This camp will be organized in collaboration with our local partner organization in the beautiful touristic South Albania village, “Qeparo-the Camp of Youth”. It is an activity with the intention of promoting qualitive and economic tourism for youth, promoting voluntary work and encouregement of the youth to actively participate in the public life. this project will affect deeply and clearly at least 50 youth. The environment where this project will take place is in the Qeparo village of the himara Municipality. It is build a camping during the Summer 2010, with a surface of 2000 m2 with kithchen, bar, toilets (8), tends (20), and it is located on the 250 m way from the sea.
During the summer months the amzing seaside of this village attracts many tourists from different places of the world. This village is visited from Albanians as well who often are in need of a guide in the area, to open new paths, to accompany visitors in areas that they do not know etc.
Every year, the partner organization welcomes each visitor who wants to enjoy some days of relaxation in this area. Even this year this program will be focused in two main directions mentioned above: the promotion of Tourism and the Promotion of the Volunteer Work.
The volunteers will give their contribution in this direction as well as in discovering new path ways or roads that lead in the main areas of the villages, the building of the tends or the resting place for tourists who are in need for help etc. Also, the work will consist on the development of the volunteer activities for the maintenance of the environment showing so a positive and successful example for the community members.
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.
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 – 12: Project work (Promotion and development of tourism and voluntarism) continuous.
Day 13: 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 14: 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.
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.
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.
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 tents but you have to carry your sleeping bags and other personal belongings. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day. You will be provided same meals prepared by family or by group.