Description: Our partner, Emmaus Haarzuilens, is situated in the small, beautiful neighbourhood of Haarzuilens. It is very close to Utrecht and to the Castle of Haarzuilens. Emmaus Haarzuilens is a community which provides home for former homeless people and others who strongly feel related to Emmaus ideology. Within the community the residents work to bring back value to second hand objects and, at the same time, build their self-esteem. All the people who live at Emmaus work at the second hand store that also includes a recycling section. The money earned by doing this work is used to finance the community and for supporting international social projects. Volunteers will not only work, but also live together with the inhabitants of Emmaus Haarzuilens. We thereby want to emphasize that living together also means preparing and eating the meals together and do some cleaning and light house work. It means that volunteers are expected to live by the rules of Emmaus; following the Emmaus philosophy and considering the background of some of the Emmaus residents, use of alcohol is prohibited during working days.
Type of Work: The most important aim of the project is for volunteers to get a better understanding of Emmaus and the Emmaus philosophy. The volunteers will live and work together with the residents of Emmaus. Because of the summer market, which will take place at the end of the project, this period of the year will be extra busy. The volunteers will help out where necessary, which can mean that some days are busier and others less so. The work will include picking up second hand goods together with the Emmaus residents and placing them in the shop. The volunteers will help with gardening and other maintenance works on the grounds of the community and they will help in the kitchen. At the end of the project the volunteers will help with the set-up and break-down of the festival and the organization of a fashion show to present the second hand clothes that are for sale. The income from this sale is fully used to support a chosen special project.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in comfortable accommodation at the Emmaus grounds. Beds are provided, but participants need to bring their own sleeping bags. They will cook and eat together with the residents of Emmaus.
Requirements: Motivation letter required, due to the specific rules and motivation of the residentsAt least an intermediate level in EnglishSleeping bagRain is spread throughout the year, so bring warm clothes, a raincoat and a swimming suitMosquito repellent, as the location is situated next to the water there are a lot of mosquits.
Approximate Location: Together with the camp leaders the volunteers will discuss the recreational program. For example, they can explore the beautiful historical city centre of Utrecht by bike, climb the Dom Tower, go caning on the canals, visit a museum, or visit other places in The Netherlands. The camp leaders will have some ideas, but of course it is possible for the volunteers to put forward their own ideas for this program Leisure time will also be spent on the general theme Connecting with the local community.