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Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan: Youth Volunteer Organization “Leadership” (LSM-01)

Dates

01/04/2022   -   01/04/2024

Tags

Social
Educational
Study

Fee

USD 818 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
EUR 250 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
17 - 70
Max number of volunteers
4
Still room for
2 Male + 2 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Bishkek (Frunze) (FRU)
Nearest bus/train station
We have small station near the parking in airport to join bus station Bishkek to Karakol. Find for more details in the Directions to Meeting point.

Work

Desirable Skills:
• Website design
• Accounting
• Public Relations
• Media
You will be able to work in the following sphere of activities:
 Assist in the coordination of our youth volunteer and the organization of regular meetings as well as motivation and team-building activities.
 Participate in the organization and implementation of various events.
 Plan and implement short-term international volunteer projects and summer camps together with the program coordinator.
 Get involved in fundraising activities.
 Actively participate in our current projects.
 Hold language courses and discussion clubs.
 Create any PR materials for our organization: possibilities include booklets, mini clips, photo exhibitions, etc.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation: Volunteers will live with a local host family; they will provide a private room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host family for breakfast and dinner while lunch will be provided at the office with other members of the Leadership.

Location and leisure

Weekend Excursion: On the weekend volunteers will have an opportunity to visit Karakol town and see its sightseeing. Another option would be to hike up to the nearby Altyn Arashan health resort where you can enjoy natural hot springs.

Project hosted by

Leadership is a non-profit organization bringing together young volunteers with the mission of involving youth in civil society through volunteerism, project design, and cooperation both locally and internationally. Leadership was founded on November 1, 2005, as a youth volunteer organization under the auspices of the public association Leader, a center of civic society initiatives.

Directions to meeting point

We confirm the meeting place when we send the volunteer an invitation to participate in the camp.
From the airport to the avtovokzal in Bishkek (bus station)

Option 1: From the airport, you must go to the avtovokzal (or the bus station), where you will then get on a bus that goes to Karakol. From the airport, you can either take a marshrutka, which is a large van type of public transportation. When exiting the airport, this van will be to the right. There is a small sign with a van/bus on it where it comes. The marshrutka comes about every 30 minutes. The cost is standard 60 com. Just tell the driver avtovokzal" and he will tell you when you are there. The ride is about 20 to 30 minutes. Note: If you ask taxi drivers where the marshrutka is or when its coming, they will all tell you that it doesn’t exist or isn’t working that day to try and get you to take a taxi instead.

Option 2: Option 2 is to take a taxi from the airport to the avtovokzal. This is an easier but more expensive route. A taxi from the airport to the avtovokzal costs about 700 com (for the whole car). So if you plan to meet up with someone, you can share a cab for the price of 700 coms. If you share with a stranger however they will try to charge you 700 coms each. For this option, people usually just hire the entire cab for 800 coms and it will take you straight to the avtovokzal. Note: You must haggle and bargain for taxi's. 800 is the usual price, but they will try to charge foreigners as much as up to 2,000 com and try to get away with that price. You must say 700 com and be confident and walk away if (when) they say no. The taxi driver will then say okay and take the 700, or walk away and find another taxi driver. With a taxi the trip is about 20 minutes.

From the avtovokzal (bus stop) in Bishkek to Karakol:

Option 1: At the bus stop in Bishkek, there are a line of about 15 marshrutka's (large van like types of transportation) each with its own destination. The second van goes to Karakol. It will be parked in the second spot underneath the sign that says Karakol. The standard price is 400 com (no aggling/negotiating required) and it will take you to the bus stop in Karakol. The entire trip is around 6 hours, and it stops half way through at a rest area where people can use the bathroom and grab a snack or bite to eat. If you have to go to the bathroom before then, just ask the driver to stop and they will stop on the side of the road (or a public outhouse if you are very lucky and there is one near). They often have them at gas stations so if you are shy about going behind a bush, tell the driver to stop at the next gas station with a toilet (which will be an outhouse).

Option 2: The second option is a taxi. Some haggling is again required (they won't try to rip you off as much as at the airport, but they might say a price several hundred com above the normal price). Again say you know the price is 600 and they will usually agree to that price. However, in the summer it can be around 600 com and sometimes even up to 700 com. Step wagons (cars with 7 seats) will cost about 600 com, where a car with only 4 seats will cost about 600 coms. Aim for 600, as it is possible. As above, the trip is about 6 hours, maybe slightly faster (I usually take the marshrutka as there isn't much of a difference but its cheaper). The taxi will also stop half way through at a rest stop and will stop alongside the road if you say you need to go to the bathroom (men will just turn away from the road several meters behind the taxi, where women will find a bush to hide behind when a bathroom stop is needed).

Note: Some taxi drivers will drop you off at the avtovokzal in karakol (same as option 1), but some will take you straight to your home address (for no additional cost). This is something that must be negotiated before you leave. Simply ask the driver if they will drive you to the avtovokzal, or all the way to your home.

Additional comments

Why Kyrgyzstan?

We offer unique opportunity for people who are not afraid of travel hardships, adventures, who enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming in the lake, living in yurt, camping in the mountains and learning new culture and languages.

Our organization is flexible in receiving couples, friends, not upper-limit aged people.

Note: A volunteer is requested to have basic skills working with disabled people, as well as basic Russian or Kyrgyz language skills. New methods/approaches are always welcomed.

Requirements

Program Requirements
Language: Though the working language of international volunteers is English, at least basic knowledge of Russian is recommended to communicate efficiently with local volunteers and staff members of the organization. Beginner’s Russian/Kyrgyz language lessons are provided in the participation fee. Knowledge of other world languages is welcome; this will enable you to hold language courses with local volunteers and other youth in Karakol.

Other skills: To participate in the program you are expected to have past experience with volunteer work, working as a part of a team, and depending on which project, working with teenagers. For certain projects, it is recommended to bring literature and CDs with language teaching programs. We also expect you to be motivated and to actively participate in your own program’s implementation and evaluation process.

Duration of the Program and Your Schedule
To be admitted you must be able to participate for at least one month while the maximum period of involvement is one year. Your work will range from 6 to 8 hours per day, depending on a mutual agreement and the needs of the host organization. Normally volunteers work Monday through Friday, though special events and activities sometimes require their presence during weekends.

Note: We welcome all volunteers who are enthusiastic, creative, and motivated to work with orphan children. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted during the camp or at the accommodation venues. Smoking is not allowed while volunteers are with children.

Insurance: Volunteers should come with their health and accident insurance.

Switzerland Switzerland: Mountain Paths and Pastures (Maloja GR) (CH-SCI 10.2)

Dates

31/05/2022   -   11/06/2022

Feedback from 4 volunteers

Tags

Construction
Environmental
Manual Work
2
Place(s)
left

Fee

USD 550
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Details on the project

Age
16 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
2
Languages spoken
English
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

The work will involve mainly cleaning and maintenance of paths and pastures. We will also root out neophytes in Maloja with Pro Natura (Swiss nature protection organization). As far as possible, we will work in the Maloja area, but for certain kind of works we will also be in the Bregaglia valley. So be aware there may be relatively long journeys to and from work.

Accomodation and food

Salecina has 2-, 4-, and 12-bedded rooms, sitting rooms, a library and a room for lectures/seminars and activities. Mattresses, blankets and bed sheets are provided. Towels and sturdy house shoes/slippers should be brought. Shared washrooms and toilets are situated on each floor. The use of the washing machine for 5.- CHF / washing needs to be arranged with the workcamp hosting partner. Access to the internet is available in some of the living rooms. Food is organized by the employed team. All guests perform daily domestic chores: cooking, doing the dishes and cleaning tasks around the house.

Project hosted by

Salecina is located at the border of Upper Engadin and Bergell in one of the most beautiful landscapes. It is a self-administered holiday centre with an uncomplicated and open atmosphere. The guests cook, clean and do their own things. The house is available to young and old travelling alone, as families or groups eager for education or engaged in social issues. It is a unique place for meetings and discussions. Together with the municipality Bregaglia we offer this workcamp. Bregaglia is an idyllic alpine valley that connects the canton of Graubünden to the north, with Italy to
the south. Steep, elegant granite mountains and beautiful forests protect the small villages rich in art and history. It is a paradise for hikers and mountain climbers, but also a quiet refuge for artists.

Additional comments

Due to the remote place mobile connection is low at the place of the accommodation. //
SCI Switzerland likes the concept of the self-administered holiday house Salecina and supports the municipality in their work for the public service and the local environmental organization.

Requirements

Most of the work involves fixing the hiking paths. For this reason the volunteers need to be good on their feet and be able to walk on narrow mountain paths. Please bring warm work clothes (we are at 1800 meters above sea), good walking boots, towels and sturdy house shoes/slippers.

NEW INCOMING FEE for volunteers applying via Partner organisations and Contacts of SCI: https://bit.ly/3iiJWI5

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Latvia Latvia: Volunteering for sustainability (YS-2022-01)

Dates

12/06/2022   -   26/06/2022

Feedback from 14 volunteers

Tags

Environmental
Manual Work

Already accepted volunteers from

Italy

Fee

USD 604 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
EUR 50 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
16 - 30
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
9
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Riga (RSC)
Nearest bus/train station
Riga international bus station.
Wi-Fi
Yes

Work

The work camp is part of Jaunatne smaidam / Youth for Smile new initiative growing up from a project we started in 2010 - Outdoor education center. We are inviting international volunteers to work on environmental sustainability. By developing a sustainable farm–training center, our organization is looking to create a platform through what could be spread information and knowledge about sustainability.
Within the camp, we will implement a holistic approach to everyday life. According to the weather and real need, volunteers will have tasks in different fields – agriculture, farming, restoration of natural areas, traditional buildings, etc.
Volunteers will have possibilities:
• Work on the creation of permaculture garden, take care of existing garden and greenhouse.
• Take care of animals on a farm (sheep, goats, rabbits, etc.), build pasture paddocks, and prepare food for winter.
• Restore natural meadows by removing them from bushes and purifying the river from overgrowth.
• Creating a nature path in the forest by removing bushes and planting trees.

Accomodation and food

Living conditions are very basic. Volunteers will be accommodated on a rural farm. Sleeping will be on the mattresses or beds. There will be two common rooms for sleeping. Toilets and washing facilities will be provided. Cooking will be done by volunteers themselves in the kitchen. Volunteers should bring their sleeping bags. Do not forget some traditional or typical food from your home country for the international evening. !!!There is no possibility of to separate sleeping places!!!

Location and leisure

A work camp will be organized in Bārbele village, Bauska municipality. The farm is located in a rural area around 6 km from the village. The nearest bus stop is 3 km away.
The administrative center of the municipality is Bauska located 60 km from Rīga (capital city of Latvia). More information about the region - https://www.tourism.bauska.lv/en/. More about Latvia - https://www.latvia.travel/en.
During a work camp, we will have possibilities to visit different cultural and historical places. Volunteers will have a possibility to organize intercultural events, etc.

Project hosted by

The youth association Jaunatne smaidam / Youth for Smile is a non-profit non-governmental youth organization established in 2005.
Our Mission - We are a strong and values-based youth organization that gives opportunities to create, experience, and be together.
Our goals are:
Creating - enabling local communities to learn, participate, and self-realize;
Experience - to provide experience at the local and international level to promote the personal development of young people;
Being together - creating an environment where young people develop their competencies for the growth of the local community.
The tasks of the organization are:
1. To develop and promote youth initiatives, creating favorable conditions for their intellectual and creative development;
2. To provide young people with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary for life through non-formal education;
3. Provide young people with an opportunity to make good use of their leisure time;
4. Provide young people with access to relevant information for their development needs.
Our target groups.
Our main target group is children and youth (age group 7-30) in the Bauska region. We are working for all communities as such.

Directions to meeting point

We will meet you at Gaisma bus stop. So, don’t worry! Please let us know about your departure time from Riga bus station as soon as you are on the bus (WhatsApp +37125754522).
From Riga international bus station (Rīgas Starptautiskā Autoosta) take a bus to GAISMA (Bus number 7490 Rīga - Baldone - Skaistkalne operated by Nordeka). There are buses at 7.45, 16.30, and 18.10. The ticket costs 3,15 EUR. If you do not manage to take those buses there is possible to take buses to VECUMNIEKI. There are buses at 18.25 (Bus number 7249 Rīga-Ķekava-Valle-Nereta operated by CATA, ticket costs 2,50 EUR), 18.55 (Bus number 7200 Rīga-Baldone-Valle-Kurmene operated by CATA, ticket costs 2,65 EUR), 20.00 and 22.15 (Bus number 7467 Rīga-Baldone-Vecumnieki operated by Nordeka, ticket costs 2,65 EUR).
For volunteers arriving after 21.00 o'clock will be organized free pick-up service from Riga airport.
By request, JAUNATNE SMAIDAM can organize a pick-up service at the arrival place –
costs 30,00 euro one way per person.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Cambodia Cambodia: Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) (CYA2225)

Dates

13/06/2022   -   25/06/2022

Feedback from 5 volunteers

Tags

Educational
Environmental
Manual Work

Fee

USD 770 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
USD 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Age
16 - 50
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
6 Male + 6 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Phnom Penh (PNH)
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

Volunteers are going to work in various activities such organizing ceremonies and events with local people, teaching English, music, arts, and sports to children, and working with local people in income generation program.

Accomodation and food

Volunteer will stay together at volunteer's house inside the village. Food will be prepared by local chef but you will be asked to serve, clean, and wash dishes by yourself.

Location and leisure

There are plenty of tourist attraction sites such as Teuk Chhou, Bokor national park, Rabit island, and more.. that you can explore during your free day. CSD is on open space in there mote area so beside your free day touring you can also have fun by interacting with local people, teenagers and children during your free time by organizing different activities so bring your flexibility and creativity.

Project hosted by

After 4 years of progress, we are now transforming CYA - Learning Center (CLC) into the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) where we will expand our work from education into community development. The center will include activities such as vegetable farm, solar Installation, and improve the quality and expand the market for soap products. Of course, we are continuing to improve our education program for local children and teenagers. We will include computers, arts, and music into its existing English classes. CSD is located in a remote area of Kampot province. It takes about 2 hours 30 minutes from Phnom Penh. We are looking forward to working with you and your volunteers!

Directions to meeting point

Cambodian Youth Action

Requirements

If you want to use internet, you have to use sim card.

Cambodia Cambodia: Trapaing Sangke Fishing Community (TFC) (CYA2226)

Dates

13/06/2022   -   25/06/2022

Feedback from 5 volunteers

Tags

Environmental

Fee

USD 770 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
USD 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
16 - 35
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
6 Male + 6 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Phnom Penh (PNH)
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

Organize workshops with local people to promote the understanding of mangroves forest to people lives and collect mangrove seeds, seedling, and planting mangroves in TFC protected area while maintaining the planted mangroves.

Accomodation and food

Volunteer will stay together in share bungalows at community center that CYA rents. The basic meals in Cambodian dishes will be cooked by volunteers in daily shift.

Location and leisure

There are plenty of tourist attraction sites such as Teuk Chhou, Bokor national park,Rabit island, and more.. that you can explore during your free day. TFC is on open space in the remote area so beside your free day touring you can also have fun by interacting with local people, teenagers and children during your free time by organizing different activities so bring your flexibility and creativity.

Project hosted by

Trapaing Sangke Fishing Community (TFC) is a community based organization aims at preserve and protect mangrove forest to maintain ecology system and increase lives in the sea such as crap, fish, shrimp, etc. so that fishermen can stay and earn income in their community without migrate to other countries. CYA have been working with TFC since 2012 to support their initiative and through our cooperation in 2014, TFC became a popular eco - tourism site receiving hundreds of tourists every weeks. TFC is a successful project because of the strong support of our volunteers and as usual volunteers are still in needs to work hand in hand with local people in supporting its growth and to make sure local people will keep TFC cleans and more mangroves are plants and nursing.

Directions to meeting point

Cambodian Youth Action

France France: PYRENEES MOUNTAIN HERITAGE (CONCF-151)

Dates

15/06/2022   -   29/06/2022

Feedback from 408 volunteers

Tags

Renovation

Already accepted volunteers from

France Mexico Germany Italy

Fee

USD 550
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Details on the project

Age
17 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
4
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Toulouse (TLS)
Nearest bus/train station
LUZ-SAINT-SAUVEUR - tourist office bus station

Work

From Luz-Saint-Sauveur, the Pyrenees Mountains are all yours. All the best hiking sites, peaks and highlands in the Pyrenees are easily accessible from Luz. There, you will find the freedom to breathe freely, to move and broaden your horizon!
Luz-Saint-Sauveur was a thermal hub for the noble and wealthy throughout the 1800s: the medicinal bathing sites attracted emperors, artists, intellectuals and more. Amongst the historical figures that often visited Luz was French emperor Napoleon III (grandson of the infamous Napoleon Bonaparte). In love with this picturesque town, he encouraged its development throughout the 1860s. Today Luz is perhaps the best-conserved heritage from the Second French Empire.
You will help build an access for disabled people (wheelchair ramp) and other arrangements at a lookout area from which visitors will have a view over the whole valley. This ramp will be done with local stones used in monument constructions throughout the ages. You will learn the art of masonry, accompanied by a technical facilitator.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in a local apartment building with shared rooms – bring your sleeping bags and floor mat – you will have access to showers and toilets. The group will share the cleaning tasks and prepare meals together. You will prepare the meals in turn and participate in the organization of the collective life (planning, cleaning, shopping, etc.). We will encourage the purchase of local and seasonal products.

Location and leisure

The great French Writer Victor Hugo described Luz as a “charming old town… beautifully situated in a deep triangular valley… When the miquelets (Catalan militia men) and Spanish smugglers arrived from Aragon … they saw a great light… They named this town light, or Luz.”.
Luz-Saint-Sauveur is in the Hautes-Pyrenees County, in the south-west of France near the pilgrimage city of Lourdes. It is close to the most beautiful natural sites of the Pyrenees Mountains such as the Midi Peak, the Gavarnie Valley, the Bridge of Spain, the Neouvielle Natural Park, or the Pyrenees National Park (with its numerous highland lakes).
The beauty and diversity of this county entail a great historical, architectural and environmental interest, which you will discover throughout your workcamp experience.

Project hosted by

The municipality has been developing a large project to restore its local heritage, especially through international workcamps. For over 6 years we have been renovating old streets, washhouses, fountains, and hiking trails. This year you will redecorate the “Napoleon Column”, one of the town’s landmarks.

Directions to meeting point

The meeting point is set at LOURDES train station on the 15/06 at 18:53pm
From Paris, you can reach Lourdes from the Montparnasse train station.
The trains are open to booking about 4 months before the departure dates, accessible on the following website:
https://www.sncf-connect.com/en-en/

Additional comments

Bring working clothes, gloves, and closed shoes for outdoor activities. Bring a warm sleeping bag, as nights might be cold due to the altitude (we may also sleep in the mountains). To enjoy the mountains, bring your hiking shoes. For the brave ones who want to take a dip in the river, bring your swimsuit. Feel free to bring a piece of your region/country such as photos, games, musical instruments, etc.

Requirements

Foreigners from the European Union must bring their personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and all participants must bring their insurance certificate. If health issues arise during the program, volunteers will need to cover all costs; they will be reimbursed upon their return to their home country.

Sustainable Development Goals

Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan: Children’s Family (LSM–08)

Dates

15/06/2022   -   30/08/2022

Tags

Children
Educational
Social

Fee

USD 818 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
EUR 250 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
17 - 70
Max number of volunteers
6
Still room for
3 Male + 3 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Bishkek (Frunze) (FRU)
Nearest bus/train station
We have small station near the parking in airport to join bus station Bishkek to Karakol. Find for more details in the Directions to Meeting point.

Work

Mission: Organize children’s leisure time through conducting games, sports competitions, dance classes, and English language lessons.
Participate in daily orphanage activities and spend leisure time with the children.

Accomodation and food

The volunteer will live with a orphanage family, which will provide the volunteer with their room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your family for breakfast and dinner; lunch will be provided at the office together with other members of the Children's Family

Location and leisure

Volunteers should come with their health and accident insurance.

Project hosted by

Family Orphanage is a governmental property and currently cares for 15 children, aged 4 to 18. Children speak the Kyrgyz language and study at secondary schools in the village. The children have many opportunities to participate in different kinds of activities at the orphanage such as dressmaking classes, drawing and dancing classes, sports clubs, computer clubs. The orphanage staff is 18. They have good experience working with international volunteers. Each year they host up to 3-4 international guests.

Directions to meeting point

We confirm the meeting place when we send the volunteer an invitation to participate in the camp.
From the airport to the avtovokzal in Bishkek (bus station)

Option 1: From the airport, you must go to the avtovokzal (or the bus station), where you will then get on a bus that goes to Karakol. From the airport, you can either take a marshrutka, which is a large van type of public transportation. When exiting the airport, this van will be to the right. There is a small sign with a van/bus on it where it comes. The marshrutka comes about every 30 minutes. The cost is standard 60 com. Just tell the driver avtovokzal" and he will tell you when you are there. The ride is about 20 to 30 minutes. Note: If you ask taxi drivers where the marshrutka is or when its coming, they will all tell you that it doesn’t exist or isn’t working that day to try and get you to take a taxi instead.

Option 2: Option 2 is to take a taxi from the airport to the avtovokzal. This is an easier but more expensive route. A taxi from the airport to the avtovokzal costs about 700 com (for the whole car). So if you plan to meet up with someone, you can share a cab for the price of 700 coms. If you share with a stranger however they will try to charge you 700 coms each. For this option, people usually just hire the entire cab for 800 coms and it will take you straight to the avtovokzal. Note: You must haggle and bargain for taxi's. 800 is the usual price, but they will try to charge foreigners as much as up to 2,000 com and try to get away with that price. You must say 700 com and be confident and walk away if (when) they say no. The taxi driver will then say okay and take the 700, or walk away and find another taxi driver. With a taxi the trip is about 20 minutes.

From the avtovokzal (bus stop) in Bishkek to Karakol:

Option 1: At the bus stop in Bishkek, there are a line of about 15 marshrutka's (large van like types of transportation) each with its own destination. The second van goes to Karakol. It will be parked in the second spot underneath the sign that says Karakol. The standard price is 400 com (no aggling/negotiating required) and it will take you to the bus stop in Karakol. The entire trip is around 6 hours, and it stops half way through at a rest area where people can use the bathroom and grab a snack or bite to eat. If you have to go to the bathroom before then, just ask the driver to stop and they will stop on the side of the road (or a public outhouse if you are very lucky and there is one near). They often have them at gas stations so if you are shy about going behind a bush, tell the driver to stop at the next gas station with a toilet (which will be an outhouse).

Option 2: The second option is a taxi. Some haggling is again required (they won't try to rip you off as much as at the airport, but they might say a price several hundred com above the normal price). Again say you know the price is 600 and they will usually agree to that price. However, in the summer it can be around 600 com and sometimes even up to 700 com. Step wagons (cars with 7 seats) will cost about 600 com, where a car with only 4 seats will cost about 600 coms. Aim for 600, as it is possible. As above, the trip is about 6 hours, maybe slightly faster (I usually take the marshrutka as there isn't much of a difference but its cheaper). The taxi will also stop half way through at a rest stop and will stop alongside the road if you say you need to go to the bathroom (men will just turn away from the road several meters behind the taxi, where women will find a bush to hide behind when a bathroom stop is needed).

Note: Some taxi drivers will drop you off at the avtovokzal in karakol (same as option 1), but some will take you straight to your home address (for no additional cost). This is something that must be negotiated before you leave. Simply ask the driver if they will drive you to the avtovokzal, or all the way to your home.

Additional comments

Why Kyrgyzstan?

We offer unique opportunity for people who are not afraid of travel hardships, adventures, who enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming in the lake, living in yurt, camping in the mountains and learning new culture and languages.

Our organization is flexible in receiving couples, friends, not upper-limit aged people.

Requirements

A more detailed packing list will be sent after applying, a basic list includes: own medicine, backpack, raingear, warm clothes, comfortable shoes for hiking, a swimsuit, sunscreen, insect repellent (much of the time will be spent on the lakeshore), a torch/flashlight, your national recipes, music, songs, games, energy, and a good mood!
On the weekend volunteers will have an opportunity to visit Karakol town and see its sightseeing. Another option would be to hike up to the nearby Altyn Arashan health resort where you can enjoy natural hot springs.

Why Kyrgyzstan?

We offer unique opportunity for people who are not afraid of travel hardships, adventures, who enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming in the lake, living in yurt, camping in the mountains and learning new culture and languages.

Our organization is flexible in receiving couples, friends, not upper-limit aged people.

Cambodia Cambodia: CYA - Global Education Center (GEC) (CYA2227)

Dates

20/06/2022   -   02/07/2022

Feedback from 5 volunteers

Tags

Educational

Fee

USD 770 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
USD 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
16 - 35
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
4 Male + 4 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Siem Reap (REP)
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

Volunteers will working on organizing different workshop, training, and activities to support students learning and development. Volunteers will also teaching English to students and join construction activities to renovate GEC classroom, beautify the campus, and build building for GEC office, library, and computer room.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers are going to stay in GEC's office, which is located in Chhrey village nearby the Siem Reap stadium. It takes about 10 minutes by bicycle form the office to the center. Volunteers need to share room and bathroom. The accommodation provides simple sleeping mattresses, blankets, pillows and mosquito nets.

- Accommodation outside the project during the free day is excluded so volunteers are asked to cover your own expenses.

3 meals per day will be covered by the participation fee. Volunteers need to help cooking, washing the dishes and taking care of the house.

- Food during free day outside the project will be excluded so we would like to ask you to bear your own expenses for that.

Location and leisure

Siem Reap is city of world heritages including a very famous Angkor Wat. More than a hundred of ancient temples are located in Siem Reap province so you can easily using your free time. GEC is at open space so you can also have fun by interacting with local people, teenagers and children during your free time by organizing different activities so bring your flexibility and creativity.

Volunteers will have a weekend off to explore some tourist spots around the project area. We will not arrange any tour for everyone therefore, you can discuss with your friends where you would like to spend the weekend. There are some interesting options for the team to explore, and the project coordinator will introduce you to some attractions but still, the decision is yours. He/she also can help to arrange the transportation for you as well if you needed, but the cost will be on your own expenses.

Project hosted by

CYA – Global EDUCATION CENTER (GEC) aims at providing free alternative education for children and teenagers to develop their self - confident, support them in creating their dream for the future, and to make education their first priority. At the same time, children and teenagers enroll in GEC get free access to learn languages, computer, and to have access to global education/information through internet and our library. The center is located in Svay Thom Village, Prasat Bakong district, Siem Reap province. We welcome all motivated volunteers to join us in making change in this community and learn great thing from this community as well.

Directions to meeting point

Volunteers who are going to participate in the GEC project, we would like to suggest that you fly to Siem Reap Int’l airport. Everyone will gather at GEC’s office about 7 km from Siem Reap downtown on the first day of the project. GEC’s office is located in Chhrey village near the Siem Reap stadium (you may search ‘’GEC office’’ in google map and get to the office by yourself). You may use Tuk Tuk or grab as the transportation to the office. We would like to ask you to arrive the office in the morning between 9:30 am - 10:30 am as the orientation will be conducted at 10:45 am. In case you would like to arrive earlier than 9;30 am or later in the afternoon, please inform us in advanced.

Additional comments

What to bring?
- Positive energy to work and live the local lifestyle
- Idea for energizing games and activities during you free time
- Knowledge, education, and information about your country so that you can share with other participants
- Sunscreen: It would be helpful for outside activities and traveling since the Cambodia sun is brutal.
- Hand sanitizer: always useful just in case you can’t wash your hands at a particular moment
- Clothes: Cambodia is hot all year round, even in rainy season – the heat and the humidity combine to make most people sweat a lot.
- Comfortable clothes and shoes for daily and activities, and a set smart clothes. Covering up in a hot climate might sound mad, but it’s great protection against the sun.
- Some personal medicine such as allergy, mosquito repellent, and other emergencies medicine though we will provide first aids for basic condition.
- Traditional cloth that you might want to wear in the international night
- Food and ingredients for international dinner and snack so that you can share with local people.

Requirements

What do we expect from you?

  • Volunteers read and understood this information. Stay the entire length of project.
  • Volunteers are aware about the concept of international voluntary service which is not a cheap way of spending your holiday but a voluntary activity that need your high motivation and willing to achieve a certain goal together with team.
  • Realize that living condition in Cambodia is much difference from your home country (no warm water, no air-conditioning, not easy to access to international phone and internet, no soft beds, and the food is also differences etc). Volunteers should understand about the aims of project and realize that learning about Cambodian way and social contact is more important than manual work.
  • Volunteers are open minded, leave prejudice behind and show initiative.
  • Volunteers should understand the situation of spending time with local people who do not speak English very well.
  • Volunteers should try the effort in trying to communicate in basic Khmer language or other way of communicating (work, pictures, gestures, etc). If you will try, you will be amazed how quick you will learn basic Khmer language.
  • Do not complain if any activities do not happen as planned. It is depending on condition and situation. So, bring some flexibilities and you will stay relax and avoid a lot of stress and frustration for yourself.
Cambodia Cambodia: Development for Cambodian Children (DCC) (CYA2228)

Dates

20/06/2022   -   02/07/2022

Feedback from 5 volunteers

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Educational
Social

Fee

USD 770 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
USD 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
16 - 35
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
4 Male + 4 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Siem Reap (REP)
Nearest bus/train station
Volunteers participated in DCC can either flight to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh International airport as they will need to take the bus to the project site.

Work

Volunteers are going to participate in different activities such as teaching English and computer for DCC students, organize sport activities with teenagers, and participate in social development and environmental protection with local people. Beside, volunteers will also have opportunity to learn from local community through community challenge & mapping and learn from other volunteers through sharing sessions and free time activities organize by camp leader during the camp.

Accomodation and food

Volunteer will stay together at a hosting family inside the village. Food will be prepared by hosting family but they will be asked to serve, clean, and wash dishes by yourself. three meals per day will be provided with the basic Cambodian dishes.

Location and leisure

There are plenty of tourist attraction sites located in or nearby Battambang province for example: Phnom Sampov, Prasat Phnom Banan, Phnom Yat, and more.. Volunteer can explore by themselves during their free day. DCC is not far from Battambang city therefore, beside your free day touring you can also have fun by interacting with local people, teenagers and children during your free time by organizing different activities so bring your flexibility and creativity.

Project hosted by

Development for Cambodian Children (DCC) is a community based organization which has been working to provide local children and teenagers English competency, computer skill, and engage them in community development since 2002. DCC believes that through voluntary service, we will be able to create a better future for our local children and teenagers while helping local people to protect and preserve their protect forest in the area of their management. Above activities will also provide you a lots of exciting experience and life learning for yourself as well.

Directions to meeting point

If volunteers fly to Phnom Penh international airport, the meeting point is at CYA's office. If volunteers fly directly to Siem Reap, they have to take a bus to DCC.

Iceland Iceland: SEEDS 022. Summer Solstice & Photography Reykjavík (SEEDS 022.)

Dates

21/06/2022   -   29/06/2022

Feedback from 92 volunteers

Tags

Art
Study
3
Place(s)
left

Already accepted volunteers from

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Fee

USD 1087 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
EUR 500 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Age
16 - 20
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
3
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Reykjavik (KEF)
Nearest bus/train station
Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ)

Work

While learning about photography the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by displaying their work during the camp. One of our objectives is to deliver environmental as well as cultural messages and draw attention through pictures taken in the camp.
Participants should be ready to spend time outdoors walking medium distances during activities and working within a flexible time schedule. Participants will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions.
This camp is open to participants aged 16 to 20. During their stay SEEDS organises a programme that combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland and its culture, and having fun while exploring the city and some of the most stunning natural attractions in the Golden Circle and South Shore excursions.
Note that this project is a learning/sharing camp and not a regular workcamp; it has a smaller work part and puts more emphasis on the personal learning process than on the community impact. We may be able to organise some outdoor voluntary work, but it depends on our partners and the weather conditions. The camp happens around the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The nights are magical and staying awake enjoying the surroundings is a unique experience.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS’ participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, showers, and a washing machine. Everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants will sleep in shared rooms. They need to bring their own sleeping bags. Participants from other camps may also stay in the house.
Participants will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Participants should bring food, music, games or films and such from their own culture to share at the international evening.

Location and leisure

Reykjavík is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with nature, using renewable energy sources. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

Project hosted by

This is the fifteenth year (since 2008) that SEEDS organises a series of International Photo marathons, while we started organising camps open for teenagers in the year 2010.
Throughout the year participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an immersive photography-related learning camp. SEEDS coordinators help the participants to develop their unique photographic skills through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as to create conceptual frameworks highlighting the participants’ individual style.
Participants will have time to put the theory about photography into practice, walking around and exploring the city. At the end of the camp, the best photographs from each participant are selected for an online exhibition on SEEDS' social media. Participants should bring their own digital cameras, lenses, tripods and laptops if possible.

Directions to meeting point

Meeting time will be 18:00 (6:00 pm) in the afternoon of June 21 at the BSÍ bus station or at SEEDS office. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp location.

Additional comments

Participation fee EUR 500 (Euros), which needs to be transferred to SEEDS the latest one month before the camp starts to confirm the placement of the participant/s. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp (on the first day), the Golden Circle and South Shore excursions (1 full day trip each). We will visit spectacular waterfalls, geysers, a glacier, impressive coastline, a volcano crater, the Thingvellir National Park and much more.
Additional excursions (eg. Hot River Hike, Snæfellsnes or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares in case there is additional free time after the workshops and sessions of the camp.

Requirements

English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
Participation fee EUR 500 (Euros), which needs to be transferred to SEEDS the latest one month before the camp starts to confirm the placement of the participant/s. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp (on the first day), the Golden Circle and South Shore excursions (1 full day trip each). We will visit spectacular waterfalls, geysers, a glacier, impressive coastline, a volcano crater, the Thingvellir National Park and much more.
Weather may be cold or rainy, so we recommend bringing warm and/or waterproof clothes.

Germany Germany: Spend your summer sans souci - Potsdam (ijgd 72117)

Dates

25/06/2022   -   17/07/2022

Feedback from 198 volunteers

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Agricultural
Manual Work
Cultural
3
Place(s)
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Already accepted volunteers from

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Fee

USD 550
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Details on the project

Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
14
Still room for
0 Male + 3 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Berlin (BER)
Nearest bus/train station
Berlin, nearest Station: Griebnitzsee We would like to invite you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have the option to go by train, bus, or car share that can be a great first step for you to become a climate steward.
Wi-Fi
Yes

Work

During this work camp you will help the gardeners of park Sanssoucci to maintain the lawns, walk ways and flower beds. Together you will learn about the plants and flowers that make the park as beautiful as it is. You will pull out weeds and other unwanted plants, move broken branches from paths, rake flowerbeds or collect dead plants and leaves. The park is very big so there is always something you can do.
The work usually starts early in the morning in order to avoid the hot afternoon sun. This also gives you more time to enjoy your free time, do trips and have fun together as a group after work.

Accomodation and food

You cook together. Money for the food shopping is provided to you. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any allergies when registering.
You will stay in shared bedrooms at the project house Potsdam-Babelsberg. The house has a nice garden with a fire place which you can use. The house is also used by creative and crafty people which are super nice to hang out with.

Location and leisure

Potsdam has a lot to offer. Since you already work at the beautiful parks of Sans Soucci there are great parks, a castle and other places that used to host royalty. In the city center you can find bars and shops, museums and cinemas. During a hot summer day you can also take a trip to a nearby lake and go for a swim. If you are interested in German movie making you can go visit the film museum or the film park Babelsberg which they even used for international movies. Also, Potsdam is just a train ride away from Berlin which makes it perfect for a day trip to our country`s capital.

Project hosted by

The ijgd has been organising volunteer service programmes since 1949. We are an independent, non-profit association for international youth work, a recognised independent youth welfare organisation, and one of the largest and oldest work camp organisations in Germany. Each year, we assist around 5,000 young people into volunteer work in Germany and abroad. We give them the opportunity to be creative, act in solidarity, take responsibility for themselves, and discover their own true potential and strengths. Our principles: Ecological learning, voluntary contribution, self-organisation, social development, intercultural learning, gender equality, anti-racism/anti-discrimination and political education.
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Directions to meeting point

You will meet at the accomodation.

Additional comments

Being a team player is a plus. It also helps to be physically fit and interested in nature since you will work outside and with plants and soil.
Please note: There is a special Teenage Fee of 150€ for international volunteers who applied under 18 in this camp.

Requirements

Covid Rules (may change depending on the course of the pandemic): 3G+: Participation possible for vaccinated, or recovered or fresh tested persons. ALL participants must arrive with an official negative rapid test (not older than 24 hours) or PCR test (not older than 48 hours). On arrival we will ask again to do a self-rapid test. Thereafter, the entire group must perform a rapid self-test at least every 72 hours. We will provide self-rapid tests for the arrival and the whole camp period! Subject to changes! You will receive more detailed information after confirming your registration and at least 3 weeks before the start of the camp with the specific info sheet for your camp.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Life on Land
Kenya Kenya: Kenya from youth perspective (MS18-GP)

Dates

26/06/2022   -   10/07/2022

Feedback from 101 volunteers

Tags

Study

Fee

USD 1645 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
EUR 1020 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Age
15 - 17
Max number of volunteers
20
Still room for
10 Male + 10 Female
Languages spoken
English
Nearest airport
Nairobi (NBO)
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

Summer course in Kenya
Together with other youth between 15 and 17, you will experience the special atmosphere when we travel to Kenya to learn about the culture, go on safaris, visit villages and much more. The course will give you an insight into the Kenyan society, culture and people.

Interesting and inspiring classes
Most of the programme will take place outside of the classroom when we go on excursion in the local area and visit people who can teach us about the Kenyan culture. You will get to work creatively with the topics you find interesting. The classes will be interactive and engaging, and will be combined with excursions, experiences and fun. It will definitely not be boring! The trainers are Kenyan and will teach in English. However, it will be at a basic level, so everyone can join.

Cross-cultural experiences
You will gain new perspectives on the Kenyan culture through discussions, excursions, presentations and creative processes taking place in a safe environment with other youth at your age. We will discuss important issues with the people we meet: What does ”a good life” mean? What are we dreaming about? What does globalisation mean when living on the savannah compared to where you usually live? The course will take place next to the Daraja Academy girls’ school, which will make an exciting cultural meeting possible with the girls. The cultural meeting encourages many exciting conversations and fun moments.

Amazing experiences
You will gain an understanding of what it is like to live in Kenya in an increasingly globalised world. You will get a lot of insights and experiences, while having fun together with other young people. There are many opportunities in the area such as cycling safari, fantastic walks in the area where you might be so lucky to meet a zebra or a baboon. We will also go on exciting excursions to Karen Blixen’s famous farm and for one weekend you can choose to go on a safari and watch ”The Big Five”. You will also see Africa’s largest slum area Kibera a little outside of Nairobi, which is a very special experience and might make an impression.

The programme
This youth course combines a global insight with community engagement and fun activities. If you want to learn more about the world and yourself, while at the same time creating new friendships with youth from across the world, then you should definitely join this summer course in Kenya. Our skilled Kenyan trainers will take you on excursions, share stories from their life and culture, guide and help you and answer all of your questions along the way.

The course will start with an introduction on the 11th of June where you will participate online. Here you will be prepared for your stay in Kenya.

Highlights from the programme

Week 1: Culture and local living conditions
- Introduction to Kenya: Historically, politically and culturally
- Morning walk to local area to see baboons
- Learn a bit of Swahili
- Learn about ethnic groups and the structure of the Kenyan society
- Learn about poverty through visits to poor urban and rural areas
- Work with forum theatre
- Visit Kenyan families and meet local youth
- Sports, church visit (optional) and movie night!

Week 2: Communication and rights
- Learn about drought and hunger and visit a nearby village
- Learn about women’s rights and meet with a women’s group
- Focus on gender and visit women fighting for their rights
- Masai culture and lessons in traditional Masai dance
- Visit to school
- Trip to Nairobi
- Visit a giraffe hospital
- Visit the largest slum area in Africa, Kibera

NB: The programme is subject to change.

Trainers
Sungu Oyoo: My name is Sungu, and I have been teaching at the global platform during the last three years. I will be one of the trainers at the course. I have studied economics at Nairobi University, and today I work for creating social change and really enjoy providing students at the course more knowledge on Kenya. I really appreciate the special atmosphere of openness, curiosity and fun at the courses on the platform.

Jessie K. Githigia: I am the Swahili teacher and have many years of experience from the Kenyan education system as a teacher and as a school manager. You will learn basic Swahili, which is really useful in Kenya. I have been living in Nanyuki for a long time and I will join you on many of the excursions during the course.

Travel guide
A travel guide from MS Denmark will join the group throughout the course. The travel guide will be there, if you have any questions or concerns about any practicalities during the course.

Accomodation and food

The course will take place at a training centre which we call a “Global Platform”. The global platform is located on the savannah half an hour from the nearest town Nanyuki. On the roads in the area you will meet zebras, baboons and camels and you can, together with the other participants, experience the sunrise over Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. We will sleep in dorms at the global platform where we will also share all our meals and have all the classes, when we are not on excursions in the area. We will have three meals a day and you will get to try the local Kenyan food. The global platform is located right next to a girls’ school, so you might get to meet and spend time with some of the girls. There will also be another youth course running at the platform, while you are there, so there will be good chances for meeting young people and sharing experiences.

Location and leisure

In your spare time you can explore the area and see many sides of the savannah – what about a sunrise over Mount Kenya? You can play cards, or play games in the small yard, and on weekends you can go on safari, play soccer with the girls at the nearby school and have bonfires during the evenings. In the nearest town of Nanyuki you can visit the restaurants or the large supermarket, if you would like to eat out or buy snacks. There will definitely be good chances to have fun!

Project hosted by

MS Denmark has a long history of sending volunteers, organising work camps and global courses. We are part of ActionAid, and we fight against inequality by supporting marginalised people in fighting for their rights and organising to break the structures which holds them back in poverty. We also organise and facilitate cultural meetings as we believe this can bring about understanding, respect and international solidarity.

Directions to meeting point

Pickup will be in the airport. Time of arrival will be notified upon confirmation.

Additional comments

The extra fee of the camp includes:
- Accommodation and food all days (three meals a day)
- Induction course the 11th of June (online)
- All workshops, excursions and project visits as planned in the program
- All local transportation
- Local trainer following the group during the whole program
- Access to 24 hours emergency phone.

The extra fee does not include:
- Travel insurance.

Important information about transportation; When confirming your participation on the camp, we will make sure to provide you with detailed instructions on where and when to meet the group. Please don’t buy any flight tickets or travel insurance etc. before your participation is confirmed by us. Please note that it is of your own responsibility to buy a suitable travel insurance.

Germany Germany: MARBURG (PRO-M2)

Dates

26/06/2022   -   08/07/2022

Feedback from 72 volunteers

Tags

Environmental
Language

Already accepted volunteers from

Spain Czech Republic Belarus + more

Fee

USD 722 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
EUR 160 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Age
16 - 26
Max number of volunteers
20
Still room for
4 Male + 4 Female
Languages spoken
German
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Frankfurt (FRA)
Nearest bus/train station
Marburg

Work

Participants will be doing various types of manual work in the area around the house of NaturFreunde and some environmental activities as well as some small renovation inside. One project this is year means redesigning the area around the house (e.g. herb garden, raised beds). The work will take 2-3 hours daily, excluding Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Accomodation and food

Participants will live in a house with shared rooms, kitchen, bathroom, showers. Cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. will be done by the group itself. Vegetarian or vegan food is possible. Like in each work camp, accommodation, food and transportation during excursions are free as well as materials/copies needed for the lectures.

Location and leisure

Marburg is a historical and picturesque old university town, 100 km north of Frankfurt/Main. It has 82.000 inhabitants, including 25.000 students. The camp is located approx. 2 km away from the city centre.Terminal: Train-station Marburg-Lahn; next airport Frankfurt/Main or Frankfurt-Hahn.

Project hosted by

The host organization is an environmental one: NaturFreunde of Marburg. It is a work camp including German language training. In general i also during excursions i there will be focus on language and culture/history of Germany/Europe. Lectures will take two hours each day / 18 hours in total (excluding Saturday and Sunday). Therefore, participants will be split into two groups i in accordance with their knowledge of German language. The training contents: Conversation training, Intercultural Diversities, History of Germany/Europe and Indo-European languages ( Wortnester ), Grammar. Language training will also depend on needs and wishes of participants. There will be professional teachers.

Directions to meeting point

Marburg central station - pick up service there.

Requirements

As the language training is not for absolute beginners, participants must be already able to communicate in German, at least at a level which ensures daily communication (A2). It is recommended to speak German as much as possible also beside language lessons as it will bring benefit to each volunteer.There is an extra-fee of 160,00 EUR to be paid upon arrival (or to be transferred in advance). A certificate for participating in the language-course will be given at the end of the camp.

Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan: «Hand in Hand» (LS-12)

Dates

27/06/2022   -   10/07/2022

Tags

Disabilities
Children
Social

Fee

USD 743 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
EUR 180 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
17 - 70
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Bishkek (Frunze) (FRU)
Nearest bus/train station
We have small station near the parking in airport to join bus station Bishkek to Karakol. Find for more details in the Directions to Meeting point.

Work

Volunteer’s Role: You will be able to work in the following sphere of activities:
 Participate in the organization of various activities/programs (music, photography, art, etc.) with handicapped people including children and the elderly
 Hold development activities
 Take part in meetings with disabled children’s parents
 Have skills to work with mentally and disabled kids
Project goals:
 Organize children’s leisure time through conducting games, sports competitions, dance classes.
 Participate in daily kinder garden activities and spend leisure time with the children.

Work: During the project, volunteers will participate in the organization of various activities/programs (music, photography, art, etc.) with handicapped people including children and the elderly.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation: Volunteers will live with a nearby host family. Volunteers can bring their sleeping bags and mats for excursions.
Food: Cooking will be done by a host family, volunteers can join and help the host family. For the weekend excursion, volunteers are requested to take a personal plate and utensil set for the trek, cooking will be done as a group.

Location and leisure

It is located 15 km from Karakol on Przhevalsky Bay.
Weekend Excursion: On the weekend volunteers will have an opportunity to visit Karakol town and see its sightseeing. Another option would be to hike up to the nearby Altyn Arashan health resort where you can enjoy natural hot springs.

Project hosted by

The Karakol branch of Centre "Hand in Hand" was opened in 2018. It is located 15 km from Karakol on Przhevalsky Bay. Children can spend full days at the center. The purpose of the Society of Parents of Children with Autism is to provide consultations and legal, informational, organizational, methodological, and material support to children with autism and their families. They aim for the social integration of kids with autism and lobby to protect the rights and legitimate interests of people living with autism, to ensure an equal footing with other citizens. The basic principles of the Centre’s activities are equality, protecting human rights, and involving parents. The bulk of the center’s employees are mothers of children who visit it. These women are highly motivated to improve the lives of their children.

Directions to meeting point

We confirm the meeting place when we send the volunteer an invitation to participate in the camp.
From the airport to the avtovokzal in Bishkek (bus station)

Option 1: From the airport, you must go to the avtovokzal (or the bus station), where you will then get on a bus that goes to Karakol. From the airport, you can either take a marshrutka, which is a large van type of public transportation. When exiting the airport, this van will be to the right. There is a small sign with a van/bus on it where it comes. The marshrutka comes about every 30 minutes. The cost is standard 60 com. Just tell the driver avtovokzal" and he will tell you when you are there. The ride is about 20 to 30 minutes. Note: If you ask taxi drivers where the marshrutka is or when its coming, they will all tell you that it doesn’t exist or isn’t working that day to try and get you to take a taxi instead.

Option 2: Option 2 is to take a taxi from the airport to the avtovokzal. This is an easier but more expensive route. A taxi from the airport to the avtovokzal costs about 700 com (for the whole car). So if you plan to meet up with someone, you can share a cab for the price of 700 coms. If you share with a stranger however they will try to charge you 700 coms each. For this option, people usually just hire the entire cab for 800 coms and it will take you straight to the avtovokzal. Note: You must haggle and bargain for taxi's. 800 is the usual price, but they will try to charge foreigners as much as up to 2,000 com and try to get away with that price. You must say 700 com and be confident and walk away if (when) they say no. The taxi driver will then say okay and take the 700, or walk away and find another taxi driver. With a taxi the trip is about 20 minutes.

From the avtovokzal (bus stop) in Bishkek to Karakol:

Option 1: At the bus stop in Bishkek, there are a line of about 15 marshrutka's (large van like types of transportation) each with its own destination. The second van goes to Karakol. It will be parked in the second spot underneath the sign that says Karakol. The standard price is 400 com (no aggling/negotiating required) and it will take you to the bus stop in Karakol. The entire trip is around 6 hours, and it stops half way through at a rest area where people can use the bathroom and grab a snack or bite to eat. If you have to go to the bathroom before then, just ask the driver to stop and they will stop on the side of the road (or a public outhouse if you are very lucky and there is one near). They often have them at gas stations so if you are shy about going behind a bush, tell the driver to stop at the next gas station with a toilet (which will be an outhouse).

Option 2: The second option is a taxi. Some haggling is again required (they won't try to rip you off as much as at the airport, but they might say a price several hundred com above the normal price). Again say you know the price is 600 and they will usually agree to that price. However, in the summer it can be around 600 com and sometimes even up to 700 com. Step wagons (cars with 7 seats) will cost about 600 com, where a car with only 4 seats will cost about 600 coms. Aim for 600, as it is possible. As above, the trip is about 6 hours, maybe slightly faster (I usually take the marshrutka as there isn't much of a difference but its cheaper). The taxi will also stop half way through at a rest stop and will stop alongside the road if you say you need to go to the bathroom (men will just turn away from the road several meters behind the taxi, where women will find a bush to hide behind when a bathroom stop is needed).

Note: Some taxi drivers will drop you off at the avtovokzal in karakol (same as option 1), but some will take you straight to your home address (for no additional cost). This is something that must be negotiated before you leave. Simply ask the driver if they will drive you to the avtovokzal, or all the way to your home.

Additional comments

Why Kyrgyzstan?

We offer unique opportunity for people who are not afraid of travel hardships, adventures, who enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming in the lake, living in yurt, camping in the mountains and learning new culture and languages.

Our organization is flexible in receiving couples, friends, not upper-limit aged people.

Note: Volunteers psychologists, therapists are welcome. The work is aimed at working with children and supporting children during classes.
You are expected to have past experience with volunteer work, working as a part of a team.
Participation fee: 180 Euro should be paid upon arrival. The participation fee covers accommodation, food, transportation, recreation, and organizational costs.

Requirements

Note: Volunteers psychologists, therapists are welcome. The work is aimed at working with children and supporting children during classes.
You are expected to have past experience with volunteer work, working as a part of a team.
Participation fee: 180 Euro should be paid upon arrival. The participation fee covers accommodation, food, transportation, recreation, and organizational costs.

Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan: Tom Sawyer Fest (LS–13)

Dates

27/06/2022   -   10/07/2022

Tags

Renovation
Festival
Cultural

Fee

USD 743 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 550 to be paid now.
EUR 180 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
17 - 70
Max number of volunteers
15
Still room for
8 Male + 7 Female
Languages spoken
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Bishkek (Frunze) (FRU)
Nearest bus/train station
We have small station near the parking in airport to join bus station Bishkek to Karakol. Find for more details in the Directions to Meeting point.

Work

Project goals:
 restoration of the historical environment of the city by volunteers
 popularization of historical heritage and its preservation among foreign tourists and locals.
 to increase town’s attractiveness for the foreign tourist and locals, show its richness of the culture and nationalities
 to create and promote town’s branding and identity
Work: Volunteers will work on the construction of the "Weight House", assembling and building it from wooden and carved parts, which will be previously prepared by the foreman.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation: Volunteers will live in the hostel.
Food: Cooking will be done by a hostel.
Group: Mixed, composed of approximately 5+ international, 2 United States Peace Corps volunteers and 2 local volunteers. Volunteers will manage working hours and free time activities with the camp leaders. Decisions will be made based on discussions with the whole group. Residents who wish to be involved will be welcome.

Location and leisure

Volunteers should come with their health and accident insurance.

Project hosted by

Now the global urban development planned a positive trend to preserve the scale and harmonious silhouette of the historical part of town where prohibited any point construction or reconstruction of an old building without preserving its pristine appearance.
"Tom Sawyer Fest" - the first festival in Karakol, which is dedicated to the restoration of the historical environment, namely, the construction of a specific building belonging to the 19th century "Weight House". By international and local volunteers at the expense of sponsors.
Recreation of the "Weight House" with local and international volunteers is a big step towards preserving the architectural and historical appearance of the city.

Directions to meeting point

We confirm the meeting place when we send the volunteer an invitation to participate in the camp.
From the airport to the avtovokzal in Bishkek (bus station)

Option 1: From the airport, you must go to the avtovokzal (or the bus station), where you will then get on a bus that goes to Karakol. From the airport, you can either take a marshrutka, which is a large van type of public transportation. When exiting the airport, this van will be to the right. There is a small sign with a van/bus on it where it comes. The marshrutka comes about every 30 minutes. The cost is standard 60 com. Just tell the driver avtovokzal" and he will tell you when you are there. The ride is about 20 to 30 minutes. Note: If you ask taxi drivers where the marshrutka is or when its coming, they will all tell you that it doesn’t exist or isn’t working that day to try and get you to take a taxi instead.

Option 2: Option 2 is to take a taxi from the airport to the avtovokzal. This is an easier but more expensive route. A taxi from the airport to the avtovokzal costs about 700 com (for the whole car). So if you plan to meet up with someone, you can share a cab for the price of 700 coms. If you share with a stranger however they will try to charge you 700 coms each. For this option, people usually just hire the entire cab for 800 coms and it will take you straight to the avtovokzal. Note: You must haggle and bargain for taxi's. 800 is the usual price, but they will try to charge foreigners as much as up to 2,000 com and try to get away with that price. You must say 700 com and be confident and walk away if (when) they say no. The taxi driver will then say okay and take the 700, or walk away and find another taxi driver. With a taxi the trip is about 20 minutes.

From the avtovokzal (bus stop) in Bishkek to Karakol:

Option 1: At the bus stop in Bishkek, there are a line of about 15 marshrutka's (large van like types of transportation) each with its own destination. The second van goes to Karakol. It will be parked in the second spot underneath the sign that says Karakol. The standard price is 400 com (no aggling/negotiating required) and it will take you to the bus stop in Karakol. The entire trip is around 6 hours, and it stops half way through at a rest area where people can use the bathroom and grab a snack or bite to eat. If you have to go to the bathroom before then, just ask the driver to stop and they will stop on the side of the road (or a public outhouse if you are very lucky and there is one near). They often have them at gas stations so if you are shy about going behind a bush, tell the driver to stop at the next gas station with a toilet (which will be an outhouse).

Option 2: The second option is a taxi. Some haggling is again required (they won't try to rip you off as much as at the airport, but they might say a price several hundred com above the normal price). Again say you know the price is 600 and they will usually agree to that price. However, in the summer it can be around 600 com and sometimes even up to 700 com. Step wagons (cars with 7 seats) will cost about 600 com, where a car with only 4 seats will cost about 600 coms. Aim for 600, as it is possible. As above, the trip is about 6 hours, maybe slightly faster (I usually take the marshrutka as there isn't much of a difference but its cheaper). The taxi will also stop half way through at a rest stop and will stop alongside the road if you say you need to go to the bathroom (men will just turn away from the road several meters behind the taxi, where women will find a bush to hide behind when a bathroom stop is needed).

Note: Some taxi drivers will drop you off at the avtovokzal in karakol (same as option 1), but some will take you straight to your home address (for no additional cost). This is something that must be negotiated before you leave. Simply ask the driver if they will drive you to the avtovokzal, or all the way to your home.

Additional comments

Why Kyrgyzstan?

We offer unique opportunity for people who are not afraid of travel hardships, adventures, who enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming in the lake, living in yurt, camping in the mountains and learning new culture and languages.

Our organization is flexible in receiving couples, friends, not upper-limit aged people.

Bring: A more detailed packing list will be sent after applying, a basic list includes: own medicine, backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, raingear, warm clothes, comfortable shoes for hiking, a swimsuit, sunscreen, insect repellent (much of the time will be spent on the lakeshore), a torch/flashlight, your national recipes, music, songs, games, energy, and a good mood!
Participation fee: 180 Euro should be paid upon arrival. The participation fee covers accommodation, food, transportation, recreation, and organizational costs.
LS-13 "Tom Sawyer Fest"

Requirements

Weekend Excursion: On the weekend volunteers will have the opportunity to swim in the lake “Issyk-Kul” and visit historical sights