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SDA402 REPÚBLICA CHECA Stará Knížecí Huť Environmental 20/08/2022 27/08/2022

Back to Nature for Families (SDA402)

DATES

20/08/2022   -   27/08/2022

 

Environmental

AGE

18 - 99 

MAX NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS

15

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English

VEGETARIAN FOOD

Yes

NEAREST TERMINAL

Bus stop Stara Knizeci Hut

Work

Children and parents will work together when possible (e.g. helping with cooking, collecting wood, harvesting vegetables and gardening). Work will be organised in two groups. The first one will be working in a nature reserve located 3km away from the campsite, their work will consist of mowing grass, raking and collecting grass. Please note that the meadows can be very wet; bring waterproof working shoes (or rubber boots), a raincoat and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. The second group will be working on the campsite preparing food, collecting wood, doing maintenance tasks or working in the nearby forest.

Accomodation and food

In tee-pees with a fireplace in the centre. Large families will have their own tee-pees; smaller families will share tee-pees with each other. You will sleep on wooden pads and mattresses stuffed with hay. The nights in the forest might be very cold, bring a very warm sleeping bag, camping mat and some warm clothes. You will wash yourself in a small river with cold water next to the campsite, toilets are dry and outdoor. Everyone will cook together as a group on a fireplace. The food is only vegetarian. You can charge your cell phone with a small solar-electricity generator. There is limited phone coverage, no Wifi.

Location and leisure

Stará Knížecí Huť (Bohemian Forest): Latitude: 49.72222 / Longitude: 12.468973
The campsite is in a remote part of the village of Lesna in the Bohemian Forest near the German border. The nearest bus stop is Stara Knizeci Hut and the nearest bigger town is Tachov. The campsite is located about 30 minutes-walk from the nearest bus station.

Leisure time: Hiking in the surrounding countryside. You can visit ruins of the Zahájí castle or go on trips to the Czech towns in the neighbourhood (e.g. Marianske Lazne). The project is situated on the border with Germany thus a trip to Germany could be an option. Besides, you can try archery, play games, handcraft or experience an Indian sauna. If you have any games, musical instruments or any other activity you could share or teach the group in the campsite conditions, you are welcomed to bring it.

Project hosted by

The workcamp is organised in cooperation with EUROSOLAR. EUROSOLAR promotes renewable energies, sustainable lifestyle; it engages in youth environmental education and organises environmental summer camps for children, youth and families. The workcamp takes place in a remote but exceptionally beautiful, hilly area of Bohemian Forest, near the western border of the Czech Republic. The campsite is isolated from civilization and we welcome volunteers that are fond of trying out a basic lifestyle in the forest and do not mind longer walks.This year the workcamp will be organised for the 22nd time. The goal is to help maintain meadows in a nature protected area, maintain the campsite and enjoy nature. At this workcamp, you will actively contribute to the achievement of UN SDG15 Life on Land.

Directions to meeting point

Bus stop Stará Knížecí Huť (49.721447086410464, 12.469541148142687), part of the village Lesná, Saturday August 20th. The bus 440251 will arrive at the meeting point at 15:53. Watch out, there is only one connection from Prague this afternoon. Detailed travel advice will be provided in the infosheet.

Additional comments

This workcamp is for families with 5+ years old children or individuals. We expect participants to be nature lovers, open-minded, flexible and interested in living in an eco-friendly and community way. Every year, there are several children and family-friendly camps organised, so even if the accommodation and facilities are basic, they are suitable for children.

Study part: Evening discussions about climate, environment, sustainability or recycling. You will have the unique opportunity to try archery, play games and learn how to recognize stars. Also, as you will be living in close contact with nature, you will improve your camping skills and learn a lot about local fauna and flora. Every evening, there will be a group meditation and stick talking in a special sacred tee-pee.

On departure day, there are only 1-2 connections from Stara Knizeci Hut to take you back to Prague with arrival in the afternoon/evening, so take that into consideration when planning the trip. Have a look at the photos from previous years: https://www.inexsda.cz/media/back-to-nature-2021/

Requirements

Study part: Evening discussions about climate, environment, sustainability or recycling. You will have the unique opportunity to try archery, play games and learn how to recognize stars. Also, as you will be living in close contact with nature, you will improve your camping skills and learn a lot about local fauna and flora. Every evening, there will be a group meditation and stick talking in a special sacred tee-pee.

EUROSOLAR is a NGO with limited resources, therefore, we kindly ask participants to contribute to the budget of the workcamp. The fees are 35 EUR/adult, 20 EUR/child. The fee serves as contributions for meals and for administration costs of INEX-SDA. The fee must be covered in advance by a bank transfer to the account of INEX-SDA.