Building Bridges in Kobraland, Donja Toponica
Description: “Grupa Kobra” organises workcamps for several years now, in a little village in the south of Serbia, with merely 300 inhabitants. Workcamps are such important part of their lives that the entire village is involved. They will dedicate 2 full months this summer to workcamps, this being the first one of the year. All the workcamps will contribute to the activities of the youth center built and dedicated to workcamp volunteers for years now. Two long-term volunteers from France and local volunteers will contribute with their ideas and work. To get a better idea about the place and the team, have a look at the web documentary YRS-VSS produced in 2017, following three stories of workcamp leaders, one being in Donja Toponica: http://youthleaders.online/jancha.php
Type of Work: Gatherings and activities together with the local youth are essential to this workcamp, the hosts would use the opportunity to present their local community, tradition and customs and, together with the participants of the camp, to encourage rural development, youth mobility and intercultural understanding. This will be 11th international work camp in Donja Toponica.The work will be consisted of three parts where volunteers will: Manual: remove one old wall and install the summer terrace and open kitchen outside. Agricultural/Environmental: plant the organic garden in the garden of the Kobraland and they will be cleaning the space inside the Kobraland. Artistic part: will paint out the front wall in the “Kobraland”, using their creativity and ideas.
Study Theme: There will be organized a visit to the historical sites in the city of Nis (the birth place of the Constantine the Great) and other interesting excursions. Volunteers will have bicycles for the local transport and leisure time.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a house inside the “Kobraland”, sleeping on mattresses and in sleeping bags (which are provided for the volunteers). The space has all necessary facilities needed for the camp. The kitchen and bathroom with shower (3 minutes away from the house). Volunteers will cook for themselves in shifts from the material provided.
Requirements: It is expected from participants to be creative and team players and to be ready for manual and physical work.
Approximate Location: Donja Toponica is a small village 15 km away from the third biggest city in Serbia, Nis.