Culture and community life in Abbasanta (Sardinia)
Description: The project originates from the collaboration between the SCI Regional Group of Sardinia and the Association for social promotion "AnimaMente Territorio". The Association deals with the protection, enhancement and promotion of local culture through the organization of workshops, events and shows. The 'Nuraghe Losa' exhibition center, where the camp will take place, is located 1,5 km away from the town of Abbasanta. The town has about 2700 inhabitants and it is located in the center of Sardinia in an archaeological area of great interest. Abbasanta has a very characteristic historical center with its traditional buildings made of dark basaltic stone. It is located 35 km from Oristano and about 130 km from Cagliari (the capital of Sardinia).
Type of Work: Manual activities: cleaning of outdoor spaces dedicated to the organization of the planned events. Social activities: organizing recreational activities with an intercultural and environmental scope, which will be dedicated to children, elderly and all citizens in general. Other creative activities will include the painting of murals as well as taking part in craft workshops (such as making of bread, sweets and baskets), workshops on recycling and urban furniture. The volunteers will support the organization of several events - Sports Day for the local youngsters and an event to raise awareness of SCI projects. The activities will take place both in the exhibition center where the camp is organized and in the town of Abbasanta. In adittion, excursions in the region will be organized.
Study Theme: - Preparation of the volunteers for the performance of activities and discussion of the historical/cultural/environmental context of the territory, carried out by the partner Association.
- Presentation of agenda, cooperative activities and conflict management strategies. Thematic discussions on cultural learning and North-South imbalances of the World. SCI promotes training through the use of non-formal education methods, where the participant is stimulated to participate actively and creatively during the activities.
Accommodation: The accommodation conditions are very basic. The volunteers will sleep in rooms of up to 4 people, set up in a shelter. Camp beds will be set up. It is essential to bring your own sleeping bag and personal hygiene materials. There will be shared bathrooms with showers and an equipped kitchen.
Requirements: Being able to adapt easily to different conditions; working in a group; predisposition to manual work and carrying out outdoor activities; being interested in social, cultural and environmental issues. Motivated to work with children, young people and elderly. At certain times of the day, work can be tiring due to the hot weather.
Approximate Location: Losa Abbasanta Exhibition Center (Sardinia-Italy).The facility where the camp will be set up is located in a rural area 1.5 km away from the town of Abbasanta. The town, however, will not be reachable on foot because it is impossible to cross the state road. For this reason, during the evenings it will not always be possible to reach the town. Nevertheless, some night visits to Abbasanta will be organized by the partner association.
Notes: During the free time it will be possible to go by public transport to the beaches of the Oristano area or by train to Cagliari. Near Abbasanta it will be possible to visit archaeological sites and carry out hiking activities (for which it is always advisable to consult an expert guide).