Description: The Slatinka Association was established in 1993 as a reaction to the construction of the Slatinka water dam on the Slatina River. The association’s mission is to work at the basin of the Slatina River, to protect the environment and preserve natural areas while spreading consciousness of the project’s effects on nature. One of their main aims is to bring life back to the village of Slatinka, since many people had to leave due to the dam construction. Workcamps like this one have been organized in Slatinka since 2011.
For more info and pictures about the project please see: www.slatinka.sk
Attention: The camp is for nature and ecology lovers! Mostly vegetarian food and eco camp!
Type of Work: The work will be done around and in the village of Slatinka. The volunteers will help with reparation of the old small belfry, protecting the wood by impregnating it, painting and cleaning the area. They will take care of old trees – original kinds of apple trees in Slatinka – cleaning the area below the trees from bushes, grass cutting. Cleaning the area in Slatinka, grass cutting, land-art along the riverside, planting flowers and bushes, helping at the park of Lanice, close to the town of Zvolen. Cleaning the educational path in the Slatina valley, cutting the branches, fixing the educational/information boards. Helping in the garden behind the Eco Center, cutting the grass, mending the fences. The working hours are divided as follows: 4 hours in the morning and 2 h. in the afternoon.
Study Theme: The workcamp will have a rich environmental study part as the local partner is an ecologically-focused organization. Volunteers will learn about environmental protection efforts in Slovakia and all the issues related to the dam construction. Participants will also learn about the history of Slatinka and Zvolen. The workcamp will be visited by INEX Messenger who will organize a workshop focused on current issues in Europe. The volunteers will prepare the "Feast of cultures" - an international food festival for the local community, and will join the “volunteering footprint” workshop. Our camps w
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at a local school - the Eco Center. It has an outdoor shower that requires participants to manually heat water before each shower, and the toilets are dry (outhouses). There will not be access to running water, it will be taken from a well pump for showers. On-site access to electricity is available. A sleeping bag and mat are required. The food will be mostly vegetarian.
Approximate Location: Slatinka is a little village near Zvolen located in the Central part of Slovakia. The village is surrounded by beautiful nature with many touristic routes and hiking opportunities. The volunteers may visit Zvolen, where they will find a castle, a historical center and other interesting sites.
Notes: The camp is organized with the support of Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. The company’s 142,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Johnson Controls’ commitment to sustainability dates back to its roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through its growth strategies and by increasing market share, Johnson Controls is committed to delivering value to shareholders and making its customers successful.
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