On the iron footsteps of history
The project ” On the iron footsteps of history” focuses on ecology, art, history and builds on our previous EVS projects. The main idea of the project is a return to the original life of our ancestors in harmony with nature, to indigenous traditions and crafts. Our goal is to restore and make available iron ore mine and build the furnace for smelting iron ore from the period 1500 BC to be part of the Slavonic settlements – Hradisko Železná.
The project will be implemented on the farm Hradisko Železná, which is located 2 km from the village of Železná Breznica, Slovakia. The farm, which is situated in a remote area in a beautiful mountain setting, was built in 1997 and consists of a main building and several agricultural buildings. The main building is renovated with modern equipment. Currently, the horse farm contains 15 horses.
Volunteer activities will be focused on improving skills in traditional crafts and technologies, in environmental protection and in filmmaking and organizing cultural events.
Cooperation and new experiences gained in different countries can lead young people to mutual understanding with others and also to the re-evaluation of their own personal judgements. Such cooperation is at the same time a great contribution to our project as well as unforgettable experience for young volunteers and also our organization.
In the project “On the iron footsteps of history” we plan to host 4 volunteers long term – 12 months.
List of the planned activities and tasks
- Building the replica of the old Slavic wooden settlement
- Traditional crafts
- Archeological research
- Natural environment protection
- Administrative work and processing of the photography and film material
- Historical seminars and debates
- Feeding the animals (horses, sheeps, goats, dogs and cats)
- Horse-riding lessons
- Slovak lessons