Open Call for volunteers: Not Just History_tour_2024.2_Veliki Preslav

“Not Just History tour_2024.2”
Open Space Foundation announce open call for a Short term volunteers

Topic of season 2024:
Building a MTB-trail to an active future for Preslav’s youth!


WHEN: 15.04.2024 – 30.05.2024 (45 days)
WHERE: Bulgaria,  Veliki Preslav town – the old (second) capital of Bulgaria,

WHAT:  The aim of this year’s project is to empower Veliki Preslav’s youth by helping them to realise their dream of an own mountainbike trail in Veliki Preslav village. To do so, we need people who are interested in trail planning and building. We strive to use as many (local) natural materials as possible, and we also want to make (at least) one more complex construction, like a wall-ride, table or … That’s up to the group of volunteers :)
Very important to us, is to involve the youth of the village in all steps we take, we will be helping them (instead of the other way round), so expect to be a valued mentor ;)
Due to planning reasons and high ambitions, (mainly during the first working week) there will be a side project in which we will work on a long distance cycling tour. This will involve cycling-excursions and working with (digital) maps.

18 youth (18-29 years old) – International group, people from different countries
Eligible countries: EU and neighboring countries.
4 participants max per one country

PROFILE of participants:
Of course everyone is welcome to apply, but if you have experience with designing/building trails, carpentry or repairing bikes, that would help the project enormously! Furthermore, our participants should be able to collaborate with the youth, and share their enthousiasm for mountainbiking (and other sports).
We want to welcome organized planners who like to be well prepared, as well as people who live on trial and error, this will make collaboration interesting :)

WHAT SUPPORT is insured:
Program “European Solidarity Corps” ensured:
• Transport: refunded money will be calculated with the distance calculation tool of EU;
• Your accommodation will be arranged by OSF (our hosting organization)
• Money for food and personal expenses: 702 BGN in total, which is approximately 350 euro for 45 days. In Bulgaria this is enough to live from.
• Insurance (45 days project period + 2 months after project dates)

Cultural awareness and trips:
– Veliki Preslav is very close to the seaside, 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)
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. Local people will be invited too, so our project “NOT JUST HISTORY” is more that helping to local people their town to be more interesting but also to share different cultures. YOUR ARE WELCOME!
• 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.
This organization have to be accredited to SEND volunteers in abroad. Here is a database of Accredited organizations:

Application form:

Deadline for applying: 1 March 2024
Selection process: untill 10 March 2024

Best wishes,
Pepa Peneva,
Open Space Foundation,
M: +359 889 916 483,

This project is supported by European program “European Solidarity Coprs”