The volunteers in this project are expected to help in organizing; entertaining, and educational activities, sport games, team- building activities including rock- climbing, rope- course, rafting, relay- races, classes about terrain orientation, etc. The volunteers will also organize a presentation of different cultures and lead different kinds of workshops for the children.
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.
Day 1: Arrival at Yoshkar- Ola train station, 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 be able to make a tour in the Yoshkar- Ola city, to visit Mari Kremlin, historical museum and some churches. You might also walk in the “Pizhemskiy” reserve and to take part in the different camp activities. You will also be able to visit places of pagan prayers Mari – sacred groves in that reserve.
Day 11 – 12: Project work (Jumping-Off the Place) continuous.
Day 13 – 14: 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 15: 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, friendly place, you should not expect luxurious accommodations because we want to feel you the real Russian culture. You will be living in the tents (you should bring a sleeping bag and a mattress); however one night during the workcamp, you will sleep in a dormitory in Yoshkar- Ola. Toilets will be in special cabins outside. You’ll be served 3 times (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day. A special cook will prepare food for you.