From 4 August to 16 August 2019
July 1, 2019
The volunteers will help to conserve of a traditional wooden chapel and a wooden water mill.
Kenozero National Park is situated in the south-west of the Arkhangelsk region, representing the conserved masterpieces of the Russian wooden architecture located in the traditional northern cultural landscape. The Park is also known for its unique nature and is a member of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The project will focus on the conservation and restoration of the chapel of St. Apostle John the Evangelist (18th century) and a water mill from (late 19th century) both located in Zekhnova village. In 2008, a team of local carpenters performed a series of restoration works on the bell tower and the roofing of the chapel. Nevertheless, there are still interventions needed in order to preserve the chapel. In particular, during the project following works are planned: corrective actions at the bell tower and at the porch, a partial replacement of the roof construction, the dome-drum and supporting beams as well as a partial replacement of the wooden shingles. The water mill in Zekhnova village exists since 19th century and was abandoned in 1970-s. The restoration of the mill began in 2004 and was finished in 2008, but the water channel sourcing the mill is still in poor condition. During the project the channel will be deconstructed, damaged logs will be replaced by new ones, the necessary treatment measures will be undertaken to revitalize the channel. During the project, volunteers will have the opportunity to use traditional carpentry tools and earn basic techniques of working with axes. They will also learn several ways of marking and replacing logs as well as other wood processing technologies. In addition, volunteers will understand how water mills work and will have the chance to see such construction from an insider's view. The program will be completed by excursions.
Who do you need?
Participants have to take part for the whole time of the project. Be informed, that during all projects the work will take place also on rainy and cold days and be prepared for that. The working language of the project is English.
What to do
30 per week
Days off per week
The working part is 6 hours per day.
More information about conditions
The accommodation in a traditional house with shared rooms with beds, warm showers and toilets is provided. The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world. All costs linked to the project are covered, including food, accommodation, insurance and transportation during the stay at the project. Nevertheless individual travel insurance is also recommended to be bought by a participant. Travel costs to and from the camp place, visa costs are not covered. Participants should organize their journey to and from the project place by themselves and on their own expenses. Furthermore participants should bring their own pocket money.
This is a European Heritage Volunteers Partner Project organized by Kenozero National Park. The project combines practical work for the preservation or restoration of a cultural heritage site with an extensive educational part that gives the theoretical background for the hands-on works and provides deeper heritage linked knowledge. The camp place is situated in a small village in rural area, so the participants should not expect busy places and normal city activities for the leisure time during the working days. Small trips in walking distance are possible in the afternoon. On the weekends it is possible to organize an excursion to nearby cities or to have other leisure activities.