Tour of Freedom (from the North to the South of Kosovo)
Description: The Tour of Freedom is a travelling workcamp, connecting diverse communities in Kosovo trough a bike tour. Starting from Mitrovica in the North, the tour will cross the whole country until finally arriving in Brezovica, in the South. Staying in each community for 3 to 4 days, participants will initiate activities to bring people from different backgrounds together, make them share and learn together about environmental and human rights issues and collect local stories. Travelling by bike, the Tour of Freedom will spread the message of an alternative and more environmentally friendly way of moving and connect people in peace.
Type of Work: Participants will initiate actions in local communities in order to bring people together and create space for dialogue and exchange. In Mitrovica, a 5day bicycle-recycle workcamp will take place. Local intervention will happen through educational activities, environmental workshops, street performances, painting of murals, movie screenings and discussions. In Brezovica, participants will be part of the Eco-Festival BREfest and report about the Tour of Freedom. Participants should be motivated to commit themselves to a physically and emotionally challenging project for 3 weeks and be in the physical condition to drive a bike for 50km a day during summer.
Study Theme: Participants will gain skills and knowledge about how to initiate awareness-rising activities in local communities. Through the Tour, they will learn about social and environmental situation in Kosovo and how to address and tackle problems related to this. By collecting local stories from different backgrounds, participants will gain a in-depth view of the global situation in Kosovo on individual level.
Accommodation: The accommodation throughout the whole Tour of Freedom will be simple and in tents. Participants should bring their sleeping bags and mats whereas tents will be provided. Running water and electricity will be accessible in most of the camps. Food will be provided and will be local, seasonal and vegetarian. Volunteers will cook for themselves in kitchen teams.
Language: Camp spoken languages: Albanian, Serbian, Romani, English
Requirements: Volunteers should be interested in being environmental peace messengers and connect to local communities. They should have self-initiative and be willing to contribute to the project with their own ideas and creativity. Artistic and special skills are very welcome, as well as skills in media, photography, documenting and blogging.
Approximate Location: The Tour of Freedom will visit and be based in the communities of Mitrovica, Plemetina Prishtina, Gracanica, Novo Brdo, Klokot and Brezovica.
Notes: If possible, volunteers should try to bring their own bikes for the tour.
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