International Internships in the Balkans11-01-2016
International Internships in the Balkans
We are looking for graduate students who could spare 2-3 months in the summer working with the
transboundary Balkans Peace Park Projection, in addition to lobbying for cross-border environmental protection, with the Balkans Peace Park Project (charity no. 1105447)
For the last 8 years, we have run Summer Programmes in our 3 countries (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro). These have involved volunteers, largely from English-speaking countries teaching English and local experts teaching of Environmental Awareness, mostly to children. But we also seek to expand our dialogue to ministries and officials and local councils, and we are planning a new initiative relating to all the villages where we have been working and including new ones. It will again
involve volunteers, but will probably focus more on the policy aspects of how to link small mountain communities across borders. We need to explore with local representatives the potentiality and problems in increasing cross-border links, especially between local authorities in the national parks.
B3P needs a team of co-ordinators for the local and international project, working with one or more of the B3P committee on site, and before departure. (Several committee members live in Yorkshire, several have university links). These volunteers would work with volunteers from the region (as interpreters and guides) in the Peace Park area, and liaise with other international organisations working in the Balkans..
Appropriate Qualifications are very much the same as those required of successful Rotary Peace Fellows at the University of Bradford – a deep concern for world justice and co-operation, experience in peace-building and initiative both with practical ideas and in following them through. Knowledge of local languages not essential, although certainly appreciated. Experience of working in communities on practical issues is helpful, and sensitivity to cultural differences important.
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DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED!!Recruiting now for Summer 2016!!11-11-2015
B3P are pleased to announce that we are actively looking for people to volunteer and to co ordinate on our 2016 Summer Programmes. Whether you have volunteered with us before or are completely new to us, please get in touch.
What will you be doing? Teaching young people in villages in the highlands of northern Albania Montenegro and Kosova to speak English and to manage their environment in the new era of global tourism. But if you have other skills, they will be valued: construction, music, trek-guiding...
What will you need? Resourcefulness, curiosity, a sense of adventure. Teaching experience is valuable but not essential.
What can you expect? The unexpected! And to work with like-minded, interesting people from a range of different countries, as well as Albanians, in a stunningly beautiful environment on a successful and extremely worthwhile project.
If you want to get involved, fill in our application form now
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2016 APPLICATION FORM
PLANNING MAPS ENDORSE THE Balkans Peace Park Project VISION!10-11-2015
This new planning map “National Park Albanian Alps” is one of several that acknowledges the existence of three contiguous national parks in three countries – formally included on one map (an advisory ministerial document). This is quite an achievement to be quietly celebrated! We were glad to be invited by GIZ to participate in consultation and advisory meetings.
Remarkably – and close to our vision of l2 years ago – this map officially under consideration at planning meetings (Ministry, GIZ and stakeholders), includes most of our originally suggested area, if not more, and like the Albanian park now proposed, the Kosovo park is larger than envisaged. Consultations between them exist, and there is liaison between the authorities on both sides. A much small, albeit more manageable area, in Montenegro, leaves some room for later evolution there, at a stage when the future of the Prokletije as a whole is in delicate balance.
One of the aims of B3P, since 2003, was reviving interest in, and linking the other two existing national parks in Albania, and the creation of a new one, Malesia e Madhe, as well as an adjacent Kosovo Park (Rugova/Bjeshket e Nemuna) and in Montenegro (Prokletije). This has led now to formal acknowledgment of the potential amalgamation of at least three contiguous parks in Albania. And it acknowledges those in neighbouring Montenegro and Kosovo. This single (enlarged) Albanian park is still at the official proposal stage, but endorses the potential unity of adjacent parks across borders, even though there is a long way o go in implementation. Nevertheless, the proposed extension of the potential park to the Malesia e Madhe (Boge/Lepushe/Vermosh) in form if not substance, is a success beyond our expectations.
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Summary of the GIZ plans for the mapped region
B3P Film by Marianna Simnett05-05-2015
Please take time to view the great film made by Marianna Simnett - as part of her work for us in the Summer 2014 - we hope it will encourage you to become involved with B3P! Click the link in our links section!
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