Metropolis Ruritanis #2, Donja Toponica
Description: A new eco complex the group is building for the community, Kobraland youth center, will be the place for all the people from the community, for volunteers or travellers – the goal is to create a motivating hub which will share the spirit of cosmopolitism in a village of 300 inhabitants through workshops, work, activities and gatherings. Volunteers will take care of the vegetables planted during May and will keep working on building the path, open stage and creating a new open place for workshops. They will also help in setting up the office and will have many chances to meet local people thorough activities and work. Apart from work, the goal is to connect volunteers with the local community, build friendships and introduce them to the Serbian culture and customs.
Type of Work: The work will be consisted of three parts: Manual: Volunteers will be working on removing one old wall and installing the summer terrace and an outdoor kitchen. They will keep working on building the open stage and a path from recycled materials, which will all be started on the previous workcamp. Agricultural/Environmental: The volunteers will work in the organic garden, taking care of the vegetables, and will keep cleaning the outdoor space. They will also help in making new recycle bins from eco materials and will have opportunity to create other needed products of their interest. Artistic part: Creating eco products for the outdoor and indoor space, volunteers will decorate walls of the youth center and will have the opportunity to design them to their own taste.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in the youth center, sleeping on mattresses and in sleeping bags (which are provided for the volunteers). Since it will be summertime, the volunteers will have the option to sleep outside, in tents we will provide. The space has all necessary facilities needed, the kitchen and a bathroom with shower (3 minutes away from the house). Volunteers will cook for themselves in shifts from ingredients provided.
Requirements: It is expected from participants to be creative and team players and to be ready for manual and physical work. Volunteers with art skills and inclination for it are very welcome.
Approximate Location: Donja Toponica is a small village 15 km away from the third biggest city in Serbia, Nis. There will be organized a visit to the historical sites in the city of Nis (the birth place of the Constantine the Great) and other interesting excursions. Volunteers will have bicycles for the local transport and leisure time.
Notes: The local partner organization “Grupa Kobra” has put a lot of effort in the past years in developing and improving life conditions of its small community concerning its environmental protection and encouraging youth activism in this rural area. It is a group of 11 young people that got active since 2007, when they realized that if they do not do something for their village and for themselves, no one will. Although young, they received twice an award for their activities from the Ministry for Youth. It has been seven years that they organize international work camps with the aim to familiarize the local young people with their peers from other countries as they do not have opportunities to travel. It is simply phenomenal, but during the work camp, 100% of the local community get involved.
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