Wetlands Conservation, Sremski Karlovci
Description: Vojvodina Environmental Movement (VEM) is one of the contact points of YRS–VSS involved in sending and hosting volunteers for more than 7 years now. VEM is a non–governmental organization that aims at the creation of sustainable communities, by working on development of environmental protection, ecotourism, youth and volunteer programmes.
Type of Work: The aim of the workcamp is to enhance the ecotourism offer of Sremski Karlovci, by developing the infrastructure for realization of ecotourism programmes and increasing the visibility of areas within the special nature reserve “Kovilj–Petrovaradin Wetlands”. The activities on the workcamp contribute to raising awareness on the importance of conservation of special nature reserves. This is the second year VEM is organizing “Wetlands Conservation” workcamp. The volunteers will work on two sites within “Kovilj–Petrovaradin Wetlands” – “Old Danube” location, cutting and removing the invasive plants, creating walking paths and cleaning the area, and “Kurjacka greda” location, painting the wooden infrastructure, setting up educational materials.
Study Theme: During the leisure time we can offer guided tours around the town, hikes to the Fruska Gora mountain and a visit to Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia. During the workcamp, participants will gain knowledge about biodiversity of '“Kovilj–Petrovatadin Wetlands”, through workshops about the flora and fauna of the nature reserve. In addition, they will acquire practical skills to maintain the potential of ecotourism sites. They will have the opportunity to participate in workshops on the concepts of sustainable development, protection from fire and floods, and first aid.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a youth center “Eco Center Radulovacki” (ekoloskicentar.org), with beds (sheets and pillows), shared bathrooms, working spaces and Wi–Fi included. Lunch will be served in a restaurant, while breakfast and dinner will be prepared by volunteers in the center.
Requirements: The volunteers should be prepared to work outdoors, and stay-in-the-nature part of the workcamp (from 3 to 5 days, depending on weather conditions)
Approximate Location: Sremski Karlovci is situated on the slopes of the Fruska Gora mountain, just by the river Danube, in the region of Vojvodina. It is a small, picturesque town with rich past and represents the centre of the Serbian culture and history. It is the place of the oldest Serbian high school and the oldest Serbian theological school, together with the Chappell of Peace (place of peace treaty).
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