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Workcamp in Albania


Code of the project: GWC-ABA-2201
Social

Nature of the project: Work with disabled people
Starting & Ending Date: 15th Jul-30th Jul
Skills and Qualification: None
Workcamps Cost: 270 $
Total Space Available: 06

Project Overview/ Project Work:

This work camp will be organized in collaboration with our local partner organizations. These are the NGOs that support people with disabilities in Shkodra city from 25-50 years old. They have around 10 years that organize activities in beach for summer holidays. Some organization that work and support this category organize together social-cultural activities and go for two weeks in beach, an amazing place for working and spending free time in swimming and relaxing. This summer in work camp will be around 70 persons with middle and heavy disabilities. The work camp will be organized in Velipoja area, which is a touristic place, most visited for pending holidays in beach near with Shkodra city in the north of Albania.

The volunteers in this workcamp will help the staff of the organizations in:

  • Cooking food for disabled people
  • Cleaning the center
  • Assisting disabled people in dressing and washing clothes
  • Organizing creative activities suitable for disabled people
  • Walking with them
  • Accompanying them in beach
  • Assisting them in therapy (if you have experience) etc

Each volunteer will have in responsibility one or two disabled people

PLEASE NOTE: Your work starts after breakfast and your working time is usually composed of 4-6 hours per day. However if you are willing to work more, you are heartily welcome by us. Typical working time starts around 8:30 to 11 in morning and around 1:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. During working hours, you will have break time for lunch and a cup of tea. We encourage you to work closely with the project staff so that you can easily adjust in the new environment.

Sample Workcamp ltinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you can roam around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring your surroundings.

Note: If any volunteer is not able to arrange their flight dates according to our program date, then please let us know, so that we can do suitable arrangements for you, however it is very rare to arrange separate time table for you, so it is advised to come before the given date, because we do not want any inconvenience and hurdle for our participants.

Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Albania Office, where you will be given a short introduction about history, region and information of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.

Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will introduced about the project and environment.

Day 4 – 10: Work in Project (Refer Project Overview & Project Work for details)

Day 11 – 12: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking tour to village site and having picnic with local staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing and will really enjoy a lot. You might also have the opportunity to swim in the beautiful Seas, and to visit the stunning areas around.

Day 13 – 14: Project work (Work with disabled people) continuous.

Day 15: Visit and explore the beautiful places of Albania along with the group of participants of almost your own age. This will also help you to share your new experience with each other.

Day 16: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end in which you will be given time to recall and share important experiences and lessons. During this, a short program of certificate distribution also takes place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure.

Note: This is just a suggested, sample itinerary and might be changed by the country coordinator. However, you will receive the final workcamp itinerary upon your arrival in the host country. The program coordinator will also provide you day-to-day work schedule before the workcamp start.

SKILL AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

For participating in our workcamp project, you need to be minimum 17 years and maximum 26 years of age. No upper age limit will be accepted in any workcamps.

You do not need any special skills, qualification or prior experience to join our workcamps. However; you should meet following criteria.

  • You should have an open mind, flexible attitude, compassion and eagerness to work with local people.
  • You are also expected to be imaginative, hardworking, self-motivated, have initiative, patience and love for other cultural people.
  • Volunteers should be able to speak medium English and relatively in good health.
  • Note: If volunteer under the age of 18, you need to supply both a permission letter and volunteer application signed by a parent or legal guardian giving you consent to volunteer.

    FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

    GWC partner organization will manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. Although a beautiful and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious accommodations. You will be accommodated in tents or wood houses. Beds are available but you are needed to bring sleeping bags with yourself. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day. You will be provided same meals prepared by family or by group.