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Czech Republic Czech Republic: Build a Community Café in the Heart of Europe (SDA102)


08/07/2024   -   17/07/2024

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CZK 1500

Details on the project

18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
Still room for
Vegetarian food
Access with disability
Nearest airport
Praha (Prague) (PRG)
Nearest bus/train station
Bus stop : "Kourim ZS".


Volunteers will be cleaning the old barn, restoring the original pavement in the front of the garden and thus creating a pathway leading to the cafe and the back of the garden, moving the stacked bricks from the front of the garden to the back, laying a new brick floor in the future café and building a new brick wall. The work is not suitable for everyone and is not too physically demanding. The main goal is to have a coffee together at the end of the workcamp in the newly built space. Bring suitable clothes and shoes that can get dirty or even damaged during the work.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will be accommodated in the clubhouse of the association where beds and mattresses are available. There are 2 main living rooms with vaulted ceilings, a kitchen, a bathroom with washing machine and 2 toilets. The garden is divided into 2 parts - the first serves as a play area for children and a meeting place, and the second is a utilitarian community garden with a fireplace. Wifi is available. Volunteers will prepare food together in cooking teams from ingredients provided by the local farmers.

Location and leisure

Kourim is a town in the Central Bohemian Region of about 2,000 inhabitants. There is evidence of human settlement from the Early Stone Age, roughly 3000 years BC. The nearest bigger towns are Kolin, Kutna Hora and Podebrady. There is a church, several supermarkets, an ATM and a pharmacy. Phone coverage is good.

Volunteers can visit Regional Museum Kourim with its archaeological collection, Museum of Folk Buildings (open-air museum), St. Stephen's Church with St. Catherine's rotunda, a bell tower with bells hanging upwards, go on a trip to Kolin, Kutna Hora, Nymburk, Prague or Podebrady, visit a swimming pool or lake Podebrady. Directly at the rectory, there is also a possibility to play table tennis, pétanque or other sports.

Project hosted by

The workcamp is organized in cooperation with the Local Action Group (LAG) Podlipansko and the Rozmaryna Association. The LAG is the umbrella organization of the Rosemary Association which is engaged in the promotion and organization of community, educational, cultural, charitable and environmental events and activities. The association is based in a picturesque town Kourim in a medieval rectory with a large parish garden which is gradually being rebuilt for community, social and cultural activities. The main objective of this workcamp is to prepare the space for a new café, enable the local community to meet new people and get to know other cultures, customs and traditions. At this workcamp, you will actively contribute to the achievement of UN SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Directions to meeting point

From the airport take the trolleybus line number 59 to Nadrazi Veleslavin stop. Change to green metro line A in the direction of Depo Hostivar, get off at “Muzeum” and change to red metro line C in the direction of Letnany, go 1 stop and get off at “Hlavni Nadrazi” stop (main railway station). From there, take the train EC 129 Valassky Expres at 13:19 to the direction of “Puchov” and get off in Kolín at 13:58. Go in front of the train station and find bus 424 in the direction of „Zdanice“ leaving at 14: 32. Get off in 45 minutes at "Kourim ZS" stop where your campleader will be waiting for you.

Additional comments

Guided tours of the local museum, church, bell tower, open-air museum, fortification system of the town, visit to the astronomical centre of Europe, creative workshops (work with wool, clay, batik, production of homemade liqueur, blacksmith's shop).


Bring a sleeping bag, a pillow and comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for work.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities