Restoring history of learning and work ”RESTORY”
The project is held under Erasmus+ program of European Commission. It is designed to support
Program Countries’ efforts to efficiently use the potential of Europe’s talent and social assets in a
lifelong learning perspective, linking support to formal, non-formal and informal learning throughout
the education, training and youth fields. The Program also enhances the opportunities for cooperation
and mobility between organizations in Program countries. This investment in knowledge, skills, and
competencies will benefit individuals, institutions, organizations and society as a whole by contributing
to growth and ensuring equity, prosperity and social inclusion in Europe and beyond.
SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT:
The aim of the project is to restore an old cooperage (small private factory) as an
an environment for learning and development of people with deviant competences (different
psychological conditions, special learning patterns, special abilities, and capacities) or
psychologically traumatized and by that, convert the social exclusion where these people
appear, into a source of innovations for local development and social life, therefore inclusion
into society on equal fair conditions and not as a charity. This learning facility is also seen as a
culture connection center, building a bridge between distant countries through joint efforts of
tackling similar social and economic challenges.
From a piece of dead history, we will build up both practical and methodological learning
the environment where exceptional young people will not be treated as ones but seen as valuable
assets for local development in areas of not only production but also culture, learning,
interdisciplinary collaboration, gender, history…
Practically, volunteers’ group will under the leading of a building engineer, restore the space
where future activities will take place.
Methodologically, volunteers’ group will together with local stakeholders, strengthen the vision
and establish an organizational structure that is fit for international experiences as much as for
local challenges, with common ground in a value of deviations and complexity of competences.
Within the project, there are both long-term (up to 1 year) and short-term (2 weeks)
volunteering activities. The purpose of long-term activities is physically to restore the old
buildings and gradually convert them into the community center with a range of activities. On the
other hand, together with the hosting organization and support from local mentors, create an
intellectual core of the project and to give its process sustainability and anchoring in a wider
Purpose of short-term activities is to benchmark the progress of the project and to call
attention to it by creating intercultural and interdisciplinary events (festivals) that encourage
local community to engage in discussions about deviant competences and capacities as well
as local development and history.
Age of participants is 18-30 yo, both men and women are welcome to apply for participation.
Since a part of the program involves communication with the local community and organizing
cultural and creative events for specific groups like children or disabled persons, also being
involved into activities of other local organizations pursuing similar goals, it is of importance
that the participant has social work experience.
5 young persons from Turkey and 5 from Italy can stay in Sweden volunteering in this
project, for up to 1 year. 5 young persons from Sweden can go for volunteering in Italy, and 5
to Turkey, for a period of maximum 1 year.
For short-term activities, there will be a group of 20 persons: there will be such activities in
Sweden gathering 10 persons from Italy and 10 from Turkey, together for 2 weeks; there will
be also a group of 20 people going to Turkey and 20 persons to Italy, for two weeks. Local
challenges there will be presented by the project partners but will most likely include social
work and language studies.
There is a great deal of physical work included in the activities. Participants are people who
are not afraid of getting their hands dirty at the same time as they may have interest for
history, entrepreneurship, collaborative models, creative and cultural employment,
communication, social sciences as well as architecture, design, and handicrafts. Experience in
work with construction and renovation is highly appreciated!
At the same time, it is important not to miss crucial points of environment for future users
some of whom may be sensitive for the details. Thus people who have experience in dealing
with disabilities and learning/communication difficulties are encouraged to apply for
Participants will be provided with insurance and linguistic support activities; they are
expected to fully participate in all project activities and respect local rules and regulations as
well as maintain active communication with the coordinators of the project, notifying in good
time about any issues demanding special attention or approach.
PROJECT TEAM AND COMMUNICATION:
Proqvi, the Swedish organization, is both hosting, coordinating and sending organization in
this project. Project leader and coordinator is Tania Bauder who can be reached at
+46761665626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Facilitation of the activities in Italy is
done by Francesco Saverio +393474135164, email@example.com and in Turkey, by Mere
Guzelkasap +90 232 483 03 14, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Once in place, the volunteers will get a mentor to support their overall learning and
discovering process. Contact information to respective mentors will be provided upon
matching them to volunteers’ profiles.
The practical work – part of the volunteering, will be supervised by a building engineer and
depending on the stage of the process, even other professionals. Contact information to this
person will be provided for volunteers upon arrival.
Networking with other stakeholders in order to provide volunteers with a bigger perspective of
learning and employment possibilities as well as for harvesting knowledge and experience for
the volunteers’ group work, will be facilitated by the project coordinator.
Local community relations will be initiated and facilitated (even though gradually taken over
by volunteers themselves) by the project coordinator. Purpose of these contacts is creating
a favorable environment for arranging activities with special groups in the community.
There will be linguistic support available online and through personal communication. Forms
and schedule for those will be discussed with each volunteer during the preparation activities,
before volunteering in itself starts.
Activities will take place in Sweden, Turkey and Italy, each country hosts both short and long
term volunteers. In Sweden, 50% of the time will be dedicated to practical restoration work with
the building; 10% of the time, to planning and coordinating discussions with the team, 20% of
time dedicated to organizing activities with local community and establishing relations with
local stakeholders, and 20% of the time are aimed to be spend on language and culture learning.
The base of the activities where volunteers will also live is in a small forest community of
Hästveda, municipality Hässleholm. Activities with other stakeholders will be though even
performed in other small towns as well as in Helsingborg, Malmö and possibly Gothenberg.
COSTS AND CONDITIONS:
The reimbursement of travel costs is 275 euro per person and will be payed after submitting of travel
documents to the coordinator. Volunteers will get 120 euro per month as pocket money and 120 euro
as food allowance in Sweden and Italy, respectively 90 euro in Turkey. Lodging is provided in the
house – the very object of renovation, which means that as renovation proceeds, the rooms will be
redefined and redesigned, encouraging the volunteers to have a flexible relation to the location, with a
great deal of expectation of their personal inputs and considerations regarding best options of interior
design for future use. Therefore, depending on the stage of renovation, lodging will be available in
rooms for 1-4 persons. Local transportation opportunities will be provided by the receiving
organizations. Visa costs will be provided by the coordinating organization.
The place was established for over a hundred years ago as a small barrel production facility,
family business that collapsed soon after the second world war. For the last 25 years, nobody
has lived in the house; however, it is said to be haunted. For the last 10 years, the very
production area was used as a museum while the owner’s and the worker’s house were
avoided. Now is the critical time whether this piece of industrial history will perish to weather
and fast smart technologies, or will it be able to teach its final lesson: see me for what I am
capable of, not what you want me to do.
The idea of the project is to reverse the idea of industrial history in terms of people finding
their place in the local community, applying their competences and meeting challenges together,
while learning by doing and celebrating life and diversity in between the duty bell ringing.
WHAT TO BRING:
Basic supplies will be provided at the location. Please consider you being comfortable for a respective
period of time: bring you to own toilet articles, hobby tools and materials as well as instruments for
creative and culture expression. Notify as long as possible in advance if you have any specific needs or
or restrictions that we need to address.
Weather in Sweden is a constant surprise. A good advice would be a windproof light jacket and boots
suited for rough terrain as well as a set of comfortable clothes of active time spending since Swedes
spend a lot of time outdoors.
Assuming that you got in contact with one of the local coordinators, agree with them about your travel
itinerary. Make sure to save and bring all your travel documents.
Prepare a short easy-going presentation on diversity in your country, find interesting videos / games /
exercises / educational activities to share with your team on the place.
Bring equipment that you think will be useful. in your planning and social work as well as for
presentations of your ideas and reflections. This may include your laptop, digital camera, smart
phones, tablets etc.
Go through the volunteering agreement carefully and ask questions! This will be an important part of
your preparation training.
See you in Sweden! Turkey, Italy…