ESC Free Farm
13. července 2022 - 27. července 2022 (14 dnů)
This ESC project is organised in cooperation with the NGO Free Farm in Ceske Kopisty, which is part of the Camphill Community movement. It is a family-like community that welcomes people with and without disabilities and creates a pleasant environment for everyone to live and work together. Vegetables, herbs, and fruits are grown and processed organically. Free Farm aims to raise awareness on biodynamic farming and the role of a farmer nowadays. The goal of the workcamp is to connect people from different countries and experience the operation of a Czech organic farm, develop a tolerant open society and acquire a responsible approach to the world. At this workcamp, you will actively contribute to the achievement of UN SDG10 Reduced Inequalities.
Location : Ceske Kopisty – a small village near the historical town of Litomerice. The farm uses 11 hectares of fields; there is a garden and a yard with a couple of animals (a cow, a horse, chicken, ducks, pigs). The area is quite vast – there are 3 residential houses, a candle workshop, and a common hall. There are 8 adults, 4 children and 7 people with special needs living there. You might meet around 10 other external co-workers. Leisure: Barbecue with the members of the community, playing football, visiting the local pub, swimming in the river, visiting the nearby Terezin Memorial at the location of the former concentration camp for Jews and the Terezin Ghetto Museum. You can also go on trips to the nature protected area of Ceske Stredohori and/or visit historical cities of Litomerice, Usti nad Labem.
This workcamp is suitable for persons with visual impairments/blindness, hear impairments/deafness, mild mental health issues, lighter types of disadvantages - social, economic, health As you will stay in the place where people with various disabilities live, there are certain rules you are asked to respect: smoking and consumption of alcohol within the community area are restricted, and it is necessary to respect the privacy and night rest of the residents. Be aware that not all members of the community can speak English. Please, bring a sleeping bag, enthusiasm and good mood! This project is supported by the EU program European Solidarity Corps. Some of the conditions differ from the usual workcamps; there will be detailed info provided after your acceptance. For more info about ESC visit https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en.
Your work will mainly consist of manual work of all kinds. These include weeding, planting, hoeing, harvesting, watering, storing, etc. In addition to vegetables, there are grown medical herbs, which you can also help to collect and process. You might also do gardening work and help out with maintenance of the farm and its premises. You will mostly work outside in the farm area or on the fields which are located within walking distance (500m) from the farm. Bring suitable work clothes and shoes, a hat, and raincoat to protect yourself from sun and rain.
Accommodation is provided directly at the farm. You will sleep in the attic on mattresses. Bring your own sleeping bag! There are two showers with hot water, two toilets, a common room, and a kitchen available. You will prepare breakfast and dinner together as a group. Lunch will be prepared by the members of the community, you will eat all together with the community. Ingredients, including local organic vegetables, will be provided by the local project partner.
Informace k cestě
Nejbližší letiště: PRG
Nejbližší terminál: Bus station “Terezin, Ceske Kopisty”
Místo a čas setkání: Ceske Kopisty 5, 412 01 Terezin between 2-5pm. Please note it takes 1 hour to get there from Prague - Nadrazi Holesovice station. The accommodation is located 200 metres from the bus station “Terezin, Ceske Kopisty”. Detailed information will be provided in the infosheet.
The workcamp is mainly suitable for people who are interested in farming and community life. Study part: You will learn about the Camphill movement, Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy theory, living in a community, and biodynamic agriculture. Together you will talk about Czech, European and each other’s cultures and various related topics. There is also the possibility to organise workshops focused on eurythmy and intuitive pedagogy. The volunteers are encouraged to organise an international evening for community members on their own initiative and present their national cuisine and culture. Bring your favourite recipes and some specific ingredients if needed. Have a look at the photos from the previous year: https://www.inexsda.cz/media/esc-free-farm-2021.