SDA 408 Back to Nature
You will work in a nature reserve about 5 km from the campsite (you will have to walk there on foot or use bicycles i there will be 2 bikes available, if you can take one, it will be very useful). The main work can consist of cutting grass on protected meadows, raking grass, collecting biomass and building of a protective fence. This work is physically demanding. As the meadows can be very wet, bring waterproof working shoes (or rubber boots), rain-gear and gloves. You will also work directly in the campsite on maintenance tasks which can include preparing wood, cleaning the surrounding area, liquidating invasive plants, packaging of a camp and similar manual work. For the festival (25.-27.8.) you will be asked to help with cooking, preparing wood, ongoing cleaning and supervising the rules.
Accommodation & food
In tee-pees (Indian tents with a fireplace in the middle) on wooden pads. You will cook for yourself on fireplace. The food is ONLY vegetarian. Nights in the forest are very cold even frosty so bring a very warm sleeping bag, a sleeping mat and an extra blanket or a cover for a hey-mattress. You will wash yourself in a stream with cold water next to the camp, toilets are outdoor and dry.
Location & leisure
Campsite at the valley of Celni stream, an isolated part of the village of Lesna in the Bohemian Forest. The nearest bus stop is Stara Knizeci Hut and the nearest bigger town is Tachov.Study part: Evening discussions about ecological topics, learning to recognize stars, watching wild animals. A visit of nature reservations in the neighbourhood can be planned. As you are living in close contact with the nature you will improve your camping skills as well.Leisure time: Hiking in the surrounding nature. Trips to Czech towns in the neighbourhood and as the project is situated directly at the border on Germany, a trip to Germany can be included as well. In the free afternoons, you can play games, have indian sauna, try out artistic work with wood and archery.
Project hosted by
The workcamp is organized in co-operation with the Czech national section of EUROSOLAR. The NGO is dealing with the promotion of renewable energies, providing information on the costs and risks of nuclear energy and environmental education of youth. It takes place in an abandoned but exceptionally beautiful, hilly area of Bohemian Forest, near the western border of the Czech Republic. The campsite is totally isolated from civilization (the nearest Czech village is 11 km away) and we welcome volunteers that are fond of trying out a basic life within nature and do not mind longer walks. This year the workcamp will be organised for 18th time The goal is to help cutting meadows in the nature protected area and to support the organization of a forest festival for about 150 participants.
The camp is suitable for volunteers who are not afraid of living and working in harder conditions in close contact with nature. If you are ready for this, it can be an amazing experience. It is not a suitable project if you are allergic for hay. Be aware of the fact that consumption of meat and alcohol in the camp is forbidden.