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Workcamp in Albania


Code of the project: GWC-ABA-2202
Social

Nature of the project: Work with disabled people
Starting & Ending Date: 6th Aug-23rd Aug
Skills and Qualification: None
Workcamps Cost: 270 $
Total Space Available: 08

Project Overview/ Project Work:

We have been collaborated with local organizations/Caring Centers in Shkodra offering sanitary service, medical support, professional courses and other cultural or social activities for disadvantaged people of about 25-50 years old. These poor people are suffering from middle and heavy disabilities. They are waiting for any kind of support from energetic and young youth like you. You can give them helping hand by participating in our camp that takes place in beautiful mountain Rasem, 1000m, near with Shkodra city. The disabled people stay all time in centre in Shkodra, but the staff of the centre goes with them for same time in mountain to avoid the routine and to do something different and useful for them.

The volunteers in this workcamp will help the staff of the organizations in various activities. Some of them are given below:

  • 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
  • Assisting them in therapy (if you have experience)
  • Organizing some awareness campaign in the village for cleaning the environment, etc

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 – 15: Project work (Work with disabled people) continuous.

Day 16 – 17: 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 18: 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 building. 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.