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. Many of these organisations will be at Common Ground!
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.
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.
|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|
- 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 have any existing international partnerships and what capacity you have for supporting your delegation to come to Common Ground.
- Read more about fundraising here.
- 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.
- Please tell us if you can host a solidarity delegation – 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 logistics as well as potentially providing a place to stay before and after the camp so that you can arrive together.
- We have guidance and templates available including 1-2-1 advice 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!
- 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 that 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. Expect more information in Feb 2020 – well 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. Our aim is to make the process smooth and efficient for the districts and delegations involved.
- The total budget available will depend on the total number of participants – the more people book on, the more solidarity funding we will have available!
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 for pre-camp and IFM-SEI IC in May, and for Common Ground in August 2020. More information here.
See our statement about the implications of Brexit on EU citizens travelling to the UK for Common Ground.
Visiting from outside the EU:
Please see guidance below. We recommend EARLY passport and visa applications. This is especially important if you have complex circumstances (ie a mixture of nationalities in the group, participants with name changes). Early information will help the Common Ground Team and to support you better.
Visit the IFM-SEI visa platform for information on general visa processes.
EU nationals, both adults and children, at Common Ground should carry a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This should give you access to necessary medical treatment in the UK, free of charge. It will also enable you to access medical care in other EU countries en route to the UK. The Brexit guidance still remains a little unclear but during transition period (until the end of 2020) most benefits will remain the same.
Please note: EHIC is not the same as a travel insurance. For example, EHIC would not cover the cost of bringing you back to home country if you are injured. This is called a repatriation. Consider carefully what other insurance you would like, beyond most urgent medical care. More information here: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/health/index_en.htm .
Already hold an EHIC? Then please remember to check expiry and renew if needed!
You can get urgent medical care in the UK but this can incur very high fees. We recommend buying a comprehensive medical insurance before you travel. Please make sure everyone in your group has declared to the insurance company any existing medical conditions, pregnancy and any treatments they are waiting to receive in home country. You are more likely to have the correct insurance cover if you have shared all the information.