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European voluntary service

The European Voluntary Service works thanks to the ERASMUS + program set up by the European Union to help young people from different corners of Europe and beyond, gain new experiences, improve intercultural dialogue and the linguistic, social and professional skills of young people aged 18-30 years.

Thanks to ERASMUS +, the Calvary fund host volunteers since the beggining of Calvary restoration and they┬┤re helping with various jobs throughout the year. Their service lasts for 6 to 12 months, and there are 2 to 4 volunteers on the project at a time.

Their main tasks are:

  1. Service in the exhibition about the history and present of the Calvary in the Lower Church

– the volunteer’s job is very similar to that of a regular infocentre: the volunteer opens up individual chapels and churches, provides information to visitors, ensures the cleanliness of the premises, sells souvenirs and tourist literature, and keeps daily records of visits and donations.

  1. Assistance in organizing volunteer brigades

– As there are group of corporate volunteers ┬áor students comming to help the restoration, volunteers are very much needed in the implementation of such brigades, which often involve 20 to 70 other volunteers at the same time.

  1. Help with regular Calvary maintenance

– The Calvary area is very large and consists of up to 23 sacral buildings, requiring regular maintenance. Volunteers, alongside our employees, help mowing and cleaning the grounds, cleaning churches and chapels, remove snow during winter, moving materials and many other works.

As one of the member of the Calvary Fund is also the Baden – Powell Foundation – Scout organization, volunteers also participate in its activities:

  1. Activities of Scout camp in ┼átiavnick├ę vrchy

– this scout camp began to write its history of Scout camps before the 2nd. World War and its activity was recently restored thanks to the Baden-Powell Foundation. Today, group of scouts visit it not only from Slovakia but also from other European countries. Help of volunteers is needed especially before the summer camp season begins, such as mowing and raking, cleaning of the rafting woods, building wooden camping buildings and the like.

  1. Activities around the Scout House

The Scout House is a hostel where volunteers are also accommodated. During the year, several community events such as meeting of young local families, apple harvesting and others, including volunteers, take place in its premises. In addition, they also help in working on the garden, which is the place for these community events.

  1. Personal project and other activities

The intent of the program is to get as much skill as possible, so we are trying to give our volunteers space for their own ideas for self-realization. It depends only on the assumptions and initiative of the volunteers themselves, how their personal project may look.

In addition, other occasional activities are part of the project, depending on the skills of the volunteers: native language teaching; help with creating a website or promotional materials; quides of the calvary visitors in foreing language; restoration workshops of old furniture; text translations; digitalizing old scout photographs; photo documentation of local architectural features, etc.

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With the support of the ERASMUS + program, it covers travel expenses, health insurance, monthly pocke money, accommodation, language courses in Slovak, and also training sessions on arrival at the project and during the project.

We see the European service as a great help to continue our activities. It allows enrichment not only for the participants themselves, but also for us who are coordinating them during their stay. And we believe that visitors of the Calvary and Banská Štiavnica benefits as well.

If you would like to be part of our project, please send your CV and motivation letter to kalvaria@kalvaria.org.