Green living in the rural area
Start date: Jan 1, 2016,
End date: Feb 28, 2017
This project “Green living in the rural area” which will take place in Kryoneri Korinthia (Greece) consists from two activities (Training seminar and 2 flows of Group-EVS) involving 10 European programme countries (Italy, Slovakia, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Liechtenstein, Germany, Czech republic and United Kingdom). The Training seminar will last 8 days, 25/04-02/05/2016, gathering in a balanced way (gender and countries) 22 participants (2 per country), 2 experts & staff.The volunteering activities will take place in Kryoneri Korinthia (Greece), during the period 1-30.6.2016 and 1-30.09.2016 involving the same European countries partners, gathering in this 2 flows 20 young volunteers in total, with less opportunities.Having in mind the urgency of a sustainable development in our societies, the idea behind this project is to empower youth workers and their organisations to support social and environmental responsibility, saving and optimising resources. The training course “Green living in the rural area” intends to train youth workers to reuse and recycle materials and provide them with the competences to act as multipliers in their own organisations.The planing and implementation of following practical issues is set into the training's programme:· promotion of land tourism's sustainability;· reusing recycling material for wooden constructions;· construction of a tree-house for environmental seminarsMain objectives:- to raise awareness of participants on sustainable development of rural areas and on reusing and recycling of materials;- to provide participants with knowledge, skills and competences regarding the reusing of wood and other materials for a tree-house construction;- to stimulate the spirit of entrepreneurship of the participants, by involving them in activities, where they will develop abilities to reuse recycling materials;- to encourage creativity, leadership skills, innovative attitude and environmental responsibility of participants, to act as multipliers of the knowledge acquired in the training course.Main activities and methods:This training seminar will enhance several activities, such as group building; discover of the village and surroundings (Kryoneri); visits and study visits (local farms and taverns, olive oil fabric, wineries, etc.), market of participating NGOs; presentation of Erasmus+ and Youthpass; learning different techniques connected with the reuse of material (building a tree house); street actions; visibility of the project (internet and multimedia); intercultural evening; follow-up ideas.The experts and facilitators will encourage as much as possible the "learning by doing" and use several methods of non-formal education and means, such as brainstorming, group dynamics, energizers, ice-breakers, work in small groups, presentations, etc.Through different activities offered to young volunteers with fewer opportunities, a serious chance to do something new, positive and special in their lives will be offered to them. By participating in this project the volunteers will gain more self-confidence, will learn to be more independent, to take responsibility for themselves and others. This new experience will give them strength to search for new possibilities in their lives. The volunteers will work on rural and sustainable development and environmental protection. The main tasks will be related to promotion of land tourism's sustainability; to the maintainance of environmental footpaths, reusing recycling material for wooden constructions; constructing a tree-house for seminar purposes, developing flora and fauna panels in environmental footpaths, setting up an educational organic botanic garden. They will clean-up footpaths, construct wooden banks, bridges, signs, panels, reconstruct traditional buildings and take part in agrotouristical activities.All activities will have visible results and impact to the local community. The results will be used by schools for educational purposes and in this way, they will have longer term benefits. It is an on-going pilot initiative for the rural development of the agricultural mountainous area on the Corinthian Upperland. This action is supported by the Greek Agrotourism Federation-SEAGE (www.agroxenia.net), the Local Quality Pact of Northern Peloponnese (www.peloponet.gr) and local associations and entities.Further the project aims to contribute for a sustainable identity within the Greek land tourism. Agrotourism is targeting the upgrading of quality, derived from local farming products and services & helps the development of local economy. This attracts visitors from Greece and from international market, to visit the AGROroads network, fostering the Agrotourism development.
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