30.07. - 07.08.2021
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The workcamp is organized by the NGO Hnuti Brontosaurus Jeseniky which is active in a remote and unprivileged region of Jeseniky and Rychleby Mountains. Brontosaurus is focused on the environment and sustainability, they maintain abandoned sights with respect to traditional methods and materials. One of the main projects is the abandoned village of Zastavka (Stillstand) in Rychleby Mountains where they cultivate old species of fruit trees and they experiment with the natural architecture. The aim of the workcamp is to help with the renovation of the village and the creation of an eco-village with respect to traditional methods and natural lifestyle.
In this workcamp, you are actively working for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Sustainable Cities and Communities (UN SDG11) and Life on Land (UN SDG15).
The participants will spend the first two days in nature near the village Skorosice near the extinct mountain village Kamenna. There will be leisure activities and some manual work. On August 1st we will all move to the extinct village Zastavka. In Zastavka we will mow the grass (either with a lawnmower or a scythe), dig and dry hay. The construction of the shelter, started at last year's workcamp, will continue. We will also cut and chop wood and take care of trees. Last but not least, we will take care of the garden and do various other minor maintenance work. The weekend will be free. Please bring sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty and/or damaged.
Study part: Excursion around the abandoned village of Zastavka (history and current development), visit of other abandoned villages in the area, presentation of the organization Brontosaurus.
During the first two nights you will stay in a cottage in modest conditions, sleeping in a common room on your sleeping mats, outdoor dry toilet, shower nearby (a few kilometers away in a house- a ride will be available to get you there). During the rest of the workcamp volunteers will stay in a natural house Hobitin made of clay and straw. Sleeping on mattresses, but you will also need to bring your own sleeping mat. Bring a warm sleeping bag! Access to electricity is limited, water is delivered in barrels. Toilets are dry (outhouse). There is no indoor shower (there’s a stream or improvised natural shower – water is heated by the sun). You will cook your own meals in improvised field kitchen, taking turns.
Due to current travel restrictions we only accept volunteers from Europe, who do not need visa to travel to Czech Republic. Participation fee: Due to limited outgoing resources of INEX-SDA, we kindly ask participants to contribute 25 EUR towards the costs of general incoming administration of our workcamps. The fee will be collected upon arrival. Please note that this fee does not directly contribute to the workcamp budgets. We are especially looking for volunteers who are interested in nature, who are not afraid of manual work and of basic living conditions. It is not allowed to smoke and drink alcohol at the campsite. You will spend a lot of time outdoors so you can get into contact with different kinds of plants, herbs, pollen and insects.
Address: Uhelna (Jesenik Region), ,
Airport: PRG, Bus/Train stop: Skorosice
GPS: 50.351553, 17.011342
Vanished village of Zastavka (Stillstand), part of Uhelna in Rychleby Mountains, around 29 km from the town of Jesenik. The village is situated at the hilltop and is quite isolated (the last settlers left 70 years ago after WWII). The nearest village Uhelna is reachable on foot at the distance of 2 km. The surrounding countryside is mountainous and has a charming nature.
Leisure time: Discovering the beautiful mountainous countryside, visiting a local spa, protected area of Rejviz, towns of Mikulovice, Zlate Hory and Jeseník, etc.
After the end of the workcamp, another event will follow - a walking pilgrimage through Jesenice. Volunteers can participate. This event will last 7 days and will take you 150 km through Jesenice, through the extinct places of pilgrimage in the region.
Due to limited outgoing resources of INEX-SDA, we kindly ask participants to contribute 25 EUR
towards the costs of general incoming administration of our workcamps. The fee will be collected upon arrival. Please note that this fee does not directly contribute to the workcamp budgets.
Extra participation fee 25.0 EUR