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An experience to go for

Well, for me two months passed so fast and now I feel nostalgic about my last days here in Latinovac. Of course the time here was filled with many nice memories.

We were in the park in Požega with open performances. The kids got their face painted, everyone can get a Henna tattoo. There were games, Magic tricks, live statues and origami making workshops. Children enjoyed it very much. So did I, because living in public and working with kids are so rewarding.

We made open days for children - scouts and school groups from Jakšic. Not only they learned, created beautiful things and experienced joy, but also us as an organisers. In the project I learned how to make natural cosmetics, paint mandalas, make bracelets and notebooks. We played games, danced Zumba. It was an amazing experience. We learned about permaculture, gardening - planning the garden and planting, making compost and transplanting. We had nice festival activities, like poee workshops, drumming performance and travel diary workshop. 

As a group we went to see beautiful Plitvice Lakes, the waterfalls were impressive and nature by itself - powerful. We visited some village with horse farm and city Karlovci too. Our longer vacation we spent on seaside. We were swimming, spending quality time together in Bibinje, Zadar and beautiful island Iž. I also enjoyed the best views from uphill in Šibenik.

I loved the calmness of the countryside, beautiful and untouched landscapes here and biking on hills. People of Latinovac are so hospitable and welcoming and as a group of volunteers we shared many great moments, travel, working actions, team building activities, nice evenings at bonfire, our Latinovac wedding and some memorable parties.

The project changed me a lot and I gained new handicraft making skills, made nice memories, grew as a person, stepped out of my comfort zone and improved some social skills. Volunteering in Latinovac is definitely an experience to go for.



The project "Sustainable Community Development - step 2" has come to an end. It was realised with the support of European Solidarity Corps. During two months, mid April to mid June, 12 volunteers from France, Romania, Germany, Spain, Latvia, Finland and Croatia have managed, despite the COVID prevention measures, to make their service a great success.
Over 150 participants in 5 Open days that learned various handcrafts, skills and more sustainable and healthy way of life through workshops prepared by the volunteers.

Three local associations received assistance through visits and working actions, developing their experience with volunteer coordination and building opportunities for future cooperation.
Spring festival was organized as a 3 weekend activity, offering the locals the opportunity to participate in outdoor event.
Online conference on the topic of biodiversity was organized during the project, and volunteers participated in conference organized by  Multiple sclerosis association in city of Požega.
Volunteers developed their personal projects and have worked on various gardening, sewing and art projects; and have also prepared materials for video clips to be used in future promotion of the project and the work of Eko Centar Latinovac.
Eco Latinovac team