A seed planted in Ukraine bloomed in Serbia
Workcamp #2, Mali Stapar, Sivac, Serbia.
It took us 12 hours, 7 energy drinks, driving in 4 countries until we reach the tiny village of Mali Stapar, located 5km from Sivac one small town in the north part of Serbia 90km away from Hungarian borders.
The trip was very interesting and fascinating and it kept us awake all the time. However arriving in the workcamp revealed some way more interesting facts that made us forget our tiredness and join the group of the volunteers instantly. It was really clear, that even though the workcamp had started 5 days before our arrival, there was already a very nice bounded gang of participants enjoying every moment.
The project by itself has a very specific and clear vision. It happened because a local girl, named Sofija, participate in an Alliance workcamp in Ukraine last year and decided to bring a project like this in her home town. She came back she spoke with her parents, got in contact with the Serbian organization “Young Researchers of Serbia” and here we are now that Sofija is the workcamp leader and her mother the instructor of the project arranging every detail regarding work and leisure time.
The old school of Mali Stapar was hosting all the volunteers and it is located in the heart of the village. The main project was taking place inside the school because the plan is to make the school an educational environmental center. The jobs were to renovate the building, demolish some very old buildings, prepare the garden, build a fence, repair some old bicycles so visitors can use them and explore the village.
The group of the participants was consisted of 5 local youngsters and 11 international volunteers. The whole village knew what was happening in the old school of Mali Stapar, the accommodation of the workcamp and they were visiting very often the group. Every time a local was visiting it was a time that something was tasty was entering along. One more time the local community embraced the volunteers by arranging apart of bringing food, they were organizing all short of activities for the leisure time of the volunteers. Visiting vineyards, Danube cruise, Sightseeing in the nearby villages and towns, visiting Spa, a swimming pool, historical buildings and art galleries. Also they arranged many activities with the local community such as: Playing football with the local football club, dancing traditional Serbian dances. One of the highlights was the cooking competition of a fish stew that was organized by the locals exactly in the forest on the side of the workcamp site just to bring more locals from the nearby villages to meet the volunteers.
Break The Couch team had really good time there and got convinced to spend one more day there. We couldn’t say no this kind request. After 3 days we left with the best of the impressions from Mali Stapar with direction to Greece and 1000 more km on the road to reach our last workcamp for this roadtrip.
Stay tuned for the next workcamping experiences.
Photo album of this workcamp: http://on.fb.me/1ePuTf1
Posted on August 16, 2013, in Alliance Video Project and tagged Alliance, Break The Couch, Filming, Mali Stapar, Roadtrip, Serbia, Sivac, Workcamp, Young Researchers of Serbia. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.