Local traditions and typical old flavors in Castelgrande (Basilicata region)
Description: The project is proposed by Castelgrande municipality together with the social cooperative "Castelgrande Solidale" which for the last years has been working for an increase of the employment of the most disadvantaged people in the region. For years the association for cultural enhancement "Aphelion" in collaboration with the municipality of Castelgrande and “Castelgrande Solidale”, are organizing and promoting the event “Borghi e Sapori” (‘Villages and flavors’) - a food and wine manifestation dedicated to the promotion of tourism and appreciation of the typical local products in Castelgrande. Beneficiary is the whole local community which almost entirely participates in the promotion and management of the event.
Type of Work: The volunteers will take part in the arrangement and the cleaning of the spaces for the stands where the 3rd edition of the manifestation promoting the traditional agricultural products from Castelgrande “Borghi e Sapori” will take place from 3rd till 5th August. The SCI volunteers will join and support the locals before, during and after the manifestation which will take place in the historical centre. After the event the volunteers will take part in the dismantling of the stands and cleaning up the venue.
Study Theme: To the volunteers will be proposed an intense study day demonstrating how important it is, especially for small communities, the protection, appreciation and sometimes even the rediscovery of local traditions, enhancement of typical products and the environmental factors which characterize local territories. All this will be linked to the context of Castelgrande.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in the centre of the village, inside the school gym which is equipped with bathrooms and showers. The kitchen is situated on the upper floor of the same building; there are two rooms available which allow males and females to sleep in separated rooms if demanded. There is an access to Internet and phone coverage. Sometimes the volunteers will eat alone and sometimes will be joined by the local volunteers. During the three evening of the event “Borghi e Sapori” they will receive meal vouchers in order to taste the local culinary specialities.
Approximate Location: Castelgrande in Potenza province, 50 km away from Potenza, 130 km away from Neapol
Notes: There are no specific rules to be respected. For being a small village Castelgrande offers all the modern comforts ( ATM, Wi-fi, shops for all needs, etc). During the free time the volunteers can visit the astronomical observatory, can do trekking, sport climbing, canyoning and other sports in the area. The volunteers will also have the chance to see the only butterfly house in South Italy.