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Call for Applications: 4th module – Professional Course on Traditional Building Techniques

Cultural Heritage without Borders Albania in cooperation with the Institute of Monuments of Culture, Regional Directorates of National Culture of Berat, Durrës and Vlora, Regional Directorates of Public Vocational Training Centers of Durrës and Vlora and the Professional High School “Stiliano Bandilli” in Berat announce the opening of the application period for the 3rd module of vocational training in traditional building techniques.

The course is a 5 months intensive training (June-November 2019), divided in:

  • 4 weeks of theoretical training, covering subjects such as basic principles of conservation, traditional materials and techniques, evaluation and documentation
  • 4 weeks of combined theoretical and practical training, divided into three main materials: stone, wood, plaster/mortar.
  • 12 weeks of practical works in historical buildings.

The training will run in parallel in three historical cities of Berat, Durrës and Vlora. This training is funded by the Ministry of Economics, Energy Transportation and Regional Development of the State of Hessen – Germany via GIZ, and the Swedish Government.

Participants will receive a certificate after the successful completion of the course.

 

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

This training is opened to employees of licensed conservation companies, free professionals and the ones who are interested to start learning the restoration craftsmanship. Applicants need to:

  • Have an Albanian citizenship
  • Have finished High-School or professional education

(Note: Different training or work experiences with historic buildings are considered as an extra value.)

  • Applicants employed in licensed conservation companies need to have a working contract or a written confirmation from their employees.

Application period is open until 15th of May 2019, 12:00.

Application form can be downloaded here: VET_Formular_aplikimi_2019_CHwB

 

Interested parties can apply by submitting the application form and the supplementary documents: a copy of the ID card, a copy of the High School or Professional Education diploma, and (for applicants employed in licensed conservation companies only) a copy of the working contract or a written confirmation from employees, and submit  them to one of the following addresses:

 

TIRANA

CHwB Albania

Rr. Ismail Qemali, P.34/1 Kt. III,

Office Nr.15

 

BERAT

Regional Directorate of National Culture of Berat

Adresa: Mangalem, Rr. “Petrit Lulo”, Berat

Nr i telefonit: 03 232393

 

Professional High School “Stiliano Bandilli”, BERAT

Adresa: Rr. “Tafil Skëndo”, Berat

 

 DURRËS

Regional Directorate of National Culture of DURRËS

Adresa: Lagjja nr. 1, Rruga “Kolonel Tomson”, Durrës

Tel: 05 2222806 / Kodi Postar 2001

email: la.vo1566259247g.aru1566259247tluk@1566259247serru1566259247dkkrd1566259247

 

Regional Directorate of Public Vocational Trainings, DURRËS

Lagja Nr. 17, Rruga: “P. Sorro”, (ish URT) – Durrës,

Tel / Fax 052 229857, 052 221463,

 

VLORË

Regional Directorate of National Culture of VLORA

Lagja “Hajro Cakërri”, Rruga “Sulejman Delvina”, Nr.56 Vlorë

Tel: 033230665 / Postal code: 9402

E-mail: la.vo1566259247g.aru1566259247tluk@1566259247erolv1566259247kkrd1566259247

 

Regional Directorate of Public Vocational Training, VLORA

Rruga: “Riza Salati”

(ish shkolla e naftës), Vlorë

Tel / Fax: 03 3 22 67 59 / Kodi Postar: 9402

 

 

For more information write us at: gro.b1566259247whc@a1566259247inabl1566259247a1566259247 or contact us at the following number:

CHwB Albania      0696557187

As part of the project, there will be a fund covering the expenses of the participants. The organizers will cover the following expenses: expenses of the training (lectures, spaces needed for the training, construction materials, tools, safety tools, training related transport costs), meal allowances (appropriate for each of the three sites).

Announcing the 2019 Regional Restoration Camps

The award-winning CHwB Regional Restoration Camps are back! With a series of 3 camps held across the Western Balkans, there are many opportunities to get close to heritage.

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In 2019, the two oldest Camp themes are back. Besides, we are proposing this year a new Camp location!

The 2019 Regional Restoration Camps will provide participants with engaging lectures and hands-on experience with restoration, conservation and historic crafts, using traditional materials and techniques, as well as with the interpretation of cultural heritage sites and museums. During each Camp, participants will follow a rigorous but very fulfilling schedule, which combines theory – through lectures and presentations – with exercises and physical work on historic monuments and artifacts in three different locations around the region.

Each activity will be directly helping local residents – working to preserve their historic monuments, artifacts and crafts, and giving them new ways of understanding, enjoying and revitalizing them.

While they will be conducted separately, these restoration camps form part of a region-wide push to encourage people to understand the value and learn how to care for their local heritage. The main objective is to use cultural heritage as a platform for professionals, both men and women, to meet and create conditions for building peace within a democratic society, respecting human rights, and stimulating local economic growth through the development of cultural heritage.

The 2019 Regional Restoration Camps are financed by the Government of Sweden and in cooperation with Allianz Cultural Foundation.

Don’t miss your chance to take part in this incredible experience!

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Save the dates!

Be sure to pay close attention to the dates, themes and deadlines for each of the 2019 Camps. This year we propose two application windows.

First application window:  Now closed! The application deadline for the Spring 2019 Camp scheduled in June was 15 April.

LOCATION DATES THEMES APPLICATION
DEADLINE
Gjakova, Kosovo 8-19 June Conservation of artifacts, interpretation 15 April

Second application window: OPEN NOW! The application deadline for the September 2019 Camp will be 28 June.

LOCATION DATES THEMES APPLICATION
DEADLINE
Rogljevo, Serbia 15 – 27 Sept Building conservation, interpretation 28 June

8 July*

Gjirokastra, Albania 15 – 27 Sept Building conservation, interpretation 28 June

8 July*

*New deadline applicable ONLY for applicants from  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia.

Be (1)Participation costs The participation cost in the Camps is 800 euros. This covers tuition, on-site accommodation with breakfast, camp materials and tools, emergency health insurance and planned excursions. Participants will be responsible for paying for their own meals, as well as travel to the location of the Camp. Those costs are not included in the participation costs.*

For all accepted applicants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia, there will be a scholarship to cover the costs of the Camp. The scholarship will pay the full 800 euro fee. Accepted applicants from other countries cannot be beneficiaries of the scholarship.

*Note: CHwB Albania will cover meal costs only for participants of the Camp in Rogljevo, Serbia, due to the lack of dining options in the village where the Camp is located.

Former participants

Considering the variety of themes the RRC offer, we would like to give former Camps participants the chance to attend a camp with a new theme without having to pay the fee. We like to see familiar faces, but keep in mind that first-time applicants will still have priority. The same country-based eligibility requirements apply.

If you are applying to a camp with the same theme as the camp you attended before, then you must still pay the fee.

 

How to Apply

  1. Download the PDF application form (below):
    camp_application_2019
  2. Fill out the application completely, including all supporting documents.
  3. Send the entire application by email or post to:
    Email:
    gro.b1566259247whc@C1566259247RR1566259247
    Post:
    CHwB Albania
    Rr. Ismail Qemali
    P. 34/1, Kati III, Zyra 15
    Tiranë, ALBANIA
  4. CHwB Albania staff will confirm that we have received your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 1 week, please contact us at  gro.b1566259247whc@C1566259247RR1566259247

Volunteer leaders needed 

A note for past RRC participants: Would you like to experience the Camps again from the perspective of an organizer? Applications are open! Find out more here!

Camp volunteer leaders needed – Join the RRC again!

Are you a former Camp participant looking to stay involved with the Regional Restoration Camps? Do you want to share your knowledge and experience with a new group of eager participants?RRC

CHwB-Albania is looking for volunteers to assist at this year’s Regional Restoration Camps. Camp volunteers will attend the full camp and assist with a variety of tasks to help make the experience as rewarding as possible for participants. They will help organizers, craftspeople and participants with issues of coordination, communication and guidance. Be sure you understand the duties and meet the eligibility and qualifications before applying!

Why Volunteer?

RRCBy volunteering you will have the opportunity to make the difference; every person counts! Your help in conserving and promoting cultural heritage is vital for passing it on to the next generations. Working with participants and lecturers, the Camps make possible the preservation and maintenance of cultural sites, artefacts and traditions. They also strengthen the connection of communities with their heritage. Working with Camps puts us in contact with many people on a daily basis. For this reason, we can offer support to all “heritage-keepers.”

This is a valuable opportunity to gain new skills or build knowledge and experience in the field of cultural heritage, specifically on building conservation, conservation of artifacts, and interpretation. The close cooperation with craftspeople, artisans and lecturers will increase your knowledge on conservation and craftsmanship. You will have the opportunity to socialize, meet people and make new friends who share the same interests as you.

What are the duties of a Camp Volunteer?

Volunteers will receive instructions related to their responsibilities during the Camp. They may be asked to assist with the following areas:

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  • Organizational tasks (responsibility over the registration, lecture room, tools)
  • Responsibility over the working sites (assisting the crafts, documenting each project, implementing safety measures, making sure everyone is working towards the final result)
  • Communication/Community (being the bridge between organizers and participants, translations, facilitating discussions, communicating with local community and media)

 

 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a former participant of a CHwB Albania Regional Restoration Camp
  • Speak fluent English. Speaking the primary language of the country where the Camp is held is an added value: Albanian (for the Camps in Albania & Kosovo) or Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian (for the Camp in Serbia)
  • Be an honest, cheerful and efficient worker

Save the dates!

Be sure to pay close attention to the dates, themes and deadlines for each of the 2019 Camps. This year we propose two application windows.

First application window:  OPEN NOW! The application deadline for the Spring 2019 Camp scheduled in June is 15 April.

LOCATION DATES THEMES APPLICATION
DEADLINE
Gjakova, Kosovo 8-19 June Conservation of artifacts, interpretation 15 April

Second application window: OPEN NOW! The application deadline for the September 2019 Camp will be 28 June.

LOCATION DATES THEMES APPLICATION
DEADLINE
Rogljevo, Serbia 15 – 27 Sept Building conservation, interpretation 28 June
Gjirokastra, Albania 15 – 27 Sept Building conservation, interpretation 28 June

Expenses

CHwB Albania will cover all in-country costs for volunteers, including accommodation, meal allowance, excursions, travel within the country and costs connected to volunteer duties. Volunteers coming from outside the country will have to cover their own costs for travel to the country where the camp is located.

How to apply

  1. If you meet these requirements and want to dive back into the exciting and rewarding atmosphere of the CHwB-Albania Regional Restoration Camps, download the PDF application (below):
    volunteer_application_2019
  2. Fill out the application completely, including all supporting documents
  3. Send the entire application by email or post to:

Email:
gro.b1566259247whc@c1566259247rr1566259247

Or

Post:
CHwB Albania
Rr. Ismail Qemali
P. 34/1, Kt. III, Zr. 15
Tiranë, ALBANIA

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Job Announcement

Finance and Administrative Officer at Cultural Heritage without Borders Albania

Full-time, One year with possibility of extension, based on performance (3 months’ probation time)

The foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders Albania (CHwB Albania) is an independent non-governmental organization dedicated to rescuing and preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage affected by conflict, neglect or natural disasters. We consider heritage to be a testimony of our humanity, history and cultural identity – now and for the future.

CHwB Albania promotes and is committed to equality, social justice, non-discrimination, participation, inclusion, intercultural dialogue, accountability and transparency. Our partners are numerous and of all levels and we work with all members of society without discrimination.

 

Background information

Cultural Heritage without Borders Albania is looking for a perfect candidate to fulfill a position of financial and administrative officer.

The tasks shall be done in coordination, and regular follow-up with the Executive Director, fellow administrative/finance officer. The tasks shall be done in accordance with values and principles of CHwB – Albania and in line with the CHwB – Albania Strategic plan, Administrative Guidelines and Anti-corruption policy.

 

1.Tasks and Responsibilities

The Finance and Administrative Officer’s tasks and responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

1.1 Financial

  • Booking costs/incomes/expenditures as per requirements of donors
  • Budget follow-up and projections
  • Conducting bank and petty cash payments and cash withdrawals as per authorization of executive director and its deputy;
  • Preparing monthly financial reports for all currencies, bank accounts and petty cash for monthly revision
  • Preparing project based reports for different donors, as per requirements of the donor
  • Preparing documentation and following-up for audit and audit matters
  • Following up, registering and informing about all tax invoicing, payments and changes in tax system
  • Protecting the organization and its’ assets against fraud and financial abuse
  • All other fiscal matters such as: creating/checking budgets, prepare payroll of staff and calculation of taxes and social insurances every month and similar other tasks and other duties as they arise

1.2 Administrative

  • Office administration – office upkeep as per auditors recommendations, storing and organizing all internal and external correspondence; checking mailbox; organizing office routines;
  • Office administration – preparing service agreements and JoD in cooperation with program manager in charge; keeping all folders in order
  • Office administration – keeping all the folders of employees in order; preparing and updating individual employee folders; preparing and introducing interns to working routines in the office
  • Organizing and assisting in all administrative matters
  • Liaising with program managers and conducting planning, follow-up and implementation of programme support and providing technical support to implementing partners.
  • Keep and maintain inventory of the office equipment and materials
  • Other duties as they arise

 

2. An extra notch to Tasks and Responsibilities

Candidates demonstrating open-mind, creativity mind and pro-activeness in developing sponsorship schemes as well as other equally valuable partnerships, would have a large advantage.

 

3. Qualifications and Personal Attributes

  1. Have a master degree in economy, finance/accounting and or similar
  2. At least 10 years of working experience, where one portion of it (min. 5 years) is within the NGO sector
  3. Extensive knowledge of tax and financial system of Albania
  4. Excellent command of English Language
  5. Excellent command in Financial programs, especially  QuickBooks
  6. High integrity is a prerequisite

 

4. Working Environment & Culture:

Working for a small NGO like CHwB – Albania and small office as the office in Albania requires a great deal of flexibility, readiness and open-mindedness in order to be able to fulfill a wide range of different assignments. Sharing work and responsibility is important in the daily work and for the positive atmosphere in the offices. Therefore Administrative and Finance officer can be required to perform different work assignments based on the employer’s directives. Working for a Cultural Heritage without Borders Albania requires your full commitment and creative mind.

 

The work requires travel and thereby absence from home and office environments. The work can also be irregular, with demanding requirements and conflicting deadlines and priorities.

 

Please reference the job title and send a Curriculum Vitae and a Motivation Letter to the following address: gro.b1566259247whc@a1566259247inabl1566259247a1566259247

 

Applications will be accepted only electronically and should not be dropped off at the office.

All applicants will receive a confirmation that their electronic submission was received. However, only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

 

The deadline for applications is 12.00 (noon) January 23rd, 2018.

Sustainable Models of Conservation and Revitalization for the Historic centers of Vuno & Qeparo: summary of CHwB proposals

 

CHwB Albania has concluded its analysis and adaptation to the local context of the Berlin University of Technology/ Urban Management Program (TUB/UM) proposal for “Sustainable Models of Conservation and Revitalization for the Historic Villages of Vuno & Qeparo”.  A short summary of proposals can be found here below.

 

Building upon the non-negotiable need of discussing and optimizing these innovative ideas with the support and buy-in from the local communities and key stakeholders, we are glad to propose a few adjustments aimed at increasing the adaptability of such interesting models in the local context.

 

For Qeparo, based on the extended discussions with local owners; the meetings with representatives of local and central institutions; the feedback from actors operating in the field of tourism and cultural heritage; grounded also on a solid analysis of the economic and legal contexts, we recommend that the scattered hotel should be based, at least during its start-up phase, on a grant-scheme (and the related technical assistance) that would balance better the financial and entrepreneurial risks, which currently sit entirely with the local owners. A variety of funding sources have been identified but further exploration is required should the project proceed to the next stage.

 

The adapted model of the scattered hotel overcomes also the inability for the local owners to join forces to create “cooperatives” or “land trusts” by basing the modus operandi of such structure on the classic form of “Limited Liability Company”. The proposal has raised the interest of several local owners that have expressed willingness to continue the dialogue about the scattered hotel in Qeparo. They were invited to carefully consider mock-ups of the planned interventions on their properties, costs and calendar of investments and the very encouraging return on investment rates. There seems to be a consensus among them and the core group of stakeholders that such a model’s finality should be to find the right balance between the opportunities related to tourism and preservation of the authenticity of the village. This balance needs to be established on a specific Visitor Experience that only Old Qeparo can provide and that needs to be clearly formulated prior to the operationalization of the scattered hotel. Its successful delivery requires support not only from the local owners, but it also entails a strong commitment from the Himara Municipality in partnership with Destination Marketing Organizations, tour operators and local inhabitants.

 

On the other hand, the Conservation Lab proposed for Vuno is to become an independent non-for-profit entity that would deliver training to local residents and students in restoration/conservation with an overall goal of enhancing local and authentic tourist experience. The setting up of the Conservation Lab was foreseen to be financed by profits generated from the scattered hotel in Qeparo, and was thought as a main body to implement all the conservation works, using the ongoing conservation for practical learning and teaching. But the model originally proposed has several crucial questions to solve, from the lack of local skill, to the need for structuring of a possible training body complying with long term and sustainable training of crafts-persons and students or the uncertainty of investments coming from the neighboring Qeparo residents. The adapted model initially proposed 2 possible partner schemes. After consultations with one of the key stakeholders, the Institute of Monuments of Culture (IMC), our proposal is focused on the more realistic scenario of developing local skills through certified training of local master crafts-person and apprentices, and the possible consolidation of IMC Regional Center for Conservation & Restoration of South East Europe into a center for training delivery in the future, and which could have a local out posting in Vuno. Furthermore, creating and strengthening the links with Academia is as well a crucial activity and therefore relevant actions are strongly suggested.

 

This project was funded by GIZ in the framework of The Integrated Sustainable Development of the Southern Coastal Region Program.

Vet 2 certification ceremony

VET group pictureIn the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 50 master craftspeople and apprentices were added to the growing list of certified people from the “Traditional Techniques in Building” training. The ceremony  was held in the UNESCO Hall of the National Historic Museum and  was attended by the Minister of Culture, Ms Mirela Kumbaro Furxhi and the Director of Institute for Monuments Protection, Ms. Arta Dollani. The audience was also addressed by the Ambassador of Sweden, Mr. Johan Ndisi, the Deputy Head of Mission and Commercial Counselor at the Embassy of Germany, Dr. Johannes Dietrich and Mr. Gilbert Blumenstiel, from the Ministry of Economy, Energetics, Transportation and Regional Development in Hessen, Germany.

The project “Skills for Employability of Tomorrow” is a vocational training for historical repair techniques. The training is certified and enables young craftspeople to get employed, and work directly with restoration/conservation of historical buildings. At the same time the training is a platform of continuous transfer of skills from senior craftspeople to young apprentices. During the training participants get to know about historical usage of materials and different repair techniques, while practically working on actual monuments of culture in Berat, Gjirokastra and Korca. Three training modules have been implemented so far: Module 1 started in December 2016 and ended in June 2017, Module 2 started in May 2017 and was concluded in November 2017 and Module 3 started in May 2018 and ended in October 2018.

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The three training modules have been implemented in partnership with: Institute for Monuments Protection; Regional Directorates for National Culture in Korça, Berat and Gjirokastra; Regional Directorates for Professional Education in Korçë and Gjirokastra; Professional School “Stiliano Bandilli” in Berat; Donors are the Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development of Hessen, Germany via GIZ and Swedish Government.

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Together with our partners, Ministry of Culture and Institute for Protection of Monuments of Culture, we are still working to create more employment opportunities for the young apprentices, acknowledge the skill and experience of former master craftspeople in the labor market and improve the quality of the restoration works in Albania.

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Concluding the 11th year of Regional Restorations Camps

Concluding the 11th year of Regional Restorations Camps

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2018 marked the 11th year of activities in the framework of the Regional Restoration Camps. It was also one of the busiest and most exciting years. Counting on the invaluable support of the Sweden Embassy in Tirana and the Albanian-American Development Foundation, and the cooperation of local and international craftspersons and professors, our teams successfully completed 6 Camps in Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. Representing more than 22 000 hours of training provided (80 hours/participant/camp), the Camps did not limit their impact only to education and awareness-raising, but they have provided real support to local communities through the completion of a dozens of interventions on important monuments in Gjirokastra, Përmet & Berat, the preventive conservation of more than 15 museum artifacts in Prishtina, the creative integration of traditional arts and crafts in 4 business concepts in Kruja, or the innovative interpretation strategies devised for 5 major cultural sites in Shkodra. In Rogljevo we joined forces with Vernadoc to apply a documentation methodology aiming also at an increased knowledge and appreciation for vernacular architecture.

 

RRC1The end of the year marks also the successful completion of the partnership with AADF, the University of Tirana and the Ministry of Culture. This cooperation allowed 178 Albanian students, namely those enrolled in the “Cultural Heritage Management and Archaeology” Program at the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana, to gather knowledge and practical experience. Through the inclusion of the Camps in the curricula of Master and Bachelor levels, this cooperation was aiming to boost employment opportunities for the qualified candidates who would successfully finalize 4 RRC during their Master studies, namely through the Ministry of Culture and subordinate institutions.

 

Finally during this year we gathered with our partners to jointly define the RRC model , a supporting tool that can be used to support further program design and planning; stakeholder engagement; documentation and communications; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

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Announcing the 2018 Regional Restoration Camps

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For 2018, all four classic Camp themes are back. Besides we are proposing this year a new Camp location!

The 2018 Regional Restoration Camps will provide participants with engaging lectures and hands-on experience with restoration, conservation and historic crafts, using traditional materials and techniques, as well as with the interpretation of cultural heritage sites and museums. During each Camp, participants will follow a rigorous but very fulfilling schedule, which combines theory – through lectures and presentations – with exercises and physical work on historic monuments and artefacts in different locations around the region.

Each activity will be directly helping local residents – working to preserve their historic monuments, artifacts and crafts, and giving them new ways of understanding, enjoying and revitalizing them.

While they will be conducted separately, these restoration camps form part of a region-wide push to encourage people to understand the value and learn how to care for their local heritage. The main objective is to use cultural heritage as a platform for professionals, both men and women, to meet and create conditions for building peace within a democratic society, respecting human rights, and stimulating local economic growth through the development of cultural heritage.

For Albania, this year’s Camps will be a continuation of the enlarged RRC program that features cooperation between CHwB Albania and the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), the Albanian Ministry of Culture and the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana.

The 2018 Regional Restoration Camps are financed by the Albanian-American Development Foundation and the Government of Sweden.

Don’t miss your chance to take part in this incredible experience!

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Save the dates!

Be sure to pay close attention to the dates, themes and deadlines for each of the 2018 Camps. This year we propose two application windows.

Second application window: OPEN NOW! You can now apply to become parts of the following Camps scheduled in September.  The deadline for sending your application will be 17 June.

LOCATION DATES THEMES APPLICATION
DEADLINE
Rogljevo, Serbia 1 – 15 Sept Building conservation, interpretation 17June
Përmet, Albania 8 – 23 Sept Building conservation, interpretation 17June
Gjirokastra, Albania 8 – 23 Sept Building conservation, interpretation 17June

First application window: The application deadline for the Spring 2018 Camps scheduled in May and June was 15 April. This window is now closed.

LOCATION DATES THEMES APPLICATION
DEADLINE
Prishtina, Kosovo  20 – 31 May Conservation of artifacts, interpretation 15 April
Kruja, Albania 20 – 31 May Historical crafts and entrepreneurship 15 April
Shkodra, Albania 2 – 14 June Dynamic heritage interpretation 15 April
Berat, Albania 2 – 14 June Building conservation, interpretation 15 April

 

IMG_0279Fees & Scholarships The fee for participation in the Camps is 800 euros. This fee will cover tuition, on-site accommodation with breakfast, camp materials and tools, emergency health insurance and planned excursions. Participants will be responsible for paying for their own meals, as well as travel to the location of the Camp. Those costs are not included in the participation fee.*

For all accepted applicants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia, there will be a scholarship to cover the costs of the Camp. The scholarship will pay the full 800 euro fee.

*EXCEPTION: For the RRC-VERNADOC camp in Serbia, participants are responsible only for their travel costs. The cost of accommodation and meals is covered by CHwBA.

Are you a former participant? You can still attend the other thematic Camps. Considering the variety of themes the RRC offer, we would like to give former Camps participants the chance to attend a camp with a new theme without having to pay the fee. (For example, if you were at a building conservation camp, you can submit your application for the interpretation camp or the historical crafts camp.) We like to see familiar faces, but keep in mind that first-time applicants will still have priority.

The same country-based eligibility requirements apply. (Participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia are eligible for free attendance).

If you are applying to a camp with the same theme as the camp you attended before, then you must still pay the fee.

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How to Apply

  1. Download the PDF application form (below):
    camp_application_SEPT2018
  2. Fill out the application completely, including all supporting documents
  3. Send the entire application by email or post to:
    Email:
    gro.b1566259247whc@C1566259247RR1566259247
    Post:
    CHwB Albania
    Rr. Ismail Qemali
    P. 34/1, Kati III, Zyra 15
    Tiranë, ALBANIA
  4. CHwB Albania staff will confirm that we have received your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 1 week, please contact us at gro.b1566259247whc@C1566259247RR1566259247

Volunteer leaders needed 

A note for past RRC participants: Would you like to experience the Camps again from the perspective of an organizer? Visit this page in order to see what it takes to become a volunteer leader at the RRC: http://chwb.org/albania/news/camp-volunteers-2018/

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New interpretative installations for the Castle of Gjirokastra

Aiming at improving the overall experience of the visitors at the castle of Gjirokastra, CHwB Albania developed its full interpretation plan. The most visited site in the city now offers detailed information on its history, its cultural and natural heritage, serving as an invitation to further explore the region.

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The project focuses on the natural as well as cultural interpretation of the castle in Gjirokastra, key to the socio-economic development of the city and its historical center.

These installations were developed in close consultation with historians, biologists (in the case of natural heritage), interpretation experts, architects, graphic designers, archaeologists, translators, local stakeholders, heritage authorities and future audiences and with input and feedback from main local and national stakeholders: DRKK-Gjirokastër and the Fato Berberi Children’s Cultural Center, Gjirokastra Municipality and Institute of Monuments of Culture.

PanelPanelCombined with the interpretive approach that emphasizes thematic ideas as the main learning objective, rather than memorizing facts, the output is a multi-layered introduction to the historical and natural significance of the castle.

A total of 19 interpretative panels, 9 orientation panels and 16 safety panels, as well as 1 banner and 1 interactive panel, together with handrails for 2 sets of stairs and lighting for 3 separate locations, were placed in the castle.

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More than 100.000 visitors of the castle during 2018 had the chance to interact with the new panels and visit new places of the castle by make use of the hand rails and lights.

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Call for Applications: 3rd module – Professional Course on Traditional Building Techniques

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The organization Cultural Heritage without Borders Albania, the Institute of Monuments of Culture, Regional Directorates of National Culture of Berat, Gjirokastër and Korça, Regional Directorates of Public Vocational Trainings of Gjirokastra and Korça and the Professional High School “Stiliano Bandilli” in Berat announce the opening of the application period for  the 3rd module of vocational training in traditional building techniques.

The course is a 6 months intensive training (April-October 2018), divided in:

  • 6 weeks of theoretical training, covering subjects such as basic principles of conservation, traditional materials and techniques, evaluation and documentation
  • 4 weeks of combined theoretical and practical training, divided into three main materials: stone, wood, plaster/mortar
  • 12 weeks of practical works in historical buildings

The training will run in parallel in three historical cities Berat, Gjirokastër and Korça. This training is funded by the Ministry of Economics, Energy Transportation and Regional Development of the State of Hessen – Germany via GIZ, and the Swedish Government.

Participants will receive a certificate after the successful completion of the course.

 Applicants must meet the following requirements:
This training is opened to employees of licensed conservation companies, free professionals and the ones who are interested to start learning the restoration craftsmanship. Applicants need to:

    • Have an Albanian citizenship
    • Have finished High-School or professional education

Note: Different training or work experiences with historic buildings are considered as an extra value.

  • Applicants employed in licensed conservation companies need to have a working contract or a written confirmation from their employees.

 Application period is open until 16th of April 2018, 12:00.
Application form can be dowloaded here: Teknikat_tradicionale_ne_ndertim_Formular_aplikimi_2018_CHwB

Interested parties can apply by submitting the application form and the supplementary documents: a copy of the ID card, a copy of the High School or Professional Education diploma, and (for applicants employed in licensed conservation companies only) a copy of the working contract or a written confirmation from employees, and sending them by post to CHwB Albania in the following addresses:
Rr. Ismail Qemali, P.34/1 Kt. III,
Zyra Nr.15
 TIRANA

Rruga e Zejtarëve, Pazar
GJIROKASTRA

For more information write us at:  gro.b1566259247whc@a1566259247inabl1566259247a1566259247 or contact us at the following number:

CHwB Albania
0696557187

As part of the project, there will be a fund covering the expenses of the participants. The organizers will cover the following expenses: expenses of the training (lectures, spaces needed for the training, construction materials, tools, safety tools, training related transport costs), meal allowances (appropriate for each of the three sites).