About the local hosting organizationThe workcamp is held in the town Osek in Northern Bohemia in cooperation with the town hall and An Association for Revitalization of the Castle Rizmburk. The town is significant for its Cistercian monastery from the 13th century which is declared a national monument, and the Caste Rizmburk. Rizmburk is a well-preserved ruin of a Gothic castle on a rocky promontory with an area of 8.500 m2. It is one of the largest castle complexes in the Czech Republic. The aim of the workcamp is to contribute to the renovation of a part of the castle and to help with some archaeological excavations.
About the volunteer workWork will be manual and some tasks will be physically demanding. You will mainly work at the castle on these tasks: construction works (creating wooden benches and tables, building of a shelter; collecting, carrying and sorting of stones; digging under the supervision of archaeologist; building of a stone path), renovation and cleaning works (cleaning of castle walls, garbage collection, weeding, cutting and burning of branches). Minor archaeological works are also possible: searching ceramics fragments, bones, metal nails, etc. The work will be carried out outside so be ready for different types of weather. It is necessary to bring working clothes that can get dirty, solid shoes and a raincoat.
Local accommodationIn cabins for 4 persons in the municipal auto-camping: http://www.autocamposek.cz/galerie. Bring your own sleeping bag Bathrooms and the kitchen are in a separate building. There is also a public swimming pool. Hot lunches will be brought to the castle; you will prepare your own breakfasts and dinners at the campsite.
About the project locationCastle Rizmburk, about 2,5km north of the town Osek on the slopes of the Ore Mountains (Krusne hory). The town Osek has about 5 000 inhabitants. You will get to the castle every day by car. Be prepared that the weather can be cold; the site is located near mountains.Study part: You can participate in the local festival with historical crafts and music. A tour around the monastery in Osek (whole compound, including all the gardens), will be prepared for you. It will be possible to organize informal meeting in the community centre with the presentation of different cultures.Leisure time: Bathing in the local outdoor swimming pool, doing sports on the town s sports ground (volleyball, beach volleyball, badminton, football, etc.), discgolf in the city park, visit to a local brewery in a monastery, hiking, visit the spa in Teplice, silver mines tour in Krupka.
RequirementsThe workcamp is suitable for physically fit volunteers interested in history and archaeology. If you want to practice or learn some skills of carpentry (working with wood), it s a great opportunity.