Fight Social Exclusion
Description: The workcamp is organized in co-operation with a local branch of the biggest Czech humanitarian NGO People in Need (PiN). The branch is active in Usti nad Labem, a North-Bohemian city where some areas have higher percentage of socially excluded people. There, PiN runs the Social integration program for people who are in difficult situations and cannot solve them on their own. The services provided range from advisory, leisure-time and educational activities for children and youth to the support at school. The workcamps in Usti nad Labem have a very long tradition. This year, the goal is firstly to prepare meaningful free-time activities for children and youth during their holidays, present different cultures to them and give them a chance to get new experience. Second goal is to help with renovation in and around the house belonging to PiN.
Type of Work: You will work in a several socially excluded neighbourhoods of Usti nad Labem. The main work will be the preparation and realization of creative leisure activities for children and teenagers from the area that have very limited opportunities during summer holidays. The program for children will include trips and outdoor games. Bring ideas or equipment for games and activities with you. Please note that most of the children speak only Czech so be ready for the language barrier and think of other means of communication. Apart from the activities mentioned, you will do some maintenance works in and around the premises of the PiN or in public space. Please bring also some working clothes and shoes that can get dirty.
Study Theme: Lecture about social exclusion in the Czech Republic, the system of social care and the activities of the hosting NGO PiN. There will be a guided tour around different workplaces of PiN in Usti nad Labem organized for you at the beginning of the workcamp.
Accommodation: In the premises of PiN. You ll sleep in one room on the ground, (without beds) so bring a sleeping bag and a mat. For participants with children, we can arrange a separate room. You will have a bathroom (1 shower, 2 toilets) and a kitchen. During your stay the house will be running normally so you will share it with the employees of PiN. You will get money to buy food and cook meals on your own.
Requirements: A motivation letter sent with the application form is strictly required The workcamp is suitable for volunteers who are interested in the topic of social exclusion and are happy to spend time with children and teenagers. Creativity, organizational skills and good attitude to teamwork are an advantage.
Approximate Location: Usti nad Labem (city of 100 000 people), Northern Bohemia i in particular three locations of Predlice, Krasne Brezno and Mojzir (areas of the city that have high percentage of socially disadvantaged people)Study part: Lecture about social exclusion in the Czech Republic, the system of social care and the activities of the hosting NGO PiN. There will be a guided tour around different workplaces of PiN in Usti nad Labem organized for you at the beginning of the workcamp.Leisure time: Trips to the surrounding countryside (nature-parks, castles, close-by mountains and historical cities). It will be possible to go swimming or enjoy other activities, such as bowling, etc. In the middle of the workcamp a two-day trip will be organized for you. Bring good boots for hiking.
Notes: The workcamp is also open to participants with children.
Leisure time: Trips to the surrounding countryside (nature-parks, castles, close-by mountains and historical cities). It will be possible to go swimming or enjoy other activities, such as bowling, etc. In the middle of the workcamp a two-day trip will be organized for you. Bring good boots for hiking.
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