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SDA105 REPÚBLICA CHECA CeskaKamenice... RENO,MANU 01/09/2024 15/09/2024

Create a Place of Culture and Reconciliation | SDA105 | 2024-09-01 - 2024-09-15 | RENO,MANU | Age: 18 - 99

The workcamp is organised in cooperation with the town of Ceska Kamenice located on the borderline of three protected landscape areas in the Northern Bohemian region. The workcamp will take place in the town and in the nearby valley, where ruins of the former concentration camp of Rabstejn lie. The goals of the workcamp are two: 1) to maintain and rehabilitate the former Rabstejn concentration camp area, and 2) to renovate the upper floors of the Cultural House for cultural and social activities and expand the cultural offer to the local population as well as visitors from elsewhere. At this workcamp, you will actively contribute to achieving the UN SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Work: Volunteers will help with the renovation of the Cultural House for its further use for cultural and social purposes. Volunteers will clean the upper floors where the parquet floor needs to be painted, floors sanded, etc. Volunteers will also spend 2-3 days in Rabstejn Valley and work on ongoing maintenance of the ruins of the former prison barracks, they will be also removing trees and cleaning up tourist paths, painting fences or benches.

Accomodation and food: Volunteers will be accommodated in the town’s tourist hostel. There will be rooms with beds, an upstairs common room and an equipped kitchen with fridge, stove, oven and microwave. On each floor, there are 2 bathrooms with showers, toilets and a washing machine. Wifi is available. Volunteers will cook for themselves from the provided ingredients and eat in the common room or outside.

Location: CeskaKamenice

Location and Leisure: The workcamp will be held in the town of Ceska Kamenice is located in the north of Bohemia on the borderline of three protected landscape areas. The nearest one is Bohemian Switzerland National Park just on the outskirts of the town. Approximately 5,100 inhabitants live here. The city centre consists of a well-preserved urban heritage zone with several cultural monuments. For these reasons, the town is a natural centre of tourism. There are shops, a pharmacy, an ATM and several cafés and restaurants. The phone reception in the town is good. In the nearby Rabstejn Valley lie the ruins of the former concentration camp. Here the phone reception might be weak. Volunteers can go on a trip to the surrounding areas. There are three protected landscape areas, Czech Swiss National Park, and many cultural monuments. There is also a swimming pool, a sports complex (ball games and outdoor tennis/badminton courts), a water park and Via Ferrata in Decin, a slackline, etc. Feel free to bring your musical instruments.

Airport: PRG

Train/Bus station: Train station Česká Kamenice

Requirements: We would like to inform you from the 15th of May, the extra charge for this camp will be changed to 20 euros. The workcamp is especially suitable for volunteers who would like to get to know the history of the region and who enjoy working outdoors. Bring warm clothes and footwear suitable for work and hiking, including waterproof clothing, and a towel. Bring your favourite national recipes to prepare for the others and if you need any special ingredients from your country, take them along.

From Prague airport, take the trolleybus line number 59 to the “Nadrazi Veleslavin stop. Change to green metro line A in the direction of Depo Hostivar, get off at “Muzeum” and change to red metro line C in the direction of Letnany, go 1 stop and get off at “Hlavni Nadrazi” stop (main railway station). At 14:45, take train R 686 Labe from “Praha hlavni nadrazi” to “Decin hlavni nadrazi”. At 16:36, take train Os 6660 from “Decin hlavni nadrazi” to “Česká Kamenice”. Arrival at 17:05. Your campleader will be waiting there for you and take you to the accommodation. Meeting point : train station Česká Kamenice on Sunday, September 1th 2024 at 5 pm.

Language: eng

Extra Fee: 10 EUR

Volunteers will take part in excursions to the nearby areas, a trip to the partner city in Germany, guided sightseeing tour of Ceska Kamenice. There will also be a meeting with witnesses (displaced Sudeten Germans, some of whom lived directly in the Rabstejn concentration camp after the war before they were relocated) and students of the English College of Prague, which will be conducted in the form of lectures and discussions.