INEX – Association of Voluntary Activities is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 to carry out and support international voluntary work and intercultural education. We arrange voluntary placements abroad for Czech volunteers and organize voluntary projects in our country for incoming foreign volunteers. Annually we send almost 500 volunteers abroad to short-term or long-term projects and welcome around 300 volunteers in the Czech Republic.
The mission of INEX-SDA is to
- encourage the development of a respectful and open society, and
- 2. promote an active and responsible approach to the world around us both locally and globally.
Our tools are international voluntary projects, educational programs and campaigns.
We create space in which especially people can gain new experiences, expand their skills and develop their own views of the complexity of the world around them.
BASIC GENERAL INFORMATION FOR WORKCAMP PARTICIPANTS
Age limit: Minimum age is 18 years. If not stated differently, there is no maximum age limit. For teenage workcamps, the age limit is 15-17. For family workcamps, the age limit for children is 5+.
Duration of the projects: 3 – 18 days
Number of volunteers per project: 5 – 15 volunteers + 1-2 campleaders
Project language: English
Working hours: Approximately 6 hours per day with 1-2 free days/week
Excursions, discussions, workshops, guided tours or intercultural evenings for the public are planned as part of each project depending on the local possibilities. In this way, INEX-SDA supports non-formal (intercultural) learning in relation to the projects’ topics. This year, our local partners were asked to focus especially on the study part of the projects.
INEX-SDA provides basic liability insurance for project participants above 15 years old. INEX-SDA does not provide any travel health insurance or COVID-19 insurance for the workcamp participants. Nevertheless, volunteers cannot stay at the workcamp without this insurance! We strongly advise volunteers to arrange additional travel insurance. Volunteers need to bring all the necessary documents along with them.
No special knowledge or skills are required, but enthusiasm and interest in the project is necessary. For some projects, we ask for a motivation letter, a certificate of good conduct and/or a medical form. The motivation letter needs to be handed in with the application form. The certificate of good conduct must be sent as a scan 4 weeks before the project starts and brought by the volunteer to the project. The medical form will be sent after the acceptance of the volunteer to be filled in and signed by a doctor. After acceptance to the project, INEX-SDA will send you a template of these forms. Please note the additional information in the project descriptions.
Due to limited outgoing resources INEX-SDA had in 2021 and will have in 2022, we kindly ask participants to contribute 10 EUR towards the costs of the general incoming administration of our workcamps. The fee will be collected upon arrival in cash by the campleaders. Please note that this fee does not directly contribute to the workcamp budgets.
For teenage and family workcamps, we ask participants to contribute with a fee that covers the costs of some free time activities and/or accommodation, food, and costs of the local leader/main camp leader. The fee needs to be sent to us by a bank transfer in advance. Bank details and the deadline for payment will be provided in the acceptance email.
If the volunteer cancels the application …
… more than 43 days before the start of the project -> The volunteer will be refunded 75% of the fee
… between 42-31 days before the start of the project -> The volunteer will be refunded 50% of the fee
… in case of last-minute cancellation (30 and fewer days), the fee will not be refunded to the volunteer
If the participation won´t be possible due to COVID (due to sickness or travel restrictions) we will not enforce the cancellation policy. Nevertheless, we require the volunteers to send us a note from the doctor. INEX-SDA will send an email with bank transfer details in order to send the remaining part of the fee.
Our workcamps are led by one or two campleaders who coordinate the everyday life in the group. They cooperate with the local partners and facilitate decision-making in the group. Our campleaders are required to complete an intensive 3-day training specially designed to their needs. Our campleaders also have basic first-aid training.
1) SDA 105 Support the local community in Hlásnice
19/06 – 02/07 2022
Vols: 10 + 2 team leaders
Requirements/Note: wc is suitable for wheelchair users
Project: This workcamp is organized in cooperation with the village of Hlásnice, a small municipality with 230 inhabitants in the Moravian region. In addition to the development of the municipality’s infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, utilities, etc.), the municipality and its citizens are trying to revitalize places for recreation and leisure. The workcamp aims to help with the preparation of the anniversary of the municipal chapel, present the idea of volunteering to the young people and enrich the cultural outlook of the local community and participants through a joint international evening. At this workcamp, you are actively contributing to the achievement of UN SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Work: The work will take place mainly outside within the walking distance and will consist of the preparation of the village’s public spaces for celebrations of the significant anniversary of the municipal chapel of St. George (landscaping, cleaning, relocation of the furniture, preparation of programs for children (games and activities for children and families). You will also assist during the weekend’s celebrations (June 24-26) and clean the area afterwards. You will also be meeting with students and young people to present volunteering projects and volunteer workcamps abroad – sharing experiences and motivation to become a volunteer.
Study part: Excursion to the historic town of Sternberk (4km) – castle, monastery, unique exposition of time. International evening for the local community where you can present your country and culture. For this reason, please, bring whatever you might need to represent your country. You will also have a chance to participate in a discussion with students on the topic of the public space around us, and how it is perceived by the locals and by the volunteers.
Leisure time: You can use sports equipment in the area of the community centre (football, volleyball, tennis), have a barbecue, go swimming in the natural swimming pool Dolní Žleb or the indoor swimming pool Bohuňovice, try horse riding in the nearby ranch, visit the cities of Šternberk and Olomouc, go for a trip to the Jeseníky Mountains or to the Sovinec castle, etc.
Accommodation/Food: Community centre of Hlasnice village – sleeping on mattresses in 1 room with a carpet. You need to bring your own sleeping bag! Multiple sanitary facilities are available in the centre or in another building next to the house. Wifi is available. You will cook your own meals in a fully equipped kitchen in the community centre from provided food supplies.
Location: Hlásnice (230 inhabitants) in the Olomouc region, Moravia, the Czech Republic. It is located 20 km to the west of the city of Olomouc, at the foothills of the Low Jeseniky Mountains. For 1 or 2 days you may work in one of the surrounding villages (according to their interest and needs).
Requirements: Prohibition of alcohol consumption while working. Please, bring clothes and shoes suitable for work and a raincoat in case of rainy weather. You need to bring your own sleeping bag!
Notes: Workcamp is suitable for volunteers who want to volunteer outside in nature, are interested in participating in the celebrations of the village, want to get to know rural life in the Czech Republic, and want to actively participate in presenting the idea of volunteering to young people. Information for allergic people – you can get in touch with blossoming flowers and grasses.
The community house is equipped with a barrier-free entrance and toilet, it is possible to provide adjusted sleeping and supplement the shower with handles and a seat for a person with reduced mobility.
Meeting point: Hlásnice 43, Hlásnice, 785 01, Czechia between 14 PM and 18 PM. Please note it takes at least 3 hours to get there from Prague. The exact info will be provided in the infosheet.
Address and GPS: Hlásnice 43, Hlásnice, 785 01, Czechia
Volunteering for all:
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free ✓
Wheelchair accessible ✓
Social/economic/geographical obstacles ✓
2) SDA 101 Summer in the Elbe Lowlands
02/07 – 14/07/2022
Vols: 16 + 2 team leaders
Project: The workcamp is organized in cooperation with the Local Action Group Podlipansko in the small village of Dobrichov. This Local Action Group (LAG) focuses on the development of all parts of the region and helps to distribute European and state subsidies in order to improve the quality of life in the entire Podlipansko region. Podlipansko is a typical rural and agricultural area located in the Central Bohemian Region in the very heart of the Czech Republic. One of the LAG’s projects is the reconstruction of the rectory in Dobrichov. The aim of this workcamp is to restore its neglected garden, so that cultural or environmental events can be held there.
At this workcamp, you will actively contribute to the achievement of the UN SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Work: The work will be mostly outside and manual. It includes cleaning and maintaining the garden – removing branches, raking grass and leaves, removing debris, setting up compost, cleaning a fountain and possibly other similar work. The garden is within walkable distance from the accommodation. Please, bring clothes and shoes that are suitable for work.
Study part: Explore and learn about the two local towns of Kolin and Pecky or go on a train trip to the town of Kourim and see its historic centre. You can also visit the archaeological park and ancient burial ground dated back to 1-4 century AD and learn more about the Marcomanni tribe which used to inhabit the place.
Leisure time: You can get to know the local community through football and volleyball tournaments or visit the nearby Radim Castle. Also just in the accommodation area, there is table tennis, table football and a piano. You can play lacrosse, basketball, and badminton, try archery, and do many other sports activities.
Accommodation/Food: Accommodation is provided in the fully renovated premises of the former rectory. You will be sleeping on mats. Please bring a sleeping bag. You can also bring an inflatable mat for better comfort. There are three toilets, a shower, and a small kitchen available. Lunch will be provided by a local partner, but volunteers will prepare breakfast and dinners on their own using provided supplies. WIFI is available.
Location: The village Dobrichov is located in the district of Kolín in the Central Bohemian Region, about 14 km northwest of the nearest big town Kolin. It is surrounded by large towns such as Kolin, Sadska, Cesky Brod and Pecky. Dobrichov lies in the Elbe lowlands, which contributes to the fertility of the surrounding fields. In the village, there is a grocery store, a pub, a football field, tennis courts, archaeological park Pichora and a church.
Requirements: Don’t forget to bring clothes and shoes that are suitable for work, and a sleeping bag. Smoking is restricted in the whole area.
Notes: Because the work will take place outside in the garden, beware of allergies to grass, pollen, insects, etc. You can check or local partner’s website (Czech only but you can use Google translate): www.podlipansko.cz
Meeting point: The meeting point is the accommodation and is at any time between 16 – 17 o’clock. The easiest way to reach the meeting point is to take the train to Pecky train station. The accommodation is located at a 15 minutes walk from there. There is a good train connection between Prague and Pecky. Note that it takes around 1 hour to get there. There is a train departing every 30 minutes.
Address and GPS: Dobrichov 24, 289 11; 50.079631N, 15.032367E
Volunteering for all:
Diet restrictions (eg vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free diet, etc.): ✓
Hearing impairment: ✓
Other types of disadvantages – social, economic, health -upon consultation: ✓
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