TOKA summer camps are overnight camps that are organized at Gërmia Park Recreation Center, in Kosovo. The purpose of the camps is to empower and inspire young people to learn new skills, protect the environment, and contribute to their communities. The camps do this by providing a wide range of fun and challenging activities throughout the week. At a TOKA camp you will go hiking, play teambuilding games, learn new leadership skills, get to know other young people from around Kosovo, and spend time relaxing by the campfire and looking up at the stars. Some camps also include excursions around Kosovo.
TOKA Summer Camps - Frequently Asked Questions
TOKA’s camps are open to all participants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, physical ability, and nationality.
The age of participants varies by camp, but is usually within the age range of 14-20 years old.
It depends on the camp program, but usually camps run from 3 to 8 days.
Depending on the program, TOKA plans to have about 40 participants for each camp.
Selection of participants is based on the following criteria:
- Age – Participants are selected based on the age requirements of the camp.
Gender – At each camp TOKA aims to have equal gender representation.
- Motivation – TOKA prioritizes participants who show the most motivation to be part of the camps. This is why we ask all applicants to submit a video explaining their motivation to join.
- Willingness to volunteer – TOKA appreciates and wants to support those who wish to contribute to making Kosovo a better place. Therefore, we give priority to candidates who offer to carry out volunteer hours.
- Diversity – we believe that the most stimulating program is one where participants have the opportunity to learn from each other. Therefore, when we select the candidates, we also try to include participants from a wide range of backgrounds.
Participants under the age of 18 are required to get their parent’s signed permission prior to arriving at camp, otherwise they are not allowed to participate in the camp. A parental approval form will be emailed to you after you are accepted into the camp.
Participation costs for the program vary based on the camp – accurate fee information can be found on the specific camp page. However, if you are unable to pay but still want to attend, each camp has a limited number of scholarships for participants who can prove financial need. If you require a scholarship to attend the camp, please indicate this in the application form.
In order to qualify for a scholarship, you need to send TOKA proof that your family receives social assistance or that you have a low family income. We will ask for proof of this after you have been accepted into the camp.
In general, the camps are in Albanian, with the exception of the Change Makers and International Camp, which will be held in English.
Yes, TOKA will advise participants on booking their flights. However, in most cases TOKA will not cover the costs of airfare.
Yes, if you arrive 1-2 days before the beginning of the camp TOKA will help arrange a place for you to stay, either at the camp space or at the home of a TOKA staff member. However, it is important that you communicate this information to TOKA well before you are due to arrive.
Yes, if you are an international participant TOKA will arrange for a staff member to meet you at the airport. To do so, you must provide TOKA will your flight information before your arrival.
Most of the countries do not need a visa to enter Kosovo. However, we recommend you check the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.mfa-ks.net/?page=1,87) where you can find the visa requirements for other citizens entering Kosovo.
In general participants do not need to spend much money while they are at the camp. However, a refundable 25 Euro deposit is required from all participants, which will be returned at the end of camp. If you require bed sheets, a 10 Euro fee will also be required to secure them.
At camps with excursions, there will be short opportunities to purchase snacks or souvenirs. You have the option to bring a small amount of money for these instances.
The currency used in Kosovo is euros.
Yes, you may apply if you’ve already attended camps in the past, however priority will be given to new participants.
Based on our needs, TOKA may engage alumni as volunteers. Please contact us if this is something that interests you, and we will make a decision on a case-by-case basis.
Yes, you can apply to more than one camp, but priority will be given to new participants.
TOKA will provide three meals per day to participants. However, participants are encouraged to bring snacks, which they can keep in their cabins. TOKA will try to accommodate dietary restrictions, however it is important that you inform TOKA about your dietary needs before the beginning of the camp so we can make arrangements.
In each camp TOKA is responsible for creating and organizing the program, which will be led by local and international educators. In addition, our partners sometimes implement specific activities during the camp.
Our core supporters are:
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Municipality of Prishtina
World Wide Fund for Nature – Adria (WWF Adria)
Instructions for packing
• Comfortable clothes for hot weather
• Comfortable clothes for cool evening temperatures – please note that even during summer months, the difference in temperature in Germia Park can drop by 10-15 degrees celsius.
• Bed sheets (for mattress, cover and pillow) – mandatory. If the participant does not bring these, they must pay 10 euros for the center that provides them.
• Clothes for hiking (pants with side pockets, plaid shirt, backpack, etc.)
• Sport shoes for hiking
• Sun cream
• Anti-mosquitoe spray/cream
• Things for personal hygiene (toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, soap)
• Musical instrument if you know how to play it.
Structure of Recreational Center in Gërmia (RCG)
• There are 13 wooden lodgess with possibility to accommodate four persons in each of them. Every lodge is equipped with a bathroom, bed, closet and table with four chairs.
• Main building – which has a large hall on the ground floor and several other spaces that can be used for indoor workshops.
• The RCG is surrounded by trees and has two areas for outdoor activities.
Behind the RCG is the climbing wall, which is managed by the Kosovo Mountaineering and Alpinists Federation, and which is used by TOKA during the camps.
The nearest lake is Badovc Lake, and is about 4 hours away by walking.
Life in Gërmia
The camp is about 15 minutes by driving from the center of Prishtina, and 45 minutes from the Airport of Prishtina.
It depends on your location, but the bus line that brings you from Sunny Hill to the City Center and Gërmia Park is bus number 4 and it costs only 40 cents.
Regarding taxis, prices are also relatively inexpensive. From the bus station to the RCG it can cost up to 5 euro, and from Pristina airport to the RCG it costs about 15 euro.
Spring from 10-20°celsius, summer from 25-35°celsius.