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Serbia Serbia: BIRDS’ ELDORADO (VSS03)

Dates

14/08/2022   -   27/08/2022

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Environmental

Fee

Free
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages spoken
English
Nearest airport
Belgrade (Beograd) (BEG)
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

During the workcamp the main working activity will be carried out in the northern and eastern part of the “Horseshoe”. A large depression situated in that part of the Pond has been filled up by thick vegetation of white willow, silver-leaf poplar and ash combined with large quantities of dry leaves, dead branches and trunks, seriously decreasing floodwaters flow. The work will consist of clearing the depression, cutting the bushes, removal of the tree trunks and burning the smaller branches. The best period for this sort of activity is August, because the access to the depression, which dries out during the summer, is easier. Also, we will do some cleaning work – collecting garbage which stayed in the area after the floods. The work is physically demanding but not too hard.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation will be in two renovated houses in Ethno park. Food will be provided and prepared by local cook. Some meals will be prepared by volunteers. The accommodation is in the end of the village Kupinovo (about 2500 inhabitants) and 7 km away from the village Obrez (2000 inhabitants), where will also be our working site. The houses are from 19th century, meaning that one of them is completely preserved as it was in those times – without electricity and running water. You’ll sleep on the floor, mattresses will be provided but you need to bring sleeping bag! If you prefer sleeping in tent you can bring one as there is a large yard where you can put it.

Location and leisure

The experts from the Institute for Protection of Nature of Serbia and Enterprise “Vojvodina sume” will visit the camp and provide you with the information on the natural history of the Obedska bara and its contemporary environmental problems. You will also have the opportunities to visit ruins of medieval fortress and churches located in the vicinity of the Pond. You can row a boat across the Pond, swim in the Sava River (swim at your own risk!), do a bit of bird watching or maybe do the research of your own interest concerning the beautiful nature of the area.

Project hosted by

About Young Researches of Serbia – Voluntary Service of Serbia:
YRS was founded in 1976. Our main aims are environmental protection and education, promotion of sustainable development, work with young people in an international context, promotion of scientific creativity and voluntarism and its values. Voluntary Service of Serbia is a volunteer exchange service center founded in 1990 as one of the sectors of YRS. It is a volunteer exchange reference point for this part of Europe. Through VSS passed more than 5000 Serbian volunteers who participated in international voluntary workcamps all around the world and 2500 of foreign ones at more than 250 workcamps in Serbia and about 40 long-term volunteers.
YRS is a member of: the Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service, Youth and Environment Europe, Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations, and a partner of Service Civil International in Serbia. YRS is one of the founding members of the networks: South East European Youth Network and Youth Culture in Action Network.
The Area:
Obedska Pond is a vast swamp-forest area stretching along the river Sava in Southern Srem (Vojvodina). It is an authentic complex of stagnant tributaries, marshes, pits, marsh vegetation, damp meadows and forests with an exceptionally rich diversity of the ecosystems and recent species. The pond is an oxbow lake a remnant of the old Sava river meanders of which the main stream flows nowadays more southward. Due to its shape, the swampy bed of the Pond, situated between the villages of Obrez and Kupinovo is called “The Horse-shoe”. Higher grounds with cut-in depressions and old oak forest habitats are called “The Hoof”. Obedska bara, well known for its variety of swamp and forest habitats is actually famous for its bird fauna (more than 220 bird species) as a swamp bird’s sanctuary. It is one of the oldest protected areas in the world. The first administrative protective measures were introduced as early as in 1874 protecting Obedska bara as a hunting ground. It was reserved only for the members of the Austrian royal family, as at that time it belonged to the Habsburg monarchy. According to the present status of the legal protection regime it belongs to the first category, which means that it is a natural asset of exceptional value. Its status has been verified by the international community i.e. ratified by the Convention on Swamps (Ramsar site since 1977) and included in the List of Areas of Special Significance for Birds of Europe.
The project:
In 1992 students from the Belgrade University members of the Students Biological Research Society “Josif Pancic” started scientific research project symbolically called “The Return of the Ibis” (“Povratak Ibisa”). It has been a successful project becoming the main support to the struggle for the protection and preservation of this beautiful wildlife reserve. Numerous negative processes have been detected so far, conditioned by human impact and natural succession, which pose the greatest danger to the nature of Obedska pond. These processes include natural overgrowing, decreasing of free water surfaces and forest dying due to the decline of flood and underground water levels. The next step of the project is “swamp healing”. Together with the public enterprise “Vojvodina sume”, which governs this special nature reserve, the experts from the Institute for Protection of Nature of Serbia, Regional Secretariat for Environment and Sustainable Development and Municipality of Pecinci, the sponsor of this workcamp, The Young Researches of Serbia – Voluntary Service of Serbia is organizing the twenty-third (23rd) international workcamp at Obedska Bara whose volunteers will help to decrease the negative effects of overgrowing the “Horseshoe”. Our work has given very good and visible results: so far because of our activities several bird species have returned and the bird colony is now bigger with a stable number of nesting species.

Additional comments

The health insurance is not provided for you! You must arrange it before your departure from home. The camp leaders will deal first aid and minor medical problems.

Requirements

The health insurance is not provided for you! You must arrange it before your departure from home. The camp leaders will deal first aid and minor medical problems. And you must bring a sleeping bag with you!

Serbia Serbia: THE DAYS OF THE DRAGON (VSS04)

Dates

04/09/2022   -   17/09/2022

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Archeology
Manual Work

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Turkey

Fee

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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
2 Male + 2 Female
Languages spoken
English
Nearest airport
Belgrade (BJY)
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

The volunteers will continue the work from the previous years in the area of the fortress Kupinik, destroyed in 1521 when Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent conquered this region. You’ll join the team of volunteers led by a local archaeologist in the continuance of the field works in the compound of the Kupinik fortress in Kupinovo. The workcamps of last years and this year are the first conservation works on the fortress probably since it was destroyed. The volunteers will clear the area under the vertical parts of the fortress walls and the paths towards the fortress connecting it with the village. The volunteers will also participate in organizing and help during the local manifestation – The days of the DRAGONS. This manifestation is being held in the honour of Serbian Despot Vuk Grgurevic Brankovic, remembered by people as The Dragon Fiery Vuk, who was a member of the Knight's Order of the Dragon, and he used to rule in Kupinik, where he died 537 years ago. The core of the program are knight games, an exhibition of medieval weapons, a medieval bazaar and table and a concert of spiritual music, and trying out medieval armour and weapons to illustrate knightly struggles. Also, organizing several workshops: calligraphy (art of fine writing) and forging, as well as archery workshops, in an attractive and interactive manner, visitors will conjure up the beauty of old crafts and skills.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will stay in two renovated houses in the Ethno Park, sleeping on mattresses. Bring your sleeping bag! Food will be prepared by a local cook.

Location and leisure

Kupinovo is 50 km south-west of Belgrade in the Srem Region. It is well known by the famous special protected area “Obedska bara”, the oldest protected area in Europe. There are some very important cultural and historical monuments in this area which will be shown to the volunteers during leisure time.

Project hosted by

About Young Researches of Serbia – Voluntary Service of Serbia:
YRS was founded in 1976. Our main aims are environmental protection and education, promotion of sustainable development, work with young people in an international context, promotion of scientific creativity and voluntarism and its values. Voluntary Service of Serbia is a volunteer exchange service center founded in 1990 as one of the sectors of YRS. It is a volunteer exchange reference point for this part of Europe. Through VSS passed more than 5000 Serbian volunteers who participated in international voluntary workcamps all around the world and 2500 of foreign ones at more than 250 workcamps in Serbia and about 40 long-term volunteers.
YRS is a member of: the Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service, Youth and Environment Europe, Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations, and a partner of Service Civil International in Serbia. YRS is one of the founding members of the networks: South East European Youth Network and Youth Culture in Action Network.

The Srem Region has been permanently inhabited since the early Stone Age with many clear signs of life just below the ground surface. Thanks to those signs we are able to see activities, ways of life even the way of thinking of the inhabitants of past time. The overall excavations of all historical layers show that this part of the region has an extraordinary rich cultural background. The locality “Ethno house” in Kupinovo village should provide evidence on communities living here since the Iron Age. Many of the localities are endangered due to agriculture or construction, especially in industrial zones, but not this one. The first excavations started seven years ago and after four workcamps the results were very positive.

Additional comments

This is a perfect workcamp for students of archaeology/history or anyone especially interested in archaeology and history.

Requirements

The health insurance is not provided for you! You must arrange it before your departure from home. The camp leaders will deal first aid and minor medical problems.

Serbia Serbia: ARCH in Pond of Obedska (VSS05)

Dates

18/09/2022   -   02/10/2022

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Archeology
Manual Work
2
Place(s)
left

Already accepted volunteers from

Mexico Turkey

Fee

Free
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
2
Languages spoken
English
Nearest airport
Belgrade (BJY)
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

The volunteers will continue the work from the previous years in the area of the fortress Kupinik, destroyed in 1521 when Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent conquered this region. You’ll join the team of volunteers led by a local archaeologist in the continuance of the field works in the compound of the Kupinik fortress in Kupinovo. The workcamps of last years and this year are the first conservation works on the fortress probably since it was destroyed. The volunteers will clear the area under the vertical parts of the fortress walls and the paths towards the fortress connecting it with the village.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will stay in two renovated houses in the Ethno Park, sleeping on mattresses. Bring your sleeping bag! Food will be prepared by a local cook.

Location and leisure

Kupinovo is 50 km south-west of Belgrade in the Srem Region. It is well known by the famous special protected area “Obedska bara”, the oldest protected area in Europe. There are some very important cultural and historical monuments in this area which will be shown to the volunteers during leisure time.

Project hosted by

About Young Researches of Serbia – Voluntary Service of Serbia:
YRS was founded in 1976. Our main aims are environmental protection and education, promotion of sustainable development, work with young people in an international context, promotion of scientific creativity and voluntarism and its values. Voluntary Service of Serbia is a volunteer exchange service center founded in 1990 as one of the sectors of YRS. It is a volunteer exchange reference point for this part of Europe. Through VSS passed more than 5000 Serbian volunteers who participated in international voluntary workcamps all around the world and 2500 of foreign ones at more than 250 workcamps in Serbia and about 40 long-term volunteers.
YRS is a member of: the Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service, Youth and Environment Europe, Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations, and a partner of Service Civil International in Serbia. YRS is one of the founding members of the networks: South East European Youth Network and Youth Culture in Action Network.

The Srem Region has been permanently inhabited since the early Stone Age with many clear signs of life just below the ground surface. Thanks to those signs we are able to see activities, ways of life even the way of thinking of the inhabitants of past time. The overall excavations of all historical layers show that this part of the region has an extraordinary rich cultural background. The locality “Ethno house” in Kupinovo village should provide evidence on communities living here since the Iron Age. Many of the localities are endangered due to agriculture or construction, especially in industrial zones, but not this one. The first excavations started seven years ago and after four workcamps the results were very positive.

Additional comments

This is a perfect workcamp for students of archaeology/history or anyone especially interested in archaeology and history.

Requirements

The health insurance is not provided for you! You must arrange it before your departure from home. The camp leaders will deal first aid and minor medical problems.

Serbia Serbia: STORIES BY THE LAKE 2022 (VSS02)

Dates

18/09/2022   -   25/09/2022

Feedback from 51 volunteers

Tags

Environmental

Fee

Free
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
6 Male + 6 Female
Languages spoken
English
Nearest airport
Belgrade (Beograd) (BEG)
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

This workcamp directly contributes to the sustainable tourism in the Special Nature Reserve Kraljevac. The volunteers will reconstruct picnic areas, construct the Eco trail (brushing and painting), cut and remove invasive plant species, make two small bridges and rubbish bins with a help of professionals, arrange the indoors and paint walls of the Visitors’ Center. The volunteers will present the results of the workcamp to the general public at the Reserve’s Open Day.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation will be provided in the Research and Education Center of the Special Nature Reserve "Kraljevac“, (2-bed, 3-bed and 5-bed rooms) (linen included, sleeping bag is not required) with shared facilities (toilets, showers and kitchen) in the Visitors’ Center. Sheets and pillows will be provided. The volunteers will prepare meals, from the ingredients provided by the organizer.

Location and leisure

On the outskirts of Deliblatska Pescara (Deliblato sands, the only remaining desert in Europe http://www.serbia.com/visit-serbia/natural-beauties/unique-nature/deliblato-sands-the-european-sahara/), in the midst of the Vojvodina plains, in the picturesque village of Deliblato, lies an oasis of peace and tranquillity, the Special Nature Reserve Kraljevac. Lake Kraljevac with its floating and permanently anchored islands, surrounding reed beds, woodlands, meadows, and pastures supports a rich diversity of plant and animal life. http://srpkraljevac.rs/en/2015/10/18/snr–kraljevac/
Volunteers in the Reserve can enjoy sport fishing and other leisure activities, such as rowing and swimming in the clean and peaceful waters of Lake Kraljevac, hiking, birdwatching, nature photography, painting, as well as sport fishing. During the Eco camp two field trips will be organised, to the recently declared protected area of meandering rivers Karas Nera situated at the border with Romania and to the Special Nature Reserve Deliblatska Pescara, the largest sand–steppe area in Europe.
During the workcamp, series of workshops will be organised covering a variety of environmental issues, nature conservation and basic carpentry techniques.

Project hosted by

ABOUT US: Young Researchers of Serbia-Voluntary Service of Serbia (YRS-VSS) is a youth, non-governmental, non-profit organization that gathers young people interested in research and science. For more than 40 years we have been gathering young people and engaging them in our research projects, volunteer camps, educational programs and environmental campaigns, thus stimulating scientific creativity of young people and motivating them for voluntary work, environmental protection and nature conservation.
The most common forms of our activities are: work camps, schools, actions, expeditions, seminars, expert conferences and campaigns. International work camps - are organized by Voluntary Service Serbia, a part of YRS, which is a member of an international network of organizations for coordination and preparation of international voluntary work camps and exchange of participants all over the world. Young Researchers of Serbia are organizing around 40 international work camps in Serbia every year. At the same time volunteers from our country have at their disposal more than 2500 work camps worldwide.
OUR LOCAL PARTNER
The Sport Fishing Association “Deliblatsko Jezero”, a local NGO from Deliblato, is the manager of the Special Nature Reserve Kraljevac, with the special initiative to engage youngsters and youth in the active nature conservation. The Reserve was declared “the first category protected area of greatest national importance” in 2009. The Sport Fishing Association “Deliblatsko Jezero” protects its biodiversity, maintains order in the Reserve and organizes the Park Ranger Service. This workcamp is going to be organized for the eleventh time.

Additional comments

Volunteers should be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Requirements

The health insurance is not provided for you! You must arrange it before your departure from home. It is recommended to check if your health/travel insurance is valid and take relevant documentation with you.