Keen on green

23 September, 2020 Project in CZ

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Czech organization United Vision is looking for 2 volunteers from different countries to live 6 months ecologically while organizing English lessons and environmental education activities in local ecocenter. The project starts at April 2021 and ends in September 2021 and we are looking for someone with vegetarian soul, who wants to communicate in English with local young people and organize activities for them. You will actually live in the organization and there will be a daily contact with everyone in the community, so be ready to learn a bit of Czech language. More information at uv@united-vision.org

Let Helena, that main project coordinator to tell you more before you start to read further about the project:


ABOUT THE ECOCENTER DIVOCINA

In 2017, we established a community garden and an eco-adventure center in Malešov (6 km from Kutná Hora), which we called Divočina. The space we have created has an ecological, community and social dimension. The community garden is a place where people of all ages and social classes meet for gardening, lectures and workshops, jam making or an evening campfire. However, the garden is also used by professionals working with socially disadvantaged groups, such as children from children’s homes, to whom we are happy to provide appropriate facilities.
Furthermore, we prepare interactive excursions and workshops for kindergartens, primary and secondary schools so children and young people can experience ecological approaches and technologies and understand the importance of biodiversity natural gardens and edible forests for the survival of endangered species of animals, birds and insects.
Specifically, we focus on pruning young fruit trees with a professional orchardist, soil preparation in a community garden, basics of ornithology, construction of simple worm composting bin, waste management, especially purification of gray water from households and its reuse in the garden, planting fruit bushes and trees and perennials under professional supervision, production of natural detergent, repellent and bio-fertilizers, composting, production of bags from “natural plastic” from canvas and beeswax, production of apple juice, drying of herbs and fruits, construction of birdhouses and feeders from recycled materials, etc.
We also organize eco-adventure weekends, suburban camps and summer camps with English, where we use fun and informal teaching methods, focused primarily on conversation, to help the children talk and learn about other cultures without prejudice.


WHAT YOU WILL DO

Volunteers will be involved in several activities in the eco-adventure center Divočina depending on their individual needs and preferences. The core of the whole project will be the English teaching together with ecological education.

Organization and management of workshops and camps for children

8 hours a week, volunteers will assist the lecturer in long-term teaching programs for schools and programs within summer camps organized in the Divočina ecocentre. Their main task will be to help prepare aids for camp and teaching activities and to assist children in working in groups during activities such as the production of birdhouses, the production of natural repellents, must production, etc. Volunteers will gain experience in organizing activities for children and get space to implement their own ideas.

Teaching English in schools

Volunteers will spend 3 hours a week as assistants at the Hůrka school in Kutná Hora, where they will assist teachers in teaching English and environmental classes. Their tasks in English lessons will be to present the culture of their country in an engaging way in English according to the language level of the pupils. The meeting with volunteers will motivate students and pupils to study English and to get to know the culture of EU countries. The preparation for these presentations will be carried out by an employee of the eco-adventure center Divočina in agreement with a teacher from the Hůrka school. The volunteers should improve their communication, presentation, language and organizational skills and gain experience in teaching. They should learn how to organize the classes, work with different groups of people, to be patient etc. Learning how to teach and practicing it is a valuable experience and can help the volunteers work as freelance in the future.

Informal conversation sessions in English

3 hours a week, volunteers at the Divočina ecocentre will assist the English language teacher in teaching young people using the conversational method. Together with the young people from the course, the volunteers will implement small projects such as setting up compost. The aim is to overcome the language barrier and to agree on the steps leading to implementation. Volunteers should improve their communication skills and work with children and young people.

Marketing and PR activities

Creation of material for social media and marketing activities, especially photos and videos, creation of photo documentation of the events organized in the eco-adventure center Divočina, creation of videos and their editing, creation of foreign-language content for our marketing purposes, communication with foreign visitors . The coordinator will support and mentor the volunteer. The volunteers should improve their communication, organizational and language skills andgain experience in marketing and work with people. Thus should they increase their self-confidence andimprove their position in the labor market. Through public events, they will also connect with the local community and raise awareness about volunteering, other culture, customs and tradition.

Working in the kitchen

5 hours a week, volunteers will help in the kitchen. By helping, they will learn to cook typical Czech dishes, get acquainted with local ingredients and learn to cook for a larger number of people. They will also have the opportunity to enrich us with their own recipes and share the traditions and customs of their countries of origin. As a result, locals should broaden their horizons and learn about new dishes, customs and traditions.

Manual and administrative work

9 hours a week, the volunteers will help the coordinator prepare workshops in the community garden and the Divočina eco-center. This work involves manual work – help in the garden, mowing the grass, etc., as well as help with organizing workshops and creating promotional and teaching materials, checklists and worksheets for schools that regularly come to the ecocentre for teaching programs and for ad hoc workshops visitors. Volunteers should experience what it means to work in a community garden and eco-center, learn the principles of organic farming and improve their skills in working in graphic and text programs.


PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENT

Accomodation

Volunteers will be accommodated in the Divočina – Komunitní zahrada a EKOzážitkové centrum where 90% of the activities take place. There are two rooms equipped with basic furniture (sheets, blankets, pillows, tables, wardrobe, and chairs). Both rooms are designed for one or two people. There are WC and shower to share for these two rooms. There are two fully equipped kitchens (one is outside), there is a fridge, stove, all dishes necessary to cook) in the neighborhood house (about 3 meters walk from where the rooms are). Then there is a teepee and craft workshop where some of the activities take place and where generally people meet. Divočina – Komunitní zahrada a EKOzážitkové centrum then has 2,5 hectares garden, partially covered by forest. There are a community garden, fireplace, and places for environmental
education activities. There is Wifi internet available everywhere.

Food

Food will be provided 3 times per day and there will be a common package of food bought every week. The food comes from the local garden, local farmers, and bio farmers. Once in a week the volunteer will teach in a local school where he/she gets lunch. There will be separate money given to the volunteer to buy the food he/she would not find in the package bought for the community kitchen. It is possible to drink the local wanter.

There is a local supermarket opened every day in Malešov. There is one restaurant and local brewery.

Transportation

A bike will be provided to the volunteer to move around the city Malešov. The train station is about 5 minutes from the center, every hour there is a train going to Kutná Hora (about 20 minutes) and about to Prague (about 1:20).

Health

There is a general doctor in the village. The next big hospital is in Kolin, however the specialized doctors are also in Kutná Hora. Volunteer will be provided with health insurance before he/she comes to the Czech republic by sending organization.

Pocket money

Volunteer will receive pocket money in the amount of 5 Eur per day (equivalent in czech crowns) every first week of the month.


WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THE VOLUNTEER

  • Age 18-30 (first time on ESC/EVS project)
  • Willingness to communicate in English during the lessons
  • Willigness to know more about the topic of environmental education
  • Ability to spend 6 month in Czech Republic
  • Be open to the vegetarian environment
  • Willingness to learn basic Czech language
  • Volunteers are welcomed to come with their own ideas and activities

WORK AND FREE TIME BALANCE

Volunteer is expected to work around 35 hours a week, however 7 hours of this time will be mainly dedicated to develope his teaching and Czech language skills during the lessons with the main coordinator. One day of the week volunteer will travel to assist teacher in local school.

Volunteer can officially have 2 days per month vacation + all the public holidays in Czech republic are free. There also will be minimum 2 multiday trips to other partner ecocenters so that the volunteers can learn about a different approach to the topic.


ABOUT MALEŠOV, KUTNÁ HORA AND LOCAL COMMUNITY

Malešov is a small town with about 1000 residents with a very long history. There is and old castle, Jewish cementry or museum. Beside that if offers all the necessary services for today life too. A grocery shop opened every day, restaurant and craft brewery where local people usually meet and where all main events are organized (cinema, local markets, music festivals etc.) Malešov is a destination for tourists too. There is a
huge lake where it is possible to swim in the summer. Right at the front of Divočina there is a football field. In the town people usually move by bike, which will be provided to volunteers too.

The local community is connected around Divočina, the local brewery, local glamping hotel, historical castle and local museum. People live very closely, visiting each other. Some of them speak English very well, but volunteer is expected to learn basic Czech as in the town English is not so widely known.

Kutná Hora is a next big city, about 20 minutes in train. It is a very famous tourist spot in the Czech Republic with a lot of historical buildings, mines and famous ossuary. There are different cultural events, museums, all kinds of restaurants and a small community of foreign people.

 


WHERE IS MALEŠOV and DIVOCINA?

 

You can download the leaflet of the project with more photos and info here

United Vision