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NICE/31 Hakkenzan 1 (Hokkaido) - 12/05-26/05/2011 - type: ENVI - Age: 18+ - 5 vols. (3 int.)
PARTNER: Organized together with Environmental Group for Mt. Hakken (EGMH) and Hakkenzan Orchard (HO) since 2010. EGMH was founded in 2000 by German lady whose husband runs HO. EGMH runs German style of environmental educational programs in HO such as hand craft by natural materials, eco-workshops and hosting German long term volunteers. They want to continue to create a Nature Experience Eco Rally Course Construction (including a barrier free wood-path zone).
WORK: We will create a trail of 1.5 km by physical work (peeling barks, digging holes, cutting trees, painting, putting stones, maintaining wood trails, etc.) as well as concept work (creating ideas, making sign boards, leaflets, etc.). In the end, we will celebrate completion of our work with music parade! There are nature trails in each country and global cooperation. Bring some info!
ACCOMODATION: Rest house of HO. SB! CV (MP for lunch).
LOCATION: Foot of Mt. Hakken with wonderful nature in Hokkaido Island. It will be still cold in May.
TERMINAL: Sapporo. It takes about one hour by bus to the city center.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES: Exchange parties, excursion, sports exchange, hot spring, etc.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: High motivation to the work and its aim. Experience of making trails is welcome!
NICE/17 SHOWA-MURA 3 - 22/06 - 30/06/2011 - type: AGRI - Age: 18+ - 8 vols
PARTNER: Organized together with Choma-Club (CC) since 2008. CC is a local NPO to organize a lot of projects for community development and youth-empowerment. Showa-mura is a rural village surrounded by the abundant nature and has been facing serious depopulation problems. The number of vacant houses and abandoned farms has been rapidly increasing. So, CC has been trying to restore and animate the community.
WORK: We will help vegetable and flower farms. We will also cultivate the abandoned farmland and repair the abandoned school buildings where the community wants to further develop these activities with volunteers. We will also participate in several local events. Studytheme: Nature-orientated activities and nature schools in your country.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: The abandoned school buildings the volunteers are repairing. Volunteers will prepare their own food. Bring sleepingbags!
LOCATION & LEISURE: Small village in the forested area, the population is about 19,000. There is a hot spring leisure: Excursions, exchange parties, etc.
REQUIREMENTS: Interest in agriculture and further developing the workcamp project
GEN-01 - ST. PAUL TRAIL - 03/05–20/05/2011 - type: CONS/RENO - Age: 18+ - 15 VOLS
St. Paul Trail is one of the most popular and the longest trekking route in Turkey. It consist of footpaths, mule-trails and stone paved paths going over the mountains or through canyons. Its length in total is 500 km and it takes 5 weeks to walk it from the beginning to the end. Due to past earthquakes, heavy rains and winds parts of the trail are now narrow, partly cut off, bushy, steep and untidy. Thus it need to be renovated.
WORK: Volunteers will remove stones along the path, reconstruct the broken parts, pave parts with stones, construct steps and add rope handholds. Volunteers will have to walk to the workplace, which is high above a canyon. The working place is isolated and mostly without shade, but very beautifull, and a paradise for nature and hike lovers. 6 working hours per day excluding the lunch break will be spent at the site. The work is physical, and requires much walking on steep montain path wich is sometimes very vertiginous. Be prepared for stonework under a hard sun in a narrow montain path...
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: In an old village house. Sleeping bag & mat are necessary. Volunteers will sleep on the floor. Volunteers will prepare their own meals using the food supplied. Lunches and water will be carried to the work site in bags.
LOCATION: Sutculer is a small town near the St. Paul trail, in Isparta Province.
VJF 3.2 - Berlin-Sprachcamp 1- 26/04-07/05/2011 - type: LANG - Age: 18-26 - 12vols
Studying part: The Group will have German lessons by a German teacher several hours every day. Furthermore excursions to Berlin and its surrounding area are planned. The focus of the excursions will be Berlin in the present and in the past.
Accommodation: You will live in bungalows.
Extra fee: 120 € (to be paid on the arrival)
VJF T3 - Kurt Lade Klub - 18/04-27/04/2011 - type: TEEN/ENVI - Age: 16-27 - 16 vols
Work: The main task of this project will be gardening works on the grounds of a youth club not far away from your living place (the youth club M 24).
Your help will be needed for digging, planting, painting and simple carpenter’s works in the youth club Kurt Lade Klub. Other small gardening or maintaining works are possible.
Special requirements: You have to be able to ride a bike
Accommodation: You will live in a house
UNAW03 Sir Gar 2 from 21/02 - 08/03/2011 - type: ENVI - 10 vols - Age: 18-99
WORK: Each project will comprise of two parts. The first is environmental work which aims to maintain and improve access to the countryside. Work could include footpath maintenance, constructing stiles and fences, general maintenance work or more specific project work e.g. building an eco-garden for a local school. This will be full-time work, Monday to Friday. The other part of the project involves developing links between the international volunteers and local community, delivering global education workshops in schools and developing community events.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: Volunteers will stay at the Glanaman Youth Resource Centre, a hostel owned by the Youth Service in a small village in Carmarthenshire. The Youth Resource Centre has a large kitchen, showers, a music room and internet access.
REQUIREMENTS: work hard; speak English, Certificate of Good Conduct Needed!
ALLI17 PRIMITIVE SURVIVING 5 - 07/03 - 25/03/2011 - type: ENVI/ ARCH - age: 18+ - 7 vols
WORK: This primitive surviving project is an Experimental-archaeology revival of Stone-Age daily life from the wilderness. It intends to be a scientific reconstitution of Stone-Age daily life. We believe that archaeological alive reconstitutions are one of the strongest medium to perform the teaching of historical sciences. This project includes the interesting perspective of testing in real conditions the hypotheses made by archaeologists about prehistoric life and crafts. The volunteers will receive information on Stone-Age technologies, crafts and food harvesting, which means that they will collect some of their own food with their self-made tools. Kierikki Stone Age Centre (www.kierikki.fi) is the base-camp for the group of volunteers. There will be many nomadic-fishing-camps set in a wide area going from Yli-Ii until the east border of Finland. The camps will have the same basic idea but taking the seasonal facts in consideration. One branch of the project is to support the promotion of the richness of the Finnish forests, the knowledge of the edible flora and fauna, and the idea that men can find their place in the wilderness as a sustainable part of the forest. The aim of the project is to offer the possibility for volunteers to learn, experience and perform in the Finnish wild woods: lake ancestral fishing techniques, surviving basic skills, handcrafting from natural surrounding materials, initiations to stone-age primitive technologies, group life solidarity and teamwork in very simple conditions, nomadic ancient rhythmic of living.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: Accommodation will be inside reconstituted stone age-houses, as well as, in hiking refuges, kotas and even igloos in winter! Comfort will be very basic (water from lakes and rivers, cooking on fire). Food will be partly fished and collected from nature, partly bought. The volunteers should arrive with appropriate equipment (winter clothing, backpacks, sleeping bags) and having checked carefully the webpage of the project.
LOCATION & LEISURE: Nearest train station is Oulu (600 km from Helsinki). From Oulu there are buses on weekdays to Yli-Ii (50 km).
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Participants must be in good health, have valid travel insurance and be ready to very basic conditions like sleeping outdoors, motivation letter needed. There is an extra fee of 100 Euros.
PLEASE NOTE! There will be many nomadic-fishing-camps, the first camp will start in October and there will be many camps until spring with the same concept but taking the various seasons in consideration. Special requirements for winter camps: These are the average minimum (the real minimum can be much colder) temperatures for March: -8*C. The volunteers should arrive with appropriate equipment (winter clothing, backpacks, sleeping bags) and having checked carefully the webpage of the project (contact ELIX)
UNAW04 Sir Gar 3 - 10/03 - 25/03/2011 - type: ENVI - 10 vols - Age: 21-99
UNAW05 Sir Gar 4 - 29/03 - 13/04/2011- type: ENVI - 10 vols - Age: 21-99
UNA Exchange has been running environmental projects in Carmarthenshire in partnership with the Countryside Rangers at Carmarthenshire County Council for many years.
WORK: The work is varied but its aim is to maintain and improve access to the countryside. The work varies from project to project so volunteers MUST come with an open mind and be prepared to be flexible. The work might include: Heavy outdoor work creating footpaths, putting up stiles and fences, lighter work to clear footpaths or tracks. Volunteers should come prepared to work outside in all weathers, including rain and mud! Volunteers should expect to work from approximately 9.00 am until 16.00, although this will change depending on the location and type of work.
ACCOMMODATION: The group will live in the Glanaman Youth Resource Centre, staying in dormitory accommodation. Volunteers will cook for themselves in the kitchen in the Centre.
LOCATION & LEISURE: Volunteers will have free time in the evenings and at weekends, and might want to visit local beaches or castles or go into the mountains and countryside.
REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must be over 21 at the start of the project. Have some previous voluntary experience. Have excellent spoken English. Have a clean international driving licence AND be able and willing to drive MANUAL cars. Be happy to live in a small village. Be able to motivate themselves and others. Provide UNA Exchange with a clean Certificate of Good Conduct before the start of the project. Have an interest in international issues, community development and/or environmental issues.
VJF3.1 BERLIN IN SPRING - 29/03 - 08/04/2011 type: STUD/CONS/ENVI - age: 18+
WORK: During this camp we need to prepare our centre for the next workcamp season. The centre needs cleaning works like raking dead leaves, cleaning the yard or piling up the leaves. In case of bad weather, the dining hall also needs some renovation. Other small tasks during the camp may include maintaining or renovation works inside and outside.
ACCOMMODATION: You will live at the centre in bungalows.
FOOD: You will have the chance to prepare your own meals in a small kitchen at the centre. This means that vegetarians will have no problems. Please bring your own recipes for our international evenings.
LOCATION & LEISURE: You will live in the Projekt- und Begegnungsstaette. This is the meeting and project centre of the Union of Young Volunteers (VJF). It is situated in a forest on the banks of the lake Langer See in Berlin. Its a quiet place, a bit far from the centre of Berlin (but there are good public transport connections). The centre is used as accommodation for different groups of young people and a sort of holiday resort for school classes. Leisure Time: This will be decided in accordance with the groups wishes. You can use the facilities at our holiday centre to play sports (volleyball, table tennis). Of course you will be able to enjoy the sights and culture (theatres, clubs...) of Berlin and go for an excursion to Potsdam.
REQUIREMENTS: Important Notes: Don't forget to bring strong shoes, working clothes, lots of warm clothes (it might still be cold in Berlin), your towel and anything for entertainment. Please also bring a torch with you. This will be necessary for the path to the Krimnitzer Weg. You don't have to bring a sleeping bag, a roll mat or bed sheets! Please be aware that the place is a bit far away from the city and it won't be possible to go to the city every day!!! (For individual trips you have to pay yourself!)
CAMP ADDRESS: Projekt- und Begegnungsstaette der VJF Krimnitzer Weg 6 12527 Berlin
IBG 01 ILSFELD - 10/04 - 30/04/2011 - type: CONS/ RENO - 15 vols
The community of Ilsfeld have big plans for improving the leisure activities for their young and older inhabitants. The community tennis club will be very happy for the support of their big task of renovating the surrounding area of the public swimming pool and making it a more exciting place to stay during summer.
WORK: Working tasks will be setting a boule court (French game with bowls), pave a path on the area of the tennis club/swimming pool and help with setting up a small fountain. There will be other renovation tasks throughout the two weeks including fixing the fence etc that the volunteers will have to do but these tasks have yet to be planned. Due to snow in Germany the renovation hasn´t come as far as the responsible persons have wished. Helping hands are very much appreciated! The opening is supposed to be in May.
As the group will be living in the house of the Lifeguard Association the volunteers will also build a small shed for storing tools.
ACCOMMODATION: In the house of the Lifeguard Association next to the swimming pool and work area. Beds and kitchen and all facilities like showers and toilets are in place.
LOCATION: Ilsfeld is situated between the cities of Stuttgart and Heilbronn. (50 km) It´s a community with 8.200 inhabitants. There are vineyards and forests around, also like a community in Southern Germany it has many special traditions and festivities throughout the year. In April there might still be snow – so the volunteers need to be prepared for any kind of weather and bring warm clothes!
NEXT AIRPORT: Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe (Baden-Baden) or Frankfurt-Hahn for Ryan Air.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Heilbronn or Marbach (Neckar), bus connection to Ilsfeld.
CBB01 TERRAIN D'AVENTURE, LIEGE - 11/04 - 22/04/2011 type: KIDS/ FEST - 12 vols
WORK: Volunteers will help in the preparation - first week - and follow-up of the event - second week - as well as kids animation (games, workshops, sports etc), who run around all time starting at the open time and leaving at the closing time. Volunteers will also make sure that the place remains clean and they will give a hand to groups that might require help to build their sheds. So, work also can be physically demanding sometimes. The symposium is based on a dynamic meeting between participants and local children. Respecting a spirit of friendship and freedom, the volunteers will propose animations to youngsters attending the event.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: To be determined. Most likely, accommodation will be provided at the TA Peri itself. There is a kitchen, a toilette, a shower, though the conditions are very basic! A sleeping bag and a mat are necessary. The territory of volunteers will be respected, but can be passed by staff of the center. Volunteers will cook themselves in the morning and evening, afternoon meals will be provided.
REQUIREMENTS: In this workcamp you’ll have to be ready to work, meet and communicate with children and youth people. Knowing French is not required but may, of course, be a good advantage while working. We expect participants to be dynamic and have good communication skills, be ready for work outdoor.
IBG 02 LECHBRUCK - 01/05 - 15/05/2011 - type: CONS/ ENVI - 15 vols
Lechbruck is a small community in the Southern German Region called “Allgaeu”. They have just developed a new walking trail around the lake that is situated next to the community. Some tasks have yet to be finished so they are looking forward to the help of international people.
WORK: There will be two tasks during the two weeks long stay. The first task will be to make wooden objects to mark a trail around the lake. So the group will work in the field of constructing. Secondly volunteers will help with planting on the pedestrian / traffic islands and roundabouts of the community.
ACCOMMODATION: In the building next to the ice stadium. With a big kitchen and two rooms (usually changing rooms) with beds or mats. All other facilities are in place.
LOCATION: The “Allgaeu” is a mountainous region in Southern Germany close to the Alpes. The community of Lechbruck is not very big and there is no train connection. But it is very lively and romantically placed near a lake and in a stunning nature. There will be lots of possibilities to hike and experience the local culture of the village.
NEXT AIRPORT: Munich.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Fuessen (Allgaeu).
IBG 03 HINTERZARTEN - 22/05 to 05/06/2011 - type: ENVI/ RENO - 15 vols
Hinterzarten has invited a workcamp already in 2007 and is happy to do another project with an international group. There is a specific goal they have set for the group: renovating and improving a nature/adventure trail in the surrounding area of the community in the Black Forest.
WORK: Cutting bushes and plants to make the trail accessible and create new signs to mark the way. Some preparation will be done by local workers whom the group is going to work with. The community hopes that by the end of the workcamp the renovation of the trail will be completely finished.
ACCOMMODATION: Volunteers will stay in a big room in a gym hall in town. All facilities are provided.
LOCATION: Hinterzarten is a small town in the south of the black forest and has 2.620 inhabitants. It is surrounded by beautiful nature and is very popular for hiking and wellness in summer and skiing in winter. There will be lots of possibilities to go hiking in this beautiful mountainous landscape.
NEXT AIRPORT: Stuttgart, Basel-Mulhouse (Switzerland).
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Hinterzarten.
IBG 04 BAYRISCHZELL - 05/06 - 19/06/2011 - type: CONS/ ENVI - 15 vols
Last year some citizens of Bayrischzell had the possibility to meet and spend time together with a workcamp hosted by the local neighbourhood´s community. After this great and positive experience seeing what had been achieved by the volunteers they decided to invite a workcamp to Bayrischzell and implement together an idea about a new “family-friendly” walking trail.
WORK: The community has many ideas how to insure that the “family-friendly” trail could be interesting for children, their parents and all nature lovers. There are many tasks waiting for you - firstly the trail needs to be created and a rope bridge constructed for the playground. Also volunteers will be helping to renovate a small fountain integrated into the surrounding landscape and at the end of the trail to set up a barbecue place.
ACCOMMODATION: You will stay in a house called “Maria Theresia”, which is located in the centre of village and has all needed facilities. As you are going to stay in Bavaria don´t be suprised that your accommodation is arranged in Bavarian style.
LOCATION: Bayrischzell is a small community with 1.607 inhabitants and lies at the beginning of Bavarian Alps. They are well known for the climatotherapy and place where to relax and fill up the energy. As well during your work as in your free time you will have many oportunities to assure it and enjoy the beautiful nature of Bavaria!
NEXT AIRPORT: Munich.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Bayrischzell.