Dear candidate for the EVS in Slovakia! We are very happy that you are interested in the EVS program and you are now considering where the right place is and what are the best activities for you! This booklet wants to provide you with informations about our orgnization and the activities we do, so you can decide whether or not we are the one for you and you are the one for participating on our project. Please take few minutes of your time to read it through! WHO ARE WE? Nadácia BADEN - POWELLA (NBP foundation) works with young people and involves them in keeping cultural heritage and development of social skills. We have several years of experience with EVS projects and we want it to be useful and beneficial for both - us and our volunteers. We try to engage young people in activities being useful to society, but they sould also help them to development their personalities and gain new experiences. NBP foundation is situated in youth hostel below an old castle Our main project is the revitalization of Calvary in Banská Štiavnica – www.kalvaria.org, but we are also running a youth hostel and a big scout camp in Stiavnica montains. We often collaborate with the town of Banská Štiavnica, signed in UNESCO, on many intereresting projects regarding its cultural heritage. Our workers together with our volutneers are involved in all these activities. The Calvary above the town Banská Štiavnica Calvary Complex represents a unique architectural and landscape complex. It is the most outstanding baroque Calvary complex in the territory of the Slovak Republic. The complex itself is made up of 25 buildings including three churches and chapels decorated with valuable paintings. The chapels and churches are built on a steep slope of a dormant volcano called Scharffenberg (Sharp Hill). our boss Martin explaining basic security rules to group of volunteers In June 2007 Banská Štiavnica Calvary Complex was included in the World Monuments List of 100 most endangered sites announced every other year by the World Monument Fund. In recent years we have been, together with hundreds of volunteers, succesfull in changing this status and Calvary is becoming popular place for torists from all around the world (40 000 visitors per year). The mission of our organisation is to preserve its religious, cultural, historical, scenic and ecological values for the society, organize volunteers who are comming for workshops and to run exhibition about the complex. Our role is to find volunteers who have interest to be involved in these activities. Each year we host 3-5 foreign volunteers. WHERE ARE WE? Slovakia is a country from an area slightly larger than Switzerland. The capital is Bratislava which is situated only 60 km from Vienna. The population is 5,5 million. Slovakia is surrounded by Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. It belongs to the group of post-communist countries. When you say Slovakia, many think of Czechoslovakia, which follows a longstanding federation with the current Czech Republic. Slovakia is an independent state since 1993 and therefore one of the youngest European countries. We have joined the EU in year 2004 and from 1st January 2009 we use the single European currency Euro (€). The national language is Slovak, but people often (mainly young generation) speak English, German or some other languages. Banska Stiavnica – historical center Slovakia is located in moderate climate zone and during the year there are 4 seasons. In summer, the temperature may climp up to 35 °C, in winter it sometimes drops to -20 ° C and autumn is often rainy so you may need all kinds of clothes. Slovakia is quite a mountainous country with the highest peak at an altitude of 2655 m. There are 9 Summer markets in Banska Stiavnica national parks with rich fauna and flora. The national dish is dumplings with sheep cheese, but we also love traditional Slovak sausage with beer or Hungarian goulash. In generall, the cuisine is varied and you can buy all kinds of food in shops. Bread 500 g +/- 0,80 euro Beer 0,5 ltr +/- 1,00 euro Softdrink 0,25 ltr +/- 1,00 euro Milk 1 l +/- 0,70 euro Dish of the Day +/- 3,00 euro Water (1,5 l in shop) +/- 0,50 euro BANSKÁ ŠTIAVNICA We are placed in historical town Banská Štiavnica in central part of Slovakia with 10 000 inhabitans. The town belongs to the triad of historical mining towns in central Slovakia, which were famous in the whole Austro-Hungarian Empire for plentiful resources of gold, silver and copper. It still keeps its medieval character and the town centre has been added to the World Heritage Fund of UNESCO. Nowadays, it is a district town of app. 25 000 inhabitants with several secondary schools (polytechnics, forestry, etc). The town still breathes history which is mostly due Ski resort in Stiavnicke muntains to the number of historical monuments and cultural events taking place here during the year. Banska Stiavnica is situated in hilly terrain (600-1000 m) with forests, many hiking trails and about 10 artificial lakes suitable for swimming, which makes it a popular target of tourism in summer. In the summer period, the town with its surrounding area is a place of plenty of art, music, film, poetry, photo, sport and other traditional festivals and happennings, but out of season, during autumn and winter, it falls asleep covered by snow and fog which might be depressive for someone. The closest bigger city is Banská Bystrica - 50 km away, which takes about an hour by bus to travel there. The capital – Bratislava – is 170 km from the town, which takes around 3 hours of travelling by bus or train as the connection is not direct. There are 2 disco clubs, few pubs, fitness center, cinema, swimming pool, bowling center, many restaurants in the town and several shops (clothes, One of the lakes around the town shoes, souvenirs ect.) WHAT ARE OUR EVS ACTIVITIES? Some activities are more general (eg services at an the Calvary exhibition) in which we engage each volunteer, others are more specific, requiring some experience or qualities. In generall, after a year spend in our organization, you should become more independent, flexible, open-minded and initiative person with clearer vision of your further professional carieer. In addition , as it is a group EVS project, you will gain experiences in the field of communication with different personalities, foreing languages and other social skills which might be usefull for your personal development. Activity # 1: Information service at the Calvary expozition and other activities connected with Calvary During the EVS, you will mostly be involved in activities at the Calvary outside in a fantastic nature environment. One of the activities is the service at the expozition for the visitors. The Exhibition is opened daily from spring to autumn and on public holidays from 10.00 to 17.00. During the service, you will be responsible for opening the churches, providing informations to the tourists and selling souvenirs. Coordination of the shifts taken during week will be case of individual agreement so you can have comprehensive leisure time. The exhibition of Calvary Other main tasks are related to the maintenance of the whole area and restoration works such as mowing, cleaning, raking, and you will be also one of the leaders of big volunteering workcapms which we reguraly organize. Activity # 2: Activities connected with Scout house – Youth hostel Our office and your accomodation is situated in the premises of the Scout House, so many activities are taking place right there. Scout house is visited by thousands of tourists every year from works on the garden of Scouthouse different parts of the world and it also provides facilities for local community activities. A large part of the activities include things like small works in the house and the garden, preparing things for social events, cutting wood for the winter ect. You'll be also involved in service at the reception desk from time to Monika – EVS from Hungary - is time providing information to guests and tourists and if you are painting wood willing to work with children, you can prepare special program for small children in our mother center. Staff meeting Volunteer´s seminary in the hostel Activity # 3: Scout campsite: In the summer, we are running International scout camp in the mountains, about 10 kilometers from Banska Štiavnica. Groups of campers are coming to one or two weeks of camping and we are helping them with food and service supply. The main role of volunteers is to prepare whole area before the campers come and support them during their stay. Volunteers could also prepare special programs which we offer to campers. In close environment of the camp is one big artificial lake suitable for swiming so you can freshen up yourself after work. # 4: Personal project and other, non-permanent activities: During the project you will have the chance to develope your specific skills and to make your own personal project. After first months of your stay, we can discuss and make plan for it. It is up on your intiative and creativness what it could be. Our last group of volunteers were responsible for example for renovation of old jewish cemetery or restoring local toristic trails. We started cooperation with the town in cooperation on cultural events and we are designing program for the biggest winter event – witer games for families and children. Turkish volunteer playing game with children WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM YOU? We expect from you the ability to speak English or German or Slovak at least on basic level, so you can understand us and provide touristical and organizational information to visitors from around the world. We expect your willingness to work in a team and ability to independently perform certain tasks. We welcome experiences of working with youngsters, positive relationship to cultural history, and nature. As manually work being a great part of our daily work, it is important that you are not affraid of it. You will live with other EVS volunteers and share the same flat and rooms, so tolerance is very important. Still, your initiative and creativity is welcome and you should be open to unexpected things. Even thought we try to reduce it as much as possible, it is important that you are flexible enough as your schedule might change quite often. LANGUAGE COURSES, ACCOMODATION AND LEISURE TIME: You will live with a group of around 4 volunteers together in a flat directly in the youth hostel in the city center. Your food needs and pocket money are covered by the project (230 € per month). We are funding courses of Slovak lessons (or other language) and optionally other courses as well. Your free time and free days depends on agreement and the season. Work week is usually around 35 hours with 2 free days. Scouthouse from front side Longer period of holiday is possible during winter season, because our activities are limited due to snow and the cold, but still, during summer short trips are also possible. We try to balance leisure time and activities by the rules of Erasmus+ program. DURATION OF THE PROJECT: Duration is 6 - 12 months or upon agreement. CONTACT: In case you think this is challanging for you, please send us your motivation letter and CV to [email protected] or call +421 905 360 307 More informations are also available on www.kalvaria.org and www.banskastiavnica.org.
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