About the local hosting organizationOpen Houses
About the volunteer workThe participants will carry out maintenance and gardening works on the ground like cultivating the garden, clipping hedges, renewing and painting fences. During the project the whole group or a part of it will work at another historical house Open Houses' takes care for – Stadt Wehlen Rectory – which is around ten kilometres away from Rathewalde. The volunteers will lay water lines to protect the historical walls of the rectory from rainwater.
Local accommodationshared rooms with 4 - 6 beds, limited warm shower and toilet, The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.
About the project locationRathewalde Youth Accommodation House is situated at the traditional health resort Rathewalde in Saxony. The building is located at the end of the village, directly at the border of the National Park Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland). The mountains are famous for their typical formations of sandstone with lots of small caves and overwhelming views from the tops of the mountains. The National Park offers various possibilities of hiking and climbing tours of different levels as well as cultural events like theatre performances at the open air theatre “Felsenbühne Rathen” (cliff stage Rathen). The house was originally built around 1880, in the following decades it had been extended step by step. When Open Houses overtook the responsibility for the house it was partly in a really bad condition; during the past years countless volunteers restored and renovated the building. The house is surrounded by a beautiful garden with old rhododendrons. From the garden there is a fascinating view into the neighbouring valley and on rock formations.