Do you want to become a leader? Czech workcamps need their leaders taking care of an international group of volunteers.
What does it mean to lead a workcamp?
Workcamp is one to maximum of three-week long voluntary project where a group of volunteers from all over the world work and spend free time together. The group usually works for 6 hours, 5 days a week. The work does not require specific skills or previous experience and is unpaid. The thing that matters the most is your own motivation.
Every workcamp needs one or two leaders. The same goes for Czech republic. More than 30 Czech workcamps require around 60 leaders who are part of the team and also have little more responsibility than a regular volunteer. It is important for the leader to communicate with the team, to organize time after working hours and to motivate the team. Leader’s role is to make the team happy with their work and hosting organization happy with the result of the team’s work.
Focus of workcamps
Focus of a workcamp is an important factor in choosing what kind of workcamp you would like to lead. Czech workcamps are divided into 4 categories that are listed below.
– Help the community
Volunteers help with organization of music festivals, events for kids or they help with renovation of sights, parks etc. Workcamps are held in big cities and small villages. By participating at this kind of workcamp you can meet a lot of other volunteers and locals and get to know new cultures.
– Help the landmarks
You will help with renovation of landmarks such as castles, chateaus, natural museum and so on. Volunteers will help with construction work, organization of events or maintenance of parks. These projects will help you learn about history of these sights and about heritage preservation.
– Help the people
You can work with at socially excluded locality, nursing home or at workcamp with children with disabilities. You can help with renovation of community center or for example at bio-agriculture company as well.
– Help the nature
Volunteers participate at workcamps focused on helping at protected landscape area. You can help with creation of nature trails or natural buildings made of sustainable material. Volunteers will learn something about local environment. Workcamps are mostly held in forests or other natural localities.
After working hours there is plenty of time for visiting interesting places, cultural activities and other collective activities with the rest of the volunteers or locals. If you have any ideas about how to spend time with your friends after work, there is an open space for suggestions.
Accommodation and food
Accommodation and food are provided by the hosting organization. The volunteers can help with cooking or the meal preparation is made together by volunteers. The accommodation is usually not very luxurious and volunteers sleep in school, tents or gyms. In some case it is good to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mats and in other case you will be accommodated with a host family.
Why to become a workcamp leader?
As a campleader you have a great opportunity to try a leader role in an international group and meet people from different countries and cultures. At the same time you help the local organization and you learn more about their work. Last but not least, you get a great chance to develop yourself and gain new experience.
Who can be a campleader?
You need to know at least basic English so you can communicate with your team and be at least 18 years old. You don’t need to be a volunteer with a previous workcamp experience but it is an advantage if you are. We recommend to go to a workcamp as a regular team member first and then become a campleader on your next workcamp.
Workcamp is usually lead by two people so you and your friend can go!
Registration fee for training program is 800 CZK, send it to our account 2100114178/2010 (Fio banka) and as a note write “campleader_last name”.
This fee involves leader training, accommodation and food, health care training, participation at workshops in the Czech Republic or abroad, transport to workcamp, accommodation and food at workcamp, allowance, educational materials, help from INEX and 25% discount for your next workcamp abroad. This fee doesn’t involve transport to leader training.
How to apply?
New leaders are prepared during a training cycle for campleaders. The crucial part of the cycle is a weekend training that will be lead by experienced campleaders and INEX trainers. By applying to the training cycle and paying the fee you apply for the workcamp leading experience.
1. Weekend training
What to expect from being a leader? What is partner and inclusive leadership? How to avoid conflicts and how to motivate my team properly? What to say to press about volunteering? You will learn all of that at your weekend leader training.
It is here where you can make the final choice of a workcamp to lead. The decision will be made through a dialogue with others and INEX trainers.
Dates the training
The training for campleders in English will take place on the 22nd of June 2019 from 9:30 till 18:30 in Prague
Is this date not good for you? Contact us here at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will figure something out.
2. First aid training
It’s good for you to know at least basic of health care so you can help with small wounds, sun burn or allergic reaction. Even if your workcamp goes smoothly this is something you can use at some point of your whole life. Workshop is held every June in Prague.
3. Workcamp in the role of a leader
Being a leader means to be a part of a team and not their boss. You will work with them and obey every rule just as any other volunteer. In addition to that your job will be to operate a small budget, organize work and to motivate your team.
If you want to you can look to our database and think about what kind of workcamp you would like to lead.
4. Evaluation meeting
What have I learned and how can I use that? Weekend meeting with campleaders full of inspiration, experience and motivation will be a closure to your big journey. Meeting is held every October.
5. Educational workshops in the Czech Republic or abroad
We offer you more than 10 workshops abroad (how to work with haters, gender topics, work with children and youth). As a leader you can participate for free or with a discount at one workshop in the Czech Republic and one abroad.
Weekend meeting before you leave, health care training and campleader workcamp are obligatory. Evaluation meeting after and educational workshops are voluntary.
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