BULGARIA: Community Engagement & Rural Development in the Devetaki Plateau

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Update 13th January 2021: We are working with hosts to determine possible dates for NET courses in 2021 as soon as COVID conditions allow for travel. The decision of the UK government to leave the Erasmus+ programme will not affect those projects with a signed contract. We will update participants on any new travel insurance and visa regulations.

Participants from the postponed course in 2020 will be offered first choice on any rescheduled courses in 2021.

As soon as we have confirmed dates and details we will post them here and share through our consortium. The proposed course for 2020 is provided below for information. 2021 course content may change slightly due to COVID regulations.

Host: Velis Chilingirova & Iva Taralezhkova (Devetaki Plateau Association)


Course Dates: 17 – 24 May 2020

Application Deadline: 2 March 2020

Preparation Meeting Date: 24 April 2020

Aims & Themes: exploring community engagement & rural development in an area rich in natural and cultural heritage but experiencing rural depopulation; developing and delivering community action plans. 

Draft Itinerary: the course details will be finalised taking into account the interests of participants. Arrival Sofia & travel to the Devetaki Plateau. Visits to community organisations, heritage sites & rural development projects. 23-24th May is a national 2 day orienteering event in the Devetaki Plateau with 150 participants, May 24th is the Day of the Bulgarian Alphabet.


Reports from 2019 & 2018

Click here to download the full NET course list for 2020.

Click here to download the NET 5 2020 application form. (SNH staff are very welcome to email an expression of interest but they must complete their own internal HR process before submitting an application form)


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