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SEEDS VC 103. Virtual Camp Environmentally Aware - Learn from home
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From 02.02.2021 to 11.02.2021
Type: Environmental / Arts / Cultural
Number of volunteers: 12
Language: English will be the language in the camp; intermediate conversational skills are needed.
Accomodation: Your own home! It might not be a brand new experience, but hey, you might be missing out on sharing a room with the whole workcamp group or having to make a schedule for the showers. Is that really so bad...? Plus, in our virtual camp, you might have a chance to see how different homes all over the world look!
Participation fee: 0 EUR
Extra: There is no application fee for this camp, but you are of course welcome to support our work financially on a voluntary basis.

This year and all the changes connected to COVID 19 have posed new challenges to all of us. Many workcamps had to be cancelled, volunteers who were excited to work in an intercultural group in a foreign country could not make it to their camps and many of us were forced to stay in their own four walls for months. 

However, not only bad things came out of this. During lockdown we started to host our first virtual camps and learnt that online meetings are a great way of connecting with people all across the world and promoting our ideals and environmental awareness, even without meeting physically. This is something we want to keep doing now that things are slowly going back to normal. So join us in this virtual camp to volunteer and learn in a different way!

What will we be working on together? SEEDS camp leaders will be creating opportunities for you to focus on different current environmental and sustainability issues through a selection of workshops and activities online. One of our aims is to help create more environmentally aware consumers & travellers. During this camp participants can share their love for (and learn more about) global & local environmental topics such as: climate change, waste management, sustainable solutions & other environmental topics. There will be two to three different sessions each day. Participants are also encouraged to join the weekly challenge that will be published on the SEEDS Instagram channel. The sessions we offer include: 

  • Plant-based Cooking & Baking Classes - These classes will provide you with an insight into plant based diet and food, with recipes, and tips and tricks to cook and bake. Every other day, for one hour, we will prepare a dish (main course or a dessert).  You can then share your final creations through photos. 

  • Fun Environmental Quiz - Our leaders will post a question about environmental topics twice a week and then it will be up to you to research to find an answer. The answers will be posted the next morning.

  • Eco Friendly Cleaning Products Tips - Every other day, for 30 minutes,  we will share cleaning tips, facts about ingredients, and Do It Yourself ideas. You will learn how to avoid harmful chemicals, how to read labels when you are shopping, and how to use simple ingredients as cleaning alternatives. 

  • DIY Selfcare Products Workshop - Every other day, for one hour we will teach you how to DIY your own natural cosmetic and personal hygiene products with ingredients that you can probably find at home! 

  • Conscious Consumerism Workshop - Every other day, we will have one hour workshops where we will address three areas in our daily lives where we can take measures to reduce our environmental footprint. Participants will work in teams and present their ideas to the group. Over the course of the camp, each participant is encouraged to try at least one of the ideas at home and share a video or picture of the new habit with the group. At the same time, all will research the environmental policies of a preferred brand, and try to look for more sustainable alternatives, sharing their findings with the others.

Note that this project is a learning/sharing camp, so we encourage everyone to share their knowledge and participate actively in this learning process. And of course, this is a great way to meet new people from all over the world, so you can exchange ideas, experiences, language, music, recipes and much more with the other online volunteers, just as in a real workcamp. Bring your own ideas and let’s be creative together!

REQUIREMENTS: Internet connection, and a laptop camera and microphone.

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