Heritage education is an essential aspect of heritage-related volunteering and the two are often directly linked – while restoring a heritage site, participants gain essential knowledge in handicrafts as well as more specific knowledge in traditional techniques. The volunteering projects are usually complemented by lectures and guided visits that grant volunteers insight into the heritage site’s history, as well as specific historical, natural and cultural aspects of the geographical region.
Moreover, the diverse international mix of participants, with their various cultural backgrounds and own country-specific knowledge about heritage, permits a complex and interesting exchange of experiences, approaches and ideas.
In addition, European Heritage Volunteers organises training courses in traditional handcraft techniques, and supports the conceptual development and realisation of such courses that are then carried out by its partner organisations. These training courses may focus on various practices such as traditional carpentry, traditional masonry, traditional clay techniques or traditional lime applications, and take place on-site at endangered heritage sites, contributing to their conservation, restoration and revitalisation.