TOPIC: Skills & Stories. ESC Individual Volunteering project
DATES: 1st March – 8th June 2024
VENUE: Sumartin, Brač Island Croatia


Preserving and developing the cultural heritage of the people of the coastal village of Sumartin. Helping to pass on local traditions to young people, preserving traditional skills and the history of Sumartin for future generations.

TASK 1) The repair, restoration and seasonal maintenance of wooden boats will be the initial primary service of all volunteers. Individuals will be expected to learn
and practice various skills using both traditional and modern tools. Guidance in learning and preforming the work of the Croatian Kalafat (boat carpenter) will be directed by an experienced MEA builder of wooden boats.

TASK 2) Using the newly experienced Croatian Kalafat skills and maritime culture, volunteers will be required to design and develop educational presentations that they will deliver to students at schools on Brac island; including one mini-festival event in Sumartin. As part of these presentations, volunteers will be expected to highlight the maritime heritage of their home country, and also speak about the ESC program.