About the local hosting organizationThe Power from Joy (Voimaa ilosta) society runs art performances and other activities in order to bring joy and happiness to people. The organisation is based a small community in an old school compound where their chairperson (circus clown and musician) lives with his family. They will host several work camps this summer in order to improve their facilities, buildings and surroundings to be more suitable for hosting events and groups with special needs (e.g. handicapped, elderly, youth with less opportunities).
About the volunteer workThe volunteers will restore circus tent, circus wagons, exhibition room, furniture, bicycles, establish and keep a herb garden and do various other manual tasks such as garden works. The volunteers will also assist in their small coffee shop, flea market and other events. There will be plenty of work opportunities for everybody.
Local accommodationHolken camps will take place in the surroundings of two old (built in 1886 and 1931) schools in a small village. You can find old buildings, sauna, exhibition building, circus tent and circus wagons as well as a small coffee shop and flea market in the compound. The volunteers will be accommodated in a basic guest room and summer room on mattresses on the floor. It is possible to stay overnight in a tent also. The volunteers will cook and eat in the old school which has good kitchen facilities.
About the project locationHolken camp is situated in the Southern Finland, 55 km from Helsinki to west. Inkoo is a small community by the sea and is located within beautiful archipelago and nature. The nearest small towns are located about 20 km from Holken. The nearest lake is about 7 km and grocery shop is about 3 km. Inkoo centre with grocery shop, cafeterias, and harbor is located from 5 km from the camps. There are bicycles in the camp. The volunteers can also go to forest to pick mushrooms, wild herbs and berries. The camp hostess is a biologist who will organize one evening activity related to food from forest. There will be a possibility for camp fire and artistic performances as well.
RequirementsThe volunteers will need to take travel insurance for the duration of their stay. Fee: 30 euros.