United In Diversity, Draca
Description: The aim of the project is to promote unity of youth in spite of their cultural differences and different backgrounds. In today's world a big problem is losing a national identity because people are forgetting old traditions, national costumes, songs, dances, languages... We believe that the world would be a much more interesting and richer place if we learn how to cherish these differences and learn about them. That is why we want to enable these young people to learn about different cultures and preserve this priceless knowledge.
Type of Work: Camp will promote richness of diversity in culture and tradition between participants of the camp. In the second part of the camp, volunteers will prepare part of the programme for traditional manifestation in Draca with local young people „Petrovdan u Draci (st. Peters day in Draca)”, and present it on the stage for people from the village (national traditional dances, songs, all together). There will be some Serbian costumes and dances. Beside this, manifestation will promote richness of diversity in national symbols. Volunteers will prepare and present their countries as a part of manifestation. Part of the manifestation will include national dances and songs of professional ethnographic groups from Kragujevac too.
Study Theme: Through the workshops, volunteers will learn about the importance of preserving of culture and tradition and exchange information about different lifestyles in the world, national songs and dances, habits, costumes and symbols. Beside this, we will present Serbian national heritage and costumes of the people from the countryside, and the volunteer can also participate. Workshops will include activities of promoting tolerance of national differences as something that unites people, breaking prejudices about different nations.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in Ecovillage in Draca. Ecovillage is household of Association Interactive, established in 2019. The house has 4 rooms, 2 kitchens (inside and outside the house), place for tents, terrace, and 10 greenhouses for planting vegetables, toilets and showers inside and outside the house. Volunteers will sleep on beds in the rooms. Food will be prepared by hosts, with the support of volunteers.
Requirements: :There are no special requirements, but it is preferably to know something about national costumes, dances, songs.
Approximate Location: Camp will be organized in Draca, village 8 km far from Kragujevac, in central Serbia. Village Draca is geographical centre of Serbia, there is Ethnographic museum and orthodox monastery from 17th century. In the village live about 800 residents. All programs will be organized in household in Draca, planned to be first Ecovillage in central Serbia. First programs of Ecovillage will be implemented in 2019. It is near to the regional road, there is one shop and bus station near the place.