm oil or fried food). Please note that there are cats in the area.
You can see photos from the last year workcamp here: goo.gl/Z536dJ