About the local hosting organizationPublic Union 'Destination Karakol' formed by the local stakeholders in March 2016 serves as the umbrella for tourism management, marketing and development activities on and for the town. It consists of representatives of local SME, local authorities, hotels and NGOs. Ultimate goal of the organization is to unite all local tourism stakeholders and create an environment in the destination that may allow extended length of tourist stay in the city thanks to the comprehensive and updated information on the attractions made available to visitors and the high quality products, services and activities provided and touristic sites infrastructure. It is envisioned to be implemented by improving local infrastructure, increasing the number of products and quality of tourism services and improving awareness of 'things to do' in and around the city.
About the volunteer workThe main purpose of the camp is to ensure that volunteers will have the best week of their lives through exchanging of experiences, knowledge and will experience richness of local hospitality and culture and energy. Campers will help to arrange an interesting and creative festival which involves the whole community, state offices, youth and NGOs of the town. Volunteers will integrate the service of leisure activities, whose aims are, on the one side, to support children and teenagers in their summer holidays, on the other, to organize leisure time activities, mainly in the social and cultural field, for the residents. Some activities in the neighborhood are also carried out, whose aim is to raise awareness in the local community. Volunteers will work with children and with adults. Â• With children: volunteers will co-organize and co-lead after-school activities, inside or outside the park, workshops according to their abilities and to the needs of residents (games, DIY workshops, help with homework,...). Â• With adults (and more specifically with women): volunteers will be asked to organize different kind of activities (from sports to social activities or cultural happenings) according to their interests and possibilities within the park. Volunteers will be divided into teams and work together with local youth on different 'zones' of the festival such as exhibition, food, photo, game, music, dance, master classes zones and etc. according to their skills. They will be able to show their talents and creativity. Together with local organizers campers will coordinate and supervise all the activities held in different parts of the town.
Local accommodationVolunteers will live with a nearby host family. Volunteers can bring their sleeping bags and mats for excursions. Cooking will be done by a host family, volunteers can join and help the host family. For the weekend excursion, volunteers are requested to take a personal plate and utensil set for the trek, cooking will be done as a group.
About the project locationThe camp will be held in Karakol. On the weekend volunteers will have an opportunity to visit Karakol town and see its sightseeing. Volunteers will have opportunity to swim in the lake 'Issyk-Kul' and visit historical sights Saymaluu Tash, Rukh Ordo. For more information about the above locations and Kyrgyzstan please visit www.welcome.kg or www.karakol.kg