About the local hosting organizationThe workcamp takes place in the village Veseli nad Uhlavou in Western Bohemia in cooperation with the local association Tvrz Veseli. This association was founded with the aim to restore the ruin of a castle in Veseli nad Uhlavou, to open it for the public and to start using it for cultural and social purposes. Its activities involve preparatory maintaining works and fundraising to repair the castle. The castle has a disturbed past and is now in a very bad state. The aim of the workcamp is to clean an overgrown castle park from self-seeding plants and fallen trees, to cut the grass and clean parts of the castle that are being renovated. This workcamp will be the 2nd one there. Last year, volunteers discovered an old hidden staircase.
About the volunteer workWork will be manual and will be done in an overgrown park. The tasks will include: removing self-seeding woody plants, shrubs and fallen trees (with scissors, a hatchet and a handsaw), raking and removing grass and cleaning construction material from one part of the castle that is under reconstruction. Bring working clothes which can get dirty, sturdy shoes and waterproof jacket or raincoat (in case of bad weather). There is not much work to be done indoors so be prepared for all kinds of weather.
Local accommodationIn the privacy at one of the association s member in the village Pocinovice (about 10 km from the workplace). Sleeping on mattresses in your own sleeping bags. There are two big rooms, WC, a bathroom and a kitchenette with a cooker and jug kettle. Hot lunches will be brought to the work place every day. You will prepare other meals by yourselves.
About the project locationVeseli - a small village (about 58 inhabitants) which is a part of the municipality Janovice nad Uhlavou, and a village of Pocinovice (around 548 inhabitants). Both are located at the foothills of umava National Park, close to Klatovy. From the place of accommodation (Pocinovice) to the workplace (Veseli) you will go every morning by train (20 min). The train station is near the castle. The village of Pocinovice has bakery, pub, library, some small shops and sports grounds.Study part: Presentation of the castle and its troubled history, excursion to Klatovy underground with a historian, meeting local youth associations in their centre or at the youth summer camp, meeting young volunteer firefighters, getting to know the history of the region.Leisure time: Trip to Chodsko region and participation in the local festival in Domazlice; volleyball tournament with local players, trip to Dobra Voda (5km by forest road), trip to Castle Klenova and Kanice, swimming, campfire with locals, etc.
RequirementsWorkcamp is suitable for history lovers and for people who want to discover life in a small Czech village. Due to living in a house with a host you will have a unique opportunity to experience local culture and customs, at the same time we ask you for respectful behavior