Number of Participants: 2 leaders and 18 workcampers
Location: Huakailing, Fuyang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
Closest Airport: Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (ZSHC) *Shanghai Pudong International Airport (ZSSS) is farther but have more international flight options. Volunteers will need to take local train or bus to Hangzhou from Shanghai Participation
Huakailing is the first public welfare village in China where people of different backgrounds can come together to discuss and exchange ideas on tackling complicated social issues, as well as sharing good practices on eco-friendly lifestyles. The village hopes to provide a relaxing and open environment for the sharing of resources and ideas, and for people to cooperate together in unity. Therefore, trainings and workshops are periodically organized in the village for social workers and staffs of different NGOs.
Since the start of the Huakailing Public Welfare Village in March 2018, the construction of infrastructures such as kitchens, restaurants, offices, libraries, tea lounges, and dormitories has been completed. With the help of local volunteers, Huakailing now has a vegetable garden, an earth oven, and a beautiful lawn for resting for workshop participants. In order to provide all visitors a sustainable, natural, and comfortable experience that facilitates the exchange of knowledge, Huakailing hopes to construct more infrastructure, which includes the building of eco-friendly earth houses and terraces in the village together with volunteers. The earth houses will be for future activities with families and volunteers. Terraces will be for farming purposes, which will provide food to future volunteers, local staffs, and visitors.
Assist in the development of Huakailing Public Welfare Village
Provide a unique experiential learning opportunity to promote exchanges between people of different culture and to enrich agricultural knowledge for sustainable development
Encourage volunteers to engage with nature, physically, mentally and spiritually
Promote environmentally sustainable development ideas
Spread the cultural atmosphere of resource sharing, solidarity, mutual assistance, kindness, and friendship of Huakailing Public Welfare Village
Meals and Accommodation:
Grocery shopping and meals will be prepared by the workcampers. Fresh vegetables will be provided from the village garden. A cooking and cleaning schedule will be arranged at the beginning of the workcamp, and workcampers will take turns with cooking and cleaning chores.
Simple and basic accommodation is provided. Male and female will be separated. Workcampers can bring their own sleeping bag if they are not used to sleeping on traditional Chinese mats. Tents are available for workcampers who wish to camp. Workcampers who wish to camp will need to bring a sleeping bag.
Construct earth houses and terraces for the village
Plant and harvest fruit and vegetables in the village garden and other farm work
Other duties assigned by the local staff
Organize cultural activities/sharing with other volunteers and local villagers
Local Partner Description:
Zhejiang Qingluo Public Service Center is an NGO that have been running many successful projects that aims to tackle different social issues. In addition to the Huakailing social welfare village project, they are also currently running a project call Free Lunch for Children, which is dedicated to providing solutions to tackle global issues such as child hunger, food security and malnutrition to support children in poverty. Their other projects also includes Foundation for Serious Disease Medical Insurance, Electronic Agriculture, Water Security Foundation, etc., which focus on other issues related to the environment, public health, and sustainability. In the past 8 years, they have gained rich experience in uniting government and local communities to tackling different social issues together. With the initiating of the Huakailing project, they hope the village can become an efficient platform and capacity training center in the future for more and more partner organizations to come together and develop better solution to social issues.