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Workcamp participant in Borneo: Just buy a ticket, then he is all alone

George Kubricht this summer combined with a desire to help others, desire to travel and joined the volunteer program Rainbow Association. His cíloviště However, more than exotic – for two weeks under the „slightly different“ went on the Malaysian part of Borneo island.

  • George Kubricht (25) graduated from the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague. Currently studying a Master of Laws at Nottingham Trent University in Great Britain. A similar work camps, as in Malaysia, said never had the experience, but very happy to help as an occasional volunteer, „wherever necessary“. Several times, for instance, for a few days in Camphill, a program focused on organic farming in the Czech Kopisty.

Among his major interests are also traveling – especially if you say the so-called "baťůžkaření. Traveled to Ukraine, Russia, the Trans-Siberian Railway to Mongolia, he spent some time in India, Australia, where he studied half a year, or in the United States, where he studied a year. In his travels he also visited Israel, Palestine, Jordan and most countries in Europe .*

** George, can you tell us more about what the objective was to work camps, to which you gave? **

It was mainly to help local residents. We helped with the work of local pepper field, we pleli, hoeing and covered the roots of plants with soil, and we also built a concrete reservoir, so it can grow the local fish.

** How many of you worked there? **

In total we were twelve. Three volunteers were from France, the fourth was from Malaysia, but the city – from Kuala Lumpur and the rest were Japanese and the Japanese girl.

** They were all people involved in the volunteer program? **

Yes, only voluntary mediation organization was always different.

. <> * *** Volunteers, who went to Borneo with George, came from all walks countries (Photo: George Kubrichta archive) *

** Why did you decide to program? **

I had several reasons. Probably the main one was that I wanted to look into the exotic country to be volunteer workcamp is a very good way, because accommodation and meals are taken care of – that is free of charge. Secondly, my workcamp took place in the heart of Borneo, in the middle of the jungle, which sound very adventurous, and I was tempted. Thirdly, from my experience that most people recognize a foreign country where he lives and works with local people. And fourthly, I like helping and traveling, and workcamp is a combination of both.

** Borneo after all of us belong to more exotic areas. What were your point of view of local residents? **

These were the original inhabitants of Borneo, who have lived here since time immemorial – they call themselves „the Iban people. It is characterized by the fact that they live in so-called "longhouses“, which is a lot, but really long house. In it live together the whole tribe, which consists of individual families. Where was I living under one roof a dozen families, but are much larger longhouse, where you need thirty or fifty families. The house is divided into rooms that belong to individual families, but which are not mutually penetrated, so privacy is usually minimal. All lounghouse is then connected to a long veranda, where community life takes place and where he held a joint meeting. More interesting, then, is that the Iban people were a century ago, active hunters, which is even now seen in the decoration of the Longhouse – for example, where I was, hanging at the entrance of six human skulls …

. <> * *** The Malaysian longhouse lived often several families (photo: George Kubrichta archive) *

** How do you – these people looked for volunteers? **

Vzledem that we have with them a fortnight to live in their house and we came to help them and their relationship to us was very warm and quite often they even care that we did not work too.

** What you felt after your arrival on the island the most difficult? **

Observed local social customs, to man their ignorance and bluntness placate local residents, who are very friendly way.

** What the contrary, its decision to go to the workcamp most oceňuješ? **

I'm sure a lot of experiences that I gained. For example, a dinner – a meal on the ground and hands, the food – I sampled plants from the jungle, bats or ants, walking in the jungle and swimming in a river.

. <> * *** Walking in the jungle after all not a walk in the rose garden (photo: archive George Kubrichta ) *

** And you were a little afraid for their health or safety? **

Initially, one feels a sense of uncertainty – knows what conditions are in place, what to expect and so on. However, to arrive at a place familiar with everything and see that it actually has nothing to worry about those feelings quickly disappear. It is worth bearing in mind that work camps are usually repetitive task, so you have local volunteers with experience. Moreover, if in the past there were any problems, then the umbrella organization of voluntary workcamp again at that point did not hold. And finally, work camps are based on voluntary help so that you are in one group of people who are mostly „good heart“. Perhaps the most interesting experience when I was a little worried, was when I went for a walk alone into the jungle. If there is one himself, and everything suddenly comes alive and very odevšud will hear different sounds – birds, dragonflies, cicadas, and small animals. I had a little frost in the back, but it was pretty exciting. Well, as I'm walking and I hear a lot of powerful hum, which is rapidly approaching and suddenly echoed from all around. So I started hotfoot back as quickly as perhaps never. She's still haunted me, but I ran it. So far, I do not know what it was, nor how much it was dangerous.

. <> * *** Participation in the workcamp is a great experience. Just to be afraid (photo: George Kubrichta archive) *

** Looking at the economic side of your whole trip, odhadneš much about you all stay standing? What can I be paid? **

Paid for the food and accommodation. Pay must be right, a return ticket to Borneo cost 25,000 crowns, and the fee for work camps, namely, 1 500 CZK. Otherwise, prices in Malaysia are generally about one-third lower than for us. I'm still two weeks before work camps toured Malaysia and I spent an average of 400 to 500 crowns per day, including meals, accommodation, entrance fees and transport.

** If you had the opportunity passed you would like workcamp again? **

Definitely do not regret that I have attended such a workcamp and certainly do not rule out that a similar workcamp again in the future issues.

. <> * *** workcamp – it's not just entertainment and tourism, but also help in areas that need it (photo: archive George Kubrichta) in George Kubrichta)) *

** What do you think is the ideal man for that to work camps, which you graduated you could go? What should be placed? **

Have courage and be able to cope. As for courage, so it's just about it and decide to buy a ticket, and then everything goes by itself. And when the man returned and he then says that it was actually quite cool. And then when the place you have to deal with different situations and will learn very quickly how to cope, so it's not even a prerequisite. For example, the local did not speak English so we communicated or different. * (Laughs) *

Author: Černá, Lucie

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