Information about ESC vacancy 2021/2022 in
Rezekvítek – Nature Conservation
Website in English: http://www.rezekvitek.cz/?idm=69
Luzanky – Centre of Leisure Time (SVC Luzanky)
Website in English: https://solidaritycorps.luzanky.cz/
Website of Luzanky: https://www.luzanky.cz/
Duration of activity: 12 months
Beginning of activity: 20/09/2021
End of activity: 18/09/2022
Contact person (ESC coordinator): Michaela Růženecká
Phone Nr: +420 724 200 131
Please send us your CV, a motivation letter and completed questions (see below), describe why you have chosen particularly this placement and what your expectations are. In the subject of the e-mail please write name of the ESC placement you are applying for (Rezekvitek).
Please send us the documents till 21 June 2021, at email@example.com
If you are chosen to the second round of selection, be ready for a Skype interview in the second half of June, beginning of July. The results will be known in July 2021. Kindly note only the volunteers selected for the second round will be informed about the results. Thank you for understanding!
Description of the workplace
Rezekvítek has been working in nature conservation and environmental education for nearly 25 years. It looks after about 20 protected areas and nature reserves under high level of protection in Brno and its surroundings and in Moravian Karst. Our „flagship“ is the reserve called Kamenný vrch reservation – the place where the Europe´s largest population of rare pasque flowers blooms every spring. It took us decades of hard work to get to this point, but eventually it has became widely popular spot of high ecological importance.
Work will be mostly physical on the areas we manage. There are three full time employees in our nature conservation section who usually work with seasonal workers and volunteers. Our job description varies during a year. We plant bushes and trees (as a restorations, to bio-corridors, parkways) in spring and autumn. We mostly cut grass and bushes in summer. Additionally, we cut trees, repair tools, make bird feeders, info boards etc. in winter. From time to time, we also design and mark nature trails, raised vegetable patches and some other special elements for natural gardens. It is hard work but beautiful work. We work in any weather and try to be in the field as much as possible because we love nature.
During these diverse activities, the volunteer will have a rare opportunity to learn how a Czech NGO works. We are happy to meet a volunteer interested in nature conservation and environmental skills.
We are also looking forward to get inspired by a volunteer with some experience from this area. The volunteer can, for example, teach us how to address young people, how to communicate with them and to motivate them. We would like to hear how the work we do is organized in a different country. Our volunteers and trainees are always leaving us satisfied. Because it is not just about the nature itself, it is also about the people around Rezekvítek. Most of us are old friends knowing each other for years, we are young and we do what we believe in. So, there is no boredom or annoyance in our NGO at all!
The time schedule of the volunteer:
35 hours weekly:
25 hours of work for Rezekvítek itself (2 days a week manual work in the protected reservations and rest of the time assistance in the Creative center with the production of aids and publications on environmental issues (There is work in office, such as cutting paper, work with plastic, completing boxes etc.)
5 hours of preparation and meeting with ESC coordinator from Lužánky and other volunteers hosted or coordinated by Lužánky
5 hours for volunteers common/personal project
Program for week:
Monday – Fieldwork
Tuesday – activities in Luzanky (meeting)
– in the afternoon work in Rezekvítek office
Wednesday – Fieldwork
Thursday – activities in Luzanky
– in the afternoon work in Rezekvítek office
Friday – various activities (Luzanky, Rezekvítek, personal project, educational programs, excursions, lectures)
2-3 weekends a year we have events (community planting trees, mowing meadows, annual Rezekvítku events).
In the summer we have children’s camps where the volunteer goes to help.
QUESTIONS TO ANWSER:
Why would you like to help with practical nature protection in the Czech Republic?
Why do you like to work outdoors in nature? Describe your experiences, if you have.
Describe your experience with working in tougher conditions like frost, snow or heat. If you do not have any, how can you cope with such conditions?
What would you like to gain from your Solidarity corps volunteering projects?
What area are you good at and would you like to share your knowledge and experience with others?
Are you on with hard work outside in difficult conditions?
Are you confident about 25 hours/week of hard work outside?
General description of volunteering project coordinated by Luzanky:
There are 10 ESC volunteers working at different places on individual projects, meeting every week on common meetings with the coordinator and from time to time with all the colleagues to evaluate and plan the project. Luzanky hosts and coordinates ESC volunteers in other organizations (focused on environmental education, French culture, preschool education etc.). So, all hosted and coordinated volunteers will meet during the project and can visit workplaces and events of each other.
The volunteers are working 5 hours a week together with the coordinator on tasks connected with their integration into Luzanky and presentation of their presence in our organization. Those tasks will be mainly related with promotion of Solidarity corps program, and volunteers stay in Brno. Common trainings organized by Luzanky outside Brno are possible.
Volunteers can visit some of the courses and events organized by Luzanky for free (circus trainings for adults, ceramics, yoga etc.).
The organization will host only volunteers older than 18 years old.
Days off and holidays: volunteers have 2 days a week free + 2 days per month of vacation. While working occasionally on weekends they have extra days off during the week.
Volunteers get their pocket money and food allowance monthly (at the beginning of each month), they are provided with card for Brno public transport.
Volunteers live in rented flats in single rooms. At the end of the project (August, September) there might be change of accommodation because of administrative reasons.