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My first WORKCAMP

Adventures or fixed plans?- somewhere in between is what I prefer :)

Some weeks ago I had my first experience as a camp-leader. Two guys from South-Korea and a girl from Taiwan should go to Teterow, a small village one hour from Rostock, to take part in one of the workcamps arranged by NIG, the partner of my EVS host organisation. Unfortunately it was not possible to use the house where the camps are usually held, because everything had been stolen :(

We did not want to cancel the camp so we proposed the participants to come to Rostock, but because of this last-minute decision, the accommodation and work for the volunteers (and for me, who should take care of them…) were not organised at best.

The first idea for the accommodation was to sleep in a big tent in the place where we worked. Since the weather was not so good, we decided to sleep all together in my bedroom while we slept in the tent only for two nights, when the weather seemed to be better. As I said, it only seemed…In fact, the second morning one of the biggest storms of the last years woke us up…what a wonderful morning!

As regards the work, we should help in building some wood-paths along the river and we did it for two or three days; then we cooked everyday for the people who worked there. However, these tasks did not take us a lot of time and actually our main activity was walking: through the city, from our house to the workplace, through other cities that we visited…That is why we called it “WALK-camp”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I tried to do my best to propose the participants some activities for the afternoons and the weekends. Actually, it was like being on holidays for them, but not always for me ;) We did not have very fixed plans and every day something new happened which changed the little we had already organised.

However, I am satisfied, because the participants experienced new things and they got to know the German culture. They were amazed when we joined some barbecues – the main activities that the Germans do in their free time. They liked too trips on the river side and visiting the gardens.

Moreover, they were really happy to go to the seaside, but since they did not want to get suntan (because for Asian people dark skin is not good) they lied on the beach totally covered…and that really surprised me!

Although it was not easy every day, I am pleased of this experience. For sure I have learned something new, I ate many delicious Korean meals and I spent good time with them. I just hope it was the same for the volunteers.

Cinzia

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