Selles projektis elad ja töötad koos teiste vabatahtlikega ning annad oma panuse ühe Itaalia väikelinna kultuuri- ja looduspärandi korrashoidu ning kohaliku kogukonnaelu arendamisse. Projekti ingliskeelse kirjelduse leiad allpoolt.
Hetkel töötab samas organisatsioonis meie vabatahtlik Kristin, kes võtab asja kokku nii: “Tööd on kahte sorti. Minu kaks sõpra töötavad peamiselt muuseumi poolel, korraldades lastele ja täiskasvanutele suunatud üritusi nagu kunstinäituste avamine, nukuteater või küla ja muuseumi ekskursioonid. Mina seevastu veedan rohkem aega looduses – enamjaolt linna keskel asuvas pargis. Igapäevaselt hoiame parki korras ja korraldame erinevaid üritusi nagu töötoad koolides, parkides ja isegi mägedes. Tavalised on näiteks orienteerumine ja kompassi kasutamise õpetamine lastele, aga lisaks saame alati mõelda välja ka uusi tegevusi, mida nendega läbi viia. Tegevusi on seinast seina – looduslike värvidega mässamisest kuni tihedas udus kompassiga orienteerumiseni ning lootmiseni, et kõik umbes 180 teismelist tagasi koju jõuavad. Kui udu ära kaob, on võimalus näha võrratuid mägesid ning Itaalia kõige kaunimaid väikelinnu. Muidugi töötame kõik koos, aitame üksteist ning veedame üldse palju aega koos. Macerata on väike, kuid mõnus ning tegus. Tahtmise korral võib mägede poole vaadates väikse siesta teha ja minna siisõhtul vanalinna tänavatele inimestega tutvuma. Kohalikud on sõbralikud ja jutukad ning kontsertidest ja muudest huvitavatest üritustest puudust ei tule. Olen siin õppinud itaallasse kombel süüa tegema ja itaalia keel on ka nullist kõvasti saja poole kasvanud.”
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Urban Keeping project encourages some practical activities to better manage our cultural and natural heritage according to environment prevention, territory promotion, and local inhabitants’ well-being. Working on the town public places is one of the most important aims of our project. It is incisive in order to improve daily life quality and above all, it is necessary to offer new spaces where social and cultural dimensions can prosper.
The project intends to upgrade two areas of Macerata. One of these areas is the urban park Fontescodella and the other one is Villa Ficana an important and historical hamlet made of unfired clay. The park is not highly frequented by the local people. This is the reason why it became the central focus of deviant behavior and the reality of petty crime. People do not go there anymore because in their opinion the park is full of dangers. The project encourages young people to approach the park and to give the park back to local people. People need natural places where they can meet and share moments. In the park, many activities will be organized and they will be the meeting point of many events in order to give birth to a new public place where old and young can share this environment because the park belongs to the people and more, in general, the town itself. Participation is the better way to defeat vice and
Unlike the park, Villa Ficana is a hamlet of clay brick built to house farming families during the first half of the XIXth century. During the following century, the XXth century, Villa Ficana suffered from prejudice. People who did not live in the hamlet but lived in the center of the town considered it as a neglected and poor place. For this main reason, the hamlet was abandoned and excluded from citizen consideration. The hamlet paid its humble and agricultural origins. Since 2012 Gruca has been working on the development and the promotion of the hamlet. Gruca has obtained success through activities and cooperation but many ideas are yet to come and the association is still working on the hamlet. Today the association wants to improve local tourism and local lifestyle too. The project activities will be useful to avoid local traditions drop and to get new generations back to Villa Ficana. In this way, young people will be the incentive of high cultural tourism.
The project includes six young European volunteers coming from Spain, France, Poland, Germany, Estonia and Portugal. The service will start in September 2019 until July 2020 (11 months). Three of them will be employed in the development of the park Fontescodella:
– Organization of public events, production of educational and information material about the park, educational activities for students, disabled people and adults are the main actions designed to ensure, clarify and safeguard the image of the park itself.
– Cultural and natural entertainment, animation, workshops promote park life as a public place where people meet and have fun.
– Activities focused on nature safeguard, natural tourism, and environmental sustainability.
The other three volunteers promote and encourage the development of Villa Ficana through:
– Guided tour, practical workshops with clay brick to get young people closer to historical traditions and habits.
– Organization of specific events, for example, research, old people interview, information material production, to add value and share our historical memory, our traditions, and our roots.
– Cultural tourism promotion through a calendar of events which is designed for new generations above all, for example, happy hours, concerts, expositions. In this way, we are going to provide young people with the certainty of our past.
At the end of the volunteering period, the six volunteers can develop their own personal project according to their own inclinations and passions. Once learned the language and became familiar with the town and with the members of the association, they will be able to freely develop an activity to insert in one of the two main projects. The volunteer work is no profit making and it only intends to support the local community.
The methodology of the activities in the two big areas, park Fontescodella and Villa Ficana, is based on non-formal learning. This kind of learning is the foundation of GRUCA method.
Accommodation and Food
Gruca manages some land houses in the historic hamlet Ficana. In one of these houses, Gruca set up a guest house where the volunteers can live. Every volunteer has a single room at his own disposal. Furthermore, the guest house has a kitchen, a living-room and three toilets available. In the matter of food, the volunteer will receive an allowance (6 euro per day) on the very beginning of each
month to manage on one’s own and a basket of biological vegetables to share, every week. Furthermore, they will receive the pocket money (5 euro per day) each month to satisfy their own needs, as decided by the project Erasmus +. In closing, the volunteers will be able to move on foot because Ficana is only 15 minutes walk from the inner city.
Once arrived the volunteers will be assisted by a tutor during their activities. The tutor is one of the members of the association. He will show the volunteers how the association works and which kind of activities they will develop during their stay in Macerata. The tutor will organize a two-month Italian course. The tutor will be their contact person for everything, from their activities to the support they need in every kind of life. These volunteers will have available a mentor too. The mentor will help them in getting to know the town and its possibilities. He will help them in solving some logistic or more practical problems.
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