Center for Gatherings Doro (Chironico TI)
Description: The Center for Gatherings Doro resulted from the collective “Popolo Doro”. Originally started by 10 Swiss-German Youngsters in 1976, the initiative wanted to try out new forms of living together and to create an alternative community. While one part of the collective concentrated on agriculture, another part built and renovated houses in order to create a place, where seminars could be held, holidays could be spent and nature enjoyed. Doro is a good place to gain some distance from your own life situation and the civilized daily routine. SCI volunteers participated at the early stage of the project and will continue to be a part of this experience this summer…
Type of Work: Doro isn't a place where people can live during the whole year or for the whole life. For instance there is no school for kids near Doro, or if you become elder, life in Doro will be difficult. So there has been created a form of living and working together temporarily. The ownership structure and the organization is complex. The houses are mainly private, but the infrastructure is common. For example the cable car for luggage transportation and the water infrastructure are in the hand of the association "Amici di Doro'. -- This year’s planned works are: Work on two houses with wood and with stones and mortar / dig a ditch and lay a water pipe and a waste water pipe / supporting biodiversity by putting a fence for hedges and build a stone wall.
Study Theme: There will be a lecture in two parts on the subject of war and peace. After each part you will have the possibility to join the discussion about how we could reduce violence in our societies. We’ll also visit samples of local art and architecture. Further there is a discussion planned on issues the participants will contribute about a conflict within their country or between their country and another country or the European Union. Please mention the issue at your registration under motivation.
Accommodation: There will be simple shared accommodation for the group. Volunteers will cook for themselves mainly vegetarian meals. The project partner provides food and does the menu planning. Communication conditions are limited. There is some electricity in Doro to charge your mobile phones and for light. There are three or four sleeping rooms with beds, blankets and pillows, but still we recommend that you bring your own sleeping bag.
Language: The camp language is English. The local language is Italian. Chironico is a small village located in the district of Leventina in the Swiss Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. Camp coordinator and project partner speak German too.
Requirements: Good working shoes for the steep area!
Notes: Be aware that there are high public transport costs within Switzerland to get to this remote place – please check them before applying: www.sbb.ch. You might alternatively travel cheaper through Milano or Bergamo in Italy. From the meeting point to the camp site it is a hike of around 2½ h. For the luggage there is a material cable car. / Musicians are welcome (2 guitars are available)!