Building a community volunteer program
Location: Shipka, Bulgaria
Period: 15/09/2016 – 05/12/2016
Deadline: 11 August 2016
This program is an unique opportunity for getting hands on experience in the areas of community building, permaculture and gardening, social and cultural activities It is also an a opportunity to meet like-minded people and be the change in the world.
Shipka has many advantages – life is calmer around here, the air is fresh, water and food are clean, we are in the outskirts of the mountain and near a lake. Shipka is rich in cultural heritage. The disadvantages of Shipka’s are that cultural and social life is very limited. There are hardly any activities for youth and children. The town needs modernizing in lots of areas. We want to change that. This is why we need your help. We want to attract young people who want to live in a quiet place with fresh air for a few months. People who want to learn about gardening, permaculture and community building. We are looking for volunteers from Hungary and Slovenia.
OPEN MIND assists young people to achieve professional and personal realization, as well helps with their integration to the civil society and their inclusion to the international cultural and democratic values. One of OPEN MIND main goals is to raise awareness about how to live a more ecological and healthy lifestyle. To achieve this goal we are using the means of ecological education, music and arts. Our main projects are Artmospheric Festival – http://www.artmospheric.org) and Permaship (www.permaship.org). We have also translated into Bulgarian and published a book on permaculture, that has helped spread the permaculture idea in Bulgaria ( http://www.permaship.org/permakulturnata-domasna-gradina). Target group: young people: 14 to 40 and above(a life time learners)
– Design and making of productive permaculture gardens (building raised beds, perennial plants, observation skills, chicken tractor, worm farm, mulching , composting, making seed and seedling mixtures and raising seedlings)
– Town composting and recycling – information campaign and choosing a site and creation of a system for usage of organic waste in town)
– Cultural and educational activity – working at the Cultural center, gallery, library experience in promotion, exhibitions, funding, organizational activities
– Non-formal education – working with youth and children
If you want to apply for our project volunteers please send Curriculum Vitae and a specific motivation letter for the project (candidates who send generic/general motivation letters won’t be considered in the selection) to firstname.lastname@example.org. A skype call will be scheduled with the selected participants.
The sleeping arrangements will be in a rented house in the town of Shipka, that has everything necessary. The house is good and comfortable. Travel, accommodation, food and pocket money (set amount) are covered by the host organisation (funded by E+).
Location – Shipka is a historical place with rich cultural heritage and stunning nature. There are lots of tourists that visit the town, mainly to see the Russian church with the golden domes. The nature around Shipka is very beautiful and nice for hikes and walks. There is a bus to the town of Kazanlak (43,000 people) every 30 minutes.