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VSS01 SERBIA SERBIA MANU,AGRI,ART 09/05/2018 20/05/2018

Building Bridges in Kobraland, Donja Toponica | VSS01 | 2018-05-09 - 2018-05-20 | MANU,AGRI,ART | Age: 20 - 99


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.

Work: “Grupa Kobra” organises workcamps for several years now, in a little village in the south of Serbia, with merely 300 inhabitants. Workcamps are such important part of their lives that the entire village is involved. They will dedicate 2 full months this summer to workcamps, this being the first one of the year. All the workcamps will contribute to the activities of the youth center built and dedicated to workcamp volunteers for years now. Two long-term volunteers from France and local volunteers will contribute with their ideas and work. To get a better idea about the place and the team, have a look at the web documentary YRS-VSS produced in 2017, following three stories of workcamp leaders, one being in Donja Toponica: http://youthleaders.online/jancha.php The work will be consisted of three parts where volunteers will: Manual: remove one old wall and install the summer terrace and outside kitchen. Agricultural/Environmental: plant the organic garden. Artistic part: Artistically inclined volunteers will design and paint the front wall in the youth center, using their creativity and ideas.

Accomodation and food: The volunteers will be accommodated in the youth center, sleeping on mattresses and in sleeping bags (which are provided for the volunteers). The space has all necessary facilities needed. The kitchen and bathroom with shower (3 minutes away from the house). Volunteers will cook for themselves in shifts with the necessary ingredients provided.


Location and Leisure: 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.

Train/Bus station: Train – The closest train station is in Nis (approximately 20 km away from Donja Toponica) Bus – The closest bus station is in Nis. There are connections from Belgrade to Nis every hour.

Requirements: It is expected from participants to be creative and team players and to be ready for manual and physical work.

Language: eng

Extra Fee: 30 EUR