35+ en 50+ ‘STILL ACTIVE’
Beste vrijwilliger, het zomerseizoen 2011 is weer begonnen! Alle projecten die SIW dit jaar aanbiedt staan weer op de website en de aanmeldingen stromen binnen! We hebben dit jaar wederom een ruim aanbod: meer dan 2.000 projecten in 77 bestemmingen! Wat zijn nu de mogelijkheden voor vrijwilligers van 35 jaar en ouder voor vrijwilligers van 50 jaar en ouder? De meeste projecten die SIW aanbiedt zijn voor vrijwilligers vanaf 18 jaar. Er is meestal geen bovengrens wat leeftijd betreft en in principe kan dus iedereen die ouder dan 18 jaar is deelnemen. Het is echter wel zo dat sommige organisaties (vaak Europese zoals in Spanje, Portugal of Frankrijk) te maken hebben met subsidies van de overheid tot een bepaalde leeftijdsgrens en daarom een bovengrens hebben (vaak 26 of 30 jaar). Dit kun je in de projectinformatie zien. Over het algemeen merken we ook dat het grootste gedeelte van de deelnemers aan de projecten tussen de 18 en de 30 jaar is, waarbij de gemiddelde leeftijd omhoog gaat bij bestemmingen die verder weg liggen. Zo ligt op onze projecten in Azië, Latijns-Amerika en Afrika de gemiddelde leeftijd vaak iets hoger (tussen de 25 en 35 jaar). Daarnaast ligt de gemiddelde leeftijd buiten het hoogseizoen (de zomervakantie) ook vaak wat hoger. Het is dus aan jou om in te schatten of jij het leuk vindt om deel te nemen aan een project met mensen die waarschijnlijk (veel) jonger zijn dan jij en of je de vaak primitieve omstandigheden en (soms) zware werkzaamheden ziet zitten. Probeer dus bij het zoeken naar een project te letten op de beschrijving van de accommodatie en de aard van het project en zoek iets uit waarvan je denkt dat je het leuk zult vinden en (lichamelijk) aankunt. Wat ons betreft ben je van heel harte welkom! Er zijn dit jaar 6 officiële 35+/50+ projecten die we kunnen aanbieden. Het is een gering aanbod, maar wel een heel leuk aanbod. De projecten vinden plaats in Georgië, Griekenland, Italië, Kenia en Mongolië en de beschrijvingen zijn hieronder terug te vinden. Daarnaast hebben we vele projecten die zeer geschikt zijn voor vrijwilligers vanaf 35 of vanaf 50 jaar, maar die ook open zijn voor jongere vrijwilligers. Een paar speciale aanbevelingen vanuit de partnerorganisaties zijn hieronder terug te vinden. Mocht u toch een specifieke voorkeur hebben voor een ander land kunt u altijd even navragen welk project misschien het beste bij u zou passen en of er eventueel al wat bekend is over de leeftijden van de overige vrijwilligers op een bepaald project in dit land. Per aanmelding bekijken we dan wat de mogelijkheden zijn! Hoe schrijf je je in voor een project en wat zijn de kosten? Je schrijft je in voor een project d.m.v. een VEF inschrijfformulier dat je van de website kunt downloaden of op het secretariaat kunt opvragen. Je betaalt € 249,- inschrijfgeld. Voor dit geld krijg je in het desbetreffende land kost en inwoning en in sommige gevallen ben je verzekerd voor ongevallen. Daarnaast krijg je ook een gratis voorbereiding. De reis en reisverzekering regel en betaal je zelf. Alle bovengenoemde kosten zijn onder voorbehoud. Voor de projecten geldt: er is een beperkt aantal plaatsen beschikbaar! Dus hoe eerder we voor je kunnen gaan bemiddelen, hoe groter de kans is dat je in het project van je eerste keuze kunt worden geplaatst. Zodra inschrijfgeld, contributie en inschrijfformulier (VEF) binnen zijn, kunnen we voor je gaan bemiddelen.
GEORGIE Senior and Family camp “Clean up the Coastline” LYVG/AJARA - WC 08 tot en met WC 14 Possible at the following dates: WC 08 14.05 - 23.05 WC 09 28.05 - 06.06 WC 10 11.06 - 20.06 WC 11 25.06 - 04.07 WC 12 09.07 - 18.07 WC 13 23.07 - 01.08 WC 14 06.08 - 15.08 CULT/ENVI 10/20 volunteers Project The project “Clean up the Coastline” is organized and implemented with The Charity Association of Multi Children Families of Georgia “For the Future of Georgia” and with support of Kobuleti city. Location ADJARA. The project “Clean up the Coastline” is located in the beautiful region of Georgia, Adjara – in Kobuleti on the shore of the Black Sea. Kobuleti is the regional center of Adjara and is situated 25 km from Batumi and 380 km from Tbilisi. Accomodation The camp will take place only 120 m from the marvelous beach. In comfortable 2-floor cottage with an open balcony and a loggia on the 2nd floor. First floor: 5 rooms (4, 6, 3 beds), 1 shower, 1 toilet, 2 kitchens (inside and outside). Second floor: 6 rooms (3, 4, 6 beds), 2 showers and 2 toilets. The cottage is supplied with constant gas, electricity and water. Food Volunteers will prepare the meals by the given food. Work (4 - 5 hours per day). Cleansing the beaches and the inshore part of the sea bottom, planting of trees and gardens. Language English/German/Russian/Georgian. Leisure time Camp leaders will organize free time together with the participants: swimming in the black Sea, fishing, excursions in Batumi botanical garden and in the tee factory, herbaria collect. The cottages are endowed with piano, TV-sets, videos and games (domino, cards, chess and nards and lotto) and other cultural diversity (café, discotheque). What to bring First of all it is great to bring sleeping bags with you!!
The limitation of the program 10 - 20 persons. Participation fee 230 euro per adult and 150 euro per child (5 to 12 years old)
GRIEKENLAND Senior camp “NEA MAKRI III” ELIX 10 Dates: 03/08/2011 – 17/08/2011 ENVI 9 volunteers 35+ Partner It's going to be a new cooperation with the newlywed Municipality of Marathonas that has been united with Nea Makri. Elix is organising the eighth time the workcamp there together with the Volunteer Fire Brigade of Neos Voutzas and the Municipality of Nea Makri. Work Volunteers will support the protection of the forest that surrounds the area and clean preservation of the beaches. Volunteers will work in shifts, on a fire tower and on the beaches. The camp leaders will distribute daily the shifts and tasks to the group of volunteers, so that everyone participates in all types of work. Accomodation and Food Volunteers will be hosted in the 5th Campsite for Children of Eastern Attica Prefecture, in small bungalows for four people (beds, toilets, showers will be provided). Volunteers will be responsible to keep their houses clean. All meals of the day will be provided by the Camp's restaurant. Location and Leisure time Nea Makri is a small city by the beach in eastern Attica, only 32 km away from Athens. The community was at first created by Greeks who came from the coastline of Minor Asia, in 1924. It is a beautiful and special area, surrounded by a forest that almost reaches the beach. The classic Marathonian way passes through there, for 7,5 km. During the past few years, the small city was highly developed, relatively to residential, economical and tourist parameters. As a tourist destination, during summer months, hosts over than 55.000 - 60.000 people, as there are many Athenians, who own beach houses there. In summer, one can enjoy nightlife and beautiful beaches. Finally, Nea Makri is an area of archaeological interest too, as there are several ancient temples from the 5th century B.C. In their free time, participants will have the opportunity to get in touch with the everyday life of the village; they may attend events organised by the authorities during the period of their stay (concerts, performances, etc.) and communicate with locals and tourists. Volunteers will discuss their free time activities with their camp leaders; together they are going to organise excursions and visits around the area. Terminal Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" Participation fee 30 euro
Senior camp ‘Olympia II’ ELIX 19 Dates: 19/09/2011 – 03/10/2011 CONS/ENVI/ACCESS 4 ALL 12 volunteers 35+ Partner ELIX has been organising workcamps in Olympia since 2003, mainly for creating and maintaining footpaths, as well as reforestation work and tree-planting, after the destructive fires of 2007. The work of volunteers is very important, not only for the local community of Olympia, but also for the entire world, as Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Work The volunteers will support and water the young trees planted on the Hill of Galani by volunteers in the previous years. We expect this workcamp to be for the volunteers a quite rewarding experience, as they will have the chance to contribute to such an important place. Accomodation and Food Volunteers will stay in the cultural center of the village of Floka, 15 mins walk from Ancient Olympia. There are toilets, showers and a kitchen. Mattresses are provided but a sleeping bag and a sheet is necessary. Each day, two volunteers from the group will be responsible for the preparation of the meals of the group for the day, as well as for house-cleaning and keeping the place and toilets tidy. Supplies will be provided from the local supermarket. Location and Leisure time Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, has been a place of great importance in ancient Greece and today, one of the most important archaeological sites around the globe, place visitors should not miss. The ruins of the Stadium, the Altis and the Gymnasium, as well as the Temple of Zeus, are well preserved and visitors can admire many of the choicest treasures of Greek Art in the Museum. Volunteers will discuss possibilities for free time activities with their camp leaders and the group, in order to organise excursions and visits around the area. During their free time, they will get in touch with everyday life in Olympia and Floka, they might get to attend some events and festivities during the period of their stay, but most of all and they will visit the ancient site of the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the Museum. Excursions to the sea and swimming can also be organised. Terminal Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" Participation fee 30 euro
ITALIE Rovigo Veneto LEG 08 Dates: 22.06 - 04.07 ENVI 10 volunteers 50+ Project Rovigo is also known as the City of Roses because of the description done by the Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto in his epic poem entitled “Orlando il furioso”. The project aims to favour the reciprocal meeting between volunteers over 50 coming from all over the world and sharing a common goal: to promote charity work and international mobility as well as to raise awareness on environmental issues within the context of the 2011- European Year of Volunteering through the organization of activities involving the inhabitants. Work Volunteers will be involved in different information initiatives about citizenship as well as maintenance activities in parks and public gardens of the city of Rovigo and surroundings. Location Rovigo is the head municipality of the homonymous province. It is located on the banks of the Adige River and has a population of 60.000 inhabitants. Accommodation Volunteers will be hosted in the facilities provided by the local association AUSER-Città delle Rose. Language English will be the official language of the work camp. Terminal Venezia “Marco polo” Airport or Bologna Airport.
KENIA Marianne center CIVS-SR 2 Dates: permanent SOCIAL 15 volunteers 50+ Partner Over 2.9 million Kenyans face these extra challenges in their lives today, but many Kenyans still associate mentally disabled people with black magic and witchcraft. Little has been done to combat this stigmatization. Most people with a mental disability have a mild to moderate mental retardation. They can learn and are capable of developing skills throughout their lives. Their wide range of talents can be discovered at any moment in their childhood. The major shortcomings of the current educational system for (young) adults with a mental disability is that they are too old to be enrolled in a primary school, but mentally not capable to attend a normal secondary school. Marianne Center was therefore established in the year 2010 to focus on people with a mild or moderate mental disability from the age of 16 till 50 years. The training center has given the disabled and their parents hope for a better future. Currently, the centre has 38 students. The classes are divided according to the studentâ€™s abilities varying from Down-Syndrome to Autism. The (young) adults are trained in basic skills of life, like vocational and income generating activities. At the end of the training their capabilities will be assessed and they will be attached to an employer according to their skills were they learn and develop further. Work Project Vision To place people with a mental disability back in society and create awareness about their potential among Kenyans, as a result they will be accepted and loved. Project Mission To empower people with a mental disability to enable them to become more self reliant and fully integrated and accepted members of the society. Nature of work expected: The volunteers will be involved in the following areas: Teaching activities in various subjects (IT, math, language, writing, drawing, beadwork and cleaning) Working in the projects farm and poultry Follow up and home visitations Organizing extra-curricular activities Provision of guiding and counseling services to the students Fundraising We highly welcome your own ideas on how to contribute to the project. Let us know what you would like to do. Accomodation and food You will be accommodated appropriately at the project side in Marianne Center, in your own room with a comfortable bed and mosquito net. Location and leisure activities Karura, Suburb of Nairobi Leisure: If a person is interested in combining their stay with a safari, we will link the person up with our reliable partner, Serene East Africa Safaris, to make the necessary arrangements. 320 â‚Ź for the Masai Mara safari. Language English
Requirements Fundraising CIVS kindly asks you to participate in fundraising activities for the project. Donations raised will support a project to buy food, uniforms, books, pay school fees and start income generation activity for the project. You will benefit from seeing firsthand how your funds are helping to make a difference in your project. We encourage our volunteers to get their family, friends, and community involved in fundraising so they too can learn about and contribute to the work we are doing in Kenya. Participation fee Projects dates are open. The first week of your stay you will pay 370 Euro. For any following week you contribute 250 Euro per week.
MONGOLIE Seniors workcamp Buhug MCE 08 Dates: 20.06 - 27.06 AGRI/KIDS 10 volunteers 50+ Project Organized together with Mongolian workCamps Exchange (MCE) since 07. CCM (Childcare Center of Mongolia) is an orphanage where about 300 children live and study together and has a big farm. NICE would like to open workcamps not only youth, but also to elders in order to re-motivate their life as well as to make better use of their experience in the society. The first project was done with MCE in 2007 successfully, so we will do it again! Work We will work together with the orphans aged 12-15 to remove the weeds in the field where they produce vegetables such as carrots, radish, onions, etc. The vegetables are very purely organic and very tasty and kids are very nice! You donâ€™t have to work same hard as normal workcampers. Leisure activities Cultural exchange program, excursion, visit to the orphanage, etc. Location Buhug, 45 km from Ulaanbaatar, in unbelievably beautiful, typical Mongolian plain. Accommodation Ger (Mongolian traditional tents) for each male and female. Cooking by volunteers with help of local staff
Sleeping bag necessary.
Requirements Aged 50 or more (their children are welcome to join together!) with physical and mental health Terminal Ulaanbaatar, Chinggis Khaan International airport or International train station of Ulaanbaatar (MCE will provide free pick up service for all volunteers) Participation fee The additional fee of 320,000 tugrug (around 175 Euro by rate of Mongolian Bank on 07/Nov,2010) should be paid on your arrival directly.
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DUITSLAND Ilsfeld IBG 01 Dates: 10.04 - 30.04 CONS/RENO 15 volunteers Project The community of Ilsfeld have big plans for improving the leisure activities for their young and older inhabitants. The community tennis club will be very happy for the support of their big task of renovating the surrounding area of the public swimming pool and making it a more exciting place to stay during summer. Work Working tasks will be setting a boule court (French game with bowls), pave a path on the area of the tennis club/swimming pool and help with setting up a small fountain. There will be other renovation tasks throughout the two weeks including fixing the fence etc that the volunteers will have to do but these tasks have yet to be planned. Due to snow in Germany the renovation hasn´t come as far as the responsible persons have wished. Helping hands are very much appreciated! The opening is supposed to be in May. As the group will be living in the house of the Lifeguard Association the volunteers will also build a small shed for storing tools. Accommodation In the house of the Lifeguard Association next to the swimming pool and work area. Beds and kitchen and all facilities like showers and toilets are in place. Location Ilsfeld is situated between the cities of Stuttgart and Heilbronn. (50 km) It´s a community with 8.200 inhabitants. There are vineyards and forests around, also like a community in Southern Germany it has many special traditions and festivities throughout the year. In April there might still be snow – so the volunteers need to be prepared for any kind of weather and bring warm clothes!! ☺ Next airport Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe (Baden-Baden) or Frankfurt-Hahn for Ryan Air Next train station Heilbronn or Marbach (Neckar), bus connection to Ilsfeld
FRANKRIJK Grace Uzel CBF 05 Dates: 04.07 - 24.07 RENO 11 volunteers Project For several years, the association of the Center Brittany local authorities has been organizing international workcamps. This year the workcamp will take place in the municipality of Grace Uzel, on a ballroom. The purpose is to harmonize the room with the other buildings in the village. Discovery of the region and his inhabitants guaranteed! Work Renovation of a ballroom in a small Breton village. Masonry and some small interior arrangement work. Possible work on scaffold. Location Grace Uzel is a small village situated in Center Brittany, in a green setting, in the department of Côtes-d’Armor, 20 km from Loudéac and 30 km of the Bay of Saint Brieuc. Train station Lamballe Nearest airport Saint Brieuc Meeting point 04/07/2011 at the rail station of Lamballe from 2 pm. Accommodation in tents Language French, English Age 18 years + Open for A4A (access for all)
Sainte Enimie U54 Dates: 19.09 - 29.09 RENO 8 volunteers The project Since 1999, the EPMM centre of Sainte Enimie and études ET chantiers join together in order to organize workcamps every year. Those workcamps take place within the context of a longterm project of restoration and improvement of the reception sites for groups and outside activities of the centre. Located in the gorges of the Tarn, the EPMM organization welcomes groups for outdoor activities. Over the last two years, the volunteers have made redevelopment works around the centre. Works You will continue to work on a stairway made of stones. Activities Part of the activities will be proposed by the EPMM center and the leader but your ideas are welcomed and everything can be discussed. So be imaginative, the workcamp is a place for having fun! We don’t expect you to do activities on your own, you will live an experience in a group and things are planned within the group. Location The EPMM centre is situated in the famous and beautiful gorges of the Tarn, close to the medieval village of Sainte Enimie (540 inhabitants) in the department of Lozère (28 km on the south of Mende, the closest city). Sainte Enimie is one of the most beautiful villages of France. It is a great place for nature lovers. Accommodation You will sleep in the center, in rooms for 3 or 4 persons. Nearest big town SAINTE ENIMIE Nearest airport MPL Montpellier Terminal MENDE
INDONESIE Gedongsongo Camp / Gedongsongo temple IIWC 1202 Dates: 03.02 .2012- 16.02.2012 ENVI/EDU 15 volunteers Project Gedongsongo is one of tourist spots in Central Java. There are 9 temples in the areas and the temples should be very interesting places to have vacation. Still, the environment condition, socio economic background, sanitation and hygiene of the local people need to be improved. Most of the inhabitants are earning money from the vegetables garden that they have. In the weekend, they will sell the vegetables to the visitors in the tourist spot. This project will be the tenth project organized there. Based on the last work camp evaluation, the volunteers will do the follow up of activities; education and sharing knowledge on garbage recycle, managing garbage dumping, other relevant environment activities. The main aims of the camp are; to increase the awareness of the local people about garbage problem (especially non organic garbage) and to introduce them about recycle process. Work The volunteer will work in changing behavior activities of the local people toward their environment, recycle garbage, composting, introducing personal hygiene related to the environment condition, organizing additional English lesson and school visit, and playing games with children. There will be also possibilities of planting trees, making garden together with the local students for preserving and promoting healthy environment. Special remarks Please bring any necessary information about garbage recycling and composting. Be very creative for additional English lesson, games and other activities for the children. Do remember to bring sun block and warm clothes since it will be very hot in the day time and very cold at night. Location Desa Candi Gedongsongo Ambarawa Central Java Indonesia. The volunteers can see the breath taken view from the top of the hill in Gedongsongo. The air is so fresh and the nature is still so pure for a relaxing day. Accommodation Host family, sleeping bag and mattress needed, self cooking. Language English should be spoken among participants Meeting point IIWC office Jl. Jembawan Raya no 8 Semarang 50145 Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, +6224 7603503 on February 3rd 2012 at the latest 12.00 midday.
Airport Ahmad Yani Semarang airport Train Station Tawang Semarang train station Participation fee Participation fee payable on arrival 185Euros covering accommodation, meals, transportation, and material for project.
ITALIE Ecovillage Mogliazze CPI 09 Dates: 20.08 â€“ 03.09 AGRI/ENVI 10 volunteers Project BACKGROUND: In the 70s, a few friends moved into an abandoned village called Mogliazze, on the Apennine mountains. Today Ecovillage Mogliazze works on the promotion of organic-agriculture, environmental protection and conservation of the traditional buildings. Ecovillage Mogliazze is located in an ancient rural village (Mogliazze, Bobbio) that was built at the end of 19th Century. At the beginning of the 50's, following the economical development of Italian cities, all the inhabitants left in order to go to work in factories. During the 70's a group of people decided to create an ecological village and to live there sharing believes, activities, houses and meals. Mogliazze belongs to the Italian network of Ecovillages. It works on the promotion of bio-agriculture, environmental protection, and the protection of the traditional buildings of the area. In addition to these different activities they also organize seminars and meetings to promote bio-agriculture. All the inhabitants of the Borgo (Italian name for ancient and small villages) share meals and social moments. Work Volunteers will do different kind of works: harvest and transform medicinal herbs and fruits, prepare gardens and harvest vegetables, prepare some products that we sell in Bio markets, take care of some animals (sheep, ducks, bees, cats and dogs) and sometimes there are some masonry work. Location Mogliazze is a small village near Bobbio, at an altitude of 800 meters, on the mountains of the Apennine chain in the District of Piacenza, north of Italy Accommodation Volunteers will live in a traditional house in the village. All hygienic services are provided. Self-cooking and management. Sleeping bags are required. No hot water. Language English should be spoken among participants Airport Milan and Bologna airports Train Station Piacenza train station Special Remarks Volunteers must be motivated to work hard and nature lovers. Mogliazze is quite isolated, no public transportation. Please bring games, good ideas and whatever you can use to create a nice atmosphere in the spare time.
Evaluation from former volunteer In de zomer van 2010 heb ik als 50-plusser twee weken –via SIW—meegewerkt op een biologische tuinderij in het Noord-Italiaanse Appenijnengebergte. Om juist naar deze plek te willen gaan had een merkwaardige aanleiding: Ierse muziek. Het prachtige lied “Skellig” van Loreena McKennitt verhaalt over monniken die vanaf een Iers rotseiland in de vroege Middeleeuwen naar Noord-Italie trokken en een klooster stichtten in de plaats Bobbio. Daar wilde ik dus ooit naar toe. Op 7 km van Bobbio, maar wel hoog de bergen in, ligt het voormalige spookdorp Mogliazze dat als biologische tuinderij weer tot leven is gewekt door een arts en zijn gezin. Een ecodorp dat zonder periodieke vrijwilligersinzet niet kan bestaan en zich om die reden heeft aangemeld in het internationaal vrijwilligerscircuit. Naar mijn idee loopt de beste manier om een land van binnenuit te leren kennen via zijn landbouw. Eigen deelname daarin doorbreekt voor mij het beste de taakverdeling van “aanstaarder” versus “aangestaarde” die me in het regulier toerisme ongemakkelijk doet voelen. Een aansprekende combinatie dus, en het was inderdaad een inspirerende ervaring. Ten eerste door de plek waar je een beetje in op moet willen gaan. Op een berghelling te midden van natuur en buiten het bereik van mobiele telefoons ben ik down-to-earth bezig geweest met pruimen rapen, bramen plukken, bessen rissen, tomatenprutpotten stapelen, houtzagen en schapen hoeden. Ten tweede door de zeer gemeleerde groep. Een tienpersoons wereldwijde mix van nationaliteiten en ook een opvallend ruime spreiding in leeftijden. Dat paste er goed bij want ik moet er niet aan denken dat deze plek overspoeld wordt door slechts “let’s have fun”. Contact met locale bevolking beperkte zich tot het gezin dat als enige in Mogliazze woont, maar dat facilitair de boel voor de groep uitstekend voor elkaar had en heerlijke maaltijden wist neer te zetten. Piero, Velia, Esther en Martino, bedankt ! En ook de groep en de Italiaanse begeleidende dames, bedankt voor deze ervaring !
Published on May 16, 2011
Het zomerseizoen 2011 is weer begonnen! Alle projecten die SIW dit jaar aanbiedt staan weer op de website en de aanmeldingen stromen binnen!...