Join an NGO coordinating cycling-related projects in Burgas, Bulgaria.

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an NGO coordinating cycling related projects in Bulgaria. This is a concept we believe in and plan to apply into the renovation of the Dormitory . We plan to transform the dormitory into an active mobility and responsible consumption center targeting exchange of ideas in the area of social cohesion, urban regeneration, smart city development. Short time visits of guests with experience in the field of responsible consumption with benefit the local community by cultural exchange, ideas sharing and mutual increase of capacity.


    Concept: Most people are in a constant hug with her majesty Consumption and her twin – Motorized Mobility. Instead, will help you break this triple relationship which is devastating for you and the planet and will offer you another simple hug - with…Responsible Consumption.

    The main concept and our mission is to promote active mobility through different ways of responsible consumtion. The center will promote and share ideas how to reuse, recycle, refurbish, retrifit in order to reduce consumtion. We believe responsible consumption leads to active mobility.

    The Workawayers should help for decorating the center and the dormitory using available materials, creativity and bright ideas limiting purchasing and consumtion. There will be a showcase of active mobility combined with responsible consumtion to impact society with mobility behavior change. We believe that changing consumer's perceptions is essential for achieving those goals and the center may be a good example to "show-how the know-how"!

    Currently we have developed our place as a "cycling meeting point" for long distance cyclists who share ideas, exchange information and contribute to the capacity building of the local cycling community and increase of the active mobility share. In other words we all have fun, listen and tell inspiring stories but we all believe in responsible consumption and behave accordingly. Of course we are not limited to cycling but as a result of this constant exchange there more and more "converted cyclists" who first try and then bravely integrate the bicycle as a daily means of transport. Workawayers will be part of this community of coming and going cyclists which is very inspiring. No mater what you do - the gathering around the garden fireplace in the evening is a real "multi-culti" experience.

    All workawayers will have free access to different bicycles for any use - MTB, city, trekking, road, depending on the mood, the weather and the inspiration. We do have children bikes and different bike trailers for all ages children, so children are welcome as well! Black sea coast is the only flat coast in southern Europe which makes it ideal for cycling even for beginners!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our dormitory is a place where local people meet in thematic groups - active mobility, responsible consumption, applied art, sugestopedia, art performances, theathre, music. In fact, most of those areas merge into one common group dedicated to active living and responsibility in any aspect of life and human relations.

    The merging of the Workaway concept with the long distance cyclists meeing point already established at the dormitory is a great opportunity for a cultural exchange and learning information from traveler's "different perspective". Burgas is a "bottle neck" of the cycling flow from Europe to Asia in both directions. We offer free hosting to all cyclists who contact us and wish to spend time in our dormitory. So Workawayers will be exposed to a constant positive influence of getting on the bike and explore the world - the whole or at least the one next to you :)

  • Help

    Help

    We need people for simple construction works for refurbishing the existing buildings following the priciples of responsible consumption using available materials and limiting purchasing anything to a minimum.

    The target is to apply any art technics in refurbishing the old buildings and produce an unique environment. Most of the wood we use is "saved" wood from burning or decaying on the sea coast , the forest or at abandoned old houses. The message is to add new life in the wood, so that it can replace a ready-made furniture and save some energy, materials and money for all of us. Most of the work does not require previous experience - just new ideas and inspiration is needed!

    We will apppreciate any further ideas, creative solutions on how the place should look like, which materials to be used, which symbols to be used in the decoration and the messages they will send. WE are open to such suggestions and application of any good practices from creative people. We wish to turn the renovation of the place into a kind of symposium of different arts applied in multiple areas - decoration, gardening, architecture, visual identity.

    We may need also a person to help us in social media promotion, online promotion channels, basic PR activities.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Single rooms in one floor buildings. The buildings were designed to be dormitory for children living in camp similar to scouts. Nowadays children and people in Bulgaria consider their holidays only on the basis of hotels the star-ratings, which is a pity. Accommodation may be fus if shared with other people, not just limmitng one-self into the luxury of individual room. Our plan is to restore those buildings using art-methods and natural material only (mostly available for free) preserving the spirit of the old dormitory ans the scout life.
    The place is big enough to allow eco-gardening and responsible consumption methods in coocking.
    The "Bread house" is one of the pillars we plan to restore this place promoting self-made bread as a way to stay in touch with people arround.

    There are numerous options for self-prepared food.

    We will provide food for those willing to work 25 hours a week. The food will be home made using bio-ingredients from our garden. The bread-house will be a sourse of healthy and tasty food also.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Burgas is on the Black Sea coast, the house is just few kilometars away from the beach with a a cycling lane newly built. There are numerous art related activities in the city all year long with a big intensity during the summer. Cycling and trecking holidays in Strandja mountaing are organized by our partners from "Zelena Strandja". There are two universities in the Burgas with a big academic community.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Mandala painted by Moss - one of our Worawayers!
Me and my wife cycling TOGETHER
A glass painting from a warmshower guest! Just labeling the place!
Warmshowers party
Summer kitchen
Young warmshower painter in action adding french impresionist hint to the place!!
Warmshower Cyclist help Workawayers in decorating the dormitory.
One of the buildings of the Dormitory, backyard view.
Ethno corner of the dormitory.

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