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Join an international WORKCAMP
"Volunteers in Siglufjöröur, Iceland. Celebrate after winning an event in an annual rowboat race"
Each year more than 5,000 volunteers participate in 2 to 3 week workcamps all over the world. Living and working together in an international group with people of various backgrounds and nationalities helps to break down barriers and prejudices between nations. You pay travel and we provide food, a place to stay, and the most amazing experience of your life.
Work with asylum seekers in Norway
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Volunteer Work Camps
There are work camps all over Europe, usually related to construction, maintenance and restoration work of historically or culturally important sites, or even archeological excavations. Work camps are usually short-term volunteer projects that are geared toward students and take place during the summer, usually between two and four weeks. Since participants work under local supervision, no previous experience is necessary, regardless of the type of work. In general, work camps do not pay their participants, but room and board is usually provided for the duration of the program. Participants usually work during the week and have the weekends off for leisure and cultural activities.
Work camp participants usually work with local groups and under local supervision, which makes them a great opportunity to learn about the local culture and way of life. Also, as the name camp suggests, accommodation and living arrangements are camp-like and very group oriented. Accommodation is usually dormitory style, and food may be served in large dining tents. The social aspect of work camps is perhaps its best-known quality, as locals often work with volunteers from dozens of different countries. Since work camp volunteers come from a variety of different countries, working knowledge of the local language is not necessary, although it is helpful.
Several organizations in the U.S. refer work camps in Europe, among them
SCI-International Voluntary Service, www.sci-ivs.org, and
Volunteers for Peace (VFP), www.vfp.org .