Announcing the 2017 Regional Restoration Camps on their 10th anniversary

The Regional Restoration Camps are turning 10 years old!

Starting in September 2007 in Gjirokastra, the RRCs have had a long and successful journey. It is a moment to celebrate each of the participants, each lecturer, each craftsperson and partner that contributed to make the RRCs what they are today, while creating new opportunities for more young professionals of the region. Over the course of the year, we will be highlighting the people and places that make the Camps special, so be on the lookout!

Camp Themes

For 2017, all four of the Camp themes are back! Read more below about each topic and location below:

The 2017 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, artefacts and crafts, and giving them new ways of understanding, enjoying and revitalizing them.

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

Save the dates!

Be sure to pay close attention to the dates, themes and deadlines for each of the 2017 Camps. For more information on each Camp theme, click on the links below:

Prishtina, Kosovo  14-27 May Conservation of artefacts, interpretation 9 April
Berat, Albania  14-27 May Building conservation, interpretation 9 April
Kruja, Albania  4-16 June Historical crafts and entrepreneurship 9 April
Shkodra, Albania  9-21 July Dynamic heritage interpretation 12 May
Rogljevo, Serbia 13-26 Sept Building conservation, interpretation 2 July
Gjirokastra, Albania  24 Sept – 14 Oct Building conservation, interpretation 2 July

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 2017 Regional Restoration Camps are financed by the Albanian-American Development Foundation and the Government of Sweden.

Fees & 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.

New opportunities for 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. (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.

How to Apply

  1. Download the PDF application form (below):
  2. Fill out the application completely, including all supporting documents
  3. Send the entire application by email or post to:
    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.b1685945605whc@C1685945605RR1685945605

Volunteer leaders needed 

A note for past RRC participants: Would you like to experience the Camps again from the perspective of an organizer? If so, you may apply to be a volunteer leader:



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