Art of living (Monar Wyszków, near Warsaw)
Description: SCI Poland has been successfully co-operating with Monar for more than 20 years. Monar is the largest Polish NGO helping mainly people with drug addictions. Monar runs 30 rehabilitation centers in different parts of Poland. The center in Wyszków is situated 50 km from Warsaw in a small, quiet town, next to the river, among fields and forests. In this therapy center there are around 30 patients, between 18 and 30 years old, coming from different backgrounds and areas of Poland, who work and live together undergoing a group one-year long therapy. Beside dealing with daily life activities there are many different artistic, sport and outdoor events, volunteering in social centers for children, theatre workshops etc., used as tools of therapy and rehabilitation.
Type of Work: The main task of volunteers is to socialize with the community by helping them in their everyday work (gardening, cleaning, working in the kitchen, renovating, taking care of animals etc.) and taking part in leisure time activities with them. Games, camp-fires, sport activities, workshops with/for the residents will bring fresh energy and relaxation to the center. Depending on your willingness, you can also go with our patients to visit children in sociotherapeutic centres. It is possible that for a few days during the workcamp volunteers will go with the patients and therapists on a camping trip to the area near the sea/lakeside, do some canoeing. Now there are also refugees from Ukraine temporarily staying in the center so it's possible some activities will be organized with/for them.
Study Theme: The problems of drug addiction, anti-drug therapy. Learning to live in a new, different, communal way. Possibly canoeing.
The workcamp is also part of a project Together for Climate and Peace. As part of the project 6 hours of workshops on the topic of climate justice will be organized for volunteers and patients of the therapy center.
Accommodation: In the house of the community, in one or two rooms. If there's a camping trip organized for a few days during the workcamp, volunteers will sleep in tents during this time. Tents will be provided by Monar. Please bring sleeping bags with you!
Requirements: A valid vaccination certificate is mandatory for participation in this workcamp. No drugs, no alcohol. Smoking allowed. Vegan food and vegetarian food is available.
Approximate Location: 50 km from Warsaw
Notes: We ask all participants to check with their health insurance provider how to proceed in case of illness or accident. Please remember that the insurance from SCI is not valid during your trip to and from the workcamp and is valid only during the camp period! Volunteers from EU must bring their European Health Insurance Card.