Project place: Villandraut – France

Project dates: 6 April – 12 April 2017

Application deadline: URGENT!


About the project: 

The White Paper for International Voluntary Service (2011-2021) draws the strategic objectives for Cultural Heritage and Diversity with the vision to ‘Preserving, protecting, and promoting cultural heritage and diversity through International Voluntary Service activities in order to foster mutual understanding and respect within the global community’. With the Strategic objectives to create:

A. A global community where mutual understanding and respect are brought by active citizens that preserve protect and promote cultural heritage and diversity
B. Develop and expand cooperation between organisations, institutions and government bodies in the field of Cultural Heritage and Diversity
C. Raise awareness about the impact of IVS in cultural heritage and diversity issues

Heritage has been an important element of local communities where IVS organisations have set up projects since 1920 (1st workcamp). Throughout the years organisations, mainly in Europe, have developed cooperation with various stakeholders, involving young and adult volunteers in the protection, preservation and valorisation of our tangible and intangible heritage. This topic has been taken until recent years in other regions of the world demonstrating the value of non-formal learning as the IVS educational approach to disseminate the values and expertise developed at the inter-governmental level to a large public and in particular to young people, based on a dynamic dialogue between the different stakeholders.
The aim of this project is to work towards the strategic objectives of the White Paper and to promote the work of IVS organisations and NFL, whilst valorising local customs and the diversity of these. The world is under an increasing threat from globalisation and extremism; these two factors contribute to the breaking down of cultural norms, traditions and the destruction and loss of heritage sites.
This project will celebrate both tangible and intangible heritage and to revel in the diversity of this heritage.
The applicant organisations propose actions which focus on food, culture, language, cultural and natural sites indigenous traditions …. etc.

The aim is to be as diverse as possible and to show the richness of this diversity and to include local people as educators, emphasizing the bottom up approach of IVS and the work in local communities and with young people with fewer opportunities. The partners are grassroots IVS organisations from Africa, Asia and Europe for a 24 month project.

Participants will have the following profiles:
  • Above 18 years old
  • Involved in IVS movements and have an active role in their organisations
  • Where possible should be running the international workcamps/ projects and can act as a multiplier to share the experiences learnt
  • Able to represent the best practice of their organisations and to support in the fulfilment of the objectives above;
  • Able to understand and discuss complex issues in English;
  • Motivated to join hands on activities during the training, such practical workshops on traditional masonry and archeology, outdoor activities and visits to cultural sites.


Financial aspect of the project:

Accommodation and food will be covered by the hosting organization.

Travel tickets will be refunded after the training up to 275 euro. (Reimbursement will be done after receiving all the original boarding passes, tickets and invoices)

Participation fee: 40 EUR

Sending fee:500 MKD