About the local hosting organizationThe association Jaunatne smaidam / Youth for Smile is a non-profit non-governmental youth organization established in 2005. Our organization's mission says that we are a strong and value-based children and youth non-governmental organization that in achieving its goals, objectives and basic principles acts as impetus for the strengthening of the basic principles of civil society. Our main aim is to unite children and youth to promote their participation in non-formal education in order to develop their skills and abilities to take part actively in social processes at local, national and international levels. All our activities coincide with our values such as fairness and equality; mutual understanding and tolerance; active and healthy way of living; the development of personality; understanding and a creative atmosphere; environment-friendly behaviour. Our target group is children and youth in Bauska, Iecava, Rundāle and Vecumnieki municipalities. Within our strategy, we point out five directions of our activities.
About the volunteer workThe project “LATVIA SAUNA CULTURE” is a part of the initiative to promote our culture and teach community about the way of living in the past. Our biggest treasures are culture and nature, and both are still alive. In this project volunteers will help to develop the Culture Park. As sauna is a part of our culture we will build a kind of a sauna. Volunteers will have a possibility to learn about the Latvian sauna culture, use of different nature materials in sauna procedures and, of course, to try Latvian sauna which is connected with culture and nature.
Local accommodationLiving conditions are very basic. The volunteers will be accommodated in the building of the youth house. Sometimes it could be necessary to stay in tents if the work requires. Toilets and washing facilities will be provided. Cooking will be done by volunteers themselves in the kitchen or on a campfire. Volunteers should bring their sleeping bags.
About the project locationWork camp will be organized in Vecumnieki municipality. The Vecumnieki municipality borders with Iecava, Bauska, Nereta, Ķegums, Baldone and Jaunjelgava municipalities and the Republic of Lithuania. The municipal territory consists of Kurmene, Valle, Bārbele, Skaistkalne, Stelpe and Vecumnieki parishes. The administrative centre of the municipality is Vecumnieki located 50 km from Rīga and 30 km from Bauska. During a work camp we will have possibilities to visit different cultural and historical places. Volunteers will have possibilities to organise intercultural events, etc.