Workcamps in China
The Chinese Society of Education Training Center (CSETC) wurde 2006 gegründet und organisert Freiwilligendienstprogramme in China zu den Themen Geschlechtergerechtigkeit, Erhaltung von Weltkulturerbe und Bildung durch kulturellen Austausch. DreamWalker China gibt es seit 2013. Unterstützt durch NICE, unserer japanische Partnerorganisation, bieten sie ein kleines Workcampprogramm.
Für China ist ein Visum erforderlich. Die Beantragung und Abholung muss persönlich erfolgen und es ist ein mindestens 6 Monate gültiger Reisepass erforderlich. Die Bearbeitungszeit beträgt etwa 14 Tage.
China DWC-01-17 Cultural Heritage Preservation and Promotion 08.07.-16.07.2017 ART/CULT 15vols
PROJECT: “Zhao Shu Chong” Micro Public Service Youth Volunteer Association is a registered non-profit organization formed by University and high school volunteers. The aims of this educational and cultural organization are to “Serve the Society” and “Promote Culture and Civilization”. With the value of improving social atmosphere and development, “Zhao Shu Chong” enhances the integrated capability of youth through cultural preservation, educational
support and caring of left-behind children.
Fuzhou city has a long history of rich cultural heritage and resources that had profound impact on the Chinese history and modern celebrated culture. It has been named the “Hometown of Scholar and Talent” and the “City of Culture”. Many folk arts from years of heritage and techniques, such as bamboo knitting, hand-made mounting pictures (手工裱画), paper cutting art, songs, etc., had been passed down through many generations can be discovered in this city. However, in today’s modern society where many products are mass-produced by machines, the art of practicing traditional craftsmanship faces the brink of extinction. Finding passionate new generation of young people who are committed to its practice and its teaching to the next generation is a challenge, and these once loved folk arts are losing in popularity compared to the modern taste. Educating the public of their value and importance, in addition to teaching of why and how to appreciate these forms of art are all important in preserving the cultural heritage of the city and the country.
• Promote the preservation of traditional Chinese art and craftsmanship
• Enhance international exchange and folk art and culture
• Inspire future changemakers who are impactful towards arts and cultural heritage preservation (Changemakers are individuals who gain skills and resources they need to collaborate on solving complex social problems)
WORK: • Observe and learn Chinese art and culture, such as calligraphy, carving, and paper cutting.
• Organize a charity sales of the local and international art & cultural products towards the end of the workcamp
• Participate in discussion on changemaking stories or ideas on arts and cultural heritage preservation whether they are from your country or from others
• Assist the daily work of the school or the temple
ACCOMMODATION: Workcampers will be staying in a school or a Buddhist temple. Simple meals will be provided three times a day at the cafeteria within the school or the temple. Temple serves only vegetarian food.
LOCATION: Fuzhou, Jiangxi
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Nanchang Changbei International Airport (KHN)
EXTRA FEE: 1,200 RMB (~160 EURO) [Fees can be waived for participants with fewer opportunities]
China DWC-02-17 Sustainable Farming and Animal Sanctuary 22.07.-30.07.2017 AGRI/ZOO 7vols
PROJECT: Grand Windmill Farm is an organic farm and sanctuary for many farm animals such as mules, ponies, pigs, turkeys, rabbits and dogs. This family-run farm was created with a mission to ‘reconnect urban dwellers to nature’ and ‘to promote a healthy, sustainable lifestyle’ through their tailored-made activities for people of all ages. Cradled by lush forests of Wen Bi Shan (文筆山), Grand Windmill Farm is a land of beauty and serenity where nature, animals and people all come together in harmony.
Growing population and increasing demand for food has led to industrial farming practices, which are detrimental to both the environment and to our health. Sustainable farming is the way forward as it takes into consideration of our health, the environment, local communities and animal welfare. It produces food in a way that allows for ecological balance and maintenance of biodiversity.
Plants, animals and humans are all part of nature and we rely on each other to survive. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, depletion of resources and extinction of species are devastating results of our exploitation of nature. Rethinking our role in nature and our footprint on this planet is key to the survival of future generations.
• Provide a unique experiential learning opportunity to enrich knowledge of sustainable farming and animal care
• Increase awareness of the negative impact of industrial farming on our health and on the environment
• Encourage volunteers to engage with nature, physically, mentally and spiritually
• Cultivate a sustainable and harmonious co-existence with plants, animals and all others members of our ‘earth community’
• Spread the principles of environmental sustainability and raise active citizenship committed with a fairer society
• Inspire future changemakers who are impactful towards sustainable farming and animal care issues (Changemakers are individuals who gain skills and resources they need to collaborate on solving complex social problems)
• Farming and harvesting herbs, fruits and vegetables
• Picking and packaging herbs, fruits and vegetables
• Caring of farm animals (feeding, grooming, exercise, etc.)
• Helping with daily operation and general maintenance of the farm
• Participating in discussion on changemaking ideas and examples of sustainable farming and animal care
• Other duties assigned by the farm staff
• Identifying Chinese medicinal plants and their healing properties (optional)
• Guided meditation in nature (optional)
ACCOMMODATION: Grocery shopping and meals will be prepared by the workcampers. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be from the farm. 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 in the farm. Beddings are also available. Tents are available for workcampers who wish to camp.
LOCATION: Grand Windmill Farm, Southern District, Zhongshan, Guangdong Province
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Have no allergic reaction to animals and love working with animals
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
EXTRA FEE: 1,200 RMB (~160 EURO) [Fees can be waived for participants with fewer opportunities]
China DWC-03-17 Tulou - World Heritage Preservation 19.08.-27.08.2017 RENO/CULT 14vols
PROJECT: Tulous (土楼) are unique Chinese rural dwellings built between the 12th and 20th centuries by the mountainous Hakka people living in Fujian. In China, the Chinese traditional concept called “Feng-Shui” focuses on the relationship between human being and nature. Therefore, the Tulous were built with great consideration of the harmony with and respect for their surrounding nature in a very sustainable and energy efficient way, using local materials. They are interdependent with the mountains and rivers and form an ecological connection with nature over time. However, with globalization and the expansion of cities today, the environment is sometime ignored and new structures are being built around the Tulous.
Moreover, a Tulou is usually inhabited by one family clan of several generations, and the enclosed structure allows for members to work together defending each other. Individual rooms provide privacy, but there are also communal areas, which provides for cultural gatherings and communication. Nowadays, the community dependence is weakening with young inhabitants moving out to the cities for work or for school. Emphasis on private property is growing and villagers prefer living in larger and more modern buildings.
PROJECT AIMS: • Preserve, protect, and promote Tulou (background, history, culture, architect) [The Tolou we are mainly working on is designed to be an international youth exchange centre]
• Enhance international exchange and promote sustainable tourism and development of the Tulou
• Inspire future changemakers who are impactful towards world heritage preservation and sustainable tourism and/or building structures
WORK: • Learn why and how to renovate Tulou and assist in renovating and beautifying its surrounding environment
• Share the World/Cultural Heritage of your country with the local people
• Make a promotional video about Tulou together with other volunteers to share about its social background, history, local culture, and sustainable architecture
• Interact with local villagers through cultural activities
• Participate in discussion on changemaking stories or ideas on world heritage preservation and sustainable building structures whether they are from your country or from others
ACCOMMODATION: Workcampers will be staying in an old village school dormitory with simple beddings. Basic local meals will be provided three times a day at a local villager’s home, with possibly a day where volunteers may cook and share their own country’s food.
LOCAL PARTNER DESCRIPTION:
Zinong, a sharing platform of natural and cultural living, enables participants to experience the culture, food and handicraft in different regions. Their main destinations are rural villages. Through deep excavation of village’s culture, history, handicraft and nature elements, Zinong combines education with tourism to develop various in-depth experiential learning programmes.
• Guide the city to know the village again; Help the villagers build the village together
• Discover, share, and build together the beautiful village together
Zinong was awarded the First Prize in the Social Enterprise Venture Capital Competition organized by the British Embassy in 2015. In September 2016, Zinong has received the social enterprise certification in the 5th China Charity Fair organized by the Ministry of Civil Affairs in China, and has become the only organization in Fujian to be recognized as the “Good Social Enterprise in China” for their contribution to the poverty alleviation and development in rural areas. At the same time, Zinong’s projects have also been reported multiple times by the media including China Central Television (CCTV) and Fujian Daily. Their works are also highly valued by the government in Fujian Province.
LOCATION: Da Ling Xia Village, Yongding, Longyan, Fujian Province
TERMINAL: Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN)
EXTRA FEE: 1,200 RMB (~170 EURO)