About the local hosting organizationPROJECT:Work camp is relocating.There are many historical and cultural heritage sites of the St- Petersburg region, which were built in 12-19 centuries. Orthodox Monasteries are the great part of them. Many of the Monasteries are damaged especially the landscapes and interiors and now they are being restored. These objects are located among the beautiful landscapes and untouched nature near the lakes. Therefore, it is a unique workcamp for volunteers, who want to get in touch with the spirit of history and mystic of Orthodox Monasteries. The big advantage of this workcamp is an opportunity to see both the imperial city St. Petersburg and the real Orthodox Monasteries. During this workcamp the volunteers can visit and work in several the most famous Monasteries. For example, Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg that was founded by one of the most outstanding tsar of Russia Peter the First in 1710, Coastal Monastery of St. Sergius located in the suburb of St. Petersburg, in Strelna and the other famous Cheremenetsky Monastery. It is placed in Leningradrad region near the top of the island on a leveled hill, surrounded by Cheremenetsky Lake. It takes 1 hour by train to get there.
About the volunteer workVolunteers will be involved in the variety of activities. They will collect vegetables, help priors, and restore monasteries. Besides, volunteers will be engaged in improving gardens: take care of trees, flowers and harvest, mow the meadows, cure the trees, and clean the paths.
Local accommodationBecause of the camp mobility, participants will be living in several places during the camp: for 2-3 days in each monastery in St.-Petersburg and in Leningrad region. Host organisation provides a basic conditions: accommodation (wooden house/school/office/dormitory/rental flat) and food. More information see in infosheet.
About the project locationSt. Petersburg region/Leningrad Region. TERMINAL: Pulkovo International Airport. It is located about 17 km from the St- Petersburg center. We know that some of the volunteers have problems with the high cost of tickets to Saint Petersburg. We would like to recommend them to find economy flights not to St. Petersburg, but to Riga or Helsinki or other Finland city. It is a very short way from Riga or Helsinki to our city not only by plane, but also by bus or train.LEISURE TIME: St-Petersburg is a cultural capital of Russia.LEISURE TIME: Volunteers will have an opportunity during the weekend to visit numerous museums, theatres, galleries and exhibitions, country residences of Emperors, Grand Princes and grandees: Peterhof i city of fountains (www.peterhofmuseum.ru), Lomonosov, Tsarskoye Selo (www.tzar.ru), Pavlovsk (www.pavlovskmuseum.ru) and just restored palace in Gatchina. Also at this time of the year, the city hosts a variety of festivals, concerts and folk events. At the monastery sites, volunteers will be able to take boats for little trips, swim in the lake, go fishing or pick different berries, drink tea from samovar and even go to the banya. In addition, there will be organized sport activities, meeting with local people and evenings of international cuisine will be organized, so it would be great if volunteers bring their traditional recipes and food.
RequirementsDates coincide with the camp for Russian speaking volunteers, living in EU. Volunteers from both camps will meet and undertake joint activities. Volunteers should bring working clothes, gloves and sleeping bags. Besides, it would be good to take something special from their country (photos, food and small flags) for international party in the workcamp and presentation your motherland. Volunteers and local youth will create a video i a visual memory - of works and activities done during the workcamp. The museums fees and local transport expenses aren t going to be covered, volunteers will have to pay on their own. However, due to the euro-ruble currency this year the journey will be rather cheap.PRE CAMP: 28/07/17-31/07/17. More information see in infosheet.