Description: The association Black Castle is focused on promoting Black Castle ruins for local tourism. It is involved in carrying out archaeological research and restoration of the castle. The archaeological excavations are performed in the cooperation with The National Bureau of Monuments of The Slovak Republic by using traditional methods and materials during the restoration works. Workcamps have been organized here since 2005.
Type of Work: Reconstruction works in the area of a perished medieval castle aeuro( aeurooeBlack Castleaeurooe. It will involve manual work on the ruins of the castle, such as walling, preparing the mortar, cleaning the area, sawing fallen trees and branches, sorting the stones, carrying material to the castle. The volunteers will assist the archaeologists with the research (digging in the archaeological probe, sifting the rubble and looking for artifacts, cleaning of the archaeological finds retrieved from the castle).
Study Theme: The workcamp will be visited by INEX Messenger who will organize a workshop focused on current events 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 will follow the rules of the Sustainability campaign.
Accommodation: Lodging will be provided in a house with all basic hygiene facilities. Warm sleeping bag and mat are needed. Be ready to stay in a village with poor mobile phone network (a phonebooth is available in the village). The kitchen within the house will be used to prepare the meals by the volunteers themselves. On demand, vegetarian meals can be provided.
Requirements: Bring a sleeping bag and a mat, working clothes and gloves, strong boots, raincoat, hat, repellent, warm clothes, swimming suit, enthusiasm and a smile on your lips :).
Approximate Location: The place of the camp is situated in the village of Zlatno, 17km north-east from the town Zlate Moravce, app. 130 km east from Bratislava. Zlatno was one of the many villages in Slovakia known for goldwashing in the middle ages. This was also a reason why the castle was built in such a remote place, far from the trading routes and cities. Volunteers can learn more about the history of the Black Castle and other castles in the region. The surrounding area offers many opportunities for hiking.
Notes: Attention: HDW - Hard Work; The camp is for history and nature lovers and for those who are not afraid to accept the challenge of living in difficult conditions for two weeks surrounded by beautiful nature!
Remarks: Bring a sleeping bag and a mat, working clothes and gloves, strong boots, raincoat, hat, repellent, warm clothes, swimming suit, enthusiasm and a smile on your lips :).
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