REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERS
Speak some English, be able to understand simple instructions, follow safety regulations, and take part in workcamp life
related discussions. Volunteers applying to work and teach English in the course of a workcamp must speak English
fluently and possess some basic pedagogical skills in order to run workshops, teaching English to foreigners, etc. They
should be open, interactive and tolerant.
For certain social projects, volunteers are expected to be highly motivated and dedicated to working with disadvantaged
and disabled individuals. They should be ready to provide all kinds of assistance to the local staff, be responsible both for
themselves and others, and be flexible and open-minded. If explicitly stated, FIYE might require some recommendations
or documents certifying language skills or previous experience and involvement in similar social projects.
Volunteers are expected to work approximately 30-35 hours a week. The work plan is largely up to the coordinator(s), but
suggestions from participants are more than welcome. Weekends are usually free, however, some projects may require
weekend work as well. In such cases, volunteers will need to be flexible and adjust to the institution’s regulations. Leisure
time is largely up to the group and co-ordinators.
WHAT IS PROVIDED ON A WORKCAMP
FOOD – usually, the volunteers are served three meals a day in a local canteen. Alternatively, if explicitly indicated in the
brochure, the volunteers prepare their meals themselves.
ACCOMMODATION – is provided at local schools, youth centres or sometimes in tents, all having access to all basic
facilities (toilets, showers). Sometimes the volunteers are requested to bring sleeping bags, as indicated in the brochure.
One workcamp LEADER and possibly a WORK COORDINATOR - The leader acts as a group coordinator and is
responsible for assuring that the whole workcamp runs smoothly and that all potential problems and misunderstandings
are quickly resolved. He/she is also a volunteer and doesn’t get paid for being the leader. She/He makes sure that the
volunteers feel well and that the food and accommodation are satisfactory. He/she monitors and supervises all works.
Moreover, he/she tries to live up to the group’s needs and is responsible for coordinating free time activities (e.g. organising
trips and excursions). Above all, his/her role is to integrate the participants and to maintain a friendly atmosphere throughout the workcamp. Should there be a work co-ordinator, he/she is responsible for making sure that all volunteers are aware of
their duties. He/she distributes and supervises daily tasks, makes sure that all volunteers have the proper equipment and
is in close contact with the local host. All co-ordinators work alongside with participants.
WHAT A VOLUNTEER NEEDS TO PROVIDE
The volunteer covers all costs related to travel and insurance (we provide only basic accident insurance)
A sleeping bag/mattress if explicitly stated
Pocket money: the volunteers receive no money in return for their work and need to cover expenses related to the leisure
time activities (bus fares, pubs, museums, discos, restaurants and transportation).
Proper work clothes: this is particularly important for construction, renovation and manual projects.
In certain cases of educational camps, where the volunteers teach English to kids, they are expected to prepare respective
teaching materials before coming to the workcamp
Any extra materials and supplies that a volunteer may need for interactive games and role playing. Something typical from
his/her home country (a costume, album, tape or postcard) to present to others are more than welcome.