Maybe you were prepared to join an environmental workcamp and work in nature for two weeks. Maybe you wanted to help renovate an old castle or build a playground. Maybe you wanted to support a non-profit festival or a social project. You were probably looking forward to learning new skills and meeting new friends. At this moment, however, due to the spread of the new coronavirus, borders are closed, flights are suspended and entire countries are in lockdown. That means, of course, that it is impossible for many volunteers to travel. It also means that workcamps which were planned for the next weeks have to be cancelled. But let’s look on the bright side – it is still possible to meet people from all over the world online! So join this virtual workcamp and volunteer in a different way! What will we be working on together? Many workcamp organisations started finding meaningful tasks that can be done together online:
There are different “Do it yourself” projects ready where you can learn how to make Eco friendly cleaning products, natural cosmetic products, a home gardening project as well as a Recycling Club
The Presporkovo Family Centre in Slovakia wants to provide a meaningful program for families with children. They are looking for volunteers who can help online by creating short educational language videos. And there is a cool research project for slovak and czech speakers waiting.
There are “Virtual Speaking Clubs” waiting for volunteers to learn and practice different languages like English, German, Greek, Portuguese and Russian in a fun and non-formal way
Also there are different workshops, quizzes and fun free time activities in preparation.
Here you can find the online board where all recent projects and activities are presented https://de.padlet.com/projekte6/virtualcamp and new ones will be added. You should at least join one, but you can of course participate in more, if you like.
And of course, you can exchange ideas, experiences, language, music, recipes and much more with the other online volunteers, just as in a real workcamp. Bring your own ideas and let’s be creative together!
Unterkunft und Verpflegung
Your own home. It might not be a brand new experience, but hey, you might be missing out on sleeping on hard field beds, sharing a room with the whole workcamp group or having to make a schedule for the showers. Is that really so bad...? Plus, in our virtual workcamp, you might have a chance to see how different homes all over the world look like!
Lage und Freizeit
This workcamp will be taking place entirely online. It is accessible to everybody with a working internet connection. No borders, no visa, no need to travel, so you are saving CO2-emissions which is really nice for our beautiful planet! While it is important to keep physical distance at the moment, we can create social proximity in the digital world.
Wer organisiert das Projekt?
This is a joint project of many workcamps organisations worldwide. We believe that especially in times as challenging as these, it is important to raise our voices for solidarity and international friendship. International workcamps were created 100 years ago to work towards mutual understanding, peace and solidarity beyond borders. Let’s keep this spirit and find new ways to get to know and support each other. This virtual workcamp is organized by different workcamp organisations worldwide as an effort to keep up international volunteering, even if most of us cannot travel right now.
There is no application fee for this workcamp, but you are of course welcome to support our work financially on a voluntary basis. When your application gets accepted, you will receive an invitation for the Virtual Workcamp common area on Slack and you will need to create an account for it, which is free as well.