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experimental farm life and permaculture
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Nov 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Slovak NGO PHZ is going to host three volunteers for 12 months, two from Belgium and one from Czech Republic. The volunteers will join a standing small group of volunteers, helping with the management of a little farm open to visitors and volunteers, mainly young people from various European countries, who come to experience a sustainable life close to nature and learn basic skills that are connected with it. The EVS volunteers will welcome and coordinate these guests and work together with them on various tasks directly related to the place they live in. The volunteers will be co-organizing and participating in the monthly craft workshops that take place at this farm. The volunteers are going to participate in a two-week Permaculture Design Course from which they will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate. Through hands-on experience the volunteers will gain a wide range of practical skills that are essential for a sustainable farm management, rooted in both traditions and permaculture principles. They will learn how to grow vegetables, prepare and preserve food, take care of small farm animals. Moreover they will be involved in renovation and natural building work on the site, as well as the landscape management of the farm´s surroundings. The volunteers will have the opportunity to live a more sustainable lifestyle than the majority of western society. A life in a multicultural community will deepen their social skills and raise their cultural awareness. They will be guided by a supervisor and former volunteers, however the volunteers will be involved in the planning of activities and encouraged to take responsibilities for own projects. The project aims to help re-inventing life in the western world in terms of sustainability and resilience. By raising awareness of Global problems in ecology, economics and politics, as well as awareness of our cultural heritage and more ancient low-impact lifestyles we believe to contribute to a society of young, skilled, aware and both social and self-confident individuals.

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