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2 Years Breaking our Couches!

Break The Couch team blowing its second candle on the 11th of May 2014.

All this 365 days we were working on different levels, in different projects and most of the time from different countries. Greece, UK, The Netherlands were some of the bases of our team. We did several things and we want to brag a bit about them, if it is ok with you.

It's fun to be two

In May 2013, we celebrated together the first year of Break The Couch. Having the experience of one year full of dreams and plans we entered to the second year of our life. The Second year we have to say that it was a bit more demanding but also rather fulfilling. We can say we are kinda multitasking since we end up having several projects and for some of them you are not even aware of. Most of them though, you already know them so, we can just count them: Read the rest of this entry

Alliance Video Project

This video is dedicated to the short term international voluntary projects, known as “workcamps” the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations organizes since 1982 with the vision to promote peace, intercultural understanding and active participation!

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Giving life to bikes!

Workcamp #1, Georgensgmünd, Bayern, Germany.

After 6,5 hours of easy riding in the German Autobahn we reached Georgensgmünd,Germany, where the first workcamp which have to film is located.

It is a very interesting project where 17 people from all over the world along with many locals they work and relax at the municipal building named “Don Camillo“. Don Camillo is a lively cultural center where the last 6 years workcamps of IJGD are taking place. The name of the project is “Energy Recycling – Bicycle Creativity”

This years theme, “(RE)Cycling”  is about using old bikes to create art and leisure constructions. By the end of the 3 weeks of this workcamp the participants will create several constructions made out of nearly 60 old bikes. Rest stations for bikers, recharging points for electrical bikes and some sculptures made out of bicycles.

Bikes Break The Couch

Our team members Panagiotis and Vasilis had a very nice welcoming from the camp leaders, participants but also from the local community who actively embraces this project. On the morning of the 6th of August we started the day by shooting many interesting working activities. We cannot hide that the project is so photogenic so we couldn’t resist on filming everyone giving a new life to the old bicycles.

We are almost in the middle of the workcamp and the atmosphere of the group amazed us. Some of the results are already visible. Filming for 2 days the daily life of the workcamp we are leaving with very good feelings. The last night also since it was exactly the middle of the workcamp we celebrated it with a very nice vegetarian and non vegetarian BBQ.

Next morning is finding us on the way to Mali Stapar, Serbia a tiny village on the north of Serbia. 1050 km on the road driving in 4 countries with the need to use 3 different money currencies.

Stay tuned for the next workcamping experiences.

Photo album of this workcamp: