Water for Our Land
30. srpna 2021 - 12. září 2021 (14 dnů)
30. srpna 2021 - 12. září 2021 (14 dnů)
Julinka is an association with more than 20 members who are actively working towards promotion of active citizenship, volunteering, ecology, tourism and the preservation of cultural heritage. Some of the association's activities include the organization of the One World Festival, craft day, prevention of erosion, etc. The aim of this workcamp is to draw attention to the problem of desiccation of landscape and to show a possible way how to promote water retention in the soil, inspire locals and motivate them to join voluntary ecological activities. It also aims to promote community life and to offer the local community to meet all the volunteers and learn about their cultures. In this workcamp, you are actively working for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Sustainable Cities and Communities (UN SDG11) and Life on Land (UN SDG15).
Police nad Metuji and the surrounding, in the Northeast of Bohemia. The town has approx. 4000 inhabitants, it is situated in the protected landscape area Broumovsko. The work will take place both in the town and in its surroundings. Leisure time: You will be able to explore the area through all kinds of activities such as rock climbing, cycling, walking, sightseeing, bathe in ponds/swimming pools. There is a swimming pool, a theatre, a cinema, pubs and shops in the town. We can go to a concert, movies, debate with guests if covid-related circumstances allow. Meeting point: Police nad Metuji. The meeting time is usually in the afternoon. Please note it takes 3,5 hours to get there from Prague (via Hradec Kralove) or from Wroclaw (via Walbrzych or Klodzko). Connections can be found at https://idos.idnes.cz/en/vlakyautobusymhdvse/spojeni/ and https://en.e-podroznik.pl/ . The exact information will be provided in the infosheet.
This workcamp is suitable for those who are interested in nature and ecology, who like being outside and are eager to learn new things about nature protection. Please bring a hat, a tick repellent, waterproof clothes and shoes (rubber boots), a sleeping mat and a sleeping bag (weekend trip) and a lunchbox. Due to the workcamp topic, we prefer you do not take the plane in order to participate. We prefer a train, a bus or a bicycle.
The work will mainly consist of manual activities in nature. You will manually dig holes to make water pools, work in the forest (cleaning paths and roads for better access), assist local eco-farmers. The new school year will start at the beginning of September, so you will have a chance to meet local school children and prepare some presentations and activities about your country and culture. Bring something special from home which could be suitable for such an activity (games, music, pictures, etc.). Study part: There are some field trips planned for volunteers to get to know the protected landscape area Broumovsko, especially the rock towns but also some Baroque buildings. There will be a possibility to have a discussion with a local ecologist about water retention, with an ornithologist, with a historian or with organic farmers about various topics. If conditions allow, we might organise a regional/interational food evening to enhance the interaction of the volunteers with the local community so please bring with you your favourite national/regional recipes (and possibly some specific ingredients that might not be available locally).
The volunteers will stay in a lodge in Police nad Metuji. There are bedrooms with beds (bedsheets and blankets provided), bathroom, toilets and kitchen. You might stay at a different lodge for couple of nights (if yes, there will be more information in the infosheet). You will prepare your own meals as a group, sometimes you will bring your lunch with you. Please bring a lunchbox.
Please note that this is a Czech speaking workcamp. You will spend a lot of time outdoors so you can get into contact with different kinds of plants, herbs, pollen and insects. Work can be physically demanding. We encourage you to bring your own bike if you can. Please bring musical instruments if you can play them.