Tuesday, September 11, 2012

International volunteers are enjoying their final week in both the USA and Greece for our last two Alliance Anniversary camps!! Thank you to everyone for celebrating this special year!

USA: 30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - Kids and outdoor activities, Vermont, 02.9.-16.9.2012
Belmont is a beautiful, rural community on a lake at 600 meters elevation in the Green Mountains of Central Vermont. Belmont is a small but very active community with many local events.
Volunteers are working with members of the Mount Holly educational community to revise the Mt. Holly Schools nature trail.  Volunteers will also assist teachers with daily classroom activities and have the opportunity to design and paint a mural in the school with the students.  Volunteers will be working with the elementary students (ages 5 to 12) and the school community.

Greece: 30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP in Akrotiri, 06.9.-21.9.2012
Volunteers are helping to renovate a path leading from the  Akrotiri village to the archaeological site. Organising intercultural and environmental awareness through activities for the local people, especially the youngsters. Akrotiri village is located 15 Km away from Fira city in Santorini island. The first habitation at the site dates from the Late Neolithic times (at least the 4th millenium B.C.) and it has been famous worldwide for its archaeological site, the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean (20th-17th centuries B.C.).


Thursday, August 30, 2012

14 young people from 8 different countries : Ukraine, France, Serbia, Italy, Turkey, Holland, Germany volunteered for 2 amazing weeks in Belguim. This project is part of our 30th birthday celebrations!!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

During the weekend Alliance volunteers have arrived to Netherlands and Turkey to help with  gardening and landscaping in public parks and nature reserves.

Turkey:  30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP+Buyuksehir/Mersin    24.8.-8.9.2012   
During this years camp volunteers will take part in the renovation of public parks and in addition to that some practical environmental work like gardening and landscaping will be done. Our partner is Mersin Metropolitan Municipality. We've been cooperating for the last 10 years.

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Netherlands:  30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP -State Forestry - Oudemolen    25.8.-8.9.2012   
The cooperation with Dutch State Forestry, commissioned by the Dutch government to manage a large part of the nature reserves in the Netherlands, has been taking place since several years and they are always very supportive and explain the importance of the work in great detail. The area ‘Drentsche Aa’ offers a various landscape of woods, heath land and meadows together with old villages. It is a perfect area to walk through so you can see the various landscapes. Volunteers will help with different activities like; cutting, dredging, pilling up the paths and haymaking.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Alliance volunteers will be busy renovating and working on an organic farm 
30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - Vévy Wéron Farm - Wépion, Belgium, 18.8.-1.9.2012

Vévy Wéron farm is a square farm surrounded by grassland, streams, orchards, ponds and organic cultures. For 25 years, a great community life of 40 people has developed. Everyone in the community are willing to create a friendly and organic place to live. The community chose to live following rules of conduct; respect for the environment; conflict management; mutual aid and the joy of living together,... www.vevyweron.be
Volunteers will be involved in renovating a building of the farm, in order to create a public workshop for different types of crafts: insulation - floor - wooden construction. Some volunteers may also help to the others daily farm’s activities : vegetables growing, goat’s cheese, bakery.

This project is organised by

Friday, August 17, 2012

30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP SAND PATH, Spain, 17.8.-31.8. 2012

A group of 10 international volunteers will be spending two weeks reconstructing ancient paths to connect two villages Sierra Norte - El Cuadro. Volunteers will be walking and cycyling step by step cleaning and painting the wooden fence.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others"

10 big hearted international volunteers are on their way to Japan today to show their commitment and passion to work with children and make a difference. 
30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - Kita-kyushu, Japan, 15.8.-28.08.2012

Organized together with a local group formed for this project since 2007. Every year, they run a summer vacation kids program with 30 kids aged 8-15 years of age. They play, cook and live in nature as they learn independence, sensitivity, group cooperation, and a global understanding and interest in different cultures. Volunteers will help out and live together with kids in the Kids Village supporting activities and sharing your culture. We will encourage the kid’s independence and creativity by letting them plan the schedule and respect their ideas!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We have 5 Alliance Anniversary Camps running at the moment in Armenia, Poland, Germany, Russia and Scotland. 

30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - REHABILITATION CENTRE, Armenia, 10.8.-24.8.2012
The aim of this camp is to organize the leisure time of children with motor-system infringement and cardio-vascular system diseases - volunteers come together with children to draw, sculpture, sing and dance, do physical training, play games. At the end of the camp volunteers and children will organize a farewell party. Volunteers will bring along a lot of ideas, spirit, love, warmth, kindness and make the stay of these children in this Center a great holiday. They make these children feel that they are needed, full-valued and help them to open their talents and abilities.
Volunteers will also do some environmental work: maintaining the territory, cleaning children’s playground from weeds and grass, painting and some renovation work.  


30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - WIELISZEW, Poland, 11.8.-25.08.2012

Volunteers will be cleaning banks of river Narew, tourist paths and the Wieliszewskie Legi Nature Reserve. They will also help in setting up the Sailor Songs Music Festival which takes place on 18-19 August, and will also clean after the event. During the festival volunteers will have a chance to create and show their own performance to the audience as well as to organize various activities for kids on the beach of the Zegrzynski Lake.  

30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - Potsdam, Germany, 12.08.-26.08.2012

The Students Cultural Centre ( KuZe ) in the north-east of Germany is going to invite a workcamp for the first time. The Students Cultural Centre is a part of students self-administration for more than six years. The Centre contains a small court including a pub, a small theatre area, seminar and office rooms, exhibition spaces as well as studios for artists and musicians. The Centre usually remains closed in august in order to run necessary renovation works together with local volunteers. Volunteers will help running important renovation works in the court, e.g. painting walls, woodwork and some small repairs. The other part of the project will be to create an own public art-exhibition in the Cultural Centre which will be opened at the last weekend of the camp and stay there for another two weeks.

30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - JUMP TO ENGLISH, Russia, 12.8.-25.08.2012

Volunteers will teach students from colleges and universities in Kirov to speak English language through interesting forms of learning, such as theater performance, role-playing games, learning songs. Also, volunteers will give presentations of their countries, cultures and languages. Kirov, formerly known as Vyatka and Khlynov, is a city in northeast European Russia, on the Viatka river. It is a big industrial Russian city. The generally accepted date of the city’s foundation is 1374. 

30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - GOVAN TOGETHER, Scotland, 12.8.-26.8.2012 

Govan is an area of Glasgow that has a long history i from the Vikings all the way up to the heavy industry and ship-building of the 20th Century. It is an area that has a very strong community spirit i and lots of organisations working to make the area better.
The volunteers will be involved with 3 organisations in Govan. This project will be about the volunteers getting involved with the community as a whole, contributing to different organisations in the area and making a film to record their experiences. This project is perfect for volunteers who want to get to meet a lot of people and know a community and benefit from different volunteering experiences. 1) The first organisation is called Fablevision and uses film-making and the arts to explore issues and opportunities in the community. The volunteers will get training in film-making from Fablevision and help with the editing of the final film. 2) The second organisation is Govan and Craigton Integration Network (GCIN). They work with refugees and asylum seekers and the wider community to support and improve people s lives. The volunteers will assist with GCIN s social work and events. 3) LEGup are a community garden group in Govan i who are renovating under-used sites in Govan for urban growing. The volunteers will be helping improve the community garden and the sites LEGup are working on.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Today is our 32nd Alliance Anniversary Workcamp and the 3rd from UNAREC in France – Keep up the great work!!! 

 Since summer 2002, workcamps have begun to protect the Montaigu-le-Blin’s castle – which has been listed as a Historical Monument. Thanks to your involvement, we would like to stop the damages caused by bad weather and vegetation, and eventually, give back to the castle the important part it used to play (openings to the public, guided tours, heritage linked activities…).
Volunteers  will focus on restoring a part of the higher courtyard : masonry to repair a wall going over a staircase, to make a part of it safe, clearing two staircases (clearing off the vegetation, cleaning the steps); construction and setting up of wooden fences; clearing of two small ruins.

This project is organised by:

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tomorrow sees the start of our biggest 30th Alliance Anniversary camp, with 27 volunteers arriving in Vietnam. World Heritage and environmental issues are a big focus for this camp. 


UNESCO World Heritage
The project aims at connecting people in social activities especially focusing on World Heritage and environmental issues. I will attract the concerns of people about the World Heritage and promote the precious roles of community in protecting and improving the site. Information about how other countries promote, protect and preserve their World Heritage and their best practices will be disseminated to local residents and youth.
The international volunteers and national volunteers will organise workshops in local high schools in Ha Long about world heritage and climate change and join with local youth for cleaning up activities at the beach and on the bay.

 Project is organised by


Friday, August 3, 2012

It is not only the Olympics that are in full flow, as we have already seen 27 organisations take part in the 30th Alliance Anniversary Campaign and we have 3 new projects starting this weekend :) Gold for volunteeing!!

30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - We are EcoFriendly, Russia, 30.7.-16.8.2012 

The workcamp is organized in order to develop volunteers’ initiatives; to share volunteers’ experience among participants from different countries; to promote intercultural dialog and mutual understanding. During the workcamp volunteers will share their experience; discuss actual youth problems, plan mutual volunteers’ activities, participate in ecological projects, learn culture of Russia and culture of each other.
Volunteers will develop park and yard areas, hold workshops to local children about recycling and reuse of trash, about healthy lifestyle. As well there’ll be round table, where we are going to speak about participants’ volunteer experience and how voluntary services are developed in their countries.

30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - RE-CREATOR, South Korea, 6.8.-18.8.2012 

The project is held in cooperation with re-cycling designer. The designer re-creates the work from Ugarbage  from our daily life such as furniture, book, toys, and clothes. The artist runs the workshop to promote the value of recycling and creation. The material gets new usages after his works in the end. Volunteers will be trained to use various tools and daily garbage. They will try to create new creation with their own ideas. Then we have exhibition in the street to promote the value of recycling. Participants will also renovate the workshop place (old school building).

30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP - Miradors for animal observation - Chevetogne Belgium, 6.8.-18.8.2012

Le Domaine provincial de Chevetogne is a big centre for environmental education and social tourism. There is a huge park situated on 550 acres and a modest castle =).
Pupils from primary and secondary schools come there to participate in activities that focus on discovering the nature and rural way of life. During the summer, many kids and families make a one-day excursion to the Domaine or stay there for holidays to do sports, picnics, observe nature.
Motivated and professional staff from Le Domaine de Chevetogne hopes to share their passion for the environment with international volunteers.
Volunteers will assist in the planning of a trail in a protected area of the domain: building a stairs
& an observation area, prune some branches, maintenance of construction of older Workcamps.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Can donkeys take part in the Alliance Anniversary campaign?
Yep, even that is possible during the Donkey Caravan in Spain...

Participants of De Amicitia project will prepare a street theatre with clear environmental message, adding their own creative performances (dance, music, joggling, singing,...). They will be sharing ideas and creating a really spectacular extravaganza in each village they visit along the way. The message the participants will be spreading will be one of environmentalism and creativity. After which, we shall head off on our caravan with our donkeys! We will stop at each village and perform our shows and workshops which we have prepared. The local people can then share their thoughts of environmentalism, donkeys and the workshops we are doing. We will stay in each village we perform in, with tents, and meet lots of interesting people along the way.

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Organising Intercultural exhibition and Scouts' party, renovating open-air walkway, guiding visitors - souds like a busy days are for IBG volunteers at 30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP at Donauwörth (Bavaria)

The volunteers are given the chance to organize a small exhibition which will be open to everybody interested in other nations and cultures. Apart from this intercultural exhibition, the volunteers will help the city of Donauwörth renovating an open-air walkway with statues and paintings.
The group has two main tasks: the renovation of a cloister and the organization of the intercultural exposition. The renovation works include the restoration of paintings, gardening, repairing wooden embankments, clearing out weeds. They will be guided by municipal gardeners. During the first week, the volunteers will create a concept for the exposition and decide which elements should be part of their exhibition (pictures, performances, discussion forum, movies, etc.). The exact content of the exhibition depends on the ideas of the participants. During the second week, the exhibition will be open to the public. The volunteers will act as guides for the visitors. At the end of the exhibition the volunteers will organize a party at the scouts centre.                      

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Alliance volunteers restoring the Open-air Museum of Folk Architecture in Pereyaslav-Khmelnystskyy, Ukraine

The camp is situated in the suburban part of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyy. This town has rich history and a lot of places to see. It is situated on the banks of one of the most beautiful rivers in Ukraine - the Dnieper, 100 km to the south-east of Kyiv – the capital of Ukraine. Pereyaslav-Khmelnystskyy is one of the most important place in Ukrainian history.  Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyy has existed since the 10th century. It was a border stronghold of the Kievan Rus state but was overrun by Tatars in 1239. The town began to recover in the 16th century and emerged as a site of Ukrainian Cossack culture. In 1654, Bohdan Khmelnytskyi and his Cossacks met at Pereyaslav to agree that Ukraine, for protection against Poland, become a protectorate of Russia – breakdown in the Ukrainian history.

Open-air Museum of Folk Architecture is integral part of national Ukrainian heritage and is protected by special law. We continue the 15 year project, repairing the historical objects and cultural monuments, participating in the work on the territory of the historic and cultural recreation area in Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyy. Volunteers will help the workers of the Museum of Ukrainian Folk Architecture through different activities to restore the museum exhibits and to clean the territory of the museum.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

    30th Alliance Anniversary CAMP in Hiroshima   

This camp is organized by two different groups. One is a specified non-profit organization “Yomogi no atelier” which offers many kinds of domestic services to the aged or physically/socially handicapped people, and another is an artists’ group called “NPO Project Now” with their activities based in Hiroshima, and their object is to organize an event aimed for atomic-bombed day this year, showing the productions worked out on a concept “Atomic weapons and I”. The first half of the camp will be dedicated to the work of Yomogi no atelier, and the latter half will be with the artists’ group.

A group of international volunteers will do:
・Agricultural work and making lunch boxes  (at NPO Yomogi no atelier)
・Assisting English teaching class for teenagers (at NPO Yomogi no atelier)
・Experiencing Japanese culture (at Mrs, Todo’s house. Mrs.Todo is one of the host families)
・Preparation for an event on 06/08  (NPO Project NOW!)
・Preparing the venue for the event of Peace Camp, pitching up tents, and cleaning the venue when the event is over. (with NPO Project NOW!)
・Participating in the Peace Memorial Service and other related services (with NPO Project NOW!)

Organised from 26.7. to 7.8.2012 by:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Today, July 25, is not just the 207th day of the year 2012 ....

...it is also a day when UNAREC 30th Alliance Anniversary workcamp STARTS!

Since summer 2002, workcamps have begun to protect the Montaigu-le-Blin’s castle – which has been listed as a Historical Monument. Thanks to your involvement, we would like to stop the damages caused by bad weather and vegetation, and eventually, give back to the castle the important part it used to play (openings to the public, guided tours, heritage linked activities…).
Volunteers will focus on restoring a part of the lower courtyard : repointing, cutting back into the old joints, coloring -at human height (no scaffolding) -on the entry wall; building again the wall, repointing, lime coating - on a scaffold - on the surrounding wall; valorizing a staircase (clearing the steps, clearing off the vegetation). you will also participate to painting the castle’s gate and start the restoration of a wooden house used for welcoming public.
Village Montaigu-le-Blin - see on the map.  

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Look at the pictures from the Alliance Anniversary workcamp in Trsic, Serbia and read what volunteers wish for:

1. I wish that everybody takes part, once in their life, in a multicultural meeting.
2. I wish all the people find a happy life without prejudges.
3. Go volunteering! Try something different!

4. I wish to raise people's awareness about volunteering opportunities available.
5. Empathy, Solidarity, Ethics, Morality, Nature, Tolerance, Love, Take care of the Earth,  Volunteering
6.I wish Earth will be the BEST planet to live in the whole UNIVERSE.

  7. I wish everybody has the opportunity to travel and meet people belonging to different cultures.
8. I wish people got more committed and involved in acting for general good in local communities.
9. I wish all people around the world was HAPPY.
10. I wish that the next generation can also enjoy nature.
11. I wish all people became more and more open-minded and went to foreign countries not only as a tourist but really tried to become part of the country and its people.

12. I wish people liked other people and was able to see them in a positive way.

13. I wish everyone in the EU taste feta with olive oil and oregano from Greece and after some pljeskavica from Serbia.

14. I wish not just to wish but to be active and give my message to others through this writing.
15. I wish people became more open-minded and responsible in their actions.
16. I wish we all respected nature as the nature will return the respect to us!

Young Researches of Serbia