SAVE THE HISTORY! Tom Sawyer Fest: Yelets
Description: Tom Sawyer Fest got its name from a hero of Mark Twain's most famous book. The boy painted a fence so inspiredly that everyone around begged him to let them paint it too. That's the main idea of the festival - to inspire good changes in the city. The festival began in 2015 in Samara, now it has 27 participating cities. It brings together enthusiastic people in an effort to restore wooden buildings that lacked cultural heritage object status. Volunteers carefully take away old paint, clean the wood, replace shabby decorations and in the end give the house a new colour. That helps to make local people believe that with their own hands they can make the city more beautiful and nice to live in. All restoration activities are made by volunteers only with help from sponsors and fundraising.
Type of Work: Help with restoration of wooden buildings of the XIX-early XX centuries – cleaning of facades, priming, painting. Various skills could be obtained depending on the area of working: cleaning wood from the old paint, priming, painting, plastering, working with hand and power tools (grinder, angle grinders), painting. All works will be supervised by specialists. Working hours are in the evening, approximately from 4 to 9 p.m.
Study Theme: Wworking hand in hand with Russian volunteers is a great chance to get to know traditions, culture and learn a bit of Russian language (or improve your level!). In the free time volunteers will have opportunity to discover charming Yelets, an ancient town (it was found in 1146) that has preserved its original culture. It's a perfect place to know real Russia and its people. Cycling, visiting museums and galleries with various workshops, visit to the Estate of Stahovica (noble estate of XIX century) and a trip to the amusement Park Kudykina Gora will be organised.
Accommodation: Accommodation in the house of one of the organizers with several rooms. There is Wi-fi and all necessary facilities. Please bring your bed linen. There is a kitchen to cook meals. It will be necessary to make grocery shopping with the allocated budget. Local vegetables and fruits will be also provided.
Requirements: Volunteers should be ready to work with different tasks and don't mind manual labour.
Approximate Location: Yelets is an old town 350 km from Moscow (easy to reach by train or bus).
Notes: Tom Sawyer Fest workcamp 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrI9MrL2Bb8&t=3s