Cultural Association Profitis Ilias Lechovo (Western Macedonia)

Lechovo, a village near by the small towns Kastoria and Florina, is located in the middle of the northern Greek mountains of Western Macedonia in a beautiful hiking region at an altitude of about 900 meters. It is known for the highly developed stonemasonry and bricklaying craft of its habitants. The village, like the entire structurally weak region of northern Greece, is severely affected by the economic crisis.
In her movie “LECHOVO” director Anita Makris documented the situation of the local people: “When I entered this small village where the Greek side of my family comes from, I saw a place of endless emigration. This is a film about how to lose one’s job and the basis of one’s existence. Neglected places are trying to find ways out of a desperate situation.
LECHOVO…stands for the loss of livelihood in the age of neoliberalism. But also how the people of Greece are trying to find ways out of that situation.”

Lechovo also suffered destruction and violence during the German occupation. To commemorate the crimes in the region and in the hope of a world in which solidarity and peaceful coexistence is possible, the cultural association Profitis Ilias initiated a hiking and mountain biking project, which aims to connect communities and to make the structurally weak region attractive for visitors: “Paths of Peace“.
There is also a small folklore museum in the village and the guesthouse Monopati.

Activities for Volunteers:

Community work ( supporting the cultural association Profitis Ilias with the preparation of cultural events in the village)
Publicity work to disseminate information about cultural and tourist attractions of Lechovo and the “Paths of Peace” (via websites and social media)
Translation work into German and English
Help with the digitization of the historical archive of the village
Maintenance and Repair of the “Paths of Peace”
Accompaniment of visitors on excursions
Help in the MONOPATI Youth Hostel, which is open to individual tourists and groups (for example: reception and housekeeping)

Requirements:

The inhabitants of the village are really friendly and open-minded, so the volunteer should be communicative and not shy about meeting new people. The volunteer should be practically oriented, enjoy landscaping and housekeeping activities and at the same time be interested in educational programs and content development.

This project will start in September 2022 for the first time.

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