From May 14 to 21, 2023 Grottole will host the European Training of the Open School for Village Hosts, an Erasmus + project coordinated by the Casa Netural Association, together with other partners from Spain, Latvia, Hungary, Poland and Serbia, in collaboration with the Wonder Grottole Social Enterprise.
18 “village hosts” i.e. community activators from 10 different European countries and more than 10 trainers from the partner organizations will have the opportunity to work on their pilot projects and experience first-hand the rural development model developed in Grottole (Wonder Grottole was the inspiring project for the creation of the school), creating an important opportunity to make the Lucanian territory known.
The 18 community activators were selected through a public call that gathered more than 150 applications from aspiring Village Hosts, community activators with rural development projects from all over Europe.
With the school, a new professional figure is being defined: the Village Host.
Professionals who bring new social, economic and ecological life to small villages and their local economy. They create new livelihoods and good jobs in emerging urban-rural markets.
The week will be enlivened by a two-part agenda: in the morning the development of the training by the partners and in the afternoon the creation of a prototype community project to also involve the people of Grottole and in a sense celebrate them.
The School will take place at the Gerardo Guerrieri Center for Creativity on Viale della Resistenza, under the sponsorship of the City of Grottole.
On Friday, May 19, at 10 a.m. there will be an informal give-back of the work done during the week (free admission)