This workcamp is the first of several the local NGO “Grupa Kobra” is going to organize this year aiming to provide the conditions for their activities and further development in the future. This will build the basic for the future work in the youth centre “Kobraland” which is very important for the local community. The volunteers will renovate the house of the youth centre “Kobraland”, in order to become functional and sustainable. Two long-term volunteers from France and local volunteers will contribute with their ideas and work.
The work will be consisted of three parts where volunteers will:
Manual: remove one old wall and install the summer terrace and open kitchen outside.
Agricultural/Environmental: plant the organic garden in the garden of the Kobraland and they will be cleaning the space inside the Kobraland.
Artistic part: will paint out the front wall in the “Kobraland”, using their creativity and ideas.
Unterkunft und Verpflegung
The volunteers will be accommodated in a house inside the “Kobraland”, sleeping on mattresses and in sleeping bags (which are provided for the volunteers). The space has all necessary facilities needed for the camp. The kitchen and bathroom with shower (3 minutes away from the house). Volunteers will cook for themselves in shifts from the material provided.
Lage und Freizeit
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.
Wer organisiert das Projekt?
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 workcamps 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 workcamp, 100% of the local community (all 300 of them) get involved in one way or another, whether is for working with the volunteers, baking pies, organizing excursions, or simply hanging out or welcoming the volunteers at the station.
In the past workcamps they turned an illegal dump into a children’s park, they created a small resort with a beach volleyball terrain, reconstructed and repaired an abandoned cultural center. Gatherings and activities together with the local youth are essential to this workcamp, the hosts would use the opportunity to present their local community, tradition and customs and, together with the participants of the camp, to encourage rural development, youth mobility and intercultural understanding. This will be 11th international work camp in Donja Toponica.
It is expected from participants to be creative and team players and to be ready for manual and physical work.