The work of the international volunteers will be divided in two parts: help in the kitchen and organise activities with the children.
Working hours usually are 8.30am to 3.30pm (morning shift) or 5pm to 11pm (afternoon shift). Tasks in the kitchen include help in the preparation of the meal (potatoes and onion peeling and cutting), preparing salads, washing the dishes and keeping the kitchen in good clean condition. The volunteers will coordinate with the kitchen Greek volunteer team and the Chef. The working environment includes all tools to make the work easier, for example a professional dishwasher.
Volunteers will alternate in the morning and afternoon shifts.
Volunteers will prepare and organize activities during the morning (2 hours) for the children including games, handcrafts, dancing and music (if possible). The team will coordinate with the Greek volunteers responsible for the free-time children activities and will be given everything needed for the implementation of the tasks. Activities will also be based on the skills of the international volunteers, so make sure to inform us of any special and creative skills you might have (like music, dancing or anything else that might be helpful). It’s important to bring your creativity and your own culture to blend it with the rest of the team and with the children.
The team responsible for these activities will be the afternoon kitchen shift. Meaning that those volunteers who are going to start working in the kitchen at 5pm they will dedicate two hours in the morning to organise activities with the children.
If you are willing and as part of your own free time, you can also participate in the afternoon sport activities with the kids. Some painting and garden works are to be done. Some optional creative activities will be arranged, depending on your will and disposition. Greek and foreign volunteers are collaborating in many tasks.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
Very basic. The volunteers will sleep in tents equipped with beds, within the camp area as everyone else. The floor of the tent is made of cement, but you will need a warm sleeping bag. There is WC and showers near the tents but no hot water. There is no WiFi and the cell reception for mobile phones is very bad (it might allow for phone calls and messages but internet will be extremely slow).
Food: It will be prepared by the Chef of Camp. It will be Greek and traditional. There will be options for vegetarians in the menu but not many.
Weather: Usually quite warm at that period (25o–35oC), but during the night it might become a little chilly. Rain is expected at least during few days within the duration of the workcamp. The location is on the feet of a mountain with rich flora (about 400m altitude).
Locatie en vrije tijd
The Camp is situated at Agios Georgios, on mount Pateras, 33 km to the north-West of Elefsina (or Elefsis) and 55 km from Athens: https://goo.gl/maps/xFnrNViAEH52
It is located several km away from the nearest village, and it is only reachable by car (no bus connections to the camp site). CiA will arrange means of transportation to/from the campsite.
Two free days will be arranged during the workcamp. According to the shifts and working demand there might be the chance for some extra free hours but this will not be for the whole group and it will be organised on an individual level.
The work will be physically demanding mainly because of the longer working hours and working shifts. This workcamp is accessible to A4A volunteers (inaccessible for wheelchair users and people with severe visual impairment).
SUMMARY: Citizens in Action and “Happy Children Happy Youth” are organizing this international workcamp in an isolated mountain area close to Elefsina, to contribute to the overall running of a summer camp hosting 140 children from a socially deprived background. International volunteers will support the kitchen and organizing activities with kids. They will have the chance to be part of an 87 years old social movement and work together with more than 50 Greek volunteers, offering to children a lifetime experience and to themselves a meaningful experience of active social participation and solidarity.