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Workcamp in Albania


Code of the project: GWC-ABA-2207
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Nature of the project: Working for developing the tourism and better environment
Starting & Ending Date: 15th Jun-30th Jun
Skills and Qualification: None
Workcamps Cost: 270 $
Total Space Available: 05

Project Overview/ Project Work:

Vuno is one of the most interesting villages of the Albanian Riviera, positioned between Dhërmi and Himara, only 2 kilometers away from the wonderful Jala beach. Houses built in stone and cobble stone, narrow streets, which are the characteristics of this area.

Being a part of this project, you might be involved in various activities such as:

  • Helping in clearing and securing trails
  • Improving access to remote attractions
  • Bringing visitors to picturesque villages
  • Training locals to create business that are sensitive to the environmental impact and the sustainability of their enterprises
  • Assisting organizers to open new paths to go easily from the village to the sea
  • Helping in putting signs
  • Keeping the environment clean
  • Helping families from the village to repair their toilets and facilities so they can offer more to the tourists and by this way community will surely manage to have a source of outcomes throughout the year.

Besides this, Volunteers will have a lot of free time to enjoy; they can go to swim or sunbath in lunchtime or early afternoons. They can also organize themselves to travel in the villages around, and join the night life in the bars and clubs in the coast. During the camp the volunteers can be involved in summer activities, because it’s a Summer time and this place is ideal to spend summer.

Study part: During the work camp will be organize a study part, where volunteers and representative from our partner organization will talk together with you about human rights and peace for two days.

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 – 9: Work in Project (Refer Project Overview & Project Work for details)

Day 10: 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 11 – 13: Project work (Working for developing the tourism and better environment) continuous.

Day 14 – 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 the center of partner organization that is the only school of the village, with tend in the garden of the school. There will be a certain space or room where the volunteers will stay together, to sleep you will use your own tends and you need sleeping bag with yourselves. In case you cannot take your own tend the partner organization will provide some common tends for 3 persons each. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day. You will be provided same meals prepared by family or by group.