Volunteers From France Help Restore The Old Noble Estate Spasskoe-Kurkino

A French youth volunteer team arrived in the old village of Kurkino, Vologda District, and is engaged in reconstruction work at the noble estate of Spasskoe-Kurkino. Team members are eight young men and women aged 19 to 28 years. The event is held in the framework of the group project EVS (European voluntary service).

This is not the first international experience of volunteers at the manor - three volunteer teams have already been there in previous years, during the international volunteer camps, which included representatives from Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Finland, Turkey, China, Ireland and Africa. Foreign guests helped to restore the old Russian manor and at the same time got acquainted with the history and culture of Russia.

This year, project participants will clean up the village territory for two weeks, refine the park: clean the ponds, mow the grass, rake leaves in the park, clean up the manor house.

There is a varied cultural program for guests. The guests from France have already visited the manor tour, the organizers acquainted them with its rich history. During the project, an excursion around Vologda and participation in the Petrov Day interactive program in the Semenkovo architectural and ethnographic museum are planned, as well as a special workshop where volunteers will learn about the history of balls in Russian estates and their traditions.

New life of the Spasskoe-Kurkino estate began in 2013. All large-scale work is carried out mainly at the expense of federal grants, three of them were implemented at the expense of the Russian Geographical Society. Also attracted funds from the region, district, donors. The caring people help.

According to information from http://cultinfo.ru/