GAIA is looking for 3 participants from Croatia, Sweden, Macedonia and Greece for shor-term EVS in Brezovica, Sharr mountain, from 1st till 20th of August 2017. 

If interested, get in touch with us via gaia.kosovo@gmail.com

In Kosovo, Sharr mountain is situated in the south, while the whole mountain range is spread in Macedonia and Albania. The mountain is rich with biodiversity, endemic and rare species, geological diversity and natural phenomena, but also with diversity of ethnicities, cultures and religions. Since 1993, Sharr mountains has been proclaimed as National park and has been nominated for UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve. In the meantime, the mountain is being threatened by the Master plan which includes construction of new ski resorts within the National park and no study for impact assessment was done. Since Sharr mountain is much more than snow, GAIA and partner organizations are planning to organize different activities which will address this issues, but also promote alternatives to unsustainable development, which treats to destroy nature and people’s livelihoods. One of this pilot activities is short-term EVS which will bring 15 enthusiasts from several European countries and to support us in protecting this special and universal natural heritage.

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n August 2017, GAIA is planning to organize first mountain festival, which will offer free environmental education, discussions and workshops, movies screenings, music and sustainable, local food. The festival will is called BREfest, after Brezovica village and after ‘bre’, common Balkan interjection. The festival will take place in the middle of August in the area of current ski resort and will be organized in sustainable and nature friendly way. During 3 days, we will provide diverse programs which include presentations and discussion about nature conservation and values of Sharr mountain, challenges in economic development and protection of nature, cultural and natural heritage, new and alternative ideas for sustainable development and tourism (wildlife watching, forest therapy, degrowth, rural tourism etc.). Besides that, the festival will offer environmental documentaries and nature friendly and ethno music, jam sessions etc.

The EVS team will be involved in preparation of the festival, realization of the program, photo and video documentation of the natural and cultural diversity, including festival and and follow up promotion.

tasks and responsibilities

In general, tasks of the volunteers will be the following:

  • Setting up the place and infrastructure for the festival (compost, camping site, kitchent, stages, workshops places… etc)
  • Preparing paths for visitors and hikers
  • Arranging decoration and artistic bla bla
  • Managing program together with coordination team
  • Documenting natural and cultural heritage
  • Documenting the EVS and festival (photo, video, stories…)
  • Preparing an exhibition for the festival
  • Organize thematic workshops for visitors of the festival
  • Online communication and media work
  • Helping in cleaning of the place
  • Clean up actions in the park
  • Planning and organizing follow up activities

Volunteers will work in different teams such as: construction team, PR team, educational team, art team…

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Project is financially supported by Erasmus+ program of the European Union

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