is on 11th of April
The last springtime (2020) unfortunately we were not able to organize and perform annual Spring Camp with it’s regular 10 day program. Reason was restricted travelling because of the worldwide anti Cov-19 measures.
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What we were able to do was an urgent call and gathering for the “Alternative Spring Camp 2020” in June 2020. As because of the traveling problem, our core team decided to call just local volunteers and foreigners who happened to be staying in Montenegro at that time. Because of limited number of volunteers and because of the very late start in June (hot weather) we decided to put focus at just one important hiking trail which was completely overgrown. The result was great as we started with 10 volunteers on the first day, successfully finalizing the trail from Perast to Vranovo brdo for just 3 days!
This (2021) year we are faced with the same problem. Worldwide travelling is still restricted and seems like no chances that situation will get more relaxed till May 2021.
This is the reason we are calling for another “Alternative Spring Camp” in April. It will rely on local volunteers’ response and few friends who announced their arrival from Austria in aim to support our action. This time we will put focus at important and hardly overgrown hiking trail in Crkvice area, above the Boka Kotorska bay.
The 2021 volunteer’s gathering is on 11th of April in Perast and will last for max 5 days. This time volunteers will not sleep in tents as this area is really cold in April during the night. Sleeping will be in friendly apartments in Orahovac and Ljuta villages, while transport to/from the trail will be organized.
Working tools, transport and food is provided from the side of organizer. Necessary gear for a volunteer to bring are: working clothes, rain gear, hiking shoes and sleeping bag.
Anyone who read this lines and feel enough fit and adventurous to join us is welcome!
„Spring Camp“ is a 10 day event dedicated to the maintenance of hiking trails.
It intends to promote eco-tourism and sustainable visions in Montenegro.
In the spring of 2020 this event will take place in the Mediterranian part of Montengero in order to improve the conditions on the Coastal Mountaineering Transversal and to point out the beauty of this region to the volunteers.
It aims to improve enviromental awareness among the local inhabitants and to serve as an example for future activities of this kind.
The trails that you will be clearing up cover some of the most picturesque hiking area in Europe.
Excursions & Events
Montenegro is still very unspoiled and doesn’t feature too prominently on the tourist map so you will get a unique experience to visit the country before more tourists descend on it.
Kotor Bay (UNESCO cultural heritage site) is known as the “furthest southern fjord in Europe” and has a unique location. It lies on the former frontier between the Austro Hungarian and the Ottoman Empires which incidentally is the border between EU and non EU countries of the Balkan Peninsula today.
Excursions & Events
You are going to spend few days in/above Boka Kotorska Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
Volunteers will visit UNESCO sites Perast and Kotor, having a boat trip and guided cultural tours there.
HOW TO COME?
In short, you are getting some amazing photography opportunities, lots of local knowledge that volunteers from the region are happy to share, great camaraderie and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Not to mention the opportunity to be a pioneer in helping Montenegro to develop sustainable and eco-friendly tourism.
During the “Spring Camp”, volunteers will have several excursions and restaurant meals in aim to experience the local hospitality, food, culture and history.
HOW TO COME?
A small country in Balkans down the Adriatic Coast and it has five neighboring countries: Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania.
The nearest airports to Perast (the “Spring Camp” starting point) are Tivat (30km), Dubrovnik (60 km) and Podgorica (100km) where Easyjet and Ryanair fly to.
May is still early season so you should be able to find an affordable flight.