Borotin Baroque Manor
Description: The workcamp takes place in Borotin in the south of Bohemia in collaboration with the local association Borotin Baroque Manor. Its mission is to support the reconstruction and revitalization of a cultural monument i 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 this year s workcamp is to help to prepare exhibits for the future museum, do basic renovation works and organize a summer solstice festival and NGO market.
Type of Work: Work at the estate will be mainly manual, but you will engage in diverse activities:1) preparing 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);2) renovation and maintenance (removing building material, demolition of minor constructions, digging, cleaning bricks, etc., you will work with a cart, a shovel and a hammer);3) organizing a summer solstice festival and NGO market on 21st June (preparing the estate for this event, helping during the festival) i this event aims at introducing local NGOs and their products to the public.Please bring old working clothes. Local volunteers might join you at the workcamp for 1-2 days.Study part: A community evening focused on tasting international cuisine will be organized. Locals will prepare some traditional Czech food for you to try. A trip to the historical city of Tabor (underground tunnels, Hussite museum,
Study Theme: A community evening focused on tasting international cuisine will be organized. Locals will prepare some traditional Czech food for you to try. A trip to the historical city of Tabor (underground tunnels, Hussite museum, Old town) will be prepared for you 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 i sleeping in two bedrooms on beds. You need to bring your own sleeping bags. A 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 as a group; some meals will be provided by the local partner in the local school canteen.
Requirements: Workcamp is suitable for volunteers who are interested in a renovation of historic monuments. Allergies notice: pollen
Approximate Location: Borotin i 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. During the workcamp, a refreshment corner for tourists will operate and there will be many people around the estate (visitors of the castle). Near 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.Leisure time: There will be many free-time options i 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.
Notes: Leisure time: There will be many free-time options – 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.
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