The team of ’At home with nature’ organized a 3-day-trip in camp for young adults with disadvantaged background. 20 people were involved in the program. During the camp the participants have got closer to the nature, and got to know about efficient tools of environmental awareness and sustainable development like “KARTOLÓ MŰHELY”, passive houses, drying furnace from beer cans, and composting toilet. Beside the visit the group played team building activities, went for a bird watching to the closer forest, tried how to make felt, and, as a main activity, learned about how to build an adobe house.
On the first day we occupied the accommodation and took a walk in the village where 60 people live totally. Afterward the moderators presented the programme for the 3 days.
On the second day the representative of the town hall lead us around the village, visited the important buildings and monuments e.g. museum and church. During the visit the history of the village was presented. After the programme our group could get to know the traditional ways of creating everyday tools. The participants made small colorful balls from wool, soap and water.
We spent the next few hours with team building activities in the museum garden. After lunch our hosts presented about why environmental protection, and acquisition and promotion of sustainable development, and – lifestyle are needed. Among other things the participants could get to know details about that the majority of the World’s produced goods is used by the small part of the World’s population; how much the American or African people spend for food a day; and how many times of the Earth’s capacity is needed, if everybody lives European living standards. At the end of the presentation the hosts showed the learned things through an interactive game called “XY”, where the participants were involved. The point of the game is to simulate how different groups can(not) cooperate with each other beside of the promise of constantly growing profit.
The next program was about passive houses: how these houses are insulated; how they use 100% energy of the stove and what kind of heating system is needed to be built. The participants got to know better some tools that give energy, for example the wood-drying made from beer cans. The cans collect the solar energy that is lead into the drying storage.
There is a community garden in the village, where the members are not using fertilizes – as in the nature -, they put the leaves on the ground, which provides nutrient supplementation and protects the plants in the winter. The youngsters could see a special Hungarian cow that gives less, but fat-rich milk. This milk can be used for making a hard bio cheese. The participants got to know the elementary basics and get familiarized with the tools and
At the end of the day the participant tried the traditional work with adobe. They broke the adobe bricks, added water and mixed a pulp from them. With this pulp they corrected the insulation of the film tent.
The next day everybody woke up earlier in order to go for a bird watching, where the participants could see several types of birds in the forest and on the fields.
During the day we visited the “kartoló műhely” where the participants observed the process of making wool from lamb fur step-by step. This wool will be used for preparing clothes and bedding. The process has 3 steps: they put the fur to water in order to clean it, after it is dried and at the end an electrical machine (in the past it was a machine worked with steam) is preparing wool ready to use.
After lunch we packed, cleaned our accommodation and evaluated the program. As the result of this activity, a workshop model was developed.
This camp was a part of Erasmus+ project „At home with nature“.
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