Granara eco-village: creating sustainable communities
Description: Granara is a rural village in the Appenini mountains, it is an experiment of sustainable development and inclusive community. The hosting organisation Alekoslab Aps is active in the field of ecology and social inclusion, organizing activities related to use of appropriate technologies, bio-architecture, environmental education, theatre, art, social awareness, decision-making within a group, non-violence and cooperation.The project aims to create a sustainable and inclusive community, where the differences between the participants are challenged and reduced through mutual expeirence and communication. Young people with disabilities, local educators and experts will participate in the workcamp together with the international volunteers.
Type of Work: The work activities during the project are: green maintenance, building fences, renovation of the wooden structures, small works and creative experimentations with clay, taking care of the library and the books, cooking for the group of participants, renovation of bycicles and trial tests, making wooden toys, coaching and support for people with disabilities. Workgroup activities last 6 hours per day. We encourage the participation of the volunteers in the organisation and monitoring of the daily activities, for instance moments of game-playing and debating. Saturday evening and Sunday are the free days for volunteers. A party at Saturday night will be organized as well as outdoor activites on Sunday.
Study Theme: The study part will be dedicated to the issues of ecology, group relations, disability and inclusion. In the morning before work and in the evening after work there will be time for a group games to let people know each other and to build good group dynamics. During the work there will be people in charge of giving information about the village and the technologies. Moments of evaluation are forseen as well.
Accommodation: Participants will stay in Granaio house in shared rooms: two smaller for four volunteers and one bigger gender mixed room for nine volunteers. Showers, toilet and kitchen are inside the Granaio house. Participants are in charge of cooking and cleaning the common spaces. Towels and bed sheets are provided. Please take your own sleeping bag. There is free internet Wifi.
Requirements: Good disposition to work in a group. Attitude to live close to nature in a sustinable way and willing to learn new skills, meet new people, participate in decisions together and to be authonomous. Bike fixing skills are a plus.
Approximate Location: Granara Ecological Village, 600 mt high on Appennino Tosco-Emiliano mountains. Parma province, Emilia Romagna region.
Notes: Free time: walking in the woods and going to the river, relaxing and sunbathing on the banks of Granara lake. Sunday is free and dedicated to relax, cooking, walking, playing games, doing sports, walking in the surroundings or going down to the river Taro to swim. The village is isolated and far from cities. Weekly the person in charge of the shopping will reach the nearby town (Borotaro). Food is mainly vegetarian. Web sites: host organisation Alekoslab www.alekoslab.org, Granara ecovillage www.granara.org