Nature in Teen Hands
Description: The workcamp is organized in cooperation with the local NGO Cmelak - Friends of Nature Society whose activities are focused on the support of a sustainable way of life, practical nature protection and environmental education. They transform environmentally damaged and abandoned areas into locations that are attractive for both people and the nature. In one area of the Jizera Mountains they create a “New Virgin Forest”. In another area, they maintain wetlands. The aim of this workcamp is to help with practical nature protection in several different locations that Cmelak takes care of (both forests and wetlands). Volunteers will learn about the local region and its flora and will spread the idea of volunteering among locals. Cmelak has so far organized 13 adult and 3 teenage workcamps.
Type of Work: There are 2 different types of work to be done (both are quite physically demanding): 1) work in the forestlands and green urban areas: work in the tree nurseries including preparation and weeding of beds and repairing fences; cutting and collecting grass and branches, collecting garbage etc. 2) maintenance in the wetlands (cutting grass, cutting reed; removing reed and other plants from water pools, deepening water pools, cutting out of wood; possibly also collection of garbage). Be ready to work manually and outdoors, in wet areas, under all types of weather (rain, wind). Waterproof clothes with long sleeves, long trousers, a raincoat and rubber boots are necessary. These clothes will protect you against insects and plants.
Study Theme: There are some interactive field excursions planned for volunteers to get to know the locations where they are going to work, to understand why their work is needed and beneficial. There will also be an intercultural event organized together with the local community or a fun day for local children. Bring some materials from your country (e.g. photos, music, recipes).
Accommodation: 1st week: basic accommodation in the Scouts base Hanychov, at the outskirts of Liberec. It includes 3 bedrooms, a common room, a kitchen, and a bathroom. There are some nice outdoor areas available for volunteers. 2nd week: Foster care home in the Novy Falkenburk castle in Jablonne v Podjestedi. There are 2 bedrooms, a common room, bathroom with showers, and a kitchen. You need to bring your own sleeping bag! You will prepare your meals together as a group and you will bring lunch to the workplace. Bring a lunchbox with you.
Requirements: Parental authorization and medical form are required! The forms will be provided after the acceptance to the workcamp. We are looking for volunteers who like nature, being outside and are eager to learn new things about nature protection and take part in it. Allergies notice: we will spend a lot of time outdoors so you can get into contact with different kinds of plants, herbs, pollen and insects.
Approximate Location: Liberec and other areas of the Jizera Mountains in the north of Bohemia. You will use public transport and mini-buses to get to the work place in the surrounding forests. Liberec is a regional capital with a population over 100,000. It is famous for its surrounding mountains that are easily accessible.
Notes: Leisure time: You can go hiking in the beautiful surrounding landscape, visit nearby castles and climb the Jested mountain – the highest peak in the region. The city of Liberec offers many possibilities to enjoy culture, visit the local zoo, botanical garden go-carts etc. Trips outside Liberec will also be organized, volunteers can visit for example: Sloup rock castle, Lemberk castle; or they can go canoeing or hiking in the Jizera Mountains.
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