Foreign volunteers to help renovate castles

They will also spend time with handicapped people and prepare events presenting their cultures.

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More than 70 people people from Mexico, Italy, the Netherlands, France and other European and Asian countries will volunteer in Slovakia during the summer. They will participate in eight international workcamps in a scheme organised by the non-governmental organisation Inex Slovakia.

Young people from across the globe will help renovate the Slovak castles of Lipovce, Brekov (both in Prešov Region), Čabraď (Banská Bystrica Region) and Obišovce (Košice Region). Some will help treat animals at the Eco Farm in Zlatná na Ostrove (Nitra Region) and with environmental work to save and restore the village of Slatinka pri Zvolene (Banská Bystrica Region).

They will also spend some time with clients of the DSS Integra social care facility in Bratislava and of the OZ Barlička in Prešov, informed Miroslava Zváčová, project coordinator at Inex Slovakia.

As part of their experience the volunteers will prepare a “Feast of Cultures” where their countries and cultures will be presented. The invitations will appear on the Inex.sk website and on its Facebook page soon.

The workcamps have been connecting people from various countries since 1920. About 14,000 volunteers participate in them every year, to help local communities for two to three weeks without financial profit.

“Part of the project is the personal development of young people who become more tolerant towards new cultures, as well as more self-confident, more flexible and more willing to help,” reads the press release.

The project in Slovakia has received financial support from the Education Ministry as part of the programmes for youth for the years 2014-2020, the TASR newswire reported.

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