Workcamp: RenOffice: Empowerment, Solidarity and Community Development

02-17 July 2022, Vienna, Austria

About the Workcamp

The office community Schottengasse, in Vienna has existed for decades, providing critical initiatives and associations with working spaces and infrastructure. The community is composed of NGOs and associations involved in different fields, embracing solidarity actions and critical approaches to promote a system change and tackle social challenges. 

The community space is in particular used for supporting migrants, deserteurs, asylum seekers and people who are in need of an orientation, juridical support, need help with documents and procedures or are facing different sort of discrimination. The space has been also used for numerous free and open language courses for foreigners, workshops, free flea market for people in need and food sharing practices. However, like the solidarity attitude of our community sometimes, this place is old and needs to be maintained both with practical work and new activities for volunteers, youths, immigrants and people that might need it.

What will you do? In this Workcamp, you will support the community with the maintenance works such as painting, fixing and repairing some parts, renewing and changing some furniture of the community. You will work together with asylum seekers and local youth with immigration background as well as by members of the office community. Volunteers will engage for approximately up to 6 hours a day with some free time to rest and relax. 

Study part! Apart from contributing to the office renovation by physical work you will also be engaged in workshops, theater of the oppressed and impro-theater performances, public events and other non-formal learning activities where you will be able to reflect about migration and learn about the challenges of being asylum seekers, deserteurs and escaping from conflict regions. The study part will also depend on You! The idea of a workcamp is also that we learn from each other and you are invited to contribute to workshops with discussions and reflection about the situation of refugees and asylum seekers.

Leisure time! You will have enough time to explore wonderful Vienna. On the weekends we can go hiking, visit museums, theater ect. 

Who can participate?

  • Between 18 and 30 years old
  • Be interested in the topic
  • Able to participate in the complete project
  • Be aware that the work is physically demanding!

We explicitly encourage participants of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, races and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

This Project is founded by the European Solidarity Corps. Therefore all travel costs will be reimbursed after the workcamp. Food and accommodation are included and pocket money will also be provided to participants during the camp.

All participants will receive Youthpass upon successful completion of the workcamp.

This Project is supported by European Solidarity Corps programme of the EU

How can I apply?

Fill out this application form We will get back to you with the selection results as soon as possible!

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