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Group volunteering experience 2022

ECO-ARCHITECTURE and basics of PERMACULTURE in an OFF-GRID COMMUNITY

Hideghegy eco-community

25 July - 14 August 2022 

Deadline of application: 30 June 2022

CONTEXT:

This project will involve 10 volunteers for a 21 days program in the Hideghegy Eco-Community, in Pécsely, Hungary. This program is part of a collaboration between 4 NGOs, lead by Szatyor Association. 

MISSION:

We believe that together we can create a natural, sustainable, happy world instead of today’s unsustainable, wasteful lifestyle.

PLACE:

Pécsely is a picturesque village on the northern part of the Balaton lake, with 560 inhabitants. Our community is located above the village in a 6 hectare area, with a breathtaking view on the Balaton-lake. Our community consists of 9 permanent members, including old and young, families, couples and single people.  

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

Eco-architectural focus: constructing a wallipini, a stone retaining wall, work with adobe (building a cane wall and covering it with mud), fence weaving. 

You can get acquainted with working with wood, stone, clay, which can be useful almost anywhere in the world. 

Permacultural approach: Our permacultural farm will undertake the rehabilitation of an abandoned vineyard (picking up an old support system, collecting wires, placing cut-out bushes along the contour line) and collecting and processing herbs and fruits. 

Getting acquainted with the tasks related to the crop, weeding, watering, harvesting.

Cooking: Taking part in the kitchen tasks, cooking, bake the bread ourselves and prepare the lunch from the fresh ingredients we picked from the garden.

WHO CAN APPLY:

Young people (18-30) from all over Europe.

We will host 8 participants from abroad and 2 Hungarian participants, a total of 10 volunteers. 

PRACTICALITIES:

Accomodation:

in your own tent.

Food:

provided by the community, prepared together. Healthy, organic, mostly vegetarian and vegan options. 

Water, bathroom, toilet:

We bring drink water from a nearby well. 

We use outdoor showers using harvested rainwater. 

We exclusively use outdoor compost-toilets that we have built ourselves. 

Map: 

The GPS coordinates for our community are: 46.9625, 17.755

137 kms from Budapest, 25 kms from Veszprém and 12 kms from the Balaton Lake. 

Travel:

will be arranged by Szatyor Association into the country. Your host organisation will arrange your transportation from the stations/airport to the site.

Travel costs:

are covered by the European Solidarity Corps program up to 275 Euros.

Insurance:

volunteers are insured through the ESC’s CIGNA insurance scheme. Please make sure to have your valid, blue EU Health card with you. Hungarian volunteers should have their own TB insurance. 

Pocket money:

you will be granted 5 Euros/day pocket money. 

Passport and visa in Hungary:

Hungary is part of the Schengen area, easy to enter for EU citizesnd with a passport or an ID. In case you need visa to enter to Hungary, we discuss the details and arrange it individually. For information about visas, please visit this site: https://enterhungary.gov.hu/eh/?en 

COVID Situation:

The COVID situation is unpredictible, and currently there are no restrictions introduced by the Hungarian government, so it does not affect your travel to Hungary.

As of May 2022 there is no special permit needed to enter, but it might be the case later on. We follow the requirements from our side, please also get the updates and plan according to the recent conditions. This is the link (https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/HUN/7011) where you get up-to-date information. Please be aware of any requirements for your travel (test, EU vaccination card, EU Health card, mask mandate etc.) 

Currency and banking: 

The currency is Forint (HUF). 1 Euro about 380 Forint. (1l milk = 300 Forint, 1beer = 350 Forint, 1kg bread = 700 Forint) There are possibilities to change money in bigger cities, but you can pay with credit/debit cards in most shops. We ask you to open a Wisetransfer account before your arrival, this will be necessary.

Electricity:

Hungarian electric system operates on 230 Volts, 50 Hz, with round prong European style pugs. 

We are off-grid: In the community we use solar power: we only have sufficient electricity in case the sun is shining, otherways only enough to charge the phones!

Weather:

The Summer is also dry but hot, between +28-32, but evenings in the forest can be chilly.

What (not) to bring? 

YES 

- comfortable, clothes/shoes that you do not mind if they get dirty (in the garden, while working with mud or doing some other work. Best to bring a sturdy boots that are safe to work on a construction.

- hat, suncream, your own water bottle, working gloves, rain jacket

- mosquito and tick repellents

- tent, sleeping bad, sleeping mat

- towels

- headlamps

- your own mug, plate, cutlery, knife, water bottle

- EU Blue social security card, masks 

- special medication, documents, if you might need them 

NO 

- jewelry, electronics

- pets, animals 

Basic phrases in Hungarian :

Yes - Igen 

No - Nem 

Hello - Szia 

Goodbye - Viszlát 

Please - Kérem 

Thank you - Köszönöm 

My name is… - Az én nevem... 

Could you help me? - Tud nekem segíteni?

I don’t understand - Nem értem. 

How much does it cost? - Mennyibe kerül? 

 

All about ESC - What is the European Solidarity Corps program? 

All the details you find on this link: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/mission_en  

What to expect from being involved as a volunteer in this program? Here you go. - https://www.salto-youth.net/downloads/4-17-3877/Info+kit+European+Solidarity+Corps.pdf

All about about Cigna insurance you can find on this link. - http://eplusifjusag.hu/ckeditor/uploads/files/2019%2008%2005%20updated%20Volunteers%20Guide%20-%20v6.pdf 

Yes, you will get a Youth Pass certificate after your voluntary service, here you can get more information about what Youth Pass is and how you can note your learnings. https://www.youthpass.eu/hu/ 

Local contact numbers: 

- Regina Csatlós, organizer: +36-20-474-7372

- Balázs Tőgyi, ecological workshops: +36-30-618-1750

 

See you in Hideghegy soon :)


If you are interested in this project please complete the application form!