PEATS Bulgaria – Various Crafts

Dates: 16 June – 17 July 2018 / 2019 placement dates to follow (similar to 2018 dates) OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
Number of UK Participants: 8

Duration: 32 days

There will be a trainer placement with this host from: 14-21 April 2018

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 for the  2018 placement:

17 June, Sunday               Arrival Sofia Airport and leaving for Troyan & Drashkova Polyana village

18 Jume, Monday            the host will introduce you to the trainer and explain how the placement will go on

19-22 June                       Training and Work

23 June, Saturday             Possible visit to Troyan for cultural event

24 June, Sunday              Transfer to Gorsko Slivovo village – on the way a stop at Lovech and a visit to Devetaki cave. Accommodation for  10      nights                              in                    Bilkarskata guesthouse in Gorsko Slivovo including meals there.

25 June – 4 July              Training in Bilkarskata guesthouse – decorative textile flowers, metal decorations, felt, knitting fish net, etc.

At the weekend                Free time, rest, walks in the area

4 July     10,00     Transfer to Kramolin village. Accommodation in a guest house, self-catering, for 3 nights. Shopping.

4-6 July                 Local crafts with local ladies – crochet, cooking, making jam

7-8 July                 Excursion by bus to Veliko Tarnovo – old capital of BG, together with Archaeology group

8 July                     Transfer to Gabrovo – accommodation in studios, self catering, 8 nights

9-13 July              Crafts in Etara Ethnographic complex / Open air museum; travel in local bus from town to Etara

14-15 July             weekend: Free time, rest or cultural visit

16 July                  Transfer to Sofia, accommodation in hotel for 2 nights

18 July                  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).

The following website may also be useful;

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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