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Green School Village !

North meets South in Green School Village That time in Kostilkovo village, Bulgaria 13-24 of September 2010

Info sheet About us: The project is hosted (







Green School Village is a long-term project of our team gathering young people interested in natural building, permaculture, and rural development, old and authentic traditions and as general sustainable living aimed at creating a center for non-formal education in the village of Kostilkovo. Despite our different background such as Cultural and Social studies, Law, Applied arts, International relations, Architecture, Computer Science etc, or becauseof its’ diversity, we plan to create a common space for learning and sharing experience in a natural and friendly environment. We plan to rebuild the old school building in the village of Kostilkovo where the camp area will be. We are also working in cooperation with other non-governmental organizations in Bulgaria, local government, local people and people from around the world for developing sustainable way of life and protection of natural diversity. The project: The overall Green School Village project will comprise a network of one big visitors’ center and several handicraft workshops located in authentic rural houses where various seminars and practical studies will be held. Additionally there will be fruit- and vegetable gardens and irrigation system for them, where we strive to apply the principles of permaculture design. The overall goal of this place is to host various green schools for all ages including children, where the visitors will learn and experience sustainable principles in practice, take care, be responsible, empower themselves and acquire new skills. The youth exchange North meets South in Green School Village will gather up to 50 people from Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Greece. People will be

Green School Village divided in small groups that will regularly change within the days between the practical exercises in the mornings. In the afternoons there will be a time for theoretical exchange of knowledge – presentations, discussions, projections (if possible), games, and so on. The official working language to be used is English. Location: Kostilkovo village is located in the Eastern Rhodopes Mountain in the Southern part of Bulgaria (about 350 km from the capital Sofia). Here is a link to Google map.

Situated between the towns of Krumovgrad and Ivaylovgrad, near the Greek and Turkish border, Kostilkovo is reachable only through a dirt road and there isn’t even a post office or a grocer’s in the village. The last of its inhabitants earn their living by self-sufficient agriculture and sheep breeding. Becauseof the border zone, the region used to be closed for visitors and it still remains very isolated. However, this has also protected the local natural and cultural heritage, preserving the authentic image of the beautiful stone houses (most of them in ruins at the moment), as well as some of the traditional crafts. This part of the mountain is kept out of pollution and it preserves many rare flora and fauna species (like three types of vultures). There are also three big dam lakes, few rivers, oak forests, old collieries and many kinds of gemstones. In that area can be found also some Ancient and Medieval sacred places, the closest are a Thracian tomb and a Proto-Bulgarian fortress.

Green School Village Activities : As the abandoned School (which will be our future Non-formal Educational Center) in Kostilkovo village haven’t been used for more than 50 years now, it needs some renovation in order to shelter the green schools and their visitors. The GSV team has an architectural plan for it which is waiting for its funds to be realized. During the project the participants will attend and hold workshops and presentations on three main topics from the permacultural filed: green building and retrofitting, local food – production and preparation, water management. Daily Timetable: Activities Time 7:00 – 8:00 Energizing exercises 8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 Introduction and input of the daily agenda, formation of work - groups 9:00 – 10:45 Practical exercises on the three topics of the exchange (part 1) 10:45 – 11:15 Half hour break 11:15 – 13:00 Practical exercises on the three topics of the exchange (part 2) 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 15:30 Free time and leisure (relaxing with meditation, games, walks, naps, …) 15:30 – 17:00 Lectures, presentations, screenings – exchange of theoretical knowledge (pt.1) 17:00 – 17:30 Half hour break 17:30 – 19:00 Lectures, presentations, screenings – exchange of theoretical knowledge (pt.2) 19:00 – 20:00 Dinner 20:00 – 21:00 Discussion – evaluation of the day’s activities 21:00 … * International Evening – an intercultural exchange of traditional music, cuisine and dances; screenings of videos, photos, and etc. ** Presentations and movies on Permaculture! Accommodation: The participants will live in the camp area right next to the school building on own tents. The kitchen will have a vegetarian menu and few chefs that will rotate. Each participant will be asked to help in the kitchen at least for one whole day during the event (we will provide the local products). The kitchen team will take care of the camp site too. The bathrooms are temporarily and simply built for this event and use sun-fire heated water for the showers. There are also compost toilets. We will have electricity in the village, but post office and grocer’s shop are 6 km away (in the neighboring Pelevun village), Internet and other civilized stuff – 25km away. Please have this in mind! We can organize Internet days when we can go to Internet club to the closest town, if needed. L eisure activities:

Green School Village Apart from the theoretical and practical activities, every day the participants can initiate discussions and workshops about sustainable way of living issues, waste and landart, massages,traditional crafts, personal and community development practices, and etc. I f you feel like sharing some interesting knowledge, skills or experience during the camp, you’re welcome to do that (so, please, do not forget to prepare and bring some materials). In our free time we can explore the region, pick up delicious fruits, nuts and play games. If it’s too warm or you feel tired you can always have a nap or do anything that will make you feel comfortable…Just try to be punctual for the next event. We will provide a big watch  Climate: The weather in this part of Bulgaria can change a lot. It’s basically a semi Mediterranean climate, but it’s still a not high mountain. It can be raining, windy and sunny all in one day. It could be very hot during the day (30 + degrees Celsius), but it could get cooler during the night (15 or less). Bring comfortable clothes for hot weather as well as appropriate protection from rain and wind, warm socks, sweater, jacket, raincoat and good shoes. What to bring: Tent, sleeping bags and mattresses,sun hat and cream, mosquito/tick repellent , raincoats, some warm clothes, working clothes and shoes, pocket money, toiletries (please, try to take only bio-degradable), games, musical instruments, your skills, as well as plenty of good mood!  As there could be presentation of each of the participating countries, it would be nice if you bring some CDs,songs, recipes, pictures, maps and other interesting things from your native place. You can communicate this with your group coordinator. Note! – Please remember that you need your passport when coming to Bulgaria! If you’re citizen of EU your ID card is sufficient to enter the country. Arriving and meeting point s: It is mandatory to arrive in Sofia before noon on 12.09.2010.The Green School Village will organize a bus that will drive us to the neighbor village of Pelevun (6 km far from Kostilkovo). You can bring your bike with you – the last kilometers you can ride it to the village (we will take your luggage). Start time of the bus is 13 EET!!! Emergency contacts: Mihaela Tzarchinka (Misha) - Project coordinator

Green School Village Tel: +359 897 522 333 Nikolay Marinov - Technical coordinator Tel: +359 888 693 819

Travel reimbursement and participation fee : Travel costs are to be covered by the organizers – 70 %of your two-way ticket to/from Sofia (only for the foreign participants). The hosts will provide transportation to the neighbour village of Pelevun and then to the village of Kostilkovo (back and forth on 25.09.2010). Participation fee: 10 Euros / 20 Leva Insurance: Participants are asked to have their own insurance for the duration of the seminar for accident, civil liability or illness!!! Useful information : Money: Bulgarian currency is LEVA /лв/ lv/ = BGNand STOTINKI (1/100) / ст/ st/ for the coins. Pleasenote that you can’t cash in EURor other foreign currency!!! Be careful where you exchange your money. It is preferable to use the banks in Bulgaria! Exchange rates: 1 € = 2 lv (1.95 leva) 1 $ = 1, 45 leva Prices: Ticket for public transport: Water (0.5l): Cup of coffee in a regular cafe: Lunch in a cafeteria: Food in general:

1.00 leva 0.50 leva up to 1 lv 0.50 leva up to 1.50 lv 6 – 10 leva not expensive

Bulgaria general map:

0.50 € 0.25 € up to 0.50 € 0.25 – 0.75 € 3–5€

General info about Bulg aria:

Green School Village Telephone: There are pay street phones everywhere in bigger cities. Most take prepaid phone cards, which are available from newspaper kiosks. Card phones can be used for domestic and international calls. There are two types of cards and phones - Bulfon (orange) and Mobika (blue). The cheapest phone card costs 5 BGN and includes 50 impulses, enough for 5-10 minute conversation with any European country. Please,note that in Kostilkovo region there is no coverage from Bulgarian mobile operators, so all calls should pass on roaming service! The nearest post office is in Pelevun village (6km) or Ivaylovgrad (25km)

Internet: There are some Internet-café nets in Sofia. Just walk around the city, look around the streets and ask the people, if needed. In Kostilkovo area, however, the only possibility is to go to Ivaylovgrad (25km away). Opening hours: In Sofia most shops are open from 9am till 8pm. Buses, trolley-buses, and trams operate throughout the city, and run from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm. In Kostilkovo there is nothing that could possibly have opening – or closing hours  In Ivaylovgrad shops and institutions are open from 9 am till 5 pm, but most of them have a long siesta between noon and 4pm. Saturday and Sunday are days off in general  A dictionary: As a homeland of the Cyrillic alphabet, Bulgaria and the Bulgarian language (as a Slavonic one) use it at 100%excluding chat, tourist, traffic and advertisement signs. You could find rarely non-commercial signs written in Latin. In Bulgarian language every written letter is pronounced. You should remember this useful rule. It will help you to read nameplates and street signs in the cities, read the following dictionary of the most common and the most necessary words and phrases in Bulgarian, but also communicate with local people and find your way to the right address. The Bulgarian Cyrillic letters are: A (a), Б (b), В (v), Г (g), Д (d), E (e), Ж (zh), З (z), И (i), Й (j), K (k), Л (l), М (m), H (n), O (o), П (p), Р (r), C (s), T (t), У (u), Ф(f), Х (h), Ц (c, tz, ts), Ч (ch), Ш(sh), Щ(sht), Ъ (`), Ь (*), Ю(ju, yu), Я(ja, ya) Ъ = vocal pronounced like English sound in Ea rth, corner, pearl, bird; Ь = after consonants softening - example: миньон= minion

Green School Village English


How much it costs?

Колкострува?/ Kolko struva?

Good morning

Доброутро! / Dobro utro!

Good evening

Добървечер!/ Dob`r vecher!

Thank you

Благодаряили Мерси / Blagodarya or Merci (as in French language)


Моля/ Molja


Извинете/ Izvinete

Where is the street …?

Къдееулица... ? / Kade e ulica …?

Yes/ no

Да/ Da; Не / Ne

I’m sorry

Съжалявам/ S`jalyavam

I don’t understand

Неразбирам/ Ne razbiram

Left/ right

Ляво/ Lyavo, Дясно/ Dyasno

Good/ bad

Добро/ Dobro, Лошо/ Losho

Can I use the telephone please?

Мога ли да използвам телефона? / Moga li da izpolzvam telefona?

Can I use the toilet please?

Мога ли да използвам тоалетна? / Moga li da izpolzvam toaletna?

How far?

Колкоедалече?/ Kolko е daleche?

How long?

Колкодълго?/ Kolko d`lgo?

Can you stop here, please?

Можели даспрететук, моля? / Moze li da sprete tuk, molya?

What time is it?

Колкоечасът?/ Kolko e chasa?

Excuse me, where is the bus/tramp Извинете,къдееавтобусната/трамвайната stop? спирка?; / Izvinete, kade e avtobusnata/tramvajnata spirka?

It’s recommendable to leave a copy of this infosheet to your family member Looking forward to seeing you! 

Green School Village

The Green School Village Team


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