About the local hosting organizationThe project “RTVELI” is organized and implemented with “TEMI Community Home” MOTIVATION: TEMI CHARITABLE UNION was founded in 1991 and over the years, the family grew to sometimes more than 100 people of different ages and backgrounds who were living and working together: from the youngest one year six month till the oldest 75 years old. TEMI owns 22 ha of land (incl. 7 ha for wine yard), which were purchased stepwise with the help of different donors and are cultivated organically. TEMI produce organic wines “Rkatsiteli”, “Saperavi”, and “Khindzmarauli”. In 2012 “Rkatsiteli” was awarded by silver medal on “Tbilisi 5 International Wine Award”. TEMI owns the new building of a greenhouse for organic greens and vegetables (funded by the Embassy of Japan in Georgia). TEMI residents are: • orphans • half orphans • the physically and mentally disabled • the poor • the homeless • the isolated and lonely • the marginalized • single mothers • IDP-s • refuges • the unemployed • disenfranchised and marginalized youth • the elderly and others. TEMI vision is a sustainable community where people live together safely, with dignity and respect for each other, other human beings and the environment, committed to provide best quality health and social care to its members and to enable them to develop their full potential as individuals and as a group. TEMI aims: I. To provide a safe and stimulating environment in which socially vulnerable people can develop to their full potential. II. To achieve “I” above via social enterprise; developing TEMI’s capacity to earn an income in order to be self-sustainable and to ensure our long-term survival. III. To achieve both “I” and “II” above via environmentally friendly treatment of the earth and nature, so as not to sacrifice moral values and common good to a short-term gain. RTVELI (gathering of grapes) is a quite active holiday in Georgia, as lots of people are gathered in Kakheti region every year to participate in it. This East Georgia region still keeps ancient traditional secrets of making vine. Working in this WC you will have an opportunity to take part in most important event in Georgia and in the wine making process (in grape extraction). Georgia is considered to be one of the oldest homelands of viniculture in the world. It is proved that wine-making in Georgia has been practiced since the 3rd millennium BC. For many centuries wine remains one of the fascinating symbols of Georgian history and culture. The vineyard and wine culture is very rich and is based on ancient traditions. Vineyards occupy about 38,000 ha of land. The most famous among them is the Tsinandali factory, which started operation back in 1865. Famous sorts of Georgian wines are Rkatsiteli, Manavi, Napareuli, Tibaani, Tsinandali, Vazisubani, Mukuzani, Saperavi, Kindzmarauli, Khvanchkara, etc..
About the volunteer workThe volunteers will help in garden and in vineyards and some garden renovation work (depending on the weather condition). The normal working hours are 4 – 6 hours a day for 6 days a week. If you are doing a heavy job for a few hours, you can combine it with lighter jobs (such as planting or watering; harvesting and conservation fruits and vegetables, working skills in kitchen, helping with household chores, teaching, organized leisure activities etc). You may also change the combination of tasks during the period of your stay. Day off – Sunday.
Local accommodationACCOMMODATION: Tent, two-floor house or not completed buildings. 2 Toilets and 2 showers are available + 1 general toilet. Includes 2 rooms for 2 – 6 person. The free places depend on period of time. FOOD: will be provided three times a day (vegetables, fruits; meet, fish – few days a week).
About the project locationParticipation in celebration of city days “Tbilisoba Festival”. The volunteers will have the opportunity to visit a lot of historical monuments, ancient churches and monasteries. They will also have chance to participate in some activities (parties, fishing and swimming in the river).
Requirements!! date to be confirmed prior to the event depending on the weather condition!! ***Participation fee is to be paid upon arrival.
Extra info about the projectWHAT TO BRING: Sleeping bags are required. Warm clothes, hand towel and toothbrush, garden glove, high overshoes (gum boots) and of course photo/video camera. You will need some kind of working clothes for the camp activities. You can also bring your music instruments with you, CD or DVD with your favorite national songs and music.