Czech National Trust supports renovation of the cultural heritage in Czech republic. For this purpose, we cooperate with the National Trust of England and owners of individual historic sights on organizing volunteer summer working holidays with the aim to reveal the sights’ historical value, restore them and bring them back to life.
Volunteers cover their travel, accommodation and diets. The work stay is 1 week and includes 5 work days and 1 free day during which volunteers get a chance to visit sights normally inaccessible to public as a reward for their work.
Working Holidays 2018
Conserving Rožmitál Castle, Central Bohemia, June 20 – 27, 2018
The working holiday: Help to clean and restore the park, courtyard and moat of the castle at Rožmitál pod Třemšínem, a small historic town one hour from Prague. The castle was originally founded in the 13th century, however it has been remodelled over the centuries and the facades of this derelict structure are decorated in the Renaissance style. Tasks will be mainly manual and include cleaning and gardening. You will be lead by a team of restorers – no special skills are required.
Rožmitál is surrounded by beautiful pristine forests, one of which has recently achieved National Park status, and you will have the chance to explore them. The working holiday coincides with a Historic Fair in the town and you will see different performances and dances in your free time. Many other activities are planned by the holiday leaders: trips will be organised to visit two nearby castles, a beautiful pilgrimage site and the museum of composer Antonín Dvořák in the village of Vysoka.
Accommodation: You will stay in a local hostel, in shared rooms. Bedding and towel provided.
Clearing of a Historic Park and Greenhouse near Kromeriz, July 22 – 29, 2018
The working holiday: Participants will be working on CNT’s pilot project – clearing parkland around the chapel and mausoleum linked to Marie Ebner Eschenbach, one of the most remarkable literary personalities of the 19th century. This Czech novelist and short story writer was known at the time for her psychological novels but following the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, her work has been largely forgotten. The CNT now aims to draw attention to her legacy and you will be helping to restore the surrounding parkland and the remains of a 19th century greenhouse that the CNT plans to convert into its visitor and volunteer facility in the next few years. No special skills are required but DIY lovers and keen gardeners are welcome!
The site is situated near Kromeriz and its beautiful domed chapel is built in the Classicist style – a distinct piece of architecture offering splendid views of the rolling landscape. You’ll have plenty of time to explore Kromeriz and the CNT will arrange tours of its UNESCO-listed gardens, chateau and prestigious art gallery. Outings to other nearby towns can also be organised.
Accommodation: Full board in a newly-opened hostel in Kromeriz’s main square. The hostel has wi-fi and a pleasant café. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the café; lunches will be brought to the work site.
For further participation details and application, visit https://intoorg.org/programmes/working-holidays-2018