Eco-center in Stina - Experience 2020
- Accommodation and food: 20.00 Euro
- Transportation: 0.00 Euro
- Activities: 0.00 Euro
- Hosting organisation support: 0 Euro
Description: This workcamp is part of the long-term community initiative under the title “Eco-Center in Stina”. Its mission is to integrate local people and outside volunteers in joint actions over environmental education, sustainable construction, culture, and heritage preservation activities. Through non-formal education and experiential methods, we engage, train and empower participants of various events like outdoor camps, intercultural meetings and exchanges. Since 2016 we have developed an infrastructure to host groups in outdoor format on the territory of the “Eco-Center”. We also build touristic installations and organise concerts and cultural festivals.
Type of Work: While most of the work will be manual, there will be plenty of elements of decorative type like arranging the outside kitchen, painting the installations. Tougher physical engagement will be connected to towing fallen trees out of the river or leveling the ground. Besides that we plan to organise a public event in the community – an intercultural meeting. Some outreach and collaborative work will be done, like promoting the event, arranging the spot, food and sound equipment. The volunteers will be sharing internal tasks like cooking, cleaning the camp-site, etc.
Study Theme: You will learn how to construct an oven from stone, learn about the work of the small river – how it is important for the local biodiversity. But the biggest learning component is about the local heritage as participants of the parallel youth exchange will be exploring the cultural background of the village while producing media materials to present among the group. Another chance to learn more about the village will be during the intercultural event and generally while communicating with generous locals who usually invite our participants to taste honey, vine and other local products.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in tents. Summer shower, compost toilets are equipped in the territory. There will be access to few uninhabitable buildings but with electricity and even a weak Wi-Fi internet connection. The group will be cooking for themselves from the open fire or indoors on the electric oven. Tents and mats will be provided while we expect the participants bring their own sleeping-bags.
Language: English. Local language – Ukrainian, Russian.
Requirements: Readiness for various experiences including intense interaction with local Ukrainians who might not speak English at all. Readiness to stay in camps and go through climatic challenges like rain. Readiness to use summer shower. Solidarity spirit and peaceful attitude to life.
Approximate Location: Stina village, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine
Notes: Main goals for the camp:
- Installing of the touristic installation called “Alive picture” in the neighboring village;
- Cleaning of the small river from fallen trees, silt and other sediments to speed up the flow and widen the river-bed;
- Assisting in preparing and carrying out of the public intercultural meeting in the village;
- Constructing the outdoor kitchen with the oven for the both workcamps;
- Levelling territory of the “Eco-center”.