Volunteers for a school, volunteers for nature

To all the volunteers out there!

Vlahi Nature School is searching for our new heroes a.k.a. the European volunteers. Below you can find the call for volunteers and here is the detailed descritpion. Read it and if you recognize yourself in this project, send us CV and motivation letter to natureschool@vlahi.org. We are looking for 2 volunteers from Erasmus+ program countries (EU, Macedonia, Turkey, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland).

Looking forward to meeting you!

Name of the project: Nature School for the Youth of Kresna

Duration of Service: from 15.02.2019 – 15.08.2019

Organization and place:  Nature School Foundation is based in Vlahi village, Kresna municipality, Southwest Bulgaria (map here: https://goo.gl/u9DTqz)

Vlahi village is small and abandoned village with only 7 permanent inhabitants, but with local people taking care of their gardens and coming to spend a weekend in the nature. There are three NGOs operating there. The nearest town Kresna is 9 km far from the village. The village is at the foot of Pirin National Park (UNESCO World heritage object). The climate is Continental-Mediterranean.

The volunteer will be based in Blagoevgrad, a small university town situated 40 kilometers from the school, with the opportunity to spend any amount of time in the Nature School in Vlahi.

Volunteers:  two volunteers from Erasmus+ program countries (EU, Macedonia, Turkey, Norway, Liechtenstien, Iceland) to start at the same time.

Tasks of the volunteers (detailed description here):

  1. Development of information and educational materials;
  2. Workshops at Kresna school / library club on nature protection topics;
  3. Permaculture gardening / elements, workshops;
  4. Support for the “Save the Kresna Gorge” and “Save Pirin” campaigns with the NGO coalition, Za Zemiata / Bankwatch / FoE / WWF;
  5. Develop strong English comprehension, writing and communication skills.

Blagoevgrad panorama with Rila mountian in the background – By Klearchos Kapoutsis from Paleo Faliro, Greece. – Blagoevgrad, CC BY 2.0

Practical arrangements:

Food: The volunteer will cook for him/herself in an equipped kitchen of the apartment.

Accommodation: The volunteers will live in the nearest city of Blagoevgrad in shared rented apartment. Blagoevgrad is an University city with many young people. Blagoevgrad is at half an hour distance from Kresna by bus, where the project activities with students and kids will happen. 

Local transport: by bus and by car when going to the village of Vlahi

Language support: Bulgarian language through the on-line linguistic support of Erasmus+

Equipment (phone, internet, etc.): wi-fi in the rented apartment.

Vlahi Nature School and the Church

Pocket money: per month, the amount fixed for Bulgaria – 3 Euro per day received in the beginning of the month

Insurance: The volunteer will be insured by the CIGNA insurance plan.

Supervision and support: The hosting organization will provide supervision on a distance, since the supervisor is not living in Blagoevgrad, but could be always available on phone, skype, e-mail. The mentor of the volunteers is living in Blagoevgrad.

For more information, visit our website: www.vlahi.org or facebook: Vlahi Nature School

Profile of the volunteer:

Dora, EVS volunteer in the summer of 2013

English speaking; mountain and outdoor lover; previous experience with activities, related to nature protection and environmental education or desire and motivation to develop in this field; initiative and independent; ability to work in a team; with communication skills and open for learning new things.

Students in natural sciences (biology, forestry, veterinary medicine etc.), people, who like to be outside.

Driving license if possible.

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