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Star Gazy Culture and Environment II
Start date: Jan 19, 2015, End date: Jan 18, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project came as a direct result of our past Star Gazy Boat Projects realized in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The projects have made an important impact into young people's life and motivated us to go for another 4 projects. The final reason to launch Star Gazy Culture and Environment II is, that we got another two old boats donated. This two boats should benefit the local community but also support the learning and development of the coming volunteers. But also we have the chance to work togheter with professional fotographer and filmmaker James Stier with this oppurtunity the volunteers will be able to gain experience in foto shooting and film making and are then able to realise a film project on their own. This film project will have something to do with the young volunteers and with the community of the small fisher village in Cornwall so both parties the community and the volunteers can gain from the film. The third part will be the collaboration with Claire Wallerstein chief executive of Rame Peninsula Beach Care a area well known environmentalist. Within this cooperation the volunteers will be able to achieve environmental awareness and also see how dependent people are inrural areas from nature in this case especially the sea. The outcome will be that the volunteers are helping the community by keeping environment clean and the volunteers are able as mentioned above to gain environmental awareness. This three different project are made for the different needs for young people with fewer opportunities. The Ruckenwind methodology for engaging with young people from backgrounds of severely restricted opportunity in international work, has been developed over the last six years and now has recognition for its achievements right across the European Union. The ‘Star Gazy’ initiative has a proven potential opportunity to give a small group of young people facing significant challenges the chance to learn some new, practical skills at the same time as developing their appreciation of being citizens in a wider Europe. We are applying without identified names of potential volunteers because from our experience in working with youngsters with fewer opportunities it mostly, that they decide about their participation within the last 4 weeks before the project starts. So it is important for us that we don´t have to name the volunteers in advance. The project will host five volunteers from Austria, working together over a month to renovate and restore an old turn-of-the- 19th/20th century fishing boat in the small seaside village in SE Cornwall, England. The boat itself, donated to theproject with the hope to do something good for the volunteers and the community using the boater afterwards, was designed and constructed to accommodate a crew of six and powered by sail and oarsmen. All of the volunteers will be drawn from backgrounds of very restricted opportunity and will come to learn a variety of practical ‘shipwright-type’ skills as well as the softer skills of team playing, team leadership and cross-cultural communication which will serve them well as they progress through the rest of their lives. The Youthpass will be used, not only as a recognition of the volunteer’s non-formal learning outcomes, but also to structure and frame their individual learning plans. The boat itself, a tangible, touchable object, is also a symbol or metaphor of the approach and objectives of this project and on the other hand the film - are symbols of: - The volunteers’ life journies (e.g their experience of rough conditions/stormy weather through to successful new beginnings) - The boat’s history – having once been a successful fishing vessel, damage through use, disuse and age means it is now desperately in need of improvement and renovation - The boat - a bridge between history and the 21st century environment, a linking across generations. - From filming to cutting and editing the volunteers will be involved in the whole process and will get the chance to face different tasks in the development of a film. On completion of the restoration, the volunteers will, ceremoniously, take the boat out onto the sea under the direction of an expert fisherman and go fishing. At the end of the project the boat will remain in the community as a resource to be used by local youth, future groups of volunteers and other community organisations. The same is meant for the film the finished production will be screened in the village aswell in the AK-Tirol in Innsbruck. Each the community and the volunteers will get an edition for their personal use. The ‘star gazy’ name is taken from a Cornish fish speciality strongly associated with the well-known fishing village of Mousehole. The environmental project will end in an exhibition to sensibilisate the local community and share the success of the project.
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