Open Call for volunteers in archaeological excavations


Open Space Foundation announce open call for volunteers: 

project “Inherited culture – season 2”

with financial support of EU – Volunteers in Hight Priority Areas



1/. Preserving Cultural heritage (History, Culture, Archeology, Folklore and Traditions),

2/. Тhe activities with local children, youth and museum workers in historical games and creativity).


WHEN and WHERE: 25.06.2024 – 09.08.2024    Bulgaria, Petrich town
26.07.2024 – 08.09.2024     Bulgaria, Veliki Preslav town – the old (second) capital of Bulgaria,  and Turgovishte town








  • Helping in the archaeological ruins and Archaeological museums.
  • Historical and cultural awareness and actions for populating the region.

for more information about previous ESC projects in Veliki Preslav:


see the movie:



16 youth in Petrich, 20 in Veliki Preslv and 8 in Turgovishte
(18-29 years old) – International group
, people from different countries Eligible countries: Bulgaria, Greece, France, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey.    4 participants max per one country
PROFILE of participants:


  • Working language – English (or 1 of participants have to know English very good and to help of the rest of the participants from the same country);
  • Participants that study Archaeology or History or unemployment youth people with interest in the topic,
  • An experience in youth programs is not obligatory
WHAT SUPPORT is insured: Program “European Solidarity Corps” ensured:

  • Your accommodation;
  • House related expenses (electricity and water);
  • Money for personal needs, food and transport: 1035 euro;
  • Insurance (45 days project period + 2 months after project dates)


What will happen in the frame of the project?

  • Knowledge that you will learn in the frame of the project?
  1. Specifics for the profession of archaeologists and working in an archeological area:

1.1. How to hunt different archaeological sites (movable and immovable);

1.2. How to prepare and implement plans (regular) and rescue excavations or underwater research;

1.3. How to make a scientific treatment of excavated monuments;

1.4. How to use and prepare scientific and reference documentation;

1.5. How to work with instrumentation – line calipers, scales, etc..;

1.6. In conducting excavations – how to work with different maps, geophysical and building tools, cameras, packaging materials;

1.7. How to preserve and store objects and artifacts;

1.8. Work in a team or independently.

  1. Facts and information about the history and Intangible Cultural heritage of the Balkans and Europe:

2.1. Information about material and spiritual culture of the people of the past;

2.2. Reconstruct the history of the continent of Europe in ancient times.

  1. Work with children and youth:

3.1. Planning the daily program

3.2. Preparing games and materials

3.3. Leading the sessions with children and youth

3.4. Evaluation of the work.


  • Within the project, you have the opportunity to develop your own project. This could be:

– archaeological,

– comparison to historical data or cultural heritage (Tangible and Intangible)

– media work to promote Veliki Preslav town and old history in Internet and social nets,

– or something else in connection with cultural knowledge and awareness.


  • Cultural awareness and trips:

Veliki Preslav and Turgovishte are very close to Black sea, so in your day-off you may to visit our sea resorts: Varna town, Golden sands, St.Konstantin and Elena, Albena, Kavarna (100 – 150 km distance).

– Or other historical places: Pliska (first capital of Bulgaria – 35 km), Veliko Turnovo town (third capital – 90 km).

– and of course to see Sofia city.

One of the possible places for a trip is Istanbul: 10,5 hours with a bus, 60 euros return ticket. Also: Bucharest, Romania (200 km from Veliki Preslav)

Petrich town is close to Greece and North Macedonia border – so except our country you can explore also our neibours.


For us would be pleasure to know something new about your country, history and people (old and nowadays) so you are welcome to share with us your culture, food or what you want.


  • In the end of the project, you will receive Youthpass certificate – document that is registered in EU database.


RULES of program European Solidarity corps+:

ESC Projects happen in very strict rules. You should have your SENDING ORGANIZATION from your country, that will prepare you before leaving and will be in contact with you on the time of the project.

In this project, we work ONLY with mentioned partners bellow:

BG:   OPEN SPACE foundation     |

NL:   STICHTING UCDEAN      |     |

IT:    MOH Ente del Terzo Settore   |   |

PL:   CENTRUM HORYZONTY    |    |  or


LV:   Jauniesu organizacija “Ligzda”      |   |

EL:   INTER ALIA      |    |   or



TR:    AKDOSD   |   |


Application form:

Deadline for applying: 30 May 2024

Selection process: until 10 June 2024



With financial support of Program ESC – Higth Priority Areas