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The Golden Valley: A Community towards Sustainable Development
Start date: 01 May 2015, End date: 31 Jan 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project "The Golden Valley: A Community towards Sustainable Development" was conducted mainly in Latinovac, Ivanovci and Čaglin, Požeško-slavonska county. Activities lasted from 1st of July till 30th of November 2015. Project gathered 6 participants from 3 countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Portugal) and local people from Croatia. Project included following activities: Greenway Straw fest; Advancement of abandoned property for Artistic/Permacultural use; Renovation of the Village (Community) house of Latinovac; Fall fest; Help in the local community; Promotion of mobility in Požeško-slavonska county; Personal contribution of volunteers. We used different methods in our work: interactive, practical, physical, individual and team work, presentations, performances, interplay with the local community, social interaction, theoretical education, themed movies, cooperation among villagers and volunteers, exchange experience, participatory learning, experts experience etc. The emphasis of the project were on promotion of rural development, sustainable living and youth mobility. We worked on connecting different generations and introducing different cultures and traditions. We wanted to present a value of living in a small community and importance of active work within such community. Volunteers gained knowledge and experience about healthy life styles, European values, permaculture, sustainability, community work, team work, public presentations etc. This was achieved through practical and theoretical work. This knowledge and experiences volunteers (can) use in their communities (important for their personal and professional growth). Activities which included villagers and volunteers encouraged community spirit and sustainable development. Local people started to be active and participate more in community development (by support of EVS volunteers). We spread information about mobility projects, EVS program through regular updates of our web and Facebook page and through informing local media about project activities. Volunteers had important role in this activity with our support.
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