Existing Groups Camps

Camps are places where young people actively engage with people living in the Global South. This experience is also possible for existing groups such as schools, village groups, parishes, scouts, groups of friends or families.

The two to four weeks journey can be organized at the time of your choosing if it is in accordance with the availability of our local team and partners on the ground. A contract is signed between the Existing Group and Nouvelle Planète.

After a preparation period, the participants are immersed into local life and you participate in an aid project and village activities. The work and help brought in by the participants is symbolic: While working on a community development project with the local population, participants can exchange ideas with them. The Nouvelle Planète camp experience stresses the commitment to discover the different ways of life on our planet.

If you are interested in such an experience, please contact Philippe Randin by E-mail (randin@nouvelle-planete.ch) or by telephone (021 882 10 37) and let us know about your preferences in terms of time period, destination, number of group participants, etc .

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Objectives of the Camps

The camps allow the participants to:

  • Meet the local population in a unique way and share their way of life,
  • See the positive effects of initiatives taken by the local population and the efforts made to develop the region and protect the environment,
  • Work hand in hand with locals on a concrete project improving the life conditions of local people,
  • Become more open-minded, overcome their fear of the other and their prejudices, while promoting solidarity,
  • Spend useful holidays.


Tourism? Humanitarian work? Development work?

It is important to be aware that Nouvelle Planète camps …

  • … are not comfortable tours like those organized by tourist travel agencies. For example, the program is established, but changes are possible and unexpected events may happen. The living conditions (food, accommodation, equipment) are close to local ones.
  • … is not humanitarian work. The participants are not considered as saviours and are not going to respond to an emergency request.

The camp experience is linked to development aid and to solidarity through exchanges between North and South. The participants will probably learn and receive much more than they will be able to give.

Programme

There are two phases to the experience of a camp: A preparation in Switzerland of at least seven months and then the stay of two to four weeks in the host country.

Preparation in Switzerland
The preparation period is very important to help participants get ready for the change of scenery.

From the date of the formation of the group up to departure, as a participant you have the following objectives:

  • Contribute to a pleasant group life by getting to know the others and by working to common goal,
  • Research data about the host country, the host partner, the aid project and aspects of travelling (administrative issues and health care).
  • Organize group activities in order to raise funds to cover part or all of the project costs.

The preparation is organized by the person in charge of the group. Nouvelle Planète advises all participants to regularly take part in the organized group activities (meetings, information days, leisurely events, etc.) The commitment of each participant is needed to create a good group spirit.

Nouvelle Planète organizes some preparation and exchange meetings to participants of Youth and Adult Camps and members of Existing Group Camps are also welcome on these occasions. The framework for activities during this whole period is provided by Nouvelle Planète.

Stay in the Host Country
Each group is directly related to one country and a specific project within that country. All projects are based on a request from local partners of Nouvelle Planète. The population of the village in which the project is located welcome the participants and show them their way of life.

The camps are taking place in intervention countries of Nouvelle Planète. Given its vast experience, the organization can count on a great number of contacts and has been working for many years with these groups, associations or centres that have proved to be active and reliable partners.

In the village, a local group of young people is organized to work with the group from Switzerland on the different tasks related to the project. The days are filled with the following activities:

  • Project-related activities: simple tasks such as carrying bricks, painting walls or planting trees. The work on the project site is symbolic but is a good way of exchanging ideas with the local group while sharing their everyday life.
  • Activities to discover the area and exchange with the locals: outings and trips such as to the fields with the villagers, visiting their homes and sights in the project area or possibly in another part of the country.

The programme of the stay is planned by the coordination team of Nouvelle Planète and the local partner who are reachable 24/7.


What Nouvelle Planète Provides

Nouvelle Planète organizes all phases of the camp (preparation, journey to the destination village and return). The team in Lausanne and the coordinators in the field offices have over 25 years of experience.
In Switzerland the team organizes some of the preparation meetings for the participants and group leaders, plan the flights and subscribes the insurances (travel and liability for damages incurred during camp activities). Each group has one reference person of the Nouvelle Planète team to give them information, advice and keeps track of the minutes of all meetings in Switzerland. In the host countries, a camp manager is in charge of the group and is in regular contact with the coordinator.
In the country of destination, the local coordinating team organizes the stay of the group and welcomes them at the airport. They introduce the participants to the local partner organization and is reachable 24/7  during the whole stay. Together with the local partner organization , they also plan and monitor the project supported by the camp group.

The person in charge of the Existing Group organizes the group, stimulates participants' initiative and coordinates the undertaken activities. He or she constitutes the link between the group's internal communication and the one with the reference person at Nouvelle Planète. A training of one or two days is provided to them during the preparation.

The Nouvelle Planète team is not responsible for camp participants. It is the person in charge of the existing group that assures that participants behave properly and keep to the rules.


Conditions

The person in charge of the group signs a contract with Nouvelle Planète and is thus responsible for the behaviour of the group and assures that the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • place the request at least 7 months prior to departure,
  • mobilize a group of at least 10 people at the time of departure,
  • have the psychological and physical condition to endure the difficulties and risks that are encountered in a country of the Global South (illnesses, hot and humid climate, images of dismal poverty , etc.),
  • take part in the regular meetings during the eight months preparation in Switzerland,
  • participate in the group activities in order to reach the objectives of preparation in Switzerland,
  • pay the travel expenses on time,
  • good command of French or English (depending on the country of destination)
  • accept and subscribe to the Nouvelle Planète Charter.

As far as the age of participants is concerned, it is up to the person in charge of the group to decide a minimum. In general, participants to these types of camps are 15 years old or older at the moment of departure.

Dates and Costs

The Existing Group Camps pay the travel expenses. The price varies according to the destination and is generally between CHF 1000.- and CHF 1800.- per person for plane tickets and insurance, and between CHF 500.- and CHF 800.- for the cost of the stay (food, accommodation, transport and other expenses). Nouvelle Planète provides the group with an offer that mentions the exact prices. It is possible to pay the cost in two instalments: the first one 5 months and the second 2 months prior to departure. The exact days will be fixed for each camp individually.

The group raises funds also in order to cover at least partially the costs of the community development project on which he will be integrated they support (CHF 700.- per person, at least CHF 5'000.-). Nouvelle Planète covers the rest of the financing.

Until five months prior to departure, the camp can still be cancelled and individual participants may still withdraw from the experience without having to pay any fees. After this time, some cancellation fees apply.

There are other fees that have to be covered by the camp participants. Nouvelle Planète advises participants to establish a small budget for related costs such as:

  • travel costs to the group meetings in Switzerland and to the airport on the day of departure,
  • passport and visa fees,
  • vaccination and other health-related costs (pharmacy).


The administrative costs of the team in Switzerland and the one in the field are covered by specific subsidies.