Le Gouvernement du Grand-Duché du Luxembourg

Sustainability & Solidarity Summer Camp 29.07.24-08.09.24

Domaine : Culture, Protection de l’environnement, Travail social et éducatif
Programme : Service volontaire européen

Organisation d’accueil :

Kapnikos Stathmos Katerinis

Kapnikos Stathmos Katerinis

Mission :

Adresse / pays :
Fleming 8, 60134 Katerini, Greece

durée : < 2 mois
début : juillet 2024
fin : septembre 2024
type de mission : En groupe

Description de la mission :

The "Sustainability and Solidarity Summer Camp 2024" project builds upon the annual initiative known as "Giving a Day of My Summer to the Forest," which has been operating since 2007.

This transformative project, running from June to September each year, focuses on safeguarding the forests surrounding the majestic Mount Olympus. It operates through two daily observation shifts, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a crucial partnership between local fire brigades and community volunteers.

At its heart is the strategic use of an observation tower, equipped with binoculars and clear instructions as well as cold beverages and electricity, where dedicated teams monitor the forests. The project enjoys wholehearted support from local fire brigades, recognizing its vital role in combatting the recurring threat of forest fires in the region.

Over the years, "Giving a Day of My Summer to the Forest" has delivered impressive results. It has significantly reduced the risk of forest fires and heightened awareness of environmental protection issues by mobilizing and sensitizing people. The unwavering support of local businesses attests to the project's consistency and tangible results.

Tâches du volontaire :

This year, the project expands its impact by transforming into a team volunteering activity for 20 young European participants. They will be organized into five groups, each responsible for various daily tasks, encompassing forest observation, meal preparation and service, facility maintenance, and involvement in other solidarity and social projects organized by KSK. “Sustainability and Solidarity Summer Camp 2024” promises to be a unique and impactful experience, fostering environmental consciousness and community spirit among participants while continuing the legacy of forest protection.

The project will consist of five groups, each comprising approximately four people. These groups will rotate through a set of daily tasks from Monday to Friday:

The first group, known as the “Observers” will conduct fire protection shifts at the watchtower at Plaka, meaning they will spend the whole day at the beach observing the forests of Mount Olympus.

The second group, referred to as the “Stewards” will be responsible for setting up and taking down dining tables for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including doing all the dishes.

The third group, the “Sous-Chefs” will assist the professional cook in the kitchen. Depending on the specific day’s meals, they will help with all preparations while getting a glimpse at how to cook “greek-style”.

The fourth group, titled “Facility Managers” will handle general cleanliness and maintenance duties according to the daily plan.

Lastly, the fifth group, the “Allrounders” will engage in various tasks related to the numerous other solidarity and social projects organized by Kapnikos, e.g., the Social Pharmacy, the Social Goods Distribution or the Logistics Center for humanitarian Aid, where they will be trained in principles of warehouse logistics, circular economy and much more.

The working hours depend on which set of tasks one is responsible for this day:

The Observers-group will be at the watchtower from around 10 am to 8 pm, observing while parallelly enjoying the beach.

The other four groups will stay in Kapnikos to fulfil their daily tasks for 5 hours, from 9 am to 2 pm. Afterwards, everyone is free to enjoy his or her leisure time.

The Steward-group will only work before and after the meals, amounting to less than 5 hours, but with the obligation to be present before and after every meal.

This way, everyone does every set of tasks once a week – fair and diversified.

The working week is from Monday to Friday, with Saturday and Sunday being task-free. Additional to the weekend, everyone has an extra two vacation days that can be chosen accordingly.

Profil recherché :

We are seeking a diverse, motivated, and energetic team of participants. Candidates must be open to working and living intensively with others (especially regarding the accommodation in a mixed dormitory). They should be ready to roll up their sleeves and get dirty or tired when needed, demonstrating a willingness to fully engage in hands-on activities. Additionally, candidates should be comfortable with the warm summer temperatures typical of Greece. We welcome individuals who are enthusiastic about making a positive impact on the environment while fostering successful teamwork.

Votre contact :

Elena Koroglanoglou
+352 621 394 907