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Call for Volunteers – World Heritage Volunteers – Heritage education for the younger generation in Viscri 2024

Call for Volunteers – World Heritage Volunteers – Heritage education for the younger generation in Viscri 2024

 

Alba Eglesia Foundation (www.albaeglesia.org) and its partners, Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation (www.mihaieminescutrust.ro), “Heritage for the Future” Cultural Association (www.patrimoniu-viitor.ro) and the Viscri Council – are pleased to launch a new call for volunteers for the upcoming WHV Action Camp in Romania – Heritage Education for the Younger Generation in Viscri. 

This initiative reaches its third edition in 2024. In 2022 and 2023, the volunteers contributed to improving tourists’ experience in the village, documenting itineraries, and collecting memories. Through heritage education, they also inspired the local younger generation into understanding cultural heritage preservation and its importance. Curious how that translated into practice? Have a look at their experience and feedback here (2022 video summary) and here (2023 video summary).

This project is supported by the National Commission of Romania for UNESCO.

Interested in applying? Please carefully read the information below.

The call for applications closes on June 30th, 2024.


About the site
Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania – https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/596

Date of Inscription: 1993

Significant modifications to the boundaries: 1999

Criteria: (iv)

Property: 553 ha

Buffer zone: 3,727.87 ha

Objective of the 2024 Action Camp
The primary goals of this year’s Viscri Action Camp include enhancing volunteer knowledge of basic heritage education principles, utilising local assets for educational activities, and increasing local awareness of heritage education’s significance.

The project aims to generate educational content tailored to Viscri and similar rural areas. Collaboratively, the volunteers and children from Viscri will develop heritage education activities, emphasising the importance of preserving local cultural and natural heritage and integrating technology into heritage promotion.

Expected outcomes of the project are a deeper understanding of local conditions for heritage education, a compiled list of resources for use in Viscri, do-it-yourself tools for educational activities, and a collection of innovative ideas and educational materials.

Organising parties & Contact
Alba Eglesia Foundation (www.albaeglesia.org)

Partners 
Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation (www.mihaieminescutrust.ro)
“Heritage for the Future” Cultural Association (www.patrimoniu-viitor.ro)
Viscri Council

Location
Viscri Village, Brasov County, Romania

Dates
Arrival Day – September 15, 2024

Departure Day – September 30, 2024

Candidate’s profile
We are looking for young professionals and/ or students in the cultural heritage sector, willing to gain practical knowledge on heritage management and protection, to extend their network of peers, and interested in heritage education, community engagement, and rural heritage.

Age group: 20 – 32.

Both Romanian and international volunteers are welcome to apply.

How to apply?
Please fill in this Google Form to apply: https://forms.gle/K1AVWQZxKKKT48Zi7. Your CV and motivation letter (both in English, .pdf format) will be required to complete the application.

For potential inquiries, reach out to laura@albaeglesia.org.

The call for applications closes on June 30th, 2024.

Selected candidates will be notified around the beginning of July.

*Disclaimer: the organisers will not share candidates’ personal information with third parties. The CVs and motivation letters will only be kept until the selection process is completed. 


What to bring in your luggage?
Viscri is located in a mountainous picturesque region. In September temperatures rise to a highest average of 22°C, with colder nights (up 8°C).

  • Sunscreen, head covering and sunglasses,
  • Sturdy comfortable shoes,
  • Mosquito repellent,
  • Cotton clothes, rain jacket, sweaters,
  • Towels,
  • Pocket money for souvenirs,
  • Cameras and computers are not compulsory, but welcome for photos and potential work / research.

 

IMPORTANT (Costs, Visas, and Insurance) 

  1. There is NO participation fee.
  2. Health insurance is each volunteer’s responsibility.
  3. The volunteers do NOT pay for meals and accommodation during the project, in Viscri.
  4. The volunteers are responsible for covering the costs of transportation from and back to their country of origin.
  5. Please check here if you require a Visa to travel to Romania. The organising parties can only provide invitation letters to those volunteers needing a visa to travel to Romania.
  6. The volunteers are expected to remain in Viscri for the entire duration of the action camp. Certificates of participation will not be granted otherwise.
  7. The volunteers are also required to actively participate to successfully complete the action camp’s programme. Certificates of participation will not be granted otherwise.

 

Accommodation
Each volunteer will be given accommodation in double rooms with twin beds, hot water, bed sheets. Internet connection will be available in the main room.

Meals
Three meals per day.

Language
English. A minimum B2 level of English is required to participate.

Meeting point 
Possible itineraries and meeting points will be communicated in due time to selected candidates only.

 

We are looking forward to receiving your applications!