Back to Nature for Families
22. srpna 2021 - 29. srpna 2021 (8 dnů)
22. srpna 2021 - 29. srpna 2021 (8 dnů)
The workcamp is organized in co-operation with the Czech national section of EUROSOLAR and Nature Conservation Agency. EUROSOLAR promotes renewable energies, sustainable lifestyle; it engages in youth environmental education and organizes environmental summer camps for children and families. EUROSOLAR started organizing workcamps 22 years ago! The workcamp takes place in an abandoned but exceptionally beautiful, hilly area of Bohemian Forest, near the western border of the Czech Republic. The campsite is totally isolated from civilization (the nearest Czech village is 11 km away) and we welcome volunteers that are fond of trying out a basic lifestyle in the forest and do not mind longer walks. The goal is to help maintain meadows in a nature protected are, maintain the campsite and to enable volunteers with children to meet and to enjoy nature. In this workcamp, you are actively working for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Life on Land (UN SDG15).
GPS coordinates: 49.721559, 12.468716. The campsite is in an isolated part of the village of Lesna in the Bohemian Forest near the German border. The nearest bus stop is Stara Knizeci Hut and the nearest bigger town is Tachov. The campsite is located about 30 minutes-walk from the nearest bus station. The landscape is hilly but most of the important places of the camp are situated in the valley near the stream. Leisure time: Hiking in the surrounding countryside. Trips to Czech towns in the neighbourhood (e.g. Marianske Lazne) and as the project is situated directly at the border on Germany, a trip to Germany can be organized as well. In your free time, you can play games, do creative workshops or experience Indian sauna and try out archery. Meeting point: Stara Knizeci Hut, part of the village Lesna. The public transport to Stara Knizeci Hut during summer holidays is very limited - there are usually just 1 or 2 connections from Prague and they are in the morning/noon. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to arrive to Prague one day before the workcamp starts to make it on time. Detailed travel advice will be provided in the infosheet.
This camp is perfect for volunteers who want to enjoy living and working in basic conditions in close touch with nature. This project is not suitable for people with hay allergies. There is a strict no alcohol and drugs policy in the campsite. Participation fee: 3000 CZK adult, 400 CZK child. EUROSOLAR is a NGO with limited resources, therefore, we kindly ask participants to contribute to the budget of the workcamp. The fee serves as a contributions for meals and for administration costs of INEX-SDA. The fee must be covered in advance by a bank transfer to the account of INEX-SDA.
You will join a group of Czech families to work in a nature reserve about 3 km from the campsite and in the campsite. Some of you will cut grass on meadows and in the campsite. Please note that the meadows can be very wet; bring waterproof working shoes (or rubber boots), rain-gear and gloves. Others will work in the campsite - cooking, collecting wood, and doing maintenance tasks, working in the nearby forest and other manual work. Children and parents will work together when possible (e.g. raking grass, helping with cooking, collecting wood, harvesting vegetables and gardening). Evening discussions about environmental and intercultural topics, learning to recognize stars, watching wild animals. A visit to nature reservations in the neighbourhood can be planned. As you will be living in close contact with the nature, you will improve your camping skills as well. Every evening, there is going to be a group meditation and sticktalking in a tee-pee.
In tee-pees (Indian tents with a fireplace in the centre) on wooden pads and mattresses filled with hay. Large families will have their own tee-pees, smaller families will share tee-pees. You will cook together as a group on a fireplace. The food is only vegetarian (with vegan and gluten-free options possible). We try to buy only local and seasonal food. Nights in the forest are very cold, even frosty, so bring a very warm sleeping bag, a camping mat, an extra blanket and/or sheet to cover a hay mattress. You will wash yourself in a small river with cold water next to the camp, toilets are dry and outdoor. The source of water is analysed by the authorities every year to meet the standards.
This workcamp is available for families or individuals with 5+ years old children. We expect participants to share the enthusiasm for nature, to be open-minded, flexible and interested in eco-friendly and community way of living. We recommend you to bring old clothes for the work which can get dirty or damaged, solid shoes or wellingtons, warm sleeping bags and a raincoat. We expect volunteers to enjoy camping and being outdoors. Every year, there are several children and family-friendly camps organized, so even if the accommodation and facilities are basic, they are suitable for children. On departure day, there are only 1-2 connections from Stara Knizeci Hut to take you back to Prague with arrival in the afternoon/evening, so take that into the consideration when planning the trip.