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Workcamp in Russia


Code of the project: GWC-RSA-6606
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Nature of the project: Around the World In 21 Days
Starting & Ending Date: 15th Jul-5th Aug
Skills and Qualification: None
Workcamps Cost: 270 $
Total Space Available: 15

Project Overview/ Project Work:

The camp will be organized near Chelyabinsk in the modern city Snezhinsk. The main tasks of the foreign volunteers are to tell children about the culture of their country, to make presentations of traditional games, tales, songs, organize “Days of cultures”. Volunteers will also teach children their mother tongues. Foreign volunteers will work together with students from different cities of Russia: Chelyabinsk, Snezhinsk, Orenburg, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen. Volunteers will participate in evening activities as participants in the concert, members of the jury, experts, and members of sport teams.

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. The volunteers are expected to work six hours per day. And be ready for manual labor. 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 Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Novosibirsk or Ekaterinburg train station and 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 Russia 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 can also involve yourself in different sports games, swimming in the lake, hiking to Ural Mountains, sightseeing tour, and picnics etc.

Day 11 – 14: Project work (Around the World In 21 Days) continuous.

Day 15 – 16: Visit and explore the beautiful places of Russia 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 17-19: Again working in the project (Around the World in 21 Days).

Day 20-21: Relaxing and Excursion time.

Day 22: 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

GWS partner organization will manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. Although a beautiful, friendly place, you should not expect luxurious accommodations because we want to feel you the real Russian culture. You will be living in the two-storey brick houses in the rooms for 2-4 people. You’ll be served 3 times (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day. The food will be provided in the canteen.