PEATS Bulgaria – Various Crafts

Dates: 14 July – 14 August 2019        2020 dates online from Jan/Febr 2020
Number of UK Participants: 8 (0 spaces remaining) FULL

Duration: 32 days


This placement is hosted by Ms Velislava Chilingirova, a tourism expert with a wealth of experience working on international projects, who is based in Troyan, central Bulgaria. The four week placement will give participants an inspirational insight into the rich cultural heritage and craft traditions which exist throughout Bulgaria. Participants will fly from an allocated airport in the UK (designated by Grampus Heritage) to Sofia, where they will be met by the host partner Ms Velislava Chilingirova.

The itinerary  2019 placement:

14 July, Sunday ??? Arrival Sofia Airport and leaving for Troyan & Drashkova Polyana village
15 July, Monday 10,00 Velis will introduce you to the trainer and explain how the placement will go on
16-19 July Training and Work , visit to Troyan and the monastery
20 July – Saturday Mountain walk and picnic
21 July, Sunday Free time, relax
22 July, Monday


9,00 Transfer to Karpachevo village – on the way a stop at Lovech and a visit to Devetaki cave. Accommodation for 6 nights in a guesthouse on self-catering.
23-27 July Training in traditional building technics with other students group /UK, BG & international/ – restoration of an old mill in Karpachevo /please take proper work clothes and shoes/
28 July Sunday 15,00 Moving to next village Gorsko Slivovo and accommodation for 9 nights in Bilkarskata guesthouse – for training in decorative textile flowers, metal decorations, felt, knitting fish net, etc.
At the weekend Free time, rest, walks in the area
6 August Transfer to Gabrovo – accommodation in studios, self catering, 8 nights
7,8,9, 12,13 August 11.00-15.00 Crafts in Etara Ethnographic complex / Open air museum; travel in local bus from town to Etara
10-11 August, weekend Free time, rest or cultural visit
14 August, Wednesday Transfer to Sofia, flight back home


At the weekends students have free time or could participate in some organized events, for example:

•Swimming and sunbathing at the swimming pools

•Possibility for daily tours to the mountains and hiking

•Participation in local public events, concerts, festivals or other activities depending on the town cultural program

•Visits to museums

EU Erasmus + Funding

The placement is funded by the EU Erasmus + scheme and covers return flights, accommodation, and a subsistence allowance (equal to 3 meals a day).

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If you are interested in this placement, then please read through the information on the PEATS traditional skills main page. You will find the application form is available to download on this page, as is the “Quality Commitment” which all applicants have to read.

For past participant feedback, please refer to the Participants Report page

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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