PEATS Cyprus – Practical Way of Giving Messages About Climate Change

Number of Participants: 7 + accompanying person AP (FULL)
Duration: 32 days


The 2020 season will start immediately after Christian Orthodox Easter. Depending on flights, the group may catch the traditional Easter Monday bonfire and street party in Kato Drys. The village has been a partner of Grampus’ for 10 years and the focus is on managing their green spaces, including some creation of community art using recycled materiald. The group will also investigate their potential for providing wild food, such as asparagus and a range of spring greens – “horta” in Greek – using wild food reduces the carbon footprint of each individual.

The context is about environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability. The group will learn some recycling skills, as well as how to forage for wild food. The group will spend approximately a third of the placement in Kato Drys working on art projects that give strong environmental messages.
In Pano Lefkara, the group will manage more green space with tree planting and hard landscaping (walling and terrace building), as well as art projects.
You will be taught other recycling skills with a ‘fashion flavour’…. tie-dyeing, textile art, paper mache. We recently built a dog rescue kennel and we may add mosaic to this using broken tiles in the Antoni Guadi / Hundertwasser style. Other mosaic making will focus on creating troughs for flowering plants from recycled materials. We focus also on weaving with natural fibres and leaves and sometimes hold a ‘Forest Fashion Show’.
Down the hill is Kato Lefkara and here the focus will be on nature exploration, especially the great variety of orchids, which we want to promote for sustainable eco-tourism.
There will be built in cultural visits to Nicosia (including Turkish Cypriot side), the Troodos mountains, Gabion dam in Kornos forest (great place to photograph amphibians, birds and dragonflies) and Limassol, especially the Akrotiri marshes to photograph raptors and waterbirds, including kingfishers. There will also be a chance to see the flamingos in the salt lakes.





The Erasmus + funding will cover return UK flights insurance, accommodation and food. Participants should take extra spending money for personal purchases and excursions.

If this placement interests you, then please read through the information on the PEATS environmental 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 participants feedback, please refer to the Participants Report page.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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Sustainable Bricks.
Through the work of Dietmar Kotras from Germany in 2012, then Jakub Dvorsky from Slovakia in 2014, Grampus became involved in training for making adobe bricks. A unit of study under ‘Green Village – Sustainable Building’ is now delivered in Germany and Slovakia under PEATS Environmental Skills.
In 2015 we met architect and sustainable  building specialist Maria Panta from Greece and have introduced brick making to the courses delivered in Cyprus. Maria has developed a co-operation with Serhat, a clay specialist from the north of Cyprus and Spiros and Petros, adobe brick makers in Greek Cyprus. Through this bi-communal link we began offering adobe brick training in Lefkara. Part of future plans is work at the abandoned Turkish Cypriot village of Petrofani near Atheniou (pictured)