Baroque Manor Borotin
Description: The workcamp takes place in Borotin in the south of Bohemia in collaboration with the local association Baroque Manor Borotin. Their mission is to support the reconstruction and revitalization of a cultural monument – an estate from 16th century.Apart from the renovation of the areas, they organize cultural and social events. The estate is a private property and a long-term vision is to transform it into a local touristic attraction including accommodation facilities, museum and multifunctional cultural space (for exhibitions, etc.) and a conference and educational centre. Opposite the estate,there is a ruin of a gothic castle, too.The aim of the workcamp is to help to prepare exhibits for the future museum and to turn one building into a facility for visitors of the castle and the estate.
Type of Work: The work will be manual and will be done in the estate which is devastated to a great extent. Firstly, you will prepare exhibits for the museum: mechanic cleaning of wood and/or metal parts with sandpaper or hand grinder, impregnation with a product against woodworms and final treatment with wax or paint. Secondly, you will do preparative building tasks: removing building material, demolition of minor constructions, digging, cleaning bricks, etc. You will work with a cart, a shovel and a hammer. Bring old working clothes. For 1-2 days local volunteers will probably join us during the working hours.
Study Theme: A community evening focused on tasting international cuisine will be organized. The locals will prepare traditional Czech food for you to try. A trip to the historical city of Tabor (underground tunnels, Hussite museum, Old town) will be prepared, too. If you are interested, it’s possible to organize a workshop on old Bohemian works and habits (e.g. treatment of goose feathers, making noodles). Bring some traditional recipes from your countries.
Accommodation: In the premises of the estate that are newly renovated – sleeping in two rooms on beds. It is necessary to bring your own sleeping bags. Common room with kitchen, a shower and a toilet will be available. You can also use the terrace and the courtyard. You will cook meals on your own; some meals will be provided by the local partner.
Requirements: Workcamp is suitable for people who are interested in a renovation of historic monuments.
Approximate Location: Borotin – the area of the Baroque Manor. Borotin has 675 inhabitants. The estate is composed of 10 buildings; two of them and the terrace are already reconstructed. Nearby the estate, you can find a pond with a mill. In the surroundings there are meadows and woods. The nearest town is Tabor (35 000 inhabitants) and is located a half an hour drive by bus.
Notes: Leisure time: There will be many possibilities how to spend your free time – e.g. a barbecue in a courtyard of the estate or at the ruin of the castle, playing games (badminton, archery, football etc.), having a rest on a terrace. In Borotin which is around 1.5 km away, there is a football pitch, a sports centre and a pub. You can pick mushrooms in the forest, visit a local goat farm, go for a trip to the nearby castles or visit a rope centre.
Note: During the workcamp, a refreshment corner for tourists will operate and there will be many people (visitors of the castle) moving around.
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