Camp will promote richness of diversity in culture and tradition between participants of the camp. Through the workshops, volunteers will learn about the importance of preserving of culture and tradition and exchange information about different lifestyles in the world, national songs and dances, habits, costumes and symbols. Beside this, we will present Serbian national heritage and costumes of the people from the countryside, and the volunteer can also participate. Workshops will include activities of promoting tolerance of national differences as something that unites people, breaking prejudices about different nations.
In the second part of the camp, volunteers will prepare part of the programme for traditional manifestation in Draca with local young people „Petrovdan u Draci (st. Peters day in Draca)”, and present it on the stage for people from the village (national traditional dances, songs, all together). There will be some Serbian costumes and dances. Beside this, manifestation will promote richness of diversity in national symbols. Volunteers will prepare and present their countries as a part of manifestation. Part of the manifestation will include national dances and songs of professional ethnographic groups from Kragujevac too.
Camp is a mix of workshops and manual work. During the morning, we will paint the stage and benches, as well as arrange the courtyard of the museum by collecting grass and dressed leaves. In the afternoon workshops will be organized.
Volunteers will be accommodated in Ecovillage in Draca. Ecovillage is household of Association Interactive, established in 2019. The aim of this place is to promote environment protection for kids, youth and others, to promote volunteering, camps, non-formal education, more sustainable way to grow vegetables without pesticides. The house has 4 rooms, 2 kitchens (inside and outside the house), place for tents, terrace, and 10 greenhouses for planting vegetables, toilets and showers inside and outside the house. Volunteers will sleep on beds in the rooms. Food will be prepared by hosts, with the support of volunteers.
Camp will be organized in Draca, village 8 km far from Kragujevac, in central Serbia. Village Draca is geographical centre of Serbia, there is Ethnographic museum and orthodox monastery from 17th century. In the village live about 800 residents. All programs will be organized in household in Draca, planned to be first Ecovillage in central Serbia. First programs of Ecovillage will be implemented in 2019. It is near to the regional road, there is one shop and bus station near the place.
Kragujevac is city in central Serbia. During 19th century it was capital of Serbia, and old military industrial centre. Today, there is car industrial centre of Serbia. There is about 200.000 residents. During the camp excursion and city tours will be organized.
In the free time, participants will learn how to grow plants, composting, prepare healthy meals, and spend time with local youth and kids from the village, by organizing workshops or just casually talking and sharing experiences between each other.
The aim of the project is to promote unity of youth in spite of their cultural differences and different backgrounds. In today’s world a big problem is losing a national identity because people are forgetting old traditions, national costumes, songs, dances, languages… We believe that the world would be a much more interesting and richer place if we learn how to cherish these differences and learn about them. That is why we want to enable these young people to learn about different cultures and preserve this priceless knowledge.
This workcamp is organized by the NGO “Interaktiv” from Kragujevac, the regional contact point for the promotion and organization of workcamps of Young Researchers of Serbia. The Association “Interaktiv” organizes workcamps since 2013. So far, ten camps were organized, with the participation of more than 70 foreign and 40 local volunteers. The association is engaged in the development of traffic safety of the children, environment protection, youth activism and volunteering in this region.
There are no special requirements, but it is preferably to know something about national costumes, dances, songs.