International Work Camp

International Workcamps

WHAT IS AN INTERNATIONAL WORKCAMP?

An international workcamp is a place where people of any nationality, belief and religion live and work together for two to three weeks on a non-profit project organised by a local organisation.

Most workcamps are conducted during the summer months and include from six to twenty – though sometimes even fifty or more – individuals. They work voluntarily and socialise with the local population. Volunteering means working, helping or assisting without payment. International workcamps combine the spirit of helpfulness, altruism and good deeds without the expectation of any financial reimbursement.

How are they organised? At workcamps, volunteers work from six to eight hours a day, and for the rest of the time they can take part in various study themes, trips, excursions and other activities. Accommodation and food at the camp are free of charge, however the registration fee needs to be paid when applying, which covers the registration expense and insurance. You can also take part in special mixed-age camps, camps for families etc.

The camps are roughly divided into several thematic areas, such as:

  • Anti-fascism, anti-racism, ethnic groups
  • solidarity with the Third World
  • peace education
  • help the mentally or physically handicapped
  • helping/working with children, teenagers, the elderly
  • ecology and agriculture
  • sexuality and gender
  • disadvantaged social groups (refugees, immigrants, ethnic minorities, LGBT, etc..)
  • arts, culture and history
  • restoration

HOW TO APPLY FOR A WORKCAMP

The road to a workcamp is quite straight forward. First register at the SCI search engine, then search among the listed workcamps until you find the one that suits you. Once you have submitted your application, your national branch will contact you via email to keep you updated on the process of your application and get you ready for the departure.

Happy searching! 🙂

 

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