Besides the goal to protect and preserve nature, our idea is to revive activities of volunteerism in Trsic and to try to solve the issue of garbage being left behind the campers and tourists. The main goal is to at least partially resolve some important problems in Trsic, such as neglected areas, damaged bridges, planting some new trees instead of the ones that were cut.
The main working activities will be carried out in the nature and woods of Trsic. Large number of river bridges are damaged and they need to be repaired. The work will consist of clearing the woods, cutting the bushes, removal of smaller tree trunks and burning the smaller branches. The plan is to work on renovation and marking of the hiking/biking trail. Also, we will do some cleaning work – collecting garbage. In order to make this camp sustainable, we will plant 100 seedlings of different trees where forests existed before but due to logging have disappeared. Our goal is to provide free seedlings through a sustainable development program. In addition to ecological activities, we want to help wild animals of the area by providing food and setting up some feeders for them. Also we would organize a special activity to gather the food and put some bird houses on the trees (Trsic is known for a number of different bird species).
Study part: Workshops and lectures about ecology and environmental protection will be organized. Participants will also get an opportunity to take part in various photography and tourism workshops, where they will learn about use and misuse of the touristic potential of Loznica and Trsic and share experiences from their countries on this topic.
Volunteers will be accommodated in Konak Cuvarkuca, in beds. This is a place that is hidden from city traffic lights, noise and fast life; people come here to rest and relax. We will have traditional Serbian meals, and there will be options for different vegetarian dishes. This is also the place where participants can meet young people from Trsic and make new friends.
Trsic is a village in Western Serbia, famous as the birthplace of Vuk Karadzic, the reformist of the Serbian language. The historical part of the village is under the protection of the country and it is the most visited open air museum in Serbia. There is the Vuk’s birth house, the Museum of languages and scripts, an outdoor amphitheatre, the House of writers, a gallery and a number of buildings of traditional architecture, characteristic for the 19th century. Beside its cultural heritage, Trsic is surrounded by beautiful hills, forests, streams, meadows and it is a place very much visited by tourists.
In agreement with the participants we will organize hiking to a nearby mountain, movie nights, sport activities (basketball and volleyball), camping (hanging out by campfire next to the hotel, organizing musical evening for participants). In addition to these activities, we plan to organize a Youth excursion to Fruska Gora National Park where young people will have the opportunity to socialize with the Youth Office volunteers but also to get to know natural potentials of Serbia and learn about flora and fauna of the national park.
The partner is the Youth Office of Loznica. Youth Office of Loznica has an important role in the implementation of the Youth Policy at the local level, and has a significant number of youth activities covered (over 5000 young people annually).
During the year, we carry out five projects on the topics of ecology, gender equality, inclusion of young people with disabilities, prevention of violence, sports, and we are involved as partners in over 10 projects with Serbian Youth Offices and local civic associations. Around 3000 young people annually go through our educational programs and courses (free of charge). In the past few years a large number of young people have participated in different trainings and seminars throughout Serbia, which has a goal to increase mobility of youth through non-formal education.