Between August 10 - 20. 2013 the Youth Association from Transylvania will organize a 1.1 exchange in Romania, in the Transylvanian hillside village of Meresti. The exchange called Traditional Crafts = Modern Businesses will have 8 partners, with 5-5 participants each, coming from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania and Spain. The exchange is directed at youth who are interested in the traditional crafts of other countries, who want to experience the area of access to rural people's daily lives, habits and crafts and who come from rural areas. The aim is to prepare the youth in starting businesses in the field of rural development traditional sustainability and local planning.
The 40 participants will be active for 10 days in and around Meresti, gaining insight into various crafts and learning a lot of them, including handicrafts such as rope making and basket work, weaving, braiding and planking. They can learn the famous local traditional furniture painting, wood carving, take part in a traditional pork preparation where they can help in processing the meat, learn traditional bread and cookie baking. In addition they will take part in preparing grass as animal feed (reaping, drying and gathering) and tending cows, and they will visit a local sheepfold where they can learn the milk processing methods for local and mass consumption. We will also have a picnic and lime mining cave exploration and lime burning activity at the Balázs Orbán cave. One last day will be dedicated to working with a smith who creates horseshoes.
During each day, for 7 days we will work on one or two craft and for 2-3 hours we will have reflection and business planning activities and we will see presentations of each country and their traditional crafts. Besides this day, on day 5 the whole group will have the possibility to chose to visit either Criseni where we can do workshops on straw handicrafts at a straw hat museum and we can visit the location of the sunken village of Bezid or to visit Medieval Castle at Bran, the famous castle of Dracula. Each night will be dedicated to learning the language and the culture of one country and to other cultural and leisure time activities. Days 1 and 10 will have introduction and finalization activities. Some of the other working methods will include debates on entrepreneurship, developing rural areas, forum theater and the creation of a magazine with the title “Our Traditional Craft Businesses”
We are looking for 5 Romanian Participants for this project.