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Heritage Empowering and Learning Platforms

The new project “Heritage Empowering and Learning Platforms” has started implementation by CHwB Albania, part of the call for grants “Recraft the Past, Build up the Future” from the EU4Culture programme.

EU4Culture is a programme funded by the European Union, implemented by UNOPS with the support of the Ministry of Culture aiming the revitalization of cultural heritage sites affected by the 2019 earthquake.

The purpose of the project is the co-creation of 4 new educational models for the Ethnographic Museum of Kavaja, the Ethnographic Museum of Kruja, the Kurçaj Bridge (Kruja) and the Bashtova Castle.

The creation of these models will be spread over several stages, combining consultative and training sections for the participants and stakeholders.

Three workshop rounds will be held in each of the three cities, Kavaja, Kruja, and Rrogozhina, each focusing on a specific aspect. Then, the co-creation of models with young artists will begin, relying on the knowledge and information gathered during the workshops as well as by experts in the relevant fields.

The models that will be created aim to strengthen the knowledge of children aged 6-11 years as well as serve as support for practical activities related to cultural heritage. The methodology that will be used for creating and then working with these new models from Kavaja, Kruja and Rrogozhina will rely on the long and successful experience of CHwB Albania with the children’s collection “E Ka Kush e Ka”.

The “Heritage Empowerment and Learning Platforms” project will promote the untapped potential of cultural heritage sites by helping to empower the community and create practical learning tools at the sites.

Call for Graphic Illustrators

CHwB Albania is looking for graphic illustrators to co-create 4 new educational models inspired by cultural heritage sites in Albania

CHwB Albania is implementing currently the project “Heritage Empowering and Learning Platforms“, with funding from the European Union. Funding was provided through the EU4Culture project, implemented by UNOPS and in coordination with the Ministry of Culture. The purpose of the project is the design and realization of 4 new educational models for the following sites and monuments, currently part of the EU4Culture program , Ethnographic Museum of Kavaja, Ethnographic Museum of Krujë , Kurçaj Bridge ( Krujë ) , Bashtova Castle .

The co-creation of the models will include the main stakeholders in each city, by combining consultative and training sessions focused on relevant heritage-related topics. The educational models are aimed at strengthening 6-11 years old children’s knowledge and to serve as a basis for practical activities focusing on cultural heritage.

For more information on the project, the working process and the application procedure please refer to the full version of the call: Call for Graphic Illustrators

Apply NOW to join us at the 50th RRC in Greece and Albania!

Camp Theme: Building Conservation and Interpretation

You have all been waiting for it, here it is!

The 50th Regional Restoration Camp (RRC) will take place both in Vitsa, Zagori Greece and in Gjirokastra, Albania, as cross-border sites of these two neighboring countries, for a twice as enriching and fulfilling experience!

It is a great opportunity for all participants to contribute to the conservation, interpretation and documentation of some very representative cultural heritage assets. Thanks to the expertise of the Camp partners, knowledgeable conservators from Albania, Greece, Sweden, USA, Uk etc, participants will acquire theoretical knowledge on building conservation, documentation and interpretation of local valuable historic structures and related intangible heritage aspects. Through a hands-on approach, and with the support of local craftsperson’s, participants will have the chance to get to know more on local traditional materials and techniques used in these sites.

The mere purpose of these activities is to impact and help the local inhabitants, organizations and institutions – working to preserve their historic assets, crafts and techniques and giving them new ways of understanding, enjoying and revitalizing them.

Theoretical and practical insights combined, together with many other exciting and rewarding aspects are waiting to be shared with you, so hurry up!

This Camp is organized with funding from Sweden and in partnership with the Greek NGO The Land Beyond based in Vitsa.

What’s special about Vitsa (Greece) and Gjirokastra (Albania)?

Participating in the 50th  RRC also means immersing yourself in the vibes of two unique natural and cultural landscapes with a rich and particular heritage and atmosphere, as well as getting familiar with local residents and culture!

Vitsa It is perfectly located, in central Zagori, Greece. The characteristic Zagorian architecture of the famed 18th and 19th century artisans is clearly preserved in the neighborhoods of Vitsa (Mesohori, Ano and Kato Vitsa), featuring simple houses built solely from stone, yet expertly constructed using mortar made of mud and hay, timber framing and slate roofs. The same applies to its churches that were constructed or renovated in the 16th and 17th century, and to the entire Zagori region. Under the Ottoman occupation, Zagori was autonomous and self-governed, thus becoming very wealthy due to its commercial activity.

Gjirokastra is one of the most beloved cities in Albania and beyond in the region. Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding tower houses which were developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 17th-century mosque, two churches and a Bektashi tekke of the same period .The city reached its peak over 1800-1830, when monumental assembly houses were built. The city with extraordinary historical values, and with unique traditions and landscape, is rightly included in the UNESCO list. Gjirokastra has always been, and continues to be, among the main settlements that serve as a reference for the development of southern Albania, and the cross-border area of northwestern Greece.

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Participants will have the chance, on both locations, to enjoy the marvelous and calming mountain landscape, rich in natural resources and fresh air and what is more important such unique architecture landscape that you can’t encounter anywhere else.

Therefore, SAVE the dates!

The camp will be organized in two parts:

  1. Theoretical part will be held online, from 29 August to 5 September, and
  2. Second part will be held in both sites consecutively, from 8 to 18 September and more precisely as follows:

LOCATION                                            DATES

On line                                                                                                          29 August-5 September*

Vitsa, Greece                                                                                                            8-10 September*

Gjirokastra, Albania                                                                                             10-18 September*

* The organizers reserve the right to change the days, time and location(s) of the Camp due to technical or organizational needs by announcing such changes in advance.

Fees & Scholarships The fee for participation in the Camps is 900 euros. This fee will cover tuition, on-site accommodation with breakfast, camp materials and tools, emergency health insurance and planned excursions.

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 900 Euro fee.

Participants will be responsible for travel to and from the Camp locations, as well as compliance with the respective country’s legislation on Covid-19 situation. Those costs are not included in the participation fee. ***

Application and deadline

Do you find yourself interested?

Then, don’t miss your chance to have this unique experience, by applying

  1. Participant application here.
  2. Volunteer application here.

Deadline for application 17 July 2022.

Looking for Volunteer Camp leaders

Volunteer’s leader needed for the 49th Regional Restoration Camp

Are you a former RRC camp participant?

Are you enthusiastic about the idea of being fully involved in the implementation of a camp?

We are excited to inform you that we are now looking for volunteers for the 49th Regional Restoration Camp!

This year the Regional Restoration Camp will focus on the conservation, interpretation and documentation of some very representative cultural heritage assets on the cross border between Northern Albania and Montenegro. The mere purpose of these activities is to impact and help the local inhabitants, organizations and institutions – working to preserve their historic assets, crafts and techniques and giving them new ways of understanding, enjoying and revitalizing them, therefore help us to strengthen this connection of the community with their local heritage.

Your involvement as a volunteer is very precious in the running of the camps: you become the bridge between the craftspeople, experts, organizers and participants. You make the experience of the latter more rewarding, by bringing your previous experiences and sharing lessons learned.

Why volunteering for RRC?

While you will be gaining theoretical and practical knowledge about local materials, restoration techniques and documentation methods, you will also have a key role to play in dealing with logistical, intercultural and social aspects during the camp. This is a valuable opportunity to gain new skills and build knowledge and experience in the field of cultural heritage, working in close cooperation with craftspeople, local cultural and tourism actors and lecturers.

What will be your duties?

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

Organizational tasks (responsibility over the registration, logistics)

Responsibility over the working sites (assisting the crafts, documenting, 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

You are a former participant of a CHwB Albania Regional Restoration Camps.

You speak fluent English, Montegrin and/or Albanian,

You are honest, cheerful and an efficient worker.

Expenses

CHwB Albania will cover all costs for volunteers, including accommodation, meals, excursions & travels as indicated in the program agenda and costs connected to volunteer duties. Volunteers coming from outside these countries will have to cover their own costs for travel to the country where the camp is located.

Application and deadline

Interested? Then, don’t miss your chance to take part in this great experience by applying here.

(Deadline for applications: 6th of June)

*Important! Covid-19 related information – take note, then take part:

The Regional Restoration Camp will be organized in accordance with the local sanitary restrictions.

In the event of an epidemic outbreak and depending on the local sanitary restrictions, the organizers reserve the right to report the activity or transform it into a fully digital edition.

The selected international participants should monitor constantly, consider carefully and organize according to the national restrictions on travel, entrance and stay in Albania and Montenegro.

Apply NOW to join us at the 49th RRC in Montenegro and Albania

Camp Theme: Building Conservation and Interpretation

You have all been waiting for it, here it is! The 49th Regional Restoration Camp (RRC) will take place both in Krivi Do in Montenegro and also in Vermosh in Albania, as cross-border sites of these two neighbouring countries, for a twice as enriching and fulfilling experience!

It is a great opportunity for all participants to contribute to the conservation, interpretation and documentation of some very representative cultural heritage assets. Thanks to the expertise of the Camp partners, knowledgeable conservators from Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Sweden, etc, participants will acquire theoretical knowledge on building conservation, documentation and interpretation of local valuable historic structures and related intangible heritage aspects. Through a hands-on approach, and with the support of local craftspersons, participants will have the chance to get to know more on local traditional materials and techniques used in these sites.

The mere purpose of these activities is to impact and help the local inhabitants, organizations and institutions – working to preserve their historic assets, crafts and techniques and giving them new ways of understanding, enjoying and revitalizing them.

Theoretical and practical insights combined, together with many other exciting and rewarding aspects are waiting to be shared with you, so hurry up!

This Camp is organized with funding from Sweden and in partnership with the Regional Development Agency for Bjelasica, Komovi &. Prokletije and the Municipality of Andrijevica, (Montenegro) & G02 (Albania).

What’s special about Krivi Do (Montenegro) and Vermosh (Albania)?

Participating in the 49 RRC also means immersing yourself in the vibes of two unique natural and cultural landscapes with a rich and particular heritage and atmosphere, as well as getting familiar with local residents and culture!

Krivi Do is a very interesting Camp site, situated in 1720m of altitude, in the Municipality of Adrijevica, Montenegro. There will be a unique opportunity for the ones joining during this Camp, to do some practical restoration works on a traditional ensemble, typical for the villages of Montenegro and of this traditional unit, ‘katun’ in Krivi Do.

Vermosh is the northernmost village of Albania, part of the Albanian Alps, part of an interesting region rich with legends and mythology. Here, you will have the chance to work with a very unique typology representing the house of the north the ‘kulla’, by helping with their documentation.

Participants will have the chance, on both locations, to enjoy the marvellous and calming mountain landscape, rich in natural resources and fresh air.

Therefore, SAVE the dates!

The camp will be organized in two parts: the theoretical part will be held online, from 11 to 15 July, and the second part will be held in both sites consecutively, from 18 to 29 July and more precisely as follows:

LOCATION                                            DATES

On line                                                 11-15 July*

Krivi Do, Montenegro                       18-25 July*

Vermosh, Albania                              25-29 July*

* The organizers reserve the right to change the days, time and location(s) of the Camp due to technical or organizational needs by announcing such changes in advance.

Fees & Scholarships The fee for participation in the Camps is 900 euros. This fee will cover tuition, on-site accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner, camp materials and tools, emergency health insurance and planned excursions.

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 900 Euro fee.

Participants will be responsible for travel to and from the Camp locations, as well as compliance with the respective countries legislation on Covid-19 situation. Those costs are not included in the participation fee. ***

Application and deadline

Do you find yourself interested? Then, don’t miss your chance to have this unique experience, by applying here.

Deadline for application extended to 22 May 2022

 

Looking for Volunteer Camp leaders

Looking for Volunteer Camp leaders

Volunteer’s leader needed for the 48th Regional restoration Camp

Are you a former RRC camp participant?

Are you enthusiastic about the idea of being fully involved in the implementation of a camp?

If the answer is YES, we are excited to inform you that we are now looking for volunteers for the 48th regional restoration camp!

This year the regional restoration camp will focus on the conservation and interpretation of artefacts from the collections of the ethnographic museums in Puka (Albania) and Gjakova (Kosovo). By volunteering, you will be able to contribute to the conservation and promotion of museums artefacts, and do your part in strengthening the connection of communities with their heritage.

Your involvement as a volunteer is very precious in the running of the camps: you become the bridge between the craftspeople, experts, organizers and participants. You make the experience of the latter more rewarding, by bringing your previous experiences and sharing lessons learned.

Why volunteering for RRC?

As well as developing theoretical and practical knowledge of artefact conservation and interpretation, you will have a key role to play in dealing with logistical, intercultural and social aspects during the camp. This is a valuable opportunity to gain new skills and build knowledge and experience in the field of cultural heritage, working in close cooperation with craftspeople, artisans and lecturers.

What will be your duties?

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

Organizational tasks (responsibility over the registration, logistics)

Responsibility over the working sites (assisting the crafts, documenting, 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 Albanian is an added value

Be an honest, cheerful and efficient worker

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.

Application and deadline

Interested? Then, don’t miss your chance to take part in this great experience by applying here.

(Deadline for applications: 27 August)

*Important! Covid-19 related information – take note, then take part:

The Regional Restoration Camp will be organized in accordance with the local sanitary restrictions.

In the event of an epidemic outbreak and depending on the local sanitary restrictions, the organizers reserve the right to report the activity or transform it into a fully digital edition.

The selected international participants should monitor constantly, consider carefully and organize according to the national restrictions on travel, entrance and stay in Albania and Kosovo

Announcing the 2021 Regional Restoration Camp

Camp Theme: Conservation of Museum Artefacts & Interpretation

After a year’s interruption due to the global context of uncertainty, now it is official… The Regional Restoration Camp is coming back stronger this year with a new location!

You have all been waiting for it, here it is! The camp will take place this year both in Gjakova in Kosovo and in Puka in Albania, two different sites for a twice as enriching experience!

It is the opportunity for the participants to contribute to the conservation and interpretation of artifacts from the Ethnographic Museums of Puka and Gjakova. Thanks to the expertise of knowledgeable conservators from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Sweden, participants will acquire theoretical understanding of the conservation and interpretation of museum objects, and gain practical experience by applying their learning to the collections of both museums.

Theoretical and practical insights such as preventive conservation, principles and methods of documentation, interpretation of museum objects, and many other exciting and rewarding aspects are waiting to be shared with you!

What’s special about Gjakova and Puka ?

Participating in this camp also means immersing yourself in the vibes of two cities with a rich heritage and vibrant atmosphere, as well as getting familiar with local residents and culture!

The city of Gjakova is very rich regarding monuments of cultural heritage. Yet even today, a visitor can step out of a trendy café and cross the street to enter an Ottoman-era mosque or in the oldest bazaar in the entire Kosovo. Camp participants can look forward to great food and the world’s best macchiato.

The town of Puka is situated in a landscape of natural beauty that invites peacefulness and inspiration. This charming Albanian city presents several natural and cultural heritage, and reveals home-made regional products, which will delight the taste buds of many!

Save the dates !

The camp will be organized in two parts: the theoretical part will be held online due to the current context, from 13 to 18 September, and the second part will be held on- site from 19 to 26 September.

LOCATION                                            DATES

On line                                                 13-17 September

Gjakova                                                19-22 September

Puka                                                      22-26 September

 

Application and deadline

Interested? Then, don’t miss your chance to take part in this great experience by applying here.

(Deadline for applications: 27 August)

*Important! Covid-19 related information – take note, then take part:

  1. The Regional Restoration Camp will be organized in accordance with the local sanitary restrictions.
  2. In the event of an epidemic outbreak and depending on the local sanitary restrictions, the organizers reserve the right to report the activity or transform it into a fully digital edition.
  3. The selected international participants should monitor constantly, consider carefully and organize according to the national restrictions on travel, entrance and stay in Albania and Kosovo

Launch of Heritage & Co’ – Call for Volunteer Applicant

Launch of Heritage & Co’ – Call for Volunteer Applicant

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new volunteer program for all heritage enthusiasts who wish to contribute to its preservation by supporting the implementation of our activities.

Our vision

This program is the result of a long tradition of inspiring collaboration with local and international volunteers. Building on this experience, we now wish to expand your scope to all heritage-related activities, and create a space where the needs of implementing an activity will meet the skills and desires of fresh talents. As we believe that, as agents of your community, you are best able to raise awareness of local heritage in your own way, we therefore see heritage volunteering as one of the keys to vitalizing its understanding and supporting its sustainability.

Volunteering Format

In concrete terms, this program is a long-term or short-term commitment where applicants would be called upon for specific and punctual missions (on average 1 hour 30 minutes, 2 hours per activity/mission) according to their skills and interests, and considering their availability. In return, volunteers will acquire an insight and practical experience in different professional spheres related to cultural heritage while developing both social and technical abilities. Animation of Heritage Ateliers, documentation of activities, cultural and heritage mediation, guiding tours, support for the coordination of an event…Lots of opportunities to let your creativity shine through and get involved in your own way!

During these activities, you will be able to meet many people from various cultural and professional backgrounds, exchange with locals and (re)discover Albania through its stories, memories and tangible testimonies.

Get to know more about the program here: 2Leaflet_ENG.

How to participate?

To be part of the program, we invite you to fill in the application form available here. This will allow us to get to know the profiles of each volunteer in order to determine their expectations and to meet them as accurately as possible. Thus, the more precise the application form will be, the better we will be able to meet everyone’s wishes.

We will provide the means to carry out your mission by accompanying and training volunteers through workshops. Finally, all expenses incurred during the mission will be covered and the volunteer will receive the payment of a symbolic sum for their valuable support.

Call for Graphic Illustrators

Call for Graphic Illustrators

CHwB Albania is looking for an illustrator to co-create a new educational model for the “E KA KUSH E KA” children collection.

A new model, “Don’t Get Mad Puka”, will be added to the existing series. For this project the services of an illustrator are required.

The “Don’t Get Mad” model will consist of one folder and one sheet containing the very game itself.

  • Create about 30 different illustrated situations that will be included in the model, based on preliminary data (CHwB Albania will provide basic texts and graphic material for inspiration);
  • Graphically optimize the distribution of illustrations and text for more coherence and clarity in the sheet;
  • Conceive and graphically process the cover and back of the folder;
  • Complete the layout and the other elements required to finalize and to print the model;
  • Submit to CHwB Albania, the final version of the model, in digital format (in pdf format) as well as relevant work materials (in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign formats).

Form more information on the project, the working process and the application procedure pleser refer to the full version of the call here: Mos u nxeh PUKA_English

Job opportunity, Join our Team: Project Coordinator

Job Announcement

Project Coordinator 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 fulfil a position of project coordinator. The project coordinators’ primary role would be to coordinate cooperation in regards to two main programs: Regional Restoration Camp and Disaster Risk Management for Cultural heritage sites. In a nutshell required skills should be within the areas of heritage education and training.

Regional Restoration Camp is the flagship program of CHwB Albania and potential employee would be working both in Albanian and cross border aspects of establishing cooperation’s and partnerships. The Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage sites is stemming from long term engagement of CHwB in post disaster recovery. Here a potential employee would be working directly with partners creating a common grounds for establishing new practices and guidelines.

The tasks shall be done in coordination, and regular follow-up with the Executive and vice Director. 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 Project Coordinators’ tasks and responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

1.1 Project coordination

  • Planning/organizing the project implementation flow
  • Reaching out, engaging and communicating with stakeholders and beneficiaries
  • Communicating with a team
  • Organizing individual events, workshops/camps/seminars in close cooperation with the team and partners
  • Reporting on implementation and challenges
  • Cooperation with the PR/communication officer and preparation of the material that will be published. The size and the content are flexible depending on the nature of project/activity.
  • Whenever is possible, on request of the colleagues to advise and help to other projects with his/her expertise and knowledge.
  • Other issues as they arise
  1. An extra notch to Tasks and Responsibilities

Candidates demonstrating creativity and pro-activeness in eventual expanding of the cooperation schemes and building on valuable partnerships, would have a large advantage.

  1. Qualifications and Personal Attributes
  1. Have a master degree in cultural heritage/architecture and similar fields
  2. At least 5 years of working experience in similar tasks and undertakings
  3. Training or experience in Disaster Risk Management is an asset
  4. Working context is regional, hence besides native Albanian, excellent command in English is required
  5. Proven experience in organizing trainings/educational models would be an advantage
  6. Proven experience identifying and coordinating stakeholder response and engagement would be an advantage
  7. High level of integrity is a prerequisite
  1. WORKING ENVIRONMENT & CULTURE:

Working for an NGO like CHwB – Albania requires a great deal of flexibility, readiness and open-mindedness in order to be able to fulfil 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 Project Coordinator can be required to perform different work assignments based on the employer’s directives. Working for 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.b1670214573whc@a1670214573inabl1670214573a1670214573

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) March 1st, 2021.