You will have opportunity to discover different places of the Liberec region, working in the valuable areas the hosting organization takes care of. The tasks will consist of 1) work in the forestlands: work in the tree nurseries including preparation and weeding of beds and repairing fences; cutting and collecting grass and branches, collecting garbage etc. 2) maintenance in the wetlands (cutting grass, cutting reed; removing reed and other plants from water pools, deepening water pools, cutting out wood). Be ready to work manually and outdoors, in wet areas, under all types of weather (rain, wind). Waterproof clothes with long sleeves, long trousers, a raincoat and rubber boots are necessary. These clothes will protect you against insects and plants.
Study part: There are some interactive field excursions planned for volunteers to get to know the locations where they are going to work, to understand why their work is needed and beneficial.
You will stay at 3 different places: Jablonne, Novy Bor and Padouchov. You will sleep on beds or mattresses. You will spend the last days in a historical mountain cottage. Bring your own sleeping bag. There will always be showers, toilets and an equipped kitchen. You will prepare your meals together as a group and you will bring snacks and lunch to the workplace. Bring a lunchbox with you.
Jablonne, Novy Bor and Padouchov – areas of the Jizera Mountains in the north of Bohemia. The area is known for its surrounding mountains that are easily accessible.
Leisure time: You can go hiking in the beautiful surrounding landscape, visit nearby castles and climb the Jested mountain – the highest peak in the region. The city of Liberec offers many possibilities to enjoy culture, visit the local zoo, botanical garden go-carts etc. Trips outside Liberec will also be organized, volunteers can visit for example: Sloup rock castle, Lemberk castle; or they can go canoeing or hiking in the Jizera Mountains.
The workcamp is organized in cooperation with the local NGO Cmelak – Friends of Nature Society whose activities are focused on the support of a sustainable way of life, practical nature protection and environmental education. They transform environmentally damaged and abandoned areas into locations that are attractive for both people and the nature. In one area of the Jizera Mountains they create a New Virgin Forest – a location where unnatural spruce tree monoculture is being replaced by seedlings of original trees. In another area, they maintain wetlands. The aim of this workcamp is to help with practical nature protection in several different locations that Cmelak takes care of (both forests and wetlands). Volunteers will learn about the local region and its flora and will spread the idea of volunteering among locals. Cmelak has organized 17 workcamps so far.
We are looking for volunteers who like nature, being outside and are eager to learn new things about nature protection and contribute. Please bring a backpack instead of a suitcase as we will move a lot during the workcamp.
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.
You will spend a lot of time outdoors so you can get into contact with different kinds of plants, herbs, pollen and insects. Work can be physically demanding. See photos from the 2018 workcamp: https://goo.gl/G2dE9u