About the local hosting organizationELIX will organize for the sixth consecutive year this type of workcamps. The workcamps aim to support families that encounter difficulties, by providing their children the opportunity to spend a quality summer time at school through creative activities.
About the volunteer workVolunteers participating in the workcamp will host children (6-12 years old) during their free summer time and organise a fun and divert daily schedule. They will organize athletic activities, workshops, artistic events, theatrical plays, environmental and cross cultural education and much more. Volunteers will work with children from Monday to Friday from 8:00H to 14:30H. The first Sunday of the workcamp will be a short training and introduction necessary for the following weeks. Some afternoons will be used to prepare activities for the kids for the following days. The daily activity program for the children will be fixed by a team of pedagogues and introduced to the group of volunteers on the first Sunday of the workcamps. The pedagogues will be present throughout the programme.
Local accommodationVolunteers will be accommodated in a primary school in the town of Aspropyrgos. The accommodation is basic but adequate; volunteers will sleep on the floor in the classrooms of the school. Sleeping bags and carry mats are necessary. There are toilets, showers (no hot water) and cooking facilities at the school. Everyday two different volunteers from the group, in shifts, will be responsible for maintaining the group accommodation place clean, as well as for the preparation of all the meals for the group of volunteers.
About the project locationAspropyrgos is located 15 km northwest of the city center of Athens near the Saronic Gulf coast. Its name means in old Greek 'white castle', which is the main symbol of the town. There are several cultural and recreational activities during the year. Every July the celebration of the local festivities take place in the town with traditional music, dances and food. The surrounding area is one of the main industrial centers in Greece and has a very interesting and rich history. Aspropyrgos is also connected with the town of Elefsina, famous for its ancient ruins and cultural life, and it is about 25 km away from the beaches of the Megara Gulf. One excursion will be organised as part of the workcamp daily activities with the children. Volunteers will discuss the rest of their free time with their camp leaders; together they are going to organize excursions and visits around the city.
RequirementsELIX is looking for volunteers that enjoy working with children and will support the daily activity program. The volunteers are invited to bring games, songs, ideas, instruments and crafts for the activities with the children! Due to nature of the workcamp a motivation letter from the volunteer is needed, in order for us to learn more about the volunteer, her/his ideas and motivation for this workcamp. All the accepted volunteers have to provide ELIX with the original Certificate of Good Conduct.