Create a Place of Reconciliation at Rabstejn
21. srpna 2022 - 4. září 2022 (14 dnů)
The workcamp is organised in cooperation with the town of Ceska Kamenice located on the borderline of three protected landscape areas. The nearest one is Bohemian Switzerland National Park just on the outskirts of the town. The city centre consists of a well-preserved urban heritage zone with several cultural monuments. For these reasons, the town is a natural centre of tourism. The workcamp will take place in the nearby valley, where ruins of the former concentration camp of Rabstejn lie. The goals of the workcamp are two: 1) to ensure the rehabilitation of the former Rabstejn concentration camp, and 2) to improve the tourist infrastructure in the entire valley. At this workcamp, you will actively contribute to the achievement of the UN SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Location: Participants will be camping in a field located in the valley, in the proximity of the former textile factory. There are ruins and monuments of the former Rabstejn concentration camp in the valley. Our camp is 1.7 km far from the train station Veselé p. Rabštejnem. Therefore the best way to reach the workcamp is by train. Leisure: Trips to the surrounding areas. There are three protected landscape areas, Czech Swiss National Park, several cultural monuments – in Česká Kamenice and the nearby area e.g. chateau in nearby Děčín. There is also a swimming pool, a sports complex (hall games and outdoor tennis/badminton courts), a water park in Děčín, Via Ferrata, slackline, and play musical instruments (feel free to bring yours!). There is a possibility to organise sports matches with locals.
Due to limited outgoing resources of INEX-SDA, we kindly ask participants to contribute 10 EUR towards the costs of general incoming administration of our workcamps. The fee will be collected upon arrival. Please note that this fee does not directly contribute to the workcamp budgets.
The work will be carried out in the area of Rabstejn Valley and it will be accessible from the camp on foot. The work will include removing woody plants, digging the soil, cleaning, installing educational signs, and marking and creating hiking trails (e.g. installing wooden stairs). The physical demands will correspond to the capabilities of the individual participants. An employee of the technical services of the town will supervise the work. All the work described above should take place outside. In case of rainy weather; the participants will work in the roofed building of the former textile factory or the town. Study part: There will be a meeting with witnesses (displaced Sudeten Germans, some of them lived directly in the Rabstejn concentration camp after the war before they were relocated). Volunteers might meet more local people at the traditional funfair and will have an opportunity to present their countries.
There will be a camp built for the purpose of the workcamp. You will be accommodated in tents for 2 people, you will need to bring a mat and a sleeping bag. Facilities (such as kitchen or dining room) will be in the central tent. Volunteers cook for themselves on a mobile stove. In case of rainy weather, it is possible to use the premises of the former textile factory just next to the camp. Showers, toilets and the kitchen will be available in the form of a mobile unit. Please be aware, that there will be no electricity in the camp and no WIFI. There is not a strong signal in the camp area.
Informace k cestě
Nejbližší letiště: PRG
Nejbližší terminál: Train station Vesele p. Rabstejnem
Místo a čas setkání: Train station Veselé p. Rabštejnem on Sunday 21 August 2022 at 3 pm. 50.7943917N, 14.3628311E Our camp is 1.7 km far from the train station Veselé p. Rabštejnem. Please note that it takes around 2,5 hours to get there from Prague and that there is a train leaving every 2 hours. The exact information will be provided in the infosheet.
The nights can be colder so please bring enough warm clothes as well as working clothes and shoes. Please bring your favourite national recipes to prepare for the international evening. (If you need special ingredients from your country, take them along). Please bring your own sleeping bag and a sleeping mat. The project is suitable for volunteers who like to get to know the history of the region and who enjoy working outdoors. Have a look at the photos from the previous year: https://www.inexsda.cz/media/create-a-place-of-reconciliation-at-rabstejn-2021