Fight Social Exclusion
Description: The workcamp is organized in co-operation with a local branch of People in Need (PiN), a Czech non-governmental, non-profit organization founded on the ideals of humanism, freedom, equality and solidarity. It is one of the biggest NGOs in Central Europe engaged in humanitarian aid and development projects. In Czech Republic, PiN targets education and helps people who live in social exclusion. Workcamps in Usti nad Labem have been organized for over 20 years. This year, the goal is mainly to prepare meaningful free-time activities for children and youth living in the socially excluded area of the town, present different cultures to them and give them a chance to get new experience. In this workcamp, you are actively working for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Reduced Inequalities (UN SDG10).
Type of Work: Work: You will work in a several socially excluded neighbourhoods of Usti nad Labem. Local children have very limited opportunities during summer holidays. You will prepare and organize free-time activities for children and teenagers from the area coming to the afternoon club. The program for children will include trips and outdoor games and sports. You will also organize two fun days with games for children and help during a small dance and music festival in the neighbourhood. Apart from the activities mentioned, you are expected to participate in beautifying the public space. Your own ideas are welcome. Also, you will do some small reconstruction work at the PiN social centre and its premises (painting the walls, repairing the fence, etc.). You will also make a presentation about your country. Bring a flag or something traditional with you.Study part: There will be a guided tour around different workplaces of PiN in Usti nad Labem organized for you at the beginning of the workcamp. You can also learn about the Roma culture, social exclusion in the Czech Republic, welfare system and the activities of the hosting NGO PiN. You can participate in a workshop focused on connecting football and social inclusion.
Study Theme: There will be a guided tour around different workplaces of PiN in Usti nad Labem organized for you at the beginning of the workcamp. You can also learn about the Roma culture, social exclusion in the Czech Republic, welfare system and the activities of the hosting NGO PiN. You can participate in a workshop focused on connecting football and social inclusion.
Accommodation: In the premises of PiN. You will share one room in the attic. Please bring a sleeping bag and a mat. For participants with children, a separate room can be arranged. There is a bathroom (1 shower, 4 toilets) and a kitchen. Please note that you will share the premises with the employees of PiN and clients. Hosting organization will provide a budget for you to buy food and cook meals together as a group.
Requirements: Please send a short motivation letter sent with the application form. Describe your experience with or interest in working with children. Give us one example of an activity you can organize for children or teenagers. We are looking for volunteers that love working with kids. You should be independent, creative, and preferably also have artistic skills and new ideas which can be implemented in different kinds of workshops.
Approximate Location: Usti nad Labem (city of 100,000 people), Northern Bohemia ( in particularly three locations of Predlice, Krasne Brezno and Mojzir (areas of the city that have a high percentage of socially disadvantaged people). Leisure time: Trips to the surrounding countryside (nature parks, castles, close-by mountains and historical cities ( e.g. Prague), weekend on a farm etc. It will be possible to go swimming or enjoy other activities, such as bowling, rafting or hiking. Bring good shs for hiking.
Notes: Bring some ideas or equipment for games and activities for children with you. You will also make a presentation about your country. Bring a flag or something traditional with you. Please note that most of the children speak only Czech so be ready for the language barrier and think of other means of communication.