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KUD Plac in Action
Start date: May 10, 2015, End date: Sep 9, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project aims to help a small town, located on the border with Croatia, to develop a good destination image for future tourists visiting the area and to promote and offer a variety of quality local products to the consumers. We are also striving to put forward our cultural uniqness as a community of historicaly mixed slavic population coming mostly from the ex-yugoslavia area, with strong Balkan cultural connections, which differentiates us from the rest of Slovenia. The participants will have an active role in building a stronger community in a sense of cooperation between different societies in the area and promoting active citizenship through volunteering. The aim is to put forward sustainable practices and oppurtunities with the given resources in a social problematic and economicaly deprived area, where the muncipality is often lacking funds to create and implement projects for destination promotion and development. Having a new foreign volunteer in a small town is an excellent oppurtunity for many people, especially youth, to interact with them and learn the differences and similarities of living here and there, such as cultural, environmental, educational and behavioural. The participants will work in the office provided in the Youth Centre Metlika, where the activities will corelate with the regular projects and aims of KUD Plac activities during the year of the project, thus helping on regular festivals, Youth Centre and working outside in a series of field trips. The coordinator will provide and manage the tasks according to the participants abilities (with the neccessary training provided), which will include work in specific developing computer programes. The expected impact the organisers wish to see is greater recognisebility of Metlika internationaly as an attractive destination for nature loving travelers, greater understanding of the local community and youth about different sustainability practices and oppurtunities for small rural towns and greater awareness about traveling volunteers. From the database of small local providers we aim to achieve better promotion of the small farmers, artisans, beekepers, societies and other small local bussiness, helping them to expand the market reach through multimedia space, thus helping the whole community to prosper and improve to be recognized within county of Slovenia and further.

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