The Manor is located at a scenic place a few meters away from an idyllic lake in northern Brandenburg. This quiet location is home to a small and peaceful community which every year welcomes the arrival of our volunteering groups. However sometimes it can get a little noisy for the neighbours. For this reason, this year the Workcamp will focus on laying the foundations for the construction of a soundproof fence to alleviate the noise from the manor.
The volunteers will be enjoying their leisure time between the lake and the green areas surrounding the manor, however they will also take care of the gardens by cutting grass, cleaning and trimming bushes. At Gantikow Manor stove heating is used for the cold seasons. Therefore another task for the volunteers will be to cut, split and store fire wood for winter time. .
Accommodatie en maaltijden
shared rooms with beds, warm shower, toilets and camp kitchen
The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.
Locatie en vrije tijd
Gantikow Manor is situated 100 kilometres north of Berlin. The house is surrounded by a nice village with a medieval church and a lake. The manor is a picturing example of a former baroque building, changed in the late 19th century in neo-baroque style.
Over centuries, the houses belonged to the Earls von Platen, which sold it in 1872 to a civil family which started soon, in 1877, with the modernisation of the house and kept it in their ownership till 1945. After World War II, the house was first used as a refugee shelter and after that the community used the house as a village centre, hosting the community office, the local store, the school, the kindergarten, the doctor's room, the kitchen of the agricultural cooperative and several apartments. With its many rooms the large building is perfect to be used as a Youth Accommodation House.
The house is surrounded by a beautiful park with old trees which reached originally up to the lake.
The camp place is situated near a small village in rural Brandenburg, so the participants should not expect busy places and normal city activities for the leisure time during the working days. Small trips in walking distance are possible in the afternoon. On the weekends it is possible to organise an excursion to nearby cities or to have other leisure activities.
Usually average temperatures in Germany during the summer time are about 20º C to 30º C; during the night it will get colder. It is possible that there may be three weeks of non-stop sunshine, but every day rain is not impossible either. In September and October it's about 8º C to 18º C.
-EU-members should bring their European Health Insurance Card; those which have an individual travel insurance should bring the certificate
Volunteers should bring:
-stable work boots, really appropriate for practical work
-appropriate clothes, waterproof coat
-mosquito protection lotion
-typical recipes, sweets, music, instruments and games from the participants' home country for group activities
-More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet