About the local hosting organizationVojvodina Environmental Movement (VEM) is one of the contact points of YRSVSS for sending and hosting volunteers for more than 7 years now. VEM is a nongovernmental organisation that aims at the creation of sustainable communities, by working on development of environmental protection, ecotourism, youth & volunteer programmes.
About the volunteer workThis will be the 9th time the workcamp is being organized in Sremski Karlovci, during the Wine Fest that gathers around some of the best wine makers of the region. The initial idea was to provide alternative ways of spending time during afternoon hours, for visitors of the fest, because of the lack of interesting programme during this period of the day, and also to help with promotion of the festival itself. First two years of the workcamp were solely focused on workshops for kids. The following 3 years were dedicated to the topic of the Roman Empire, because of the link between the town and this ancient empire. During the last years the main focus was on creating live shows both on stage and among the crowd. Two years ago, it was decided that the focus will be on the educational and creative programme, using various workshops and activities, that showed the visitors of the Wine Fest how the Romans were living and we will continue doing so this year. The volunteers will help in preparing the festival, by organizing an event for children and youth on the topic of the Roman Empire and its influence on the region. The volunteers will prepare decorations, games and workshops for the event. There will also be a possibility to organize a small show, since there is a stage at one of the venues of the event. Also, the volunteers will assist with the promotion of the event.
Local accommodationin a fully equipped youth center. Lunch will be served at the nearby restaurant, while breakfast and dinner will be prepared by the volunteers, with the food provided by the organiser. Small, but fully functional kitchen will be available.
About the project locationSremski Karlovci is situated on the Fruska Gora Mountain, just by the river Danube, in the region of Vojvodina. It is a small, picturesque town with rich past and represents the centre of the Serbian culture and spirituality. In the middle of September, it is hosting a traditional Wine festival that gathers around some of the best wine makers of the region. In one part of its history, this town was under territory of Roman Empire, and it is said that one of its emperors brought the grapes from Sicily to this region. Sremski Karlovci is situated at 12 km from Novi Sad. A guided site seeing tour of the town will be organized, as well as the trip to Novi Sad. There will also be a possibility to organize a hiking tour around Fruska gora or to explore the Danube and its wetlands by boat. The volunteers will have the support from students of archaeology, specializing in the topic of the Roman Empire. Airport: Belgrade, Budapest (HUN)