Volunteering is an ideal instrument to bring abandoned or overlooked heritage sites back to the awareness of the public. This may happen for different reasons: because a heritage site is in danger to fall in decay, because a heritage site which had been so far accessible for the public is endangered by privatisation, because important elements of a bigger heritage ensemble are in danger to become forgotten, or others.

In most of the cases the voluntarily engagement can be only the first step to draw the publics’ attention on the particular heritage site or on its state of conservation, and in a second step more substantial measures must follow. But sometimes interventions on a voluntary base which originally had been planned only as a singular or temporary action become the starting point of a long and sustainable process, of substantial and responsible activities for endangered heritages.

Also European Heritage Volunteers’ own history had started in that way – with small, temporary and very specific measures in order to protect endangered heritage sites from decay – as repairing roofs, undertaking water management measures, creating supporting constructions for the static stabilisation of heritage sites and similar activities. Having these own experiences in mind European Heritage Volunteers supports initiatives which are willing to overtake the – temporary or permanent – responsibility for endangered heritage sites by organising volunteering projects at these sites.

Conservation & Restoration of sculptures at a castle complex
World Heritage site Historic Centre of Vienna, Upper Belvedere Castle
AUSTRIA

Training Course 2020
Traditional masonry & rebuilding of traditional vaults
Tematín Castle / Trencín Region
SLOVAKIA

Training Course 2020
Conservation of a traditional wooden chapel & a wooden water mill
Kenozero National Park / Archangelsk Region
RUSSIA

Volunteering Project 2020
Restoration of historic windows at a monastery complex
Schlierbach Monastery / Upper Austria
AUSTRIA

Training Course 2020
Conservation works at roof constructions & roofs of a historic ensemble
Lohra Castle / Thuringia
GERMANY

Volunteering Project 2020
Roman and Medieval lime plasters and mortars & fresco techniques
World Heritage site Studenica Monastery / Raška District
SERBIA

Training Course 2020
Conervation of the roof of a church from the 14th century
St. Mary's Church at Maligrad Island / Korca Region
ALBANIA

Volunteering Project 2020
Documentation of a manor house from the 19th century
Aleksander Melik-Pashaev House Shaumiani Village / Marneuli Region
GEORGIA

Volunteering Project 2020
Documentation of historic monastery walls
World Heritage site Yuso Monastery, San Millán / La Rioja Region
SPAIN

Volunteering Project 2020
Conservation works at a fortified church ensemble
Ensemble of the fortified church Hosman / Sibiu County
ROMANIA

Volunteering Project 2020
Documentation of a monastery church from the 17th century
Shativank Monastery / Vayots Dzor Region
ARMENIA

Training Course 2020
Conservation of Baroque furnishings
Church of Benedictine Abbey Tyniec / Malopolska Region
POLAND

Past Training Course
Restoration of plasters and coloured surfaces in a Renaissance castle
Erxleben Castle / Sachsen-Anhalt
GERMANY

Past Training Course
Abolishment of recent conversions & uncovering of the original state
Former Grand Hotel Waldlust Freudenstadt / Baden-Württemberg
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project
Marking of the excavated outline of a former chapel with flagstones
Marksburg / Rhineland-Palatinate
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project
Preservation of a church from 1303 and of surrounding monuments
Zorats Chutch / Vayodz Dzor Region
ARMENIA

Past Volunteering Project
Preservation of a church from the 11th century
Himara / Vlora Region
ALBANIA

Past Volunteering Project
Traditional stone techniques in a fortress complex
Couchy Castle / Aisne Départment
FRANCE

Past Training Course
Conservation of Baroque marble elements
Church of Benedictine Abbey Tyniec / Malopolska Region
POLAND

Past Training Course
Documentation of Baroque wall paintings in a monastery church
Pidkamin / Lviv Oblast
UKRAINE

Past Volunteering Project