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What is a voluntary work camp?

A voluntary camp, or work camp, is a community work project carried out by a group of between 5 and 24 volunteers of different nationalities during a period of between 1 and 3 weeks.

The work of the project must be based around values such as solidarity, the environment, social justice or peace and volunteers work between 20 and 40 hours per week. During free time volunteers can rest, take part in workshops or discover the host country, depending on the project and on the initiative of the group.

The voluntary work camp tries to ensure as large a cultural diversity as possible, some balance between genders and is open to everybody from 18 years onwards. Many work camps are open to people with physical, mental or sensory disabilities and some projects also accept the participation of families.

Community life and contact with the local population are key aspects of the voluntary work camps which aim to reduce the distance between different sectors of the population, sharing experiences and understanding different lifestyles, habits and mentalities. They allow volunteers to gain knowledge of other cultures, solidarity and living together with people of different nationalities. This experience is above all a tool to used build peace through intercultural community life, working and learning in a group environment. The objective is to collaborate to develop a project of voluntary work based around diverse themes –ecology, art and culture, childhood, heritage, renovation, peace building...–, with the common action of the local population and of a group of international volunteers.

The process begins with a seminar in the region of Catalonia, it continues with the international work camp and ends with an evaluation meeting and reunion when the volunteers return, each step being equally important.

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