International

IFM-SEI

The International Falcon Movement – Socialist Educational International (IFM-SEI) is the umbrella organisation that connects socialist educational children’s and youth organisations from across the globe.

IFM-SEI has member organisations all around the world. Have a look at their members page to see the organisations in different regions. We hope that as many as possible will be able to join us at Common Ground!


Partnerships

Everyone at Common Ground will camp in a village (about 100 people) and each village will be made up of at least one Woodcraft Folk district and one international group. Between 3 and 5 villages will form a town (about 500 people).

Hopefully all partnerships between Woodcraft Folk districts and international groups will bring new friendships and opportunities to live and educate together before, during and after Common Ground.

Some organisations will bring their own equipment, whilst others will need help with borrowing tents and equipment from Woodcraft Folk group. Some organisations will need more financial solidarity to travel further distances and practical help with getting UK visas. Groups who will require financial solidarity are referred to as ‘solidarity delegations’ here.


Prices

The cost of Common Ground has a solidarity fee structure based on IFM-SEI’s staggered membership fee system and which takes into account an organisation’s strength and financial capacity.

RegionPrice
Asia£105 per person
Africa£105 per person
Eastern Europe£155 per person
Latin America£105 per person
Middle East (Israel, Egypt, Turkey)£155 per person
Middle East (Palestine)£105 per person
Western Europe£205 per person

Solidarity delegations

  • Please tell us you want to come before December 2019, and the earlier the better!
  • Use the booking system to give as much information as you can about who and how many people would like to come to Common Ground. It can always be updated at a later stage.
  • Tell us if you’ve got any existing international partnerships and what capacity you have for supporting your delegation to come to Common Ground.
  • If not, we will pair you with a Woodcraft Folk district who will share activities, experience and fundraise to help towards your participation fee, visa and travel costs.

Woodcraft districts

  • Please tell us if you can host a solidarity delegation before 1st December 2019 (early-bird booking deadline) and the earlier the better!
  • Use the booking system to let us know that you’re planning to come to Common Ground and tell us of any existing international partnerships.
  • If you don’t want to book on just yet, email Frankie instead – international@commonground.camp.
  • If you don’t have any existing partnerships, think about whether there are any international links or language expertise within the district that might help your partnership.
  • We will pair you with an international group who will share activities and enrich the district’s educational experience of the camp.  
  • Hosting a solidarity delegation will involve more financial solidarity and support with applying for visas as well as potentially providing a place to stay before and after the camp so that you can arrive together.
  • We will provide guidance and templates for navigating the visa system and there is some money in the central budget to assist districts (see below) – so don’t be too daunted by the prospect of raising money!

Fundraising

  • The theme for Common Ground is ‘international friendship and solidarity’. In keeping with this, the board has set aside part of the central budget to support international delegations to attend Common Ground, ensuring that this IFM-SEI camp is truly international and we enable children and young people from around the world to meet, experience and educate together.
  • Once paired with an international ‘solidarity’ delegation, Woodcraft Folk districts can apply for some of this money to supplement their fundraising efforts. The deadline to apply is 1st March 2020 – a couple of months before visa applications will open.
  • A group made up of representatives from the camp board, Woodcraft Folk and IFM-SEI will decide how to distribute the money, based on various criteria eg: the number of people in the delegation; how many children and young people are in the delegation; how much has already been raised; Any grants/ funding applied for; where in the world the delegation are coming from; how much travel will cost; and how much is the delegation able to contribute themselves.
  • The total budget available will depend on the total number of participants – the more people book on, the more money we’ll have available to spend on international solidarity from the central budget!

Visas

EU27: The EU parliament has agreed that it will allow British citizens up to 90 days visa-free travel to the Schengen area, and the British government has agreed to offer the same for EU27 citizens. The latest guidance is that you can use your passport, even if it will run out within 6months after travel. However the use of EEA ID-cards at the border will be phased out some time in 2020. Please consider carefully whether you want to apply for a passport. It will give you more certainty of travel in May for pre-camp and IFM-SEI IC, if applicable, and for Common Ground in August 2020. More information here.

Visiting from outside the EU: For most participants, the application window for a tourist visa will open 90 days before travel (1st May 2020). We will issue visa support letters to everyone in your group, in April 2020. We recommend EARLY visa applications. Book an appointment at your consulate / embassy for any time after 1st May 2020. Most applicants go through the visa application in a standard time but if you have different circumstances (for example you have several nationalities, have had name changes or have a criminal record), a visa interview is sometimes required. It is also important that you check each participant in your group: Do they have a passport from the country you are travelling from? Or a different passport? Or a refugee travel document? Early information will help the Common Ground team to support you better.

Remember to obtain the visa first, only then book your flights if they are non-refundable. This is to reduce your financial losses. Flight prices will go up, but it is better not to commit any money until you have been cleared to travel. Alternatively, you can try to work with a travel agent. Travel agents can sometimes “hold” flights without any fee.

Visit the IFM-SEI visa platform for information on the visa process, and educational resources in the ‘On the Move’ resource to explore youth mobility in your group!

See our statement about the implications of Brexit on EU citizens travelling to the UK for Common Ground.

Medical care

At present (23rd October 2019) no agreement has been reached regarding EHIC after Brexit. If no agreement is reached, all non-UK citizens will need to pay for UK medical care. You will be eligible for treatment but this could incur very high fees. It is advised that everyone obtains an adequate insurance prior to travel.