The End of “Stone & Sail Extravaganza” 2021.

Piše: Marisol Navarro — 11. November, 2021.

Thirty autumn days 10 young volunteers from Poland, France, Spain and Bulgaria decided to spend in Murter for the Stone & Sail Extravaganza project implemented through the European Solidarity Force program with the financial support of the European Union and organized by the Association for Nature and Environment and Sustainable Development Argonauta.

Autumn in Murter was marked by the volunteer work of young people from 4 European countries who decided to dedicate their skills, enthusiasm and free time to the hill Raduč, the archeological beach Colentum and the maritime culture and tradition of the island of Murter.

After a month of their stay on this island, Murter can boast of new access paths on Raduč, a new layer of varnish on benches and swings on Colentum as well as the promotion of the maritime culture of the island of Murter in their home countries. In other words, these public spaces, precisely because of the engagement of the mentioned young people, now renovated can calmly wait for winter and rainy days, and recreationists and lovers of Mount Raduč from which the indescribable view of the Kornati, can enjoy new trails that until a month ago there existed.

On the other hand, these young volunteers return home with new skills, knowledge, experience and, most importantly, with the new friendships they gained during their stay in Murter. We used every beautiful day to work outdoors, and during rainy days, volunteers were given the opportunity to attend various workshops (Croatian language, media literacy, reflection techniques, etc.) conducted by employees of the Argonauta Association and their associates from other local associations.

An important item of this project is to connect with the local community and promote the opportunities and benefits of volunteering, as well as the realization that working together and invested energy can make many strides that later result in visible results for the mutual benefit of both volunteers and local communities.

We should also mention that all citizens of the European Union aged 18 to 30 can join the programs of the European Solidarity Force, and the experience gained after this type of volunteering broadens perspectives, changes perspectives and illuminates new opportunities for young people and thus their local community, to which they return after such rich experiences.

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