About the local hosting organizationThe workcamp is organized in cooperation with the local NGO Cmelak - Friends of Nature Society whose activities are focused on the support of a sustainable way of life, practical nature protection and environmental education. They transform environmentally damaged and abandoned areas into locations that are attractive for both people and the nature. In one area of the Jizera Mountains they create a New Virgin Forest i a location where unnatural spruce tree monoculture is being replaced by seedlings of original trees. In another area, they maintain wetlands. The goal of the workcamp is to help with practical nature protection in several different locations that Cmelak is in charge of (both forests and wetlands). Cmelak has organized so far 13 adult and 1 teenage workcamps.This project is realized with the support of Johnson Controls.
About the volunteer workThere are 2 different types of work to be done (both are quite physically demanding): 1) work in the forestlands (weeding small trees in the forest, planting of seedlings, work in the tree nurseries including preparation and weeding of beds) and cutting grass in Temna street; 2) maintenance in the wetlands (pulling up the typha, cutting grass, cutting reed followed by raking; removing of reed and other plants from water pools; cutting out of wood; possibly also collection of garbage). Be ready to work outdoors, in wet areas, under all types of weather (rain, wind). Waterproof clothes with long sleeves and long trousers, a raincoat and rubber boots are necessary. These clothes will protect you against insects or some plants.
Local accommodation1st week: basic accommodation in the Scouts base Hanychov, Liberec. It includes 3 bedrooms, common room, kitchen, bathroom. Bring your own sleeping bag 2nd week: Foster care home in the castle Novy Falkenburk, Jablonne v Podjestedi. There are 2 bedrooms, a common room, bathroom with showers, kitchen. You will prepare your meals and you will bring lunch to the workplace. Bring a lunchbox with you. For pictures of the accomodations see: http://hanychov.skautlib.cz/index.php?page=details and http://www.ddjablonnevp.cz/fotogalerie
About the project locationLiberec and other areas of the Jizera Mountains in the north of Bohemia. You will use mini-buses to get to the place of work in the surrounding forests. Liberec is a regional capital with a population over 100,000. It is famous for its surrounding mountains that are easily accessible.Study part: There are some field excursions planned for volunteers to get to know the locations where they are going to work, to understand why their work is needed and beneficial. There will also be an intercultural event organized together with the local community (as a gathering with some nice food). Bring some materials from your country (e.g. photos, music, recipes).Leisure time: You can go hiking in the beautiful surrounding landscape, visit castles and climb the Jested i the highest peak in the region. The city of Liberec, where you will be accommodated, offers many possibilities to enjoy culture. A weekend trip to Bohemian Paradise or Jizera Mountains is possible.
RequirementsParental authorization and medical form is strictly required The forms will be provided after the acceptance to the workcamp. We are looking for volunteers who like nature and are eager to learn new thing about nature protection. Information for allergic people i a lot of time will be spent outdoors so you can get into contact with herbs, pollen, insects. In case of doubts, please contact us.
Extra info about the projectTEEN WC, Parental authorization and medical form needed