Koesti Watermill I
Description: The aim of this camp is to help renovation works of the historical watermill Koesti. This watermill dating from the end of 18th century is an important object of heritage for the local community. The oldest part of the building existing at present was built in the second half of 19th century. In 1930 the watermill was made two-storied and on the river side the engineering for producing electric power was built. After the Second World War several changes have been made there. Today association managing the watermill put a lot of effort into developing it into a hydroelectric plant, which started to give energy now. And this is a very important step for the local community which goes along with the general national plan to raise the production use of energy from alternative sources. At present such alternative energy projects have not been developed in Estonia yet to the noticeable extend, therefore Koesti Watermill is an important initiative which should be supported.
Type of Work: The work will involve mainly cleaning up/ recovering of the hydro power station canal and the banks of Koesti creek. This means physical work such as like removing mud, stones, branches of trees, etc. Also there may be clearing up of the green areas around the mill and possibly simple conservation jobs in the building (e.g. cleaning the walls before painting). Volunteers will be working 7-8 hours per day 5-6 days a week under the supervision of local technical leader.
Accommodation: The accommodation facilities will be quite simple: you will stay in the mill house in camp beds. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Please note that the shower is a primitive outdoors solar shower, and there is dry toilet only. But you will have a good chance to try Estonian sauna on weekend. Simple but healthy traditional local food will be prepared by the hosts, volunteers will be asked to help cleaning and washing up. Possibility of making own food is limited.
Requirements: Special requirementsThis is a classic WORK camp with the real physical work i be ready for it. This camp may not be suitable for volunteers allergic to different plants or hay. Please note rather simple washing facilities in this camp. You have to bring your sleeping bag, working clothes and rubber boots. PARTICIPATION FEEDue to lack of communal resources for this camp we ask participants to contribute 30 Euro towards the costs of general administration. This fee has to be paid by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp. If you cannot make bank transfer please contact your sending organization for solution.
Approximate Location: Location The project is located at the border of the Town of Viljandi, which is situated in South Estonia on Sakala Upland. Town of Viljandi with its 20,000 inhabitants is the centre of the county. As a culture town it is well known for its valued Culture Academy, Ugala Drama Theatre and the famous international Folk Music Festival (www.folk.ee) held yearly at the end of July. Viljandi lies 160 km from Tallinn, 98 km from Parnu and 80 km from Tartu. More information about Viljandi on www.viljandi.ee/?id=506 and www.viljandimaa.ee/turismiinfo/?lg=engLEISURE TIMEThere are a lot of possibilities for leisure time activities as camp will take place in the town where one can find attractions for all tastes: sightseeing, museums, festivals (including world famous Viljandi Folk www.folk.ee/en/viljandi-paerimusmuusika-festival-2, concerts, live music, pubs, etc. You can also spend time at Viljandi Lake and go swimming or simply stay at the mill having bonfire, barbeque and sauna with locals.