(Dated 15 March 2000)

Austria - SCI


Dear friends,
As you all might know the political situation in Austria is quite unpleasant as in the beginning of February a new right government was instaled that moves all Europe. We want to express our protest against rassist and nationalist politics in Europe in general and especially in Austria¹s new government. Therefore we ask you to include the following text in your summerprogramm above our camp-list.
Thanks a lot!
SCI-Austria

POLITICAL SITUATION
In February the new Austrian government ­ a coalition between the conservative popular party and the extrem right Freedom party (Jörg Haider) was instaled. Since then a great wave of protest moves Austria. In many Austrian cities people are in the streets expressing their protest. The new government not only changes a lot in politics like closing the ministery of women, reducing state-grants for NGOs, conservative family-politics and higher budget for military-expenses. It¹s also the language that is used for discriminating minorities, immigrants ect. and producing and legitimating xenophobia, rassism, nazi-ideas and sexism. During the last weeks of protests in the streets we got to know a repressive police-system as well. Even official media seems to be under pressure. SCI-Austria sees itself as part of this protest-movement against the government and in general against this way of doing politics (no matter by whom or which party in which country it is performed). Besides joining the demonstrations and discussions in Austria we are preparing a study-part for our camps. So volunteers coming to Austria this summer will have the chance to discuss with us the situation here (and the implications for NGOs, immigrants...) but also the rassist, nationalist and sexist tendencies in the societies of their own countries or in the EU.
See you in Austria
SCI-Austria


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1.1
Oposition to Millenium-Congress of extremistic-right groups in Innsbruck (Tirol)
10/05 ­ 14/05
6-7 vols
On 12th and 13th of May there will be a meeting of extremistic right student-groups in Innsbruck. It will be called a millenium-congress and there will be discussions on ’Security in future EuropeŒ and ’Alternatives to multicultural experiments in societyŒ. A plattform of local groups are organizing resistance against this meeting as a sign against contemporary politics in Austria. Planned are demonstrations, manifestations, streetevents, international meetings on rassism and antisemitism ect. The last meeting of this king was held in 1994 and there were 3000 participants at the congress and 4000 people demonstrating against it.
W: help with constructing stages, help in the kitchen, producing and distribute info-material... support wherever it is needed.
A: in the flat of an SCI-activist (bring sleepingbag!)
S: Political Situation in Austria - Rassism and the situation of Immigrants

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5.1
Franz-Staufer-Hof (Upper Austria)
01/07 ­ 22/07
5 vols
The Franz-Staufer-Hof is a project of SOS-Kinderdorf for kids from 15 to 18. At the moment 8 young people live there and get prepared for living on there own. The Franz-Staufer-Hof is a biodynamic farm where the kids can gain some skills in farm work, houshold work and processing wood or metal. Important are as well: social learning, group expierience, learning problems... depending on the needs and skills of the youngsters.
R: No alcohol, no drugs in the farm! Some German could be useful ­ but not necessary!
W: Mostly farm work like berry harvest, hay making, proceeding sheep¹s wool, herbs harvest, animal care.
A: Simple accomodation in dormitory, sleepingbag needed.
S: Depending on the interest of the volunteers, information about the different fields of work on the project, also biodynamic farming & political situation (see above)

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5.2
Waldorf school I (Leobersdorf - Niederösterreich):
03/07 ­ 22/07
10 vols
A group of people founded a Waldorf school and Kindergarten which works according to the principles of Rudolf Steiner. This camp has been running for many years now. Every summer a new part of the building was renovated. So the school with the help of the SCI-volunteers is getting more and more beautiful.
W: Painting, renovation
S: Alternative education & political situation (see above)
A: In school classrooms,  sleepingbag needed.

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5.3
Waldorfschule II (Leobersdorf - Niederösterreich):
7/8 ­ 26/8
10 vols
A group of people founded a Waldorf school and Kindergarten which works according to the principles of Rudolf Steiner. This camp has been running for many years now. Every summer a new part of the building was renovated. So the school with the help of the SCI-volunteers is getting more and more beautiful.
W: Painting, renovation
S: Alternative education & political situation (see above)
A: In school classrooms,  sleepingbag needed.

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8.1
Malko Bungis (Markt Allhau, Burgenland)     
13/8 ­ 2/9/2000
15 vols
Malko Bungis is a NPO working for re-itegration of socially disadvanteged people like longterm unemployed or handicapped persons. They have a joinery, a gardening, a kitchen and a store where their clients work. Furthermore they work with kids in their family homes. This year there will also be a one week youthcamp for local youngsters where SCI-volunteers will support the programm. It is called ’Perspectives of youthŒ and there will be workshops on ecological topics, on work and creative workshops. Working hours are from 7.30 to 4 pm (Be punctual because you are an example for the clients.)
German or good English needed.
Somehow ’artisticŒ skills (musics, theatre, creativ things...) or/and knowledge about ecology are useful!
W: Helping in the different fields of work and during the youthcamp with the workshops.
A: On matresses in classrooms of the local school-building (bring sleepingbag)
S: Youth and working & political situation (see above)

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11.1
Nexenhof (Niederösterreich)
13/08 ­ 28/08
12-15 vols
The Nexenhof is a 200 year old farm house located about 1 hour north from Vienna. It has been serving as a centre for individual- and socialtherapy and as a communication-centre for 25 years now. Since then a lot of seminars and meeting on ecological, political, cultural issues have been organized or hosted there. One of the main objectives are alternative concepts of medicine like using local plants for healing and Ayurveda (theory of investigation and recovering of  selfhealing powers). Those concepts should be a completion to western scientific medicin and lead to a self-determined life in harmony with nature and its resources.
W: lay out a garden for medical herbs and/or lay out a biotop in the garden
S: basics of the Ayurveda-concept (up to 8 hours a week if volunteers want) and elements of dream-therapy like creative expression in performances & studypart of SCI-Austria on political situation (see above)