Volunteer Abroad > Workcamps (2 to 4 weeks) > A unique experience

Participation in a voluntary workcamp makes it possible to experience different areas and aspects of countries and cultures not usually accessible to foreigners. It is a unique opportunity for people of different nationalities, ages, abilities, social, cultural and religious backgrounds to live, work, and co-operate together. A temporary democratic international community is established for the period of the project and this is itself a fascinating experience.

Taking part in an international workcamp is an extraordinary experience. For a short time you become part of a new social unit made up of people from different countries and cultures; living and working together to achieve a practical task in sometimes basic circumstances. Through this shared experience, strong friendships develop and every day brings new experiences, both social and personal.

A voluntary workcamp is a wonderful learning experience on many levels, particularly for languages, but also for practical work skills, social and interpersonal skills, geographical and intercultural experience, self awareness, understanding the realities and hopes of the hosting community, seeing life as it is from a wholly different perspective… Tolerance of differences, a willingness to share, a sense of humour and a constructive approach to solving interpersonal problems are essential qualities for workcamp volunteers.

Participation in a voluntary workcamp makes it possible to experience different areas and aspects of countries and cultures not usually accessible to foreigners. It is a unique opportunity for people of different nationalities, ages, abilities, social, cultural and religious backgrounds to live, work, and co-operate together. A temporary democratic international community is established for the period of the project and this is itself a fascinating experience.

member of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Volunteer International Network Exchange UK
with the support of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the European «Youth in Action» Programme

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« I can say that the best things about the workcamp and this whole experience were the chance of making a real difference to the lives of very needy children. This is an extremely valuable project where volunteers can have a massive impact. Also the possibility of learning a huge amount about a country so different from our own. I learnt ten times as much by carrying out a workcamp than I would ever do backpacking. »

Dominic K. from Slimbridge

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