Back to Nature for Families
Description: The workcamp is organized in co-operation with the Czech national section of EUROSOLAR and Nature Conservation Agency. EUROSOLAR promotes renewable energies, sustainable lifestyle; it engages in youth environmental education and organizes environmental summer camps for children and families. The workcamp 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 village is 11 km away) and we welcome volunteers that are fond of trying out a basic lifestyle in the forest and do not mind longer walks. The goal is to help maintain meadows in a nature protected are, maintain the campsite and to enable volunteers with children to meet and to enjoy nature.
Type of Work: You will work in a nature reserve about 3 km from the campsite and in the campsite. Some of you will cut grass on meadows and in the campsite. Please note that the meadows can be very wet; bring waterproof working shoes (or rubber boots), rain-gear and gloves. Others will work in the campsite - cooking, collecting wood, and doing maintenance tasks, working in the nearby forest and other manual work. Children and parents will work together when possible (e.g. raking grass, helping with cooking, collecting wood, harvesting vegetables and gardening).
Study Theme: Evening discussions about environmental and intercultural topics, learning to recognize stars, watching wild animals. A visit to nature reservations in the neighbourhood can be planned. As you will be living in close contact with the nature, you will improve your camping skills as well. Every evening, there is going to be a group meditation and sticktalking in a tee-pee.
Accommodation: In tee-pees (Indian tents with a fireplace in the centre) on wooden pads and mattresses filled with hay. Large families will have their own tee-pees, smaller families will share tee-pees. You will cook together as a group on a fireplace. The food is only vegetarian. We try to buy only local and seasonal food. Nights in the forest are very cold, even frosty, so bring a very warm sleeping bag, a camping mat, an extra blanket and/or sheet to cover a hay mattress. You will wash yourself in a small river with cold water next to the camp, toilets are dry and outdoor.
Approximate Location: GPS coordinates: 49.721559, 12.468716. The campsite in an isolated part of the village of Lesna in the Bohemian Forest near the German border. The nearest bus stop is Stara Knizeci Hut and the nearest bigger town is Tachov. The campsite is located about 30 minutes-walk from the nearest bus station. The landscape is hilly but most of the important places of the camp are situated in the valley near the stream.
Notes: This workcamp is available for families or individuals with 5-12 years old children. We expect participants to share the enthusiasm for nature, to be open-minded, flexible and interested in eco-friendly and community way of living. We recommend you to bring old clothes for the work which can get dirty or damaged, solid shoes or wellingtons, warm sleeping bags and a raincoat. We expect volunteers to enjoy camping and being outdoors. Every year, there are several children and family-friendly camps organized, so even if the accommodation and facilities are basic, they are suitable for children. On 25th August, there are only 2 connections from Stara Knizeci Hut to take you back to Prague. The first one arrives in Prague at 15:20, the later one at 20:00.