Kroatië | Thema

Zet je in voor een groepsproject in Kroatië. Dit project vindt plaats van 1 t/m 12 september en biedt ruimte aan 12 deelnemers in de leeftijd van 18 t/m 35 jaar. Als vrijwilliger zal je werkzaamheden gaan uitvoeren gericht op thema.

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Let op: naast het inschrijfgeld betaal je ter plekke nog een lokale bijdrage van € 40.

The project will be very intensive and consist of two parts – a practical working part and a study part.

The practical working part, which will be at different parts of the site, will last six hours per day. In the evenings and during the weekend, educational and cultural activities will take place.

The International workshop “Mapping and Documentation of Industrial Heritage in Ivanić-Grad” will consist of material research in archives, identification of relevant industrial heritage monuments, photographic documentation production and creation of a website as a final product.

The aim is to make industrial heritage more visible and accessible by providing based on research coherent information about these monuments as well as to contribute to its valorisation through photo documentation and website.

In addition, in order to involve the local population and make use of their knowledge, interviews with people who worked in these companies will be conducted to get a more comprehensive overview of how the industry has influenced everyday life in Ivanić-Grad and to use the process of storytelling to raise awareness.

Given that the industrial heritage in Ivanić-Grad is not documented, the main objective of this project is to provide a systematic overview of industry development and to contribute to the awareness of the local community about the importance of preserving industrial heritage. The results of the workshop will be the basis for the future work towards its sustainable management.

Through social activities in the framework of the workshop, the volunteers will have the opportunity to discover traditions of Ivanic-Grad: local arts and crafts, customs and gastronomy as well as rural tourism and beautiful nature in surroundings of the city.

rural guest house with shared rooms, toilets

The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.

Ivanić-Grad is located forty kilometres east of Zagreb and has around 14,000 inhabitants. It is part of the Zagreb County and geographically belongs to the Western Moslavina.

The railway line built in 1899 has boosted modernization of wider area around Ivanić-Grad. Therefore, the industrial heritage of the city can be traced throughout the 20th century. In the first half of the 20th century, the industry consisted mostly of mills, sawdust, alcoholic beverage and brick factories. Thanks to the electric power plant, Ivanić-Grad had electric power already in 1913. Rich deposits of oil and natural gas, discovered in the period after World War II in the fields and forest areas of the rural hinterland of the historic settlements of Križ, Kloštar Ivanić and Ivanić-Grad were one of the main reasons for significant changes in the economic and social structure of the population.

In addition to the oil industry, Ivanić-Grad has other industries which started to develop such as: Ivasim (chemical industry), Ivasim electronika (computer manufacturing), Antilop (production of protective clothing), TMPK (metal products and constructions factory), Ivakarton (paper production cartons of paper and cardboard packaging), Ivanićplast (production of plastic items), Croatia (battery factory), DIP (wood processing industry).

The basis of its economy is nowadays apart of the oil, gas and chemical industry and metal processing also agriculture and livestock. Much of the industrial heritage is not documented or valorised.

The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people started to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The engagement for these buildings united people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided and who filled these rooms with life again in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen’s work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by the camp fire.

Meanwhile, rooms free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; however, places have become rare where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of nepotism and the exclusion which it produces. What should be easy – to go somewhere in order to meet people and to work together – has become difficult. The tightrope walk between, on the one hand, public activities in a monetary and functional sense, and the retreat into private life on the other, is very difficult, and it requires a lot of power and permanent efforts to tackle red tape and financial restrictions.

Free spaces are less and less understood as common property, and are permanently being cut back. The idea of public property seems to have gone out of fashion, and places of common responsible work have become rare.

Open Houses Network tries to create and protect such spaces. In this process, we do not want to be the do-ers, but be people who have a vision, who want to initiate something, but who also are aware of depending on the co-operation of others. We understand our projects and events as offers – as offers to create space for commitment, for changes, for meetings.

In accordance to the above described focus on heritage European Heritage Volunteers, a branch of Open Houses, organises Heritage Projects.

Heritage Projects combine practical work for the preservation or restoration of a cultural or natural heritage site with an extensive educational part that gives the theoretical background for the hands-on works and provides deeper heritage linked knowledge. Heritage Projects focus on traditional handcraft techniques, on the revitalisation of abandoned monuments, on the restoration of historical parks, on the maintenance of cultural landscapes or on other related topics.

Some of the Heritage Projects are organised in the framework of the World Heritage Volunteers initiative. The initiative was launched as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to mobilise and involve young people and youth organisations in heritage preservation and promotion. Since 2008 more than 200 projects at more than 100 World Heritage Sites in more than 50 different countries worldwide have been organised, in which more than 3,500 volunteers from over 70 countries have taken part. The European projects of World Heritage Volunteers are coordinated by European Heritage Volunteers.

Furthermore, European Heritage Volunteers initiates, develops, supports and mentors European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects which are organised by heritage linked non-profit organisations in other European countries.
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Mapping & documentation of industrial heritage




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Aantal vrijwilligers

12 (6 mannen en 6 vrouwen)


18 t/m 35 jaar

Lokale bijdrage

€ 40


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