The activities of the project mainlyinvolve:61623; Gardening in the Historical Gardens of Palazzolo. The volunteers will clean thepaths from foliage, mow the grass, trim the plants and trees to restore the gardensto their former beauty;61623; Restoring the dungeons of the medieval castle, clearing them from rubble androcks, spreading gravel on the floor to make them accessible from the public;61623; Installing and painting new fences around the castle s moat and along the riverAll the work will be done in cooperation with young people of the town, in order todevelop a nice environment and close relations between volunteers and locals.
The volunteers will be hosted in a structure in the centre of the town which will be used as dormitory. Shared rooms, warm showers and toilets are provided. The accommodationhas also a big and cozy garden with a nice view of the town. The meals will be preparedtogether as they are part of the community life. It would be nice if you could bring typical recipes from home in order to share the preparation of food from all over the world. Forthis purpose one night will be organized an intercultural dinner in which you can share with others a piece of your home.
Palazzolo sull Oglio is a town of about 20.000 inhabitants on the banks of the riverOglio, in the province of Brescia, Lombardy. It takes an hour to Milan, two hours toVenice, 40 minutes to Lake Garda and 20 minutes to Lake Iseo and it is really close to Franciacorta , an area well-known for its high quality wines. The territory of the city is fullof history: in the town you can find ancient churches, frescoes, palaces, nineteenth-centuryvillas and a medieval castle with the Torre del Popolo , the highest round-based tower inItaly, standing at 97 meters high. Palazzolo sull Oglio also offers large green areas: a bigpark along the river and the villas gardens, where the project is located. The town is closeto the hills at the base of the Alps and near the big lakes of Northern Italy. Trains andbuses are an easy way to discover the territory. All the facilities you need are available inthe town: stores, banks, the municipal swimming pool and a great choice of pubs,restaurants and cafes.During the Workcamp there will be a couple of days of free time, when thevolunteers will have the chance to visit some famous cities and places such as: Milan,Bergamo, Brescia, Verona, Venice, Lake Iseo and Monte Isola, Lake Garda and otherbeautiful locations.Furthermore, there will be the possibility to take part in some organized activities, bothin Palazzolo and in neighbouring cities: Canoeing on the river Oglio with instructors of the local Kayak Canoa Club; A visit to some local wine cellars, to see firsthand the production of the renowned Franciacorta wine and taste it directly from the winemaker; A tour of the city of Palazzolo sull Oglio and its less known marvels;
EKOCLUB INTERNATIONAL: Ekoclub is an association founded in 1970 to revitalise a correct way of thinking andliving nature. It is founded on a deep knowledge of the environment and its healthiertraditions. Exclusively non-profit and confirmed between the NGO, includes among itsmembers several tens of thousands of people, with a growing tendency. Ekoclub differsfrom other environmental groups in the centrality of the human relation to the environmentand therefore its ability to reap the benefits of plants and animals of the earth with respectto the actual necessity. This capability enables a man to keep his ancestral customs and tohave a key effect in maintaining the environmental balance. The Ekoclub Association has many provincial branches distributed in differentItalian regions. The section of Palazzolo, near Brescia, is very active and has worked tothe creation of international workcamps for five years with the help of young peoplemotivated by a strong sense of civic duty.The project is the result of an important partnership between the town Council andthe Ekoclub Association. The Council believes in the promotion of youth empowermentprojects and in the development of active citizenship.The municipality of Palazzolo sull Oglio is undertaking a project of enhancement of the naturalistic and historical heritage of the town in which young people are actively involved. The aim of this work is to show to the international participants the ancient historical and naturalistic background of the town and to help its beauties to revive, in a green context. Thanks to the close contact with the Italian environment and culture, the participants will feel an unforgettable educational and enjoyable experience.
A motivation letter is compulsory to show interest towards the project. Please bring a sleeping bag, shoes and working clothes. Follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/WorkCamp-Palazzolo-sO-731277380225885/?fref=ts