Marjamaa Folk Festival
Description: It became a good tradition for EstYES to organize international workcamps in co-operation with Marjamaa Community. It lies on the half way between Tallinn and Parnu, and it is known for its rich historical and cultural heritage: ancient settlement in Varbola, XIII century church in Marjamaa, numerous German manor houses of XVIII-XIX centuries, etc. Local authorities see in the international camps a powerful tool for local development - not only in terms of work done by volunteers but mainly for introduction multicultural dimension to the population of small local communities in the country. The camp will take place in the village of Marjamaa, the centre of the community. The main idea of this camp is to assist running the 14th international Marjamaa Folk Dance Festival helping different practical tasks. More information about the Festival can be found here https://marjamaafolk.ee/en/about-the-festival/
Type of Work: As there will be the 14th international Marjamaa Folk Dance Festival and The Days of the Village on 01.-04.08, volunteers are asked to help it out doing various practical jobs related to its organization and running. This will definitely involve a lot of cleaning and manual work But it is also expected that volunteers contribute to the festival by introducing their national culture, music, also food to locals as well as organizing games and fun activities for local children during the Day of the Youth and Children in the frame of the Festival. Be ready to work for some hours on the weekend
Accommodation: Volunteers will have simple accommodation in the rooms of the Marjamaa Youth Centre right in the middle of the village, sleeping on beds and mattresses. Please bring a sleeping bag. Toilets and showers are available. Volunteers will have lunches and dinners in the local canteen and breakfast prepared by themselves at the accommodation.
Requirements: Special requirementsPlease bring sleeping bag and pillow. It will be great if you could think about your contribution to the festival and bring some materials, music, games as well as national food/ drinks for it. If you can present folk songs or dances from your country or teach others it you really should not hesitate to do it English is the camp language.Participation feeDue to the lack of financial support for the project the participation fee of 100 Euro is requested from volunteers to cover the costs of board, leisure activities and administration. This fee has to be paid by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp. If you cannot make bank transfer please contact your sending organization for solution.
Approximate Location: LocationMarjamaa is a village with over 4000 inhabitants on the half way between Tallinn and Parnu. Distance from Marjamaa to Tallinn is 66 km. Being an administrative centre of community with 7000 inhabitants Marjamaa has several shops, department stores, culture house, cinema, several pubs, etc. Larger city nearby is Rapla (25km), an administrative centre of the county, with a population of about 8000 people. Marjamaa has a very good connection to Tallinn and Parnu. More information on www.marjamaa.ee and www.raplamaa.eeLeisure timeYou can enjoy performances of the Festival, of course. During the international Folk Festival volunteers can join diverse activities and parties with the international participants and locals such as Festival Club every evening. Besides there is a possibility to do sport at the school stadium, swim in the local swimming pool; also go to excursions to the ancient settlement in Varbola, Sillaotsa Farm Museum and other places of interest of the area.