Camp Avannaa - Under The Midnight Sun
Description: The Danish NGO Association for Greenlandic Children has been making projects for children and youth in Greenland since 1924. We are now doing projects for children and youngsters in Greenland, and for Greenlandic children, youngsters and their families in Denmark.We have been doing work camps every summer since 2014. See www.fgb.dk (only in Danish)Our first camp took place in Qaanaaq in 2014, and we are looking foreward to be returning til Qaanaaq this summer.
Type of Work: Association Greenlandic Children wants Camp Avannaa to give the children of Qaanaaq the best summer ever. The activities will take place five days a week 12.00-18.00, and will fall into these categories:-Music-Dance-Photography-Singing-Games-Sports-A daily/weekly aeurooenewspaperaeuro/info board about the activities of the campThe precise activities will be decided within the group.We value creative skills a lot on this camp, since the activities will be in form of dancing, singing, playing music, playing sports, doing theatre, telling stories, panting etc. These activities are much appreciated in Qaanaaq and both children and adults will want to participate. Once a week we will invite the entire population to a social event. This could be a night of music and dancing, teaching each other to play an instrument, cooking food from your home country, movie night etc.You will only be given one day off each week; Sunday. On Sundays you are completely free to do whatever you want.
Accommodation: Sleeping facilities:You will stay at the schoolaeuros dormitory. Here you will share a bedroom with another volunteer (same sex).You do not need to bring a sleeping bag.You will share two washing machines. Kitchen bathroom facilities: You share the living room and kitchen area, toilets and showers.You will split up in teams and take turns on the responsibility for grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning.Since Qaanaaq ia very far up North and they only have the cargo ship coming in 1-2 a year, the grocery store is very scarce. It can be very difficult to get fresh fruit and vegetables, but there will be plenty of canned food, frozen food, meat, fish etc. Therefore you should be able to adapt to these local conditions or bring a small stock of goods yourself.
Requirements: IMPORTANT Volunteers will travel as a group from Copenhagen to Greenland first by plane and then two times by helicopter to get to the Work Camp. You only buy ticket from your homeland to Copenhagen and back. Tickets from Copenhagen to Qaanaq will be provided but therefore you pay travel costs which will be subsidized in accordance to the home country of the volunteer.Travel costs:4000 DKK / 500 EUR for people from non-European countries6000 DKK / 800 EUR for people from European countries8000 DKK / 1000 EUR for people from Scandinavian countriesIt is positive if you have experience with staying/living in secluded Communities. Qaanaaq is very far away from the rest of Greenland and the rest of the World. In Qaanaaq planes to the nearest bigger town is only once a week. It is not possible to sail to any bigger town. Being able to live without internet and scarce telephone connection is very important.Food will mainly be fish and meet - but vegetarian food is possible as long as you are allright with eating canned and frozen vegetables.You will be working with kids six hours a day, so you should find joy in spending time with children and know how to be patient with them. Most of the children do not understand English so you should be open to other ways of communicating. A motivational letter and criminal record is required.
Approximate Location: Qaanaaq is placed on a latitude of 79 Degrees North, far away from any other civilization.Qaanaaq is now a midsize town in Greenland with 600 inhabitants. 100 of these are children at the age of 6 to 15 years. Qaanaaq is in many ways a well equipped town with a store, post office, school, kinder garden, church, airport etc. But in many ways Qaanaaq is also a very remote place. The nature in Greenland in general is amazing. But in Qaanaaq there will always be a risk of meeting a polar bear, why leaving town will take place whith somebody local to guide us. Hiking in the fells and the nearby glaciers is amazing and a unique experience. We will try to help you organize a weekly leisure activity going hiking, fishing etc. Hopefully the gym will be open for us around the clock. It will also be possible to play football or other sports with the community. Since Qaanaaq is on 79 degrees North, there will be broad daylight around the clock.If youaeurore a runner a like to take a walk, itaeuros possible to go for a walk or a run on the road towards the airportaeuro app. 4km each way.
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