NOMADs: “Koutsouras” (Greece)

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PROJECT AND PARTNER: Municipality of Ierapetra (Department of Environment), communities of Koutsoura–Stavrohoriou and Oreino, cultural associations of Koutsoura-Stavrohoriou and Oreino. Local partners believe that international volunteers are an incentive to the whole local community to get involved in the solution of local problems. In the last three years, because of continuous International workcamps in the area, a very vast network of local people has been mobilised and have been involved in all phases of the camp life. This involvement has a positive impact not only in terms of work but also in the community cohesion and develops an interesting dynamic.

WORK​: Volunteers will be involved in forestry work. In cooperation with local environmental groups and communities, they will work at creating a hiking route, connecting the area of Koutsoura to the monastery of Zoodohou Pigis Ligia (“the life-giving fountain of Ligia”) that hosts a church of archaeological interest.

More specifically volunteers will:
● Clean the route from old trees and other materials, as a fire protection measure.
● Create and place sign posts and information panels along the path.
● Create wooden fences in exposed parts of the path and wooden steps if and where needed.

Volunteers will also help in the maintenance of the “gorge of butterflies” hiking route, that was created by volunteering workcamps during the past three years. The workcamp takes place in the framework of NOMADS project, aiming to promote the common values of IVS and sports for all. In addition to enriching the hiking routes of the area, the volunteers are encouraged to participate and organize sport activities with the local community. In that spirit, at the end of the camp, the volunteers will prepare a “youth sport day”, in cooperation with the “Parents – Teachers Association” of the community of “Kato horio”.

Volunteers will work 5 hours per day, 6 days per week. We might need to adapt the daily schedule (e.g start working at 6 in the morning or work in the morning and afternoon) in order to avoid the hottest hours of the day. Any changes in the working schedule and/or type of work will be discussed and decided as a group and in close cooperation with the local host.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD​: Volunteers will be hosted at the high school near Koutsouras village, by the seaside. They will sleep on the floor, on mattresses provided by the local host. Toilets and showers with warm water are provided at the gym, within the school complex. Volunteers will be given all necessary equipment and materials from the local host and they will prepare their meals in shifts. We will cook using local products and donated row or cooked supplies and we will adapt our menu to the supplies we receive.

LOCATION AND LEISURE: Ierapetra, the closest town to Koutsoura, is in the south east of Crete Island. There is the possibility to organize visits and excursions to the most important sites of the area. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit and participate in some of the cultural events organised in different parts of the area. Camp-leaders will organise free time activities in co-operation with the volunteers and the local partner. The host organization does not cover free time activities expenses.

TERMINAL: ​Heraklion (HER) or Sitia (JSH) airports. Heraklion port (if coming from Piraeus or other island by ferry). Ierapetra Bus Station.

NOTES: The work will be physically demanding mainly because of the weather conditions (sun, high temperatures and wind). The recommended travel option is to arrive in Heraklion (either ariport or port) before 12:00 on the 16th of July and depart from Heraklion after 12:00 on the 31st of July.
Please try to arrange your travel according to the above mentioned dates as we will be not able to help you reach the camp site otherwise.

NOMADs projektidel tagastatakse reisikulud 80% ulatuses. 18-25 aastastel kuni 210€ ja 26-30 aastastel kuni 280€.
Teised NOMADs projektid leiad siit:

16.07.2018 - 31.07.2018
Kreeta saar, Kreeka
18 - 30
Projekti kood:
CIA 01
95€ osalustasu ja 25€ ühekordne liikmemaks. Majutus ja toitlustus on kaetud.