Over the past ten years, the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Initiative has tremendously grown due to the increasing interest and appreciation for the protection and preservation of World Heritage sites. In the year of its 10th anniversary, 51 youth action projects will be implemented at 50 World Heritage properties and sites by 46 organisations in 32 countries. Within the inter-municipal work strategy of the municipalities of Tlayacapan, Totolapan, Tlalnepantla, Zacualpan de Amilpas, Yecapixtla, Tepoztlán, Ocuituco and Cuautla in the Morelos State to attract more tourism to the region, complement the development actions of each of the municipalities, value the tangible and intangible local heritage, it is proposed to host national and international volunteers to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the world's local cultural heritage and to support in the renovation of some parts of the ex-convents of the sixteenth century on the slopes of Popocatepetl. In this is an itinerant project in which the volunteers will spend 2 or 3 days in each of the communities performing tasks that allow them to fulfill the objectives of the program.
The volunteers will carry out in some of the ex-convents cleaning tasks in the atriums, cleaning of walls and doors, presentation of world heritage sites of their countries, conduct interviews to tourists and local inhabitants and propose ludic awareness raising activities to the importance of protecting the heritage. In some schools in each of the communities there will be a presentation of the sites of the countries and regions where the international and national volunteers come from. Interviews of local people who actually use the site as well as tourists will be one of the activities performed at each site in order to make a diagnosis to be delivered to site managers. Together with the Young Heritage Guardians, the volunteers will perform various tasks around and in the atrium of each of the sites and inviting the local population to do it with the group. Traveling in the different communities will allow participants to discover the culture and traditions of each place.
SITUATION: The world heritage site where the project will take place situates in the Morelos state, in central Mexico. The different villages line up from the bottom of the Popocatepetl volcano towards the northwest part of the state.
ACCOMMODATION: The volunteers will be housed in various places in each community.
REQUIREMENTS: Interest in cultural heritage issues and ease of adaptation to the itinerant dynamics.
DATES: From 2 to 22 of July 2017
NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS: 10
PARTICIPATION FEE: $2,000 pesos. It includes accommodation, food and some administration costs
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