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Czech Republic Czech Republic: Mingle with the locals in Dysina (SDA106)

Dates

26/08/2024   -   09/09/2024

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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
7
Still room for
1
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Praha (Prague) (PRG)
Nearest bus/train station
Bus stop: Dysina
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Work

You will help with the maintenance of public places (cutting bushes and grass, raking, landscaping etc.), renovation and maintenance of the local kindergarten and primary school. The new school year will start at the beginning of September, so you will have a chance to meet local children and prepare a presentation about your country and culture. Bring something special from your home country which could be suitable for such an activity (games, music, pictures, etc.). You will also help with the organisation of the traditional harvesting festival where you can mingle with locals. Bring clothes and shoes suitable for work and a raincoat.

Accomodation and food

All the volunteers will sleep together in the local community centre in a big room. Bring your mat and a sleeping bag. There is also a common room with a kitchenette and a toilet. A washing machine is available. There is free WiFi too. Showers will be available in the football club about 10 mins walk from the accommodation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided in the local school canteen. Dinners and all the meals during the weekend will be prepared by the group from provided ingredients. A vegetarian and vegan diet is possible.

Location and leisure

Dysina is located in northwestern Bohemia. There is a primary school and a kindergarten, a general practitioner, a pharmacy, a football pitch, a swimming pool, a post office, a shop, a restaurant and a Golf Park (Greensgate). Around 1,900 inhabitants live in the village surrounded by a stunning landscape. There is a church dedicated to The Holiest Trinity of Simon and Judah where a mass is held on Sundays. The closest city is Pilsen, located about 10 km from Dysina, where you can also find pharmacies and ATMs.
You can go on a trip to Pilsen (visit the famous brewery, cultural and historical monuments, museums, etc), visit the spa towns in the west of Bohemia, swim in a natural swimming pool, do sports in the sports ground near the accommodation, play board games, etc.

Project hosted by

This project is organized in cooperation with the municipality of Dysina located in north-western Bohemia, near Pilsen. The village has had a long tradition of ironworks and because of this Dysina has lost its village character and has become more industrial. There is a monument to Gen. Patton who liberated the west and southwest of Bohemia at the end of WWII with his army and the community still maintains contact with the descendants of this American general. The goal of the workcamp is to help with the maintenance of the green areas, organize a traditional harvesting festival and prepare a local primary school and a kindergarten for the beginning of the new school year. 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 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 here take the train EC 354 Bavorsky Express at 13:23 to Pilsen main train station where you will arrive at 14:58. You need to change to bus Bus 470231 14 leaving from platform 4 at 15:00. In 20 mins you will arrive at Dysina where your camp leader will be waiting for you and take you to the accommodation. Detailed travel information will be provided in the infosheet.

Additional comments

You will have a chance to tour around the Greengate Golf + Leisure Resort Pilsen and visit horse stables. You will learn about the village of Dysina and its history. Be ready to present your country to the local community and the children.

Requirements

We are looking for responsible and passionate volunteers who are interested in working outside and eager to get to know what life in a small Czech village looks like.

Bring a mat, a sleeping bag and suitable clothes and shoes for work. Bring your favourite recipes or any special ingredients you might need to share your national dishes with others. Do not forget to bring traditional objects/clothes/pictures/games you might need from your home country to present your own culture to the local community and the children.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities