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DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANIZATION AND PROJECT CONTEXT
Granara is a 600 mt altitude rural village on Appennini mountains. Granara is an experiment of sustainable development. Our activities concern solar and appropriate technologies, bio-architecture, holistic health care, environmental education, social activities, theatre and art workshops, nonviolence and promote the ecological awareness of inhabitants and hosts. Since 2001 Granara hosts a summer Theatre Festival. From the 2010 this Festival developed and is now dedicated to ecology: theatre and nonviolence workshops, plays and public meetings, around 200 hundred people living, working, playing together in a intense, involving atmosphere. Granara is composed by different organisations that cooperate and realize the activities. The organisation in charge of the camp is G.ECO (granara ecologia).
DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK
The work-camp will be over a period of 2 weeks (arrival 14/07/2013, departure 27/07/2013).
The group of SCI volunteers will be joined by a group of italian volunteers that will participate to the work camp.
Work is dedicated to:
-the cleaning and refreshing of structure and the external area of the passive solar house, that will serve as library and documentation center on ecology for the village
-the cleaning and maintenance of paths in the woods
-refreshing the circle of tables, the wooden stage inside the circus, sun showers and compost-toilets, preparing tables, rooms, external facilities and tends area
-cooking and cleaning for the working group
Five days a week we will be working in teams, under the guidance of volunteers of the Village, for six hours a day. The detailed schedule will be discussed and adjusted by the group as a whole in regards to our specific needs. We will, in general, encourage the highest possible degree of self-determination and awareness of the group, enhancing discussion and games to help each of us to take part and responsibility in the managing of everyday life.
We will be meeting at the train station of Berceto, which is 50km from Parma, in the direction of La Spezia, on Sunday, July 14, in the afternoon. Please, contact us by mail a few days before to tell us the time of your arrival.
There are regular trains from Parma (direction: La Spezia or Pontremoli), or from La Spezia. The station is Berceto. Direct trains (though only two a day) from Milano and from Bologna. If you come by car, the A15 (Parma-LaSpezia) highway exit is Borgotaro, left at the first crossing, and stop at the train station of Berceto, which is called Ghiare di Berceto, just 1km from the highway exit.
USEFUL NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES
tel. +39 340 2807084 (Chiara)
tel. +39 348 749 89 30 (Stefano)
You will have accommodation in the rooms of the Guest-House (Granaio). If you like to sleep outside you can bring your tent. There are normal toilets as well as compost (dry)-toilettes and solar showers. We will be using the kitchen and chow-room of the Guest House. We provide food and water (wine and beer are extra). There is also an open stage, a circus tent and a vast playground for free-time activities. As usual in the dry season we might have to be careful with water usage, but basic needs of drinking and washing will in all cases be met.
WHAT TO BRING
Granara is up on a hill, 600 mt over sea-level, and it might get cold in the evenings, so bring at least a sweater, some type of light raincoat,and a decent sleeping-bag. Do bring rough working clothes, shoes, and gloves. Bring a musical instrument if you play, and/or some of your favourite music.
There will be study-evenings dedicated to themes related to ecology, appropriate technologies, the history of Granara and S.C.I., as well as evenings dedicated to the evaluation of the work and group building.
During the week we will spend our free time in the village and its surroundings.
You can do trips to the river to have a swim and hikes in the wilderness. In the evenings we can sing around the bonfire or dance under the stars, put on a show or just laze about. We will encourage and support any initiative that comes from the group.
The weekend 20-21 july anyone is free to plan a trip to the sea (the fabulous Cinque Terre are only one hour away by train) or to the art cities, or you can stay at the village and relax.
On Friday the 26th we plan to organize a farewell party for the volunteers.
English. Some of us also speak French, and Spanish, but the main language will be English (for Italians, too!)
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