Description: The Association for the rescue of the Brekov Castle is concerned with the conservation of the Brekov Castle, and renovating some of its parts. Besides this, the association is involved in collecting information about the Brekov castle, guide activities (from archives, literature, inhabitants), fundraising, providing information to the wide public and organizing cultural events connected with the castle. Workcamps have been organized on the Brekov Castle since 2009.
Type of Work: Reconstruction work in the area of the ancient ruins of the castle Brekov from the 13th century. Lots of the work will involve manual masonry works. The volunteers will help with the archaeological research on the castle. Cleaning and environmental activities will be also part of the work. The volunteers will learn the old techniques of masonry.
Study Theme: The workcamp will be visited by INEX Messenger who will organize a workshop focused on current events in Europe. The volunteers will prepare the "Feast of cultures" - an international food festival for the local community, and will join the “volunteering footprint” workshop. Our camps will follow the rules of the Sustainability campaign.
Accommodation: Accommodation will be provided in the house in the village Brekov. In case of good weather there is possibility to sleep in tents near the castle. It is necessary to bring a sleeping bag. In the house showers, toilet facilities, hot water and fully equipped kitchen are provided. Groceries will be provided by the local community. Food will be cooked by the volunteers themselves. On request, vegetarian meals can be provided.
Requirements: Sleeping bags, working clothes, warm clothes, raincoat, strong boots and good spirit :) are needed.
Approximate Location: Brekov is a village near Humenne in the Presov Region of north-eastern Slovakia. The ruins of the Brekov Castle are located on the hill above the village and are in fairly good shape. Brekov Castle was built around 650 AD by the Slavonic nations. The area offers several possibilities for hiking or visiting several ruins of other castles.
Notes: Attention: The camp is for history and nature lovers. There will be 4 volunteers and 1 camp leader and as we want to have international group, we will not accept pairs. For more info about volunteer organization see the website: http://www.brekov.eu/ You can watch video from last year workcamp Brekov 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPFgupn5qko&t=3s You can discuss about International volunteer workcamp Brekov 2020 and find photos and videos from previous workcamps on the facebook group “IVW Brekov 2020”.
Summary: Explore nature and history while helping with archaeological research and reconstruction of a 13th century castle in the east of Slovakia!