Youth organisation Woodcraft Folk were delighted to welcome Noemie and Sabrina to the charity’s Centres Team last month. Sabrina and Noemie will be volunteering to support the teams at Woodcraft Folk’s Biblins Youth Campsite and Cudham Environmental Activities Centre as well as helping with other project work over the next 5 months.
The placements are funded by the European Solidarity Corps. Woodcraft Folk have participated in a number of ESC projects over the past few years but unfortunately this project will be the last due to Brexit restrictions.
Noemie and Sabrina have started their placements at Biblins and have been busy supporting the team and volunteers with the build of camp Koodoo as well as taking part in an induction to the site, safeguarding training and ward inductions.
“I’m 23 and I come from South East France. I will be volunteering with Woodcraft Folk for the next five months, between the Cudham and Biblins campsites. I found the placement through the European Solidarity Corps, and I am very excited to be a part of this amazing charity and to discover England and its culture! After obtaining my master’s degree, I worked at the French national centre of spatial studies (CNES) for a bit, dealing with the intellectual property of inventions. Currently, I am taking a gap year and I will start training as a woodworker in September. I am deeply interested in cabinet making, and restoring historical pieces. I have been a scout most of my life and I love being outdoors and getting crafty. Meeting people from all around the world and living new experiences is a really important part of my life, leading me to always seek new -cheap and ecofriendly- travelling opportunities. My other areas of interest are advocating for women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights, as well as mental health awareness.”
Over the next few months the volunteers will engage in other projects within Woodcraft Folk such as supporting the Development Team with delivering the Camps for All initiative at Height Gate in May, they will also have roles to play at the charty’s Venturer Camp taking place later this summer.
“I was born and grew up in Santa Cruz – Bolivia and currently, I live in Barcelona, Spain since 2019. I’m 28 years old and have 2 nationalities (Bolivian and Spanish). Regarding my academic background, I have studied Forestry engineering in Bolivia where I developed my enthusiasm for nature. After that, I continued studying a postgraduate about environmental impact assessment. Nowadays, I’m finishing a Master’s degree in occupational health and safety in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. I’m very glad to participate in this project with the Woodcraft Folk organization because I like volunteering and nature.”
If you are visiting Biblins or Cudham over the next few months you may well meet Noemie and Sabrina so do not forget to say hello!