On that day we participated at the so-called Minsk Rallye, which was a way for us to discover the city of Minsk and learn some facts about it.
We were required to take some photos of the city, learn what was it’s connection to JFK, to the theory of relativity, and we had to find out when Minsk was mentioned in a document for the first time in history.
After lunch we had some free time in the city which most of us used for shopping.
After breakfast, we packed our bags and cleaned the camp. Then we left by bus, and headed to Minsk.
We checked in at the hotel and we left for dinner in the city and visited a club in Minsk which was attended mostly by belarusians.
This was our last full-day at the camp. In the morning we finished our work.
We had finished the work at the balcony and at the campfire, and we had reconstructed a couch, that ended up to be beautiful and comfy.
We had free time and we went to the lake once more and then we prepared for the evening’s talent show, where some of the participants and leaders presented us their knack, such as magic tricks, musical acts and much more.
It ended up with the Dunaevo cake and at least two birthday parties at the camp fire. We started to realize that the camp was almost over, and I believe that at that evening everyone was emotional.
The day started with a workshop on Good Life.
We found out how inhabitants, wealth and co2 emissions are distributed on the world.
You also had to discuss in small groups what could eventually save the world: politics or individuals and later we had to form a frozen pic to represent our results.
After lunch we had our working sessions and at night we played a game all together called “Arbat”, in which all people pretended to run a shop on their own and the customers went to “purchase” what they offered.
On that day, the schedule was special. We visited two castles. First, we went to Nesvizh and after eating lunch at the town and doing some shopping we headed to Mir castle. Both castles were magnificent.
They are located in beautiful places, it’s like we were in a fairytale. We headed back to the camp, where we ate dinner and played a game called “Speed-dating”.
In this game someone called questions, which were answered by randomly-made pairs from the groups.
Following the working session that we had in the morning and the lunch time, we had the mid evaluation where the participants were asked how they liked the camp so far and gave feedback to the team about what they liked, did not like and proposed what to do better in the following days.
Then we were offered a workshop on sustainable food or about the ecological footprint, that each of us leaves on earth and in the evening we played “Night in Palermo” at the camp fire.
On that day, we had our first (out of five) working session.
Many “jobs” were available, like painting the second floor from the sauna-house, gardening, collecting wood for the bonfire, rebuilding a couch and reconstructing the campfire site.
All guys worked with passion, while we were encouraged by Kola, our construction manager, and Sergei (or as we called him, the “inspector”!). They were responsible for leading the construction projects and for the safety measures.
In the afternoon we attended a workshop on Awareness of Sustainability.
There we learned about the terms of Green and Blue Washing. Then, we had to draw our own advertisement on a big paper poster. After that, we had much free time, to go to the local lake or to the sauna.
It’s the first day that all the teams are in Dunaevo! After breakfast, we took part in some getting to know each other activities. We were asked to contribute our thoughts on the camp rules, which we formed all together. We were also informed about the Youth Pass and the Ewoca blog. Zina, a lovely old lady, was our cook. One person from each national group would be part of the duty-team for one day. The duty-team has to support Zina and fulfill all the tasks which have to be done during the day. At noon, we visited the town of Kopyl and a local museum. After dinner we had our first campfire.