Happy Monleras: Preservation of cultural and natural resources to fight depopulation
Description: Monleras is a small village of 270 habitants. As many other region of the region of Castilla, are struggling against unstoppable depopulation and general decay of rural culture, plus aging of its population. The whole neighbourhood is committed to search alternatives for their common future. Preservation of cultural and natural resources plays a very important role in all their planning, so there will be activities for enhancement of natural, ethnographic and cultural resources associated with a way of life that has survived until recent years in this area. The presence of international volunteers brings life and joy to the everyday life of the people of the village.
Type of Work: There are several landscape, buildings, wells, and other traditional constructions that identify this area. Until few years ago, people have been living in harmony with de environment. These sites have great cultural significance and heritage, and could be the key of development in this region. Cleaning paths of vegetation, design and fitting of an interpretative route through a village or using new ways of construction in concordance with the oldest conceptions, are some of the work to be done in these villages by volunteers. There will also be activities to enhancement the ethnographic and cultural resources associated with 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 rescue as an alternative to depopulation.
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in a civil center without beds, they should bring sleeping bags and matts. Food will be cooked by volunteers. Ingredients provided by camp.
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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