SAVE THE HISTORY! Tom Sawyer Fest: Samara and Buzuluk
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: This particular program consists of two parts in two different locations: one week in Samara and one week in Buzuluk. Samara is a beautiful city on the bank of Volga river. It is possible to go swimming on the public beach, make small boat trips, visit museums, concerts and various excursions. What's for Buzuluk, this town is famous for the monuments of architecture of the early XX century. For participants many activities will be prepared, including trip to the national Park "Buzuluksky Bor", a tour to the horse farm with riding and tasting Mare's milk, excursion to an old church, etc.
Accommodation: Accommodation in rooms in both locations, you should bring the bed linen. The budget is allocated for food, self-cooking in groups.
Language: Working 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!).
Requirements: Volunteers should be ready to work with different tasks and don't mind manual labour.
Approximate Location: Two cities – Samara and Buzuluk – between which there is 3 hours by train. In both cities volunteers will be met by the host organization.
Notes: Please note that volunteers will cover the ticket price themselves (for train Samara-Buzuluk the cost is around 10 euros). Tom Sawyer Fest workcamp 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrI9MrL2Bb8&t=3s