Happy Monleras: Preservation of cultural and natural resources to fight depopulation
Description: This year we are trying to coordinate activities in three different villages: Monleras (250 inhabitants), El Manzano (80 inhabitants) and Sardón de los Frailes (85 inhabitants). They are close, less than 5km. They have something really important in common: they are struggling against the unstoppable depopulation and general decay of rural culture. The inhabitants are committed to search alternatives for their common future. Preservation of cultural and natural resources plays a very important role in all their planning. Thus, the presence of international volunteers brings life and joy to the everyday life of the people of these villages. So, to reach an economic and social development is really important the cooperation between these three villages!
Type of Work: There are several landscape, buildings, walls and other traditional constructions that identify this area. Until few years ago, people have been living in harmony with the environment. These places have great cultural meaning and heritage, and could be the key of the development of this region.
Thus, cleaning paths of vegetation, design and fitting a great route through the village, using new ways of construction -in concordance with the oldest heritage- are just some of the works that will be done in these villages by volunteers.
There will also be activities to enhance the ethnographic and cultural resources, related to a way of life that has survived until recent years in this area, which is in high risk of being lost.
Study Theme: Rural-development and cultural heritage as an alternative to depopulation.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in several community rooms, without beds, but they will be mats so you need sleeping bags
Language: Spanish and English. A minimun level of spanish is advisable in order to be able to comunicate with people in the village.
Requirements: A motivation letter, in english, is required for all the volunteers
Approximate Location: Near Salamanca, in the North-West of Spain
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