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Czech Republic Czech Republic: Cultivate Rochlov Castle Gardens (SDA202)

Dates

08/07/2024   -   21/07/2024

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Festival

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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
6
Still room for
(Full)
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Praha (Prague) (PRG)
Nearest bus/train station
Train station : Rochlov
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Work

The work activities will include: 1) Work in the castle’s gardens: cultivation of garden beds and herb garden, arrangement of decorative flower beds around the premises, preparation for building new gardens, and planting of new plants. 2) Baroque Festival: During the workcamp (20/7), the traditional Baroque Festival will take place at the castle – volunteers will help with setting up tents, placing the navigation signs, and cleaning the area. Volunteers are welcome to join the festivities afterwards to better understand the local culture and history. 3) In case of rainy weather, the volunteers will help with the adjustment of the sheepfold, cleaning the interior of the castle or helping with packaging coffee in the roasting plant. The work is light to moderate, and suitable for people of all ages and genders.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will be accommodated in two buildings approximately 70 metres apart. One building has 2 rooms with 2 beds, a kitchen with a small fridge and a bathroom with a shower. The other building has 2 beds and a shared bathroom with a shower and a kitchen. A washing machine is also available. Wi-Fi included. Volunteers need to bring their towels. Some meals will be cooked by the volunteers themselves. Some will be prepared at a local restaurant. Volunteers can get coffee or tea from the coffee-roasting plant.

Location and leisure

Rochlov is a small traditional village in western Bohemia with only 310 inhabitants. There is a supermarket, a restaurant and a coffee-roasting plant. Phone coverage is good. ATMs and pharmacies are located only in nearby villages. Nevertheless, it is no problem to take the volunteers there by car if they need to. The closest biggest city is Pilsen.

Volunteers can go for a trip to the lake or dam. There is a football pitch, an improvised gym, darts and many beautiful routes for cycling or running.

Project hosted by

The workcamp is organized in cooperation with the Local Action Group (LAG) Radbuza. LAG Radbuza aims to protect regional values such as well-preserved nature, aesthetic landscape, local culture and healthy environment; and to support citizen initiatives at the local and regional level, including support of small enterprises, housing, education, use of leisure time, etc. The main goal of the workcamp is the cultivation of the gardens and the castle park which will improve the quality of life for the neighbourhood, support sustainability and better management of local plants and natural resources in Rochlov. 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). Take the train IC562 Zapadni Express at 12:35 and get off at Plzen at 13:58. At 14:18 get on the train Os7416 to the direction of Domazlice, and get off in Nyrany at 14:36. There you will find your last connection, train Os27418 to the direction of Hermanova Hut at 14:40. You will arrive to Rochlov at 14:49 and your campleader will be waiting for you.

Additional comments

Through trips and excursions to nearby towns and villages (Marianske Lazne, Utery, Cheb, Chotesov), volunteers will be introduced to West Bohemia and its rather complicated history. Volunteers will also visit Pilsen and its famous brewery and museum of Pilsner Urquell.

Requirements

There are many dog owners in the village. We require volunteers to respect the animals. Bring a towel and your local food or sweets to share with others.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities